Town of Cary
The Town of Cary is a thriving, diverse community in North Carolina’s renowned Research Triangle Region. It has been ranked one of the best small cities in America, top 20 safest cities in America, and one of the best places to live in the country. In 2014 Google chose Cary as one of the seven NC municipalities to be part of its high-speed Google Fiber effort. In addition to being known for the many local universities and for being a technology hub, the Town of Cary is also known for being a beautiful and sustainable community. It boasts an extensive greenway trail network of more than 80 miles of natural settings for walking, jogging and bicycling and it has a long history of environmental stewardship programming. Some of the many offerings include Stevens Nature Center Educational Programming, environmental outreach programs, water conservation programs, and solid waste reduction efforts. The Community Wildlife Habitat program, dubbed the Cary Garden for Wildlife Program, is a partnership that reinforces the Town’s strong commitments to environmental stewardship and a healthy community.
Derry Township (Hershey)
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Lees Summit, MO
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Nockamixon Township, PA
According to the United States Census Bureau, Nockamixon has a total area of 22.6 square miles, of which, 22.2 square miles of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.73%) of it is water. It is drained by the Delaware River, which separates it from New Jersey. Its villages include Bucksville, Ferndale, Harrow, Kintnersville, and Revere. Nockamixon’s pattern of development has been historically dominated by agricultural uses, wooded areas, and small groups of homes in the villages and along main roads. Nockamixon Township contains 52 properties in agricultural use totaling 2,665 acres and nearly 2,000 acres of parkland. The township has acquired the former Revere Chemical Superfund Site, now Rapp Creek Park (113 acres) and the County has preserved the Bucks County Horse Park (250 acres). The largest share of land within this category is attributable to the numerous state parks and game lands located within the township. The township has protected streams, geology, water resources and woodlands, as well as the Delaware River and Canal Area, and steep slopes along the river. Nockamixon has cooperated with the Gallows Run Watershed Association in their work to create a prioritized list of restoration, protection and management measures for water quality and quantity. Nockamixon Township is committed to preservation of the rural character and the natural environment of its unique landscape. When including the agricultural easements and individual landowner donated easements, more than 1,800 acres are preserved to date as a corridor within Nockamixon. This reflects significant cooperation among the township, local conservation organizations, county and state open space and agricultural programs and forward looking landowners.
Founded in 1863 on Lake Michigan beaches, oak ridges, and marshes, and a segment of the "Great Woods" to the northwest, Evanston now has lakefront beaches both wild and cultivated; the North Shore channel, an artificial waterway with a wooded riparian strip, and a small forest preserve that contains a remnant of the Big Woods and is surrounded by neighborhoods dominated by oaks. These natural features are potential corridors linking Evanston habitats to the City of Chicago and North Shore communities. Evanston is well positioned to support the abundant wildlife that concentrates near the lakefront during migration: over 200 land bird species of which 55 are of special conservation concern, as well as monarch butterflies, green darner and wandering glider dragonflies. Apart from backyard habitats, the city is home to a forested swamp preserve, arboretum and a lakefront bird sanctuary. Strongly committed to sustainable living, Evanston has an engaged community of naturalists, birders, gardeners, and local groups focused on reducing greenhouse gases. Evanston signed the United States Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006 and set goals to reduce the city's carbon footprint. Since then, the City has reduced electricity usage by 25 percent since 2005, exceeding its Climate Action Plan Goals, and aggregated citywide utility negotiations and purchased 100 percent renewable electricity for residents and small businesses. Evanston was named 2015 Fund Earth Hour City Capital by World Wildlife Fund, and is one of only two US cities to achieve a 4 star rating (out of five stars) from STAR Communities, based on seven categories measuring economic, environmental and social factors. The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Evanston a Tree City every year since 1984.
The Seattle team is comprised of what was originally neighborhood teams from Alki, West Seattle, Queen Anne, and Northwest Seattle with Ballard, Phinney Ridge, and Green Lake. Now combined into a whole city team led as a project of Groundswell NW.
On the outskirts of the Northern Rockies, Missoula has no shortage of natural beauty or wildlife. Known as the Garden City, its residents thrive in the outdoors and enjoy the abundance of city parks and conservation lands, as well as supporting community green efforts. Missoula is home to some of the country’s best fly-fishing rivers and streams, and puts great value on maintaining high water quality. The City of Missoula partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and became the first Community Wildlife Habitat in Montana on July 25, 2018. With a wealth of partnerships ranging from individual community members to non-profit organizations and local agencies, our Community Habitat team is excited for the future of wildlife gardening in our city! For more information, please visit Missoula Community Wildlife Habitat’s Facebook page.
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Centerra, an award‐winning 3,000‐acre master‐planned community located in Loveland at the heart of Northern Colorado, is a McWHINNEY development that was built on the belief that nature provides the perfect balance to urban planning. As a community designed to enhance all aspects of life, Centerra integrates neighborhoods with recreation, art, shopping and dining, business opportunities and medical services. Centerra offers Northern Colorado’s first lifestyle center, The Promenade Shops at Centerra; UCHealth - Medical Center of The Rockies, a state‐of‐the‐art 166 bed LEED gold‐certified regional hospital; and The Marketplace at Centerra, one of Northern Colorado’s largest contiguous power shopping centers. This unique community is also home to High Plains Environmental Center, which oversees 275 acres of wetlands, open space and reservoirs within Centerra, and Chapungu Sculpture Park, a 26-acre park with more than 80 stone sculptures throughout. In 2018, Centerra registered as the first National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat in Colorado. Named Development of the Year by the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties’ (NAIOP) Colorado Chapter, Centerra embodies McWHINNEY’s purpose of creating great places and fabled experiences for people. For additional information, visit www.centerra.com.