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Green Infrastructure Center Hosts Japan Ecosystem Society

July 3, 2014: On Friday June 27, the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC) hosted members from the Japan Ecosystem Conservation Society. They visited the U.S. to learn ideas that could be applicable to conservation needs in Japan. The Society is Japan's largest conservation group with more than 30,000 members and 100 staff. According to the Society's Executive Director Ken Yoshiya, "We have lost many species in Japan, even our most sacred bird the White Stork has almost disappeared." The Society's President Hobun Ikeya added that he loved seeing all the birds in America and noted that he lived in Tokyo, where the society is headquartered and could not see even one bird in the city. The Society wants to revitalize its cities to bring nature back and to also recognize that development can co-exist with nature if done properly. Read more...

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GIC Awards

  • 2010 Award for Excellence. Lewis Creek Watershed Award Committee. Staunton, Virginia. Award presented to Karen Firehock and the University of Virginia Fall Semester 2009 PLAC 5800 class.

  • 2006 Eldon Fields Wood Design Professional of the Year. Charlottesville Planning Commission. Charlottesville, Virginia. Award presented to Karen Firehock and the University of Virginia Fall 2006 Semester PLAC 569 class.

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Firehock leads a short nature walk on the Blue Ridge.

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