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Nature’s Fortune by Jonathan Adams, Mark Tercek

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Town and Country

WHEN I LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY, I ESCAPED THE PRESSURES OF Wall Street by jogging in Central Park, so I know firsthand the value of urban green spaces. But in all my years running through the Park, I rarely thought of its other benefits. Only now are many urbanites starting to understand green infrastructure and its role in improving water quality, reducing air pollution, and generally improving public health.

In my early months at TNC, I was reluctant to reveal my big-city roots. I did my green credentials no favors by sipping from a plastic water bottle during one of my first all-staff town hall meetings. Sure, I had a terrible cold and was losing my voice, but that was no excuse for my new colleagues. When I came to work ...

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