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The Learning Network is a place to talk about what is happening in the sustainability field and share new resources and upcoming events.  View newly released resources, upcoming events and information to help incorporate environmentally, socially, healthy and economically sustainable practices into your work.

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L-R Karen Ramirez, Gareth Howell, Greg Jones, Linda Nguyen, Donnico Carter

Operation Mulch-a-Lot: Long Beach Chips Away at Blight and Green Waste

Vacant and abandoned lots in a community can attract crime, create health hazards or lead to depressed property values. City-owned lots are one area where local government can directly reduce neighborhood blight at a minimal cost. The City of Long Beach has a fairly simple, creative and easily replicated use for vacant city lots that also offers added benefits for sustainability, job training, community collaboration and access to healthy foods.


Sharing Local Agencies’ Stories

One of the “indispensable competencies” for local government leaders is the ability to communicate through stories, according to Frank Benest, former city manager of Palo Alto and consultant to local governments. Benest uses storytelling as a tool to help local officials with strategic decision-making, because stories provide a compelling way to convey who you are and where you are going.

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