Author: Jonathan Cloud

Regenerative Community Development Initiatives for the Greater Rochester Region

Join us for the Transition U.S. ReGenerative Communities Summit Starting Sept 24, 2021

Possible Rochester is Joining with Other Organizations to Support the ReGenerative Communities Summit — Friday, September 24 – Sunday, October 10 — Register Now (Donation-based) Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. We seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on connection with self, others, & nature.…
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Using Art to Combat the Urban Heat Island Effect

As noted in SmartCitiesDive, “A Massachusetts group is teaching city leaders how to collaborate with artists on cooling methods and climate awareness.” Cities use art to combat extreme urban heat Read the full story here… For a description of urban heat islands in Rochester, see RochesterFirst.com, “Heat Island Defined: How cities act like giant ovens…
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A New Hope for Nature

In Nature’s Best Hope (2020), Douglas Tallamy takes a major step beyond E.O. Wilson’s call for half the Earth to be set aside for nature. Tallamy, a professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, argues that we need a substantial restoration of the natural environment in our own backyards. Only by…
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Restoring & Regenerating the City

Creating regenerative cities primarily means this: To develop comprehensive political, financial, and technical strategies to assure a restorative relationship between cities and the ecosystems from which they draw resources for their sustenance. Towns and cities cannot exist in isolation from nature. —Herbert Girardet, Creating Regenerative Cities (2014) We recently published a post at PossiblePlanet.org that discusses the…
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Bouncing Forward

  The opportunity, as we come out of the pandemic[1], is to reimagine our future and build forward to address the immediate challenges and create a better future. It’s not about “Building Back Better” but about “Building Forward Better.” To the extent that we fail to recognize this, the crises we face—of climate change, biodiversity…
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Harnessing Private Capital to Bring Clean Energy to Rochester’s Commercial Buildings

  Our Possible Rochester initiative has taken another major step forward, with the launch of our community-oriented site, PossibleRochester.org. Our business-oriented site, PossibleRochester.com, which focuses on C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) as a financing mechanism for upgrading commercial properties to clean energy, has been operating since February when the city announced the launch of…
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PossibleRochester.com Launched to Support Local C-PACE Program

(Image credit: Veer Mudambi, Rate It Green) We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new initiative to support the introduction of C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) in the City of Rochester. As part of this, we are seeking to conduct a national demonstration project for what we call Community PACE and, at the…
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C-PACE Comes to Town

  At Possible Planet, we’ve been working on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) for nearly a decade, so we were delighted to find out that the City of Rochester had approved it last year. The program actually launched in February of 2021, with an announcement by Mayor Lovely Warren and the posting of a…
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