Keith Tidball to design, build, and research “healing spaces”

Keith Tidball is co-principle investigator on a project to build Open Spaces Sacred Places (OSSPs) in Joplin, Mo., and New York City. “The OSSPs will be nodes on the landscape where people can connect to values [of natural elements for healing after a disaster], and these places will become portals where people can reconnect with nature,” said Tidball.

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The “Landscapes of Resilience” project recently received a $585,000 National Open Spaces Sacred Places award. This five-year grant will go towards building and studying healing spaces for residents recovering from the May 2011 Joplin tornado and Hurricane Sandy.

For further reading, please see this article from the Cornell Chronicle.

NY EDEN Responds to Recent Flooding Disasters

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)’s NY Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) actively assisted the residents of at least 33 New York counties, during the “prodromal” stages of the recent hurricane and tropical storm, Irene and Lee.

When it was clear that there would be a crisis due to flooding, NY EDEN notified the counties and disseminated information about how to proceed. They “ensure[d] that timely information and regular communication were deployed such that loss of life was minimized.”

Read more about the crucial role that NY EDEN had in responding to the floods in this article.