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The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on climate denial: I think it is a very blind position. I think it is a refusal to use the best of human knowledge, which is ultimately a gift of God.

#christianity #climatechange #knowledge 
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After a decade of rapid urban growth in Denver that shows no signs of letup, developers increasingly are scouring farther-out city neighborhoods to build new multifamily housing for the expanding population.
Denver's housing boom and growing population have frustrated neighbors of some projects in long-established neighborhoods. But little end is in sight.
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We celebrate the #NobelPrize awarded women and their achievements: http://goo.gl/13Dcrg  #WomensDay
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Every year around 200 million people are affected by disasters. More than 75% of all disasters are linked to #climate and hydro-meteorological hazards, with #climatechange expected to increase existing vulnerabilities to disasters. Ecosystem degradation is one of the major drivers of disaster risk, with 30-50% of the population in developing countries living in environmentally fragile areas.
#WCDRR starts next week: http://ow.ly/JXkFn
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“The importance of judicial notice is that the judge accepted climate change and the need to do something about it as a fact without the necessity of any evidentiary support or proof at trial,” said Defense Attorney Martin Stolar. “To the best of my knowledge, this is unprecedented and has significance for future litigation involving climate change.”
You probably remember the polar bear getting arrested in the "Flood Wall Street" protest in
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Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street, recommend proper bicyclist positioning, and may be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance. The shared lane marking is not a facility type, it is a pavement marking with a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network.
Description. Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street, recommend proper bicyclist positioning, ...
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...at a time when it is clearer than ever humanity is running up against the limits to growth (the climate crisis being only the most large-scale symptom), it is delusional and wrong to seek to make an 'egalitarian' argument in favour of growthism.

#economics #environment #climatechange 
Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century' has taken the intellectual world by storm, writes Rupert Read. His analysis of wealth inequality is timely and powerful, but there's one crucial thing he hasn't 'got': that growth must run up against ecological limits - indeed it already has.
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So let's remember on this St. Patrick's Day that the same God who inspired a former captive named Patrick to return to his captors and evangelize them in the 4th century is working in us as we work to call this church and this communion to wholeness in the 21st.
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A great nod to International Women's Day!
 
Today we're celebrating the wonderful women in galaxies near and far, far away. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!
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In recent years, cities have increasingly criminalized the lives of those living on the streets with moves such as banning sleeping in cars and making it illegal to lie down in public spaces. Denver was one of many cities to restrict camping and loitering.
Colorado aims to protect Denver’s homeless population from strict laws.
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While pursuing a goal of cheap food, governments and companies contribute to a food system that uses resources at an unprecedented rate, abuses animals, and pollutes the environment—from fertilizers running off the fields to food packaging filling up landfills and the ocean. And there’s mounting scientific research to suggest that eating highly processed food contributes to a number of diseases and shorter lives.
Americans are spending a smaller percentage of their income on food than previous generations. Is that a good thing?
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Whenever something is alive it is capricious. Life brings with it creativity and the ability to try on new forms and explore in new directions. Gazing through Jesus at God necessarily means coming into relationship with daunting paradox, searing beauty, and limitless possibility – not to mention all the permutations of Love.
I think that in everything he did Jesus was pointing at something else. He was inviting us into relationship. He…
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Urban/Environmental Planner, Husband, Father
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  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Associate City Planner - Environmental Planning & Compliance, 2011 - 2013
  • Colorado Center for Community Development
    Graduate Assistant - GIS & Planning, 2010 - 2011
  • Denver Public Works
    Planning & Policy Intern, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Colorado Land Use Futures Lab
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009
  • Eco-Justice Ministries
    Outreach Coordinator, 2008 - 2008
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Environmental & Historic Review Research Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • FedEx Kinko's/Kinko's
    Various, 1993 - 2006
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Denver, CO
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Bryn Mawr, PA - Denver, CO - Loveland, CO - San Luis Obispo, CA - Chula Vista, CA
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"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
Introduction
I consider myself both an urbanist and an environmentalist. Done right, the two are not at odds. I am interested in sustainable and resilient community development that protects environmental and economic systems while providing opportunities for advancement for all members of a community. I am also into how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help with achieving those goals.

I'm into progressive politics, though I try and be respectful of differing viewpoints. Sometimes, I do find that conservatives come up with really good ideas, and I try to be open to that. Indeed, I am starting to think that our old liberal/conservative divides may be outdated, but I'm not sure yet.

I am a person of faith; I am a Christian and an active member of The Episcopal Church. However, anyone of any faith tradition, or of no religious inclination at all, who is interested in creating a fair and sustainable future for all, is someone I want to have an energetic but respectful conversation with.

For fun, I'm a bit of a tech nut, especially for Apple tech, and have a growing respect for Google (hence why I'm on Google+!). I love to read fantasy literature (JRR Tolkien & Terry Brooks are favorites) when time allows. But above all, I love to just hang out with my wife and son.

All posts are my own opinions and are not reflective of my employers or any other group I am a part of. Let the conversations begin!
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New daddy to the most amazing son ever!
Education
  • University of Colorado Denver
    Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Denver
    Master of Applied Science - Environmental Policy & Management, 2004 - 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University
    BS Landscape Architecture, 1988 - 1993
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