Writings by Tim Beatley’s Students

Legislating the Humane Treatment of Wildlife

Post written by James D. Brown Our need to plan for nature in our urban landscapes requires a purposeful consideration of how we, as human urban residents, can peacefully co-exist with our more wild neighbors. Some cities are considering the methods by which these interactions occur, especially how we can humanly treat wildlife that may [...]

Reinventing Nature in the City: Leave No Trace and Do No Harm Turns Into Do Something, Make It Good

An Interview with Natalie Jeremijenko, Director of the Environmental Health Clinic, Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program Natalie Jeremijenko is a renowned artist, engineer, and inventor who is innovating in unexpected ways. Jeremijenko, like many others, is dissatisfied with current reactions to many of today’s greatest environmental [...]

Building Community and Habitat in the City of St. Louis through Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project

The Biophilic Cities Project had the great pleasure of interviewing the mayor and the sustainability director for the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Mayor Francis Slay and Catherine Werner described the new, successful Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative. Catherine Werner with Mayor Francis G. Slay St. Louis may be known for the Gateway Arch [...]

Festivals that Dance like a Butterfly

Festivals bring vitality and a sense of community to cities. What better way to bring people together than to provide a public celebration where everyone can enjoy themselves? Adding wings to this idea, now there are festivals that celebrate the people within a community and also the important native plants and animals that make such [...]

Marine Citizen Science: Reconnecting People with the Ocean

My childhood was spent on Kodiak Island, Alaska and I spent countless hours poking starfish and collecting creatures from tidal pools. After nearly a decade of living away from the ocean, I recently moved to a coastal city. Despite living less than half of a mile from the bay, myself and many other city residents [...]

Heath Impact Assessments for Measuring the Impact of Nature

Convincing local governments to invest in nature can often be a hard sell. With a finite amount of resources and growing demands, prioritizing nature in cities can be difficult. One strategy for obtaining funding or buy in for your urban nature project is to conduct an assessment of its potential health impacts. Human health benefits [...]

Green Wall Construction 101

While the Biophilic Cities Team was preparing for the LAUNCH, we wanted to make sure that the exhibit also included a taste of the innovative green ideas that exist throughout our partner cities. We decided to include an array of options for our green demonstrations, from do-it-yourself to store-bought and assembled kits. In the end, [...]

Aquaponics: Growing More with Less

Portable fish farm at Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Steven Walling. Accessed from the Wikimedia Commons. With the recent increase in popularity of urban farming on the rise, the question arises: how much food can actually be generated in the city?  One technique that can increase calories per square foot while also [...]

10 ways to connect with nature in the city!

1. Invite native flora and fauna into your life: City version! Plant a window box with native species, keep an eye out for birds and insects at your window or on your street. What are other ways you can find native flora and fauna in the city? 2. Go on a nature scavenger hunt of your [...]

Creating Insect Conservation Sites in Cities

Urban green spaces are not just areas for plants and trees.  They are habitats and conservation sites for animals too, most commonly, insects.  While public opinion and appeal for insects isn’t always positive, insects are actually very beneficial to us.  They are pollinators, enemies of pests, and a major food source for other animals. Insects [...]