Looking back, and ahead

Happy New Year, Green Cities World!

It was a great year for restoration, engagement, and education in our urban natural areas. We’re still crunching the numbers on all of the great work that we did together, so when that’s done we’ll be sure to share it with you. In the meantime, it was a great year for the blog too. We can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring. Thanks for reading!

Some blog highlights from 2010:

Why We Love Where We Live – I got really into a Grist article about the results of a Gallup poll on why people feel attachment to where they live, and couldn’t help but notice that the top three factors were Green Cities goals. This post was tweeted more than any other so far!

Green Seattle Day – The biggest, best Green Seattle Day yet. Katie’s awesome write-up here documents the 1,000 volunteers that helped out in 20 Seattle Parks. The Woodland Park hub site alone hosted over 300 volunteers, including new Mayor Mike McGinn.

The Blogiversary – We celebrated our blog’s first birthday(!) with a contest. Ara’s post on the carbon stored in a tree won the drawing from among the comments we got.

Green Tacoma on TV – Chris made the news, and Tacoma News watchers learned about the great work GTP has been up to.

The Puget Creek Restoration Society wins City of Destiny Award – This award, given by the City of Tacoma since 1987, recognizes exceptional volunteers who are working to drive Tacoma forward. The Puget Creek Restoration Society was selected by the City Council-appointed Citizens Recognition Committee in the environmental category.

Green Kent – A fifth Green City joined the network this year! We welcomed Kent to the family with a whirlwind of activity, including public meetings, a 20-year plan, City Council approval, and our first ever Green Kent Stewards, already getting to work.

The Carbon Stored in a Tree – Ara’s explanation of the biochemistry behind our exciting carbon mitigation collaboration with Pearl Jam got a lot of views.


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