So What Epoch is it Again?

How about today? Is it still true that the natural world exists independently from human influence? Or, on the other hand, maybe human constructs have become so pervasive that our impacts are seen in every corner of the globe.

Back in middle school and high school, my favorite author was the late Colleen McCullough. My mother introduced me to her “Masters of Rome” book series, which consisted of seven chronological historical fiction novels set in the late Roman Republic of the first century B.C. Those novels sparked my fascination with Roman history, and they are probably responsible for my decision to study Latin in high school and history in college.

I recently reflected on a legend from Roman history that I’m guessing few of you know. It is the story of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the man for whom Cincinnati, Ohio is named.

According to legend, Cincinnatus was a Roman patrician (basically an aristocrat) in the middle of the fifth century B.C. After retiring from politics, Cincinnatus withdrew from Roman society to be a humble farmer on his family’s land. The Roman Republic was going through a rather tumultuous time, however, so Cincinnatus’s retirement did not last.

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The Ray: 18-mile stretch of road is a testbed for a "regenerative highway ecosystem"

Reprinted from Treehugger.com

What will the highways of the near future look like? This road project aims to create "a corridor that reconnects and restores us."

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Infrastructure Opportunity: Solar Noise Barriers

The Ray reveals comprehensive research on renewable energy producing noise barriers

The Ray is proud to release groundbreaking research on solar noise barriers in conjunction with Innovia Technology, a UK based innovation consultancy. The Ray’s research was conducted in parallel with the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, which recently released complimentary research.

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Let's Use the Right-of-Way in a Smarter Way

Reprinted from Mother Nature Network

Right-of-way farming joins a bevy of sustainable initiatives along the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway in Georgia.

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Serenbe Hosts 2018 Biophilic Leadership Summit, Sponsored By Interface

Those interested in learning how to implement sustainable, biophilic practices in their communities can do so at the 2018 Biophilic Leadership Summit, held at Serenbe. Along with The Biophilic Institute and Biophilic Cities, and sponsored by Interface, Serenbe will host the summit April 8-11, 2018.

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