Nature Deficit Disorder: It’s a thing

View from Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently returned from a three day backpacking trip in a remote area of the George Washington National Forest. It was a much needed vacation from my urban-focused life, allowing me to reconnect with nature, and helping ward off symptoms of Nature Deficit Disorder. Yes, that is a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the city, and actually prefer it to a rural or suburban lifestyle. But as someone who has also spent significant periods of their life residing in rural places, I recognize …read more

Neighborhood Visualizer Map Compares Resource Use in U.S. Cities

Want a better look at the resources and energy used in your neighborhood? There’s a map for that.

Thank the University of Lisbon and MIT for the creation of yet another map to help us understand the impact the human population has on this planet. This map combines data on population, energy use, and building resource intensity for neighborhoods across the United States.

According to the project’s website, the Neighborhood Visualizer map was created as an attempt to lessen the knowledge gap around spatial patterns related to material and energy use in our cities. The interactive map, accessed at …read more