Municipal Equation Podcast
About This Show
Municipal Equation is a podcast that gets to the core of our cities and towns – and creates an exchange of ideas meant to help you make your hometown a better place. We cover all of the variables that make life in a municipality -- whether a city, town, village, what-have-you -- unique to any other locale.
At times, we’ll focus on the personalities, like trailblazing local leaders or young urban planners with novel ideas. At others, we’ll drill down on big challenges facing the governance or spirit of municipalities, like infrastructure funding or the growth of a talent-base. We’ll meet authors of books and reports that put a new spin on how we see our cities and towns. And from time to time, we’ll get futuristic, examining the technologies and ways of living that might be on the horizon. Best of all, we’ll celebrate the successes that show how great our hometowns really are.
It’s all part of the Municipal Equation. Let’s talk about it. Let’s be a part of it. Municipal Equation is made possible by the North Carolina League of Municipalities, online at www.nclm.org. Producer/host/music: Ben Brown.
Brief: Municipalities, communities, leadership and local government podcast.
Most Recent Episode
EP 10: The Science of Trees in Cities
4 days ago
We enter a better kind of urban jungle on this episode all about the science and economics of trees in cities -- way more interesting than you might think at first. Yep, there's a big economic argument for more trees in our cityscapes. Our guests here apply scientifically backed dollars-and-cents appraisals to the trees that line our streets or green our downtowns. And they discuss tools you can access to tally such values where you live. And, yes, we also discuss the much-harder-to-quantify relationship that humans and trees have shared since the dawn of man -- and what that means for city neighborhoods lacking in greenery. A lot to think about -- and surely a few surprises -- in the episode.
Greg McPherson - http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/uesd/staff/gmcpherson/
Report, "Structure, function and value of street trees in California, USA" -http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/mcpherson/psw_2016_mcpherson004.pdf
David Nowack - http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/people/dnowak
iTree - http://www.itreetools.org
Adam Dale - https://adamgdale.org
Report, "Forecasting the Effects of Heat and Pests on Urban Trees: Impervious Surface Thresholds and the 'Pace-to-Plant' Technique" - http://ecoipm.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Dale_2016_Arb.pdf
Jill Jonnes, "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape" - http://jilljonnes.com
UPI story, "Tree growth slows and cities heat up" - http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/10/05/Tree-growth-slows-as-cities-heat-up/2081475676027/
Report, "Urban warming reduces aboveground carbon storage" -http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/283/1840/20161574
OpenTreeMap - https://www.opentreemap.org
City of Raleigh Urban Forestry Division - http://www.raleighnc.gov/community/content/ParksRec/Articles/Programs/UrbanForestry/UFDivision.html