Santa Fe, NM
Designed by world renowned Andres Duany, the grandfather of New Urbanism, Aldea is located in the desirable Northwest side of Santa Fe. New Urbanism is an intentional movement to create sustainable communities that are designed to encourage human interaction in an inviting public realm. While incorporating the time honored components that have made communities great throughout history, New Urbanism rejects suburban sprawl which results in extreme dependence on the automobile, roads that are unattractive and unpleasant for pedestrians, and long distances between places to shop, play, and live. Aldea is approximately 345 acres, 205 acres of which are perpetual open space preserves and pocket parks and in which each lot owner owns an undivided interest. Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and internal trails throughout Aldea link to the open space, the central Aldea Plaza, and the Northwest Trail System. Aldea is only minutes away from an award winning public golf course and the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Permaculture committee at Aldea de Santa Fe realized that several homes already had certified gardens, and began to organize the Community Wildlife Habitat program. Aldea de Santa Fe was able to certify within four months of registration.
Lily Dale , NY
The Lily Dale Environmental Committee was formed in 2012 with the approval of the Lily Dale Assembly Board of Directors. We are a dedicated group of residents with four of our members being recognized as Master Gardeners through the New York State Cornell Cooperative Extension Program. Lily Dale is proud to be one of the two communities in New York State to achieve certification from the NWF. We are located on the upper section of Cassadaga Lake’s three-lake system. One of our completed projects is a Lakeside Rain Garden which manages storm water run-off using plants to filter and absorb the excess water before entering our lake’s ecosystem. We have also erected five bat houses in our park areas one of which is installed near the Rain Garden. Through a monitoring system, using Echo location, several rare bat species were discovered in Lily Dale. We recently placed a Purple Martin house on the shoreline of our lake. An ongoing project is the development of a careful plan to eradicate invasive species such as grape vines and English Ivy. We also monitor several ongoing ecologically sound test projects to eliminate Japanese Knotweed. Nature paths have been established throughout Lily Dale for many years. Our committee has designed and installed signage which explains the history of the Old Growth Forest in the Leolyn Woods, and identifies its trees and plants. Lily Dale’s By-Laws state that the sanctity and integrity of the Leolyn Woods as an Virgin Old Growth Forest will be preserved and protected in perpetuity. Our newest ongoing project is the creation of the Lily Dale Community Butterfly Habitat using pesticide -free native plants as sources of nectar and as host plants. Emphasis will be on the use of organic mulch and soil. The NWF sign will be located at the entrance of the Butterfly Habitat beside our educational sign explaining the purpose of a Butterfly Habitat. The Habitat will include a solar fountain, solar lights along the handicap accessible path with benches and arbors placed for quiet reflection and meditation. We invite guests to visit Lily Dale Assembly, the world’s largest center for the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism now celebrating its 138th year. To obtain a copy of our Workshop Guide, please go to: www.lilydaleassembly.com
Collier County is the second largest county in Florida, and it includes parts of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve as well as two National Wildlife Refuges. Beach resort cities Marco Island and Naples are also part of this lovely seaside county. The county is named after real estate magnate Barron Collier, who introduced paved roads, electric power, telegraphs and countless new businesses and homeowners to Florida's last frontier. Keep Collier Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful®, is the organization leading the Community Wildlife Habitat project. Keep Collier Beautiful sponsors regular programs like Coastal Cleanups and Adopt-a-Canal that work to reduce litter and keep county waterways clean.
Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs is a suburban community in Broward County bordered by the America's Everglades on the west. The city's motto is "Everything Under the Sun." The city's environmental sustainability goals include enhanced resiliency of native species and stewardship of our natural resources. Coral Springs actively promotes and protects our urban tree canopy, water resources and wildlife habitat. We are a Tree City USA.
The Woodland Hills community consists of 258 townhomes in a wooded setting of 128 acres, bordered on two sides by stream valleys. It is located within the City of Gaithersburg, a municipality with a population of 55,000. A board of directors is elected by community homeowners to manage the common property. Tree preservation and replacement remains a priority goal and is mandated in Woodland Hills’ governing documents. Tree canopy coverage in the community is approximately 55%. Please visit http://www.woodlandhillsmd.com/
Houston is known as the “Bayou City” for the 10+ major bayous (slow moving waterways) that traverse the city. These bayous and creeks provide habitat for many species of animals and are important wildlife corridors for the region. Houston was founded in 1836 and is the 4th largest city in the U.S. with 2.2 million people and a land area of over 650 square miles. Houston has been a Tree City USA for 29 years and has a very robust Arbor Day celebration every year. The city is primarily contained within Harris County, SE Texas and contains three important ecoregions - the Gulf Coast Prairies, Coastal Marshes and the East Texas Piney Woods. Seven additional ecoregions surround the Houston area as well, providing a uniquely diverse array of wildlife habitats. This leads to a large diversity in species found in the region, including thousands of birds, butterflies, aquatic fish and wildlife. There are over 800 native plant species found here along with almost 300 bird species identified as Houston sits along one of the major migratory flyways. The diversity of the people in the Houston area rivals the diversity of the flora and fauna as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. More and more residents and visitors are learning to appreciate and enjoy the green space found here. Please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/naturalresources.html
Bowie is a wonderful community of approximately 19 square miles in northeastern Prince George's County, Maryland. Home to nearly 60,000 people, Bowie is situated halfway between Annapolis and Washington, DC making it a great location to live and visit! The City and its residents appreciate nature and wildlife. We are happy to provide habitat, food and water for the many birds and butterflies that either call Bowie home or stop at one of our 250+ certified habitats during their migration. Visit us at www.cityofbowie.org/GreenBowie to learn about some of the sustainable activities our volunteers and staff are engaged in.
Hollywood is Broward County’s third-largest municipality, encompassing 27 square miles along the Atlantic Ocean between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Hollywood is home to more than 60 parks, including seven miles of sun-drenched beaches. The one-of-a-kind Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a promenade that stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, has been named one of America's Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine. Alongside recreation, Hollywood Beach provides critical nesting habitat for three endangered sea turtle species: leatherback, loggerhead and green. Turtle nesting season in Hollywood is March 1-October 31. The beach dunes are an important feature of this habitat for female turtles looking for protected, dark areas to lay their eggs. The dunes are also habitat for native coastal plant species and the wildlife they support, and they provide protection to adjacent beachfront properties during strong weather events. Hollywood has been a certified Community Wildlife Habitat since 2017 with over 400 certified wildlife habitats to date.
Slaughter Beach, DE
San Diego, CA
Scripps Ranch Estates is a 200-acre, gated housing development that was built in the early 1980s. It is just north of the Miramar Marine Command Air Station. Some of the areas that are not developed are also not irrigated and are native chaparral and naturalized plantings. The community was hit hard by the Cedar Fire of October, 2003 and is still recovering from that event. Special concerns include invasive eucalyptus trees and non-native grasses.