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Energy Equity: A Scenic Concern

The term “energy equity” is generating a lot of buzz these days as people become increasingly aware of how disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by pollution, a lack of investment in clean energy solutions, limited access to energy-efficient housing and transportation, and a lack of understanding about renewable energy choice. These marginalized communities often also…

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The Scenic SWPA Photo Contest is Here

Our first annual #ScenicSWPA Photo Contest is now open to anyone over 18 in our 10-county area Our region has beautiful scenery, and a lot of talented photographers. What’s more perfect than calling attention to our mission – to protect, enhance, and promote the scenic beauty, both natural and built, of southwestern Pennsylvania – than…

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Scenic Missouri: A History of Milestones

As Scenic Missouri approaches its 30th anniversary, we celebrate our long legacy of fighting to protect our state’s scenic beauty, and we look toward the future to address fresh challenges. Scenic Missouri History Scenic Missouri was established in 1993 to address the visual blight caused by unchecked proliferation of outdoor advertising signs, or billboards, along…

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The Best US Road Trips

With temperatures warming up and summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a quintessential American pastime: the road trip. Here are six of the best road trip ideas for your next getaway. 6 Best American Road Trips Pacific Coast Highway, California The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is one of the…

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Visual Pollution and the Preservation of Aesthetic Places

Aesthetics has become a widely-used concept nowadays, from your “Instagram aesthetic” to your personal fashion aesthetic. But America’s most alluring places have aesthetics of their own—beauty that is being threatened by visual pollution. Here’s a look at the meaning of aesthetics and the ways in which visual pollution can erode it. What Does ‘Aesthetic’ Mean?…

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Missouri Awaits Supreme Court Billboard Decision

Decision is Expected by June 2022 On November 10, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising. The case concerns whether or not Austin’s ban of off-premise digital signs is content-neutral, and how First Amendment scrutiny could apply to different messages. The case has tremendous implications. If…

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Introducing the America the Beautiful Initiative: A Roadmap for Scenic Missouri

As Scenic America prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we are pleased to announce, in collaboration with Scenic America, our new strategic plan, which seeks to influence the future of our great state. Phase One of this historic effort, our first major gift fundraising appeal in more than 25 years, anticipates raising a minimum of $750,000…

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Creating the Ozark Run Scenic Byway

A New Way to See Scenic Missouri Have you heard of “the Ozarks”?  Do you really know what it is – or what they are? We bet you would be surprised to learn that this rugged area of hills, valleys, springs, and streams covers 70,000 square miles in the middle of the USA, stretching from eastern Oklahoma…

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Scenic Missouri President John R. Hock Elected to Scenic America National Board of Directors

Scenic Missouri President John R. Hock was elected to the national board of directors of Scenic America during its March 2022 board meeting.   After first becoming involved with Scenic Missouri in 2006, John’s connection to the organization expanded after he retired from a lengthy career at IBM in 2016. Today John is leading the charge…

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Honoring the Scenic Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted

2022 Marks the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Father of American Landscape Architecture April 26, 2022, will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the leading founders of American landscape architecture. Olmsted was a landscape architect, conservationist, and author dedicated to defeating environmental injustices such as inequality,…

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