Category: Cities

  • The Nature of Cities

    The Nature of Cities

    Why Cities are Good for the Environment Contrary to our cultural narrative, cities are good for nature. Why? Because cities are natural and governed by the same processes that create ecological systems. In fact, cities may be the most useful tool we have for tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. One study out of Yale University reported:…

  • Gardening in Edmonton

    Gardening in Edmonton

    Tending The Landscape I want to acknowledge the First Nations communities that have long lived and tended the land on which Edmonton stands. From passive actors, indigenous communities were active participants who managed the landscape in ways that increased biodiversity and tipped ecologies in ways that benefited culturally significant plants and animals. For First Nations…

  • Beekeeping in Edmonton, 13 Steps to Get Started

    Beekeeping in Edmonton, 13 Steps to Get Started

    A Step-By-Step Guide To Beekeeping In Edmonton Since 2014, beekeeping has been permitted within the City of Edmonton, and in that short amount of time, the City’s beekeeping community has steadily grown to hundreds of urban hives. If you’re here, there’s a chance that you’re interested in joining that community. Let me be the first…

  • Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    11 Reasons Why the Magie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird No other Edmonton resident is more controversial than the ubiquitous Magpie (Pica hudsonia). While many Edmontonians resent its 4 am wake-up calls, many of us find the Edmonton magpie fascinating. It’s the bird that Bird Studies Canada refers to as a “charming and charismatic species…easily recognized by its…

  • The Hive Next Door -Living Next To 60K Bees

    The Hive Next Door -Living Next To 60K Bees

    When Honeybees Move In You’ve found yourself living next to a beekeeper; now what? Should you be concerned? Will you get stung? Can you expect more honeybees in the yard? Will your flowers and fruit trees be happier? If you’re unfamiliar with bees, it’s understandable that you may have questions about the hive next door.…

  • Bat Bridge: Span The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design

    Bat Bridge: Span The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design

    Spanning The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design What if a bridge could do more than move people from one side to another? What if bridges offered habitats, pest control, tourist attractions, and a boost to the local economy? Then, let me introduce you to bat bridges – a seemingly normal bridge that, intentionally or…

  • Urban Glaciers In A Time Of Climate Change

    Urban Glaciers In A Time Of Climate Change

    In a world where glaciers are disappearing, could northern cities build them? While travelling on Edmonton’s ring road, be on the watch for a mountain of snow – an urban glacier – made from the snow cleared from Edmonton’s city streets throughout the winter. Lasting well into summer, residents have taken to betting on when…

  • Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    An Edible Ecosystem in the River Valley In 2014, one hundred community volunteers descended into Edmonton’s river valley to plant thousands of edible native plants. Located on the south-facing slope of MacKinnon Ravine, the river valley food forest aimed to create a self-sufficient edible ecosystem that captures water, increases biodiversity, reduces costs, cleans the air,…