Parks & Strong Communities—San Francisco Tops Cities List – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/05/18/parks-make-strong-communities-san-francisco-tops-cities-list/

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “the average person can walk a half-mile in about 10 minutes” on sidewalks.

San Francisco has always been at the top of this list, but it moved to number one by carving out small parks in the core of the city, where there is high population density.

The city has spent $355 million in bond and general fund money over the past four years to purchase land, renovate dilapidated parks and improve open spaces. In 2012, voters passed the $195 million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond to fix up neighborhood parks.

How Trump’s Federal Workforce Cuts Could Impact Employment Across the Nation

http://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-trump-budget-federal-workforce-state-employment.html

The federal government currently employs just over 2 million civilian employees, another 1.3 million active-duty military members and funds millions more contract positions. Contrary to popular notion, the majority of those jobs aren’t located in the Washington, D.C., area. In fact, a review of the most recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) figures shows 79 percent of federal civilians are based outside of D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Why Texas Is the Most Dangerous U.S. State to Have a Baby

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-maternal-infant-mortality-pregnant-women-texas.html?AMP

If Texas were a country, it would have the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world and would be on a par with Mexico or Turkey. “We’re trying to figure out how to get our rate down to a First World country,” says Tony Dunn, chair of the Texas chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The question is not just why Texas has this problem, but also why it’s been getting so much worse and why it’s more severe there than in other states. There are no clear answers, but there are clues. 

The state task force published its first significant findings on maternal mortality last July. Cardiac events and hypertension rank as the first and third causes of death, aligning more or less with national trends. But in Texas, to the bewilderment of everyone, drug overdoses ranked second.  

The entire country has been grappling with an opioid epidemic that is showing no sign of slowing down. Texas is not ground zero — the Rust Belt and parts of New England claim that title — but it ranks near the top.

Adaptive Bicycle Workgroup – Meetings and Info | Adaptive Bicycle Workgroup | The City of Portland, Oregon

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Adaptive Bicycle Workgroup advises on the development of the Adaptive Bicycle Rental pilot project. It is composed of potential users – mostly Portlanders with disabilities – along with nonprofit and government staff

Homegrown Clean Energy an Alternative to Myanmar’s Spotty Power Grid – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/03/30/homegrown-clean-energy-alternative-myanmars-spotty-power-grid/

A 2014 World Bank article found that 84 percent of households had no electricity connection. At the same time, rural villagers are connecting to modern technologies and looking to generate a steady supply of power.

According to Myanmar’s 2014 census, about 178,000 households used private water mills as a primary source of lighting, while 945,000 used solar and 1 million used diesel generators. Diesel generators are expensive to run, making renewable sources more appealing in poor villages. Less sophisticated sources of light, like candles and lamps, used to be prevalent in poorer households, but they are a fire hazard in huts made of wood or bamboo.

Myanmar (Burma) was economically isolated until just a few years ago, and its first democratically elected president took office in 2016. The country does not have laws governing the rural, off-grid power production or a system of support for the burgeoning DIY power industry. In partnership with the World Bank, Myanmar’s National Electrification Plan (NEP) aims to bring power to all citizens by 2030, but the government overwhelmingly favors expanding the coal-powered grid.