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The goal of Project Ecopolis is to
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Gardens can also be a place to renew and reintegrate for children, families
and soldiers returning from combat. This is why Project Ecopolis began work
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at Fort Drum, NY, the most heavily deployed unit in the US military, to give
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program to plant gardens on military bases and throughout nearby military
communities. Starting in July, the Defiant Gardens 4-H program will also
send container gardens to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Forum on Children "Gardens provide a different opportunity than any other support because it's
and Nature online » in nature, and it's a less obvious way of bringing people together and
forming community," says Jeremiah Maxon, Cornell Cooperative Extension's
Defiant Gardens 4-H educator in Jefferson County, NY. "It helps meet needs
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Conservation Fund think to join a community garden when a parent deploys, but [doing so]
online » brings them back to nature and to the community."

The program launches this summer with eight gardens in deployment-

affected communities in NY, while 12 container gardens will be growing in
We are now Afghanistan, tended by the 3-71 Cavalry Unit where many members from
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Cornell Professor Marianne Krasny, who led the development of the Garden
Mosaics intergenerational urban community gardening program, notes that
The National community gardening is getting a lot of attention these days. "Michele
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Children and called for community gardens outside USDA facilities. Such gardens have the
potential not only to help kids eat healthy food and get exercise, but also to
Nature help them connect with parents and other adults in their communities. Such
community connections - and connections with nature - are critical for kids'
healthy development."

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meet: Charles O. Holliday, Jr.,


On January 1, 2009, after ten years as CEO

of DuPont, Charles O. Holliday, Jr. retired,
retaining his position as Chairman of the
Board. During his time as CEO of DuPont,
Mr. Holliday helped transform the chemical
company to become a leader in the next
generation of transformative technologies.
He forged the way by embracing the
concept of sustainable development,
believing that economic growth, social
progress, and environmental balance are
not mutually exclusive goals.

Mr. Holliday's efforts were rewarded in early May when he received the 2009
International Palladium Medal from the American Section of the Société de
Chimie Industrielle, a prestigious award that recognizes his efforts to
globalize the industry and advance science through the integration of
biology and chemistry.

When it comes to the environment, Mr. Holliday has seen evidence of

climate change and has committed his company to reducing emissions of
greenhouse gases. He understands that restricting emissions now can help
businesses avoid risks in the future, such as the buildup of heat-trapping
gases that can eventually cause flooding or droughts.

With this in mind, Mr. Holliday led the way to support government action in
capping emissions and installing a trading system by which companies that
are able to cost-effectively reduce their emissions can sell emission
allowances to others that can't. He has built on the firm's long tradition of
technology advances and has shown how a for-profit enterprise can prosper
in a world wrestling with economic, social, and environmental change.
The Built Environment: Designing Communities to
Promote Physical Activity in Children
A child's life is affected by
the environment in which he
or she lives. Relationships
between health and the
quality of air, water, and
food are well recognized. The
physical environments of the
home and school also
influence health through
exposures to lead, mold,
noise, or ambient light.

The overall structure of the

physical environment of a child's community (referred to as the "built
environment") can also affect health in diverse ways. As cities have
expanded into rural areas, large tracts of land have been transformed into
low-density developments in a "leapfrog" manner. The resultant urban
sprawl can increase automobile travel, which increases air pollution as well
as passenger and pedestrian traffic fatalities. Some urban areas may have
few supermarkets, produce stands, or community gardens, thereby limiting
access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The physical environment of a
community can support opportunities for play, an essential component of
child development, and for physical activity, a health behavior that not only
reduces risk of excess weight gain, but also has many other benefits for
overall well-being.

Read more of this article at the American Academy of Pediatrics website.