Jan 13, 2015
Hi Minka, Thanks for submitting this proposal! I think it’s fantastic that you’ve drawn from the resources to give more detail and support for your proposal. Can you give some references for cities that have adopted similar ordinances? It would be helpful to elaborate on the feasibility of this ordinance; can you find out what regulatory opportunities exist to support your idea? A minor suggestion is to define your abbreviations (DBH). Thanks! Hanaa
Kenneth D. Murray
Feb 9, 2015
Hi Minka, You make some good points here on protecting urban tree coverage. Most modern cities would benefit by having more trees, and with value officially recognized. Also, I read your research about methane leaks in Cambridge. Do you know if the gas company made repairs yet? The number of leaks and neighborhood locations are scary. Thank you for the vote of support on my proposal. Murray
Feb 18, 2015
Congratulations on making it to the Semi-Finals for the Urban Heat Island Effect contest. Please take into consideration the comments left by the judges and do please incorporate that feedback into your final proposal. We look forward to seeing your ideas finalized in the next iteration!
Feb 18, 2015
Dear Minka: The CoLab had a typo in their previous message to you. The proposal revision period closes on March 1st, NOT the 31st. Below are your proposal's comments from the judging team. Thank you for participating! Judge 1: It makes sense to hold onto the healthy mature trees that we have in Cambridge. I like that you've provided examples of other cities that have policies to protect trees - it would be good to know (besides timeframe, mentioned in the Fellow's comment) a few other details: how the tree's health is to be managed and assessed, how to ensure that we keep mature trees healthy but prune unhealthy trees and remove dead trees that pose safety hazards. This idea would really benefit from a little discussion of how to balance priorities to maintain a number of mature trees and maintain healthy trees (no matter their size and age.) Perhaps you can draw additional analogies from the Atlanta and California examples you reference? Judge 2: This is an important and potentially highly beneficial strategy. I need more information, though, to know about what the proposed policy mechanism would look like and also how it would address the vacuum you're trying to address. For example, would this be part of the environmental impact statement for proposed development projects and if so what does this idea specifically add? Also, when does it become appropriate to cut down trees - for example, how do you propose this will fit with the inevitable skyrights, PV installations, and invasive species arguments? More detail is needed.
Laur Hesse Fisher
Mar 4, 2015
Dear proposal authors: The Finalist selection phase has been extended so Judges could finalize their comments. The Fellow team will be in touch with more details as they arise. Thank you for your patience and understanding. ~~ Laur Climate CoLab Project Manager
Mar 6, 2015
Dear Minka: Thank you for submitting yet another interesting proposal to the Climate CoLab contest. While your project is a worthwhile endeavor, we have decided not to send it to the finals. Thank you for your participation! Sincerely, Jen