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Don't Treat Your Soil like Dirt

“Don’t Treat Soil Like Dirt!” or “Is Your Soil Healthy?”

By Thomas J. Akin

Originally written for an Ecological Landscaping Association newsletter a little over 10 years ago; Akin said that today he would call the article, “Is soil-in-handsYour Soil Healthy?”  The author writes today and says: “Let’s see how much I got right and how much the science has improved since then. Indented text shows my amendments to the original article that appeared in ELA’s print newsletter, The Ecological Landscaper, in 2004.

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Planning a Sustainable Franklin Tennessee

Central Franklin PlanningIn early June 2009, through a series of daylong charrettes culminating in a public meeting, Audubon Lifestyles assisted LandDesign, city stakeholders and the Steering Committee for Franklin, Tennessee to develop a  plan that is intended to serve as a unified guide, and central coordinating mechanism for the future of Central Franklin that:

  • emphasizes the interrelated nature of Central Franklin’s diverse neighborhoods and its historic commercial core as a key to its long-term success and vitality;
  • synthesizes and builds upon the previous work efforts and successes of the City, the stakeholders and numerous organizations already active in Central Franklin;
  • complements the citywide recommendations of the Central Franklin Area Plan;
  • focuses on broad issues as they pertain to all of Central Franklin, not just specific geographic areas within it; and
  • perhaps most importantly, identifies the necessary “next steps” the community must take in order to achieve the implementation of its goals for Central Franklin

The Central Franklin planning area encompasses nearly 4,000 of the City of Franklin’s 18,726 acres and includes the downtown, or 15- Block Area, as well as many of the City’s historic residential neighborhoods. The importance of the Central Franklin as the “core” of the community was recognized as most important, and the character of Central Franklin is what was used as the model that should affect and influence the vision of the citywide plan, and upon which Franklin’s future as a city should be based upon. 
 
The Audubon Lifestyles team is proud to have been apart of this process, and is excited to continue to work with the City of Franklin, Tennessee as they move towards becoming more sustainable. 
    


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

O'Connor Signature at the Oaks
www.theoakslakecity.com

The City of Franklin, Tennessee
www.franklin-gov.com

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Green Living Tips
www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov 

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

 

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

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