Make your contribution to the health of the Great Lakes...map your practice!

About NECO

Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation (NECO) is a new web-based system being developed by the Institute of Water Research (IWR) at Michigan State University to help individuals in the Great Lakes region map and share environmental practices they have installed at homes or businesses, such as rain barrels and rain gardens. The project was funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) in 2008 as part of an information technology request for proposals. The GLPF was looking for a suite of projects to design, deploy, and evaluate information technology prototypes that permit individuals, institutions, and/or private corporations to make healthier choices for the Great Lakes ecosystem; IWR proposed building the NECO website.

The NECO site has three main goals:

  1. increase the effectiveness of existing environmental groups and organizations
  2. motivate people to adopt environmentally beneficial behaviors or practices
  3. improve the health of the Great Lakes through the adoption of environmental stewardship practices
NECO uses the concept of social networking and mapping technology to link people together with common goals of improving the environment in the Great Lakes Basin or in their own back yard. Simple installations of rain barrels, rain gardens, porous pavement, and many other practices can add up to significant improvements in your watershed or neighborhood.

 


What can you do on NECO?

The NECO website strives to encourage individuals, business, and organizations to install green practices that benefit the health of the Great Lakes by promoting infiltration, filtration, and temporary storage of storm water to reduce sediment, nutrients, and contaminants that enter local streams and end up in the Great Lakes. The website provides a variety of tools that help connect individuals doing similar activities in the Great Lakes basin. With NECO you can:

  • Map and showcase your green practice
  • View other practices near you
  • Contribute to improving the health of the Great Lakes
  • Access high resolution aerial photography
  • Learn more about green practices
  • Network and share photos with others
  • Calculate how much water you manage with your rain barrel, rain garden, or other practice
  • Build environmental reports for your neighborhood or the Great Lakes
  • 5 star awards enables you to win merchandise such as rain barrels, plants, etc. 5 star awards enables you to win merchandise such as rain barrels, plants, etc. 5 star awards enables you to win merchandise such as rain barrels, plants, etc. 5 star awards enables you to win merchandise such as rain barrels, plants, etc. 3,500
    Your Star AwardsPnts

    My Networked Neighborhoods

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    Top 10 Most Liked Practices

    Samanthakronk
    # 1
    Rain Garden
    12,417 gals/yr
    freestone
    # 2
    Rain Garden
    12,417 gals/yr
    raingardensorg
    # 3
    Green Roof
    5,757 gals/yr
    H2O2GO
    # 4
    Rain Barrel
    7,343 gals/yr
    freestone
    # 5
    Rain Garden
    12,417 gals/yr
    sgreenfield
    # 6
    Rain Garden
    4,000 gals/yr
    Samanthakronk
    # 7
    Rain Garden
    12,417 gals/yr
    freestone
    # 8
    Rain Barrel
    7,343 gals/yr
    Samanthakronk
    # 9
    Rain Garden
    12,417 gals/yr
    sgreenfield
    # 10
    Rain Garden
    6,240 gals/yr

    What Your Neighbors Are Doing

    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/27/2017 4:46:33 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Barrel, posted 6/23/2017 4:10:01 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/23/2017 3:45:31 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/23/2017 3:37:47 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/23/2017 3:30:22 PM
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    smjohnson created a new account, posted 6/21/2017 11:39:33 AM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/20/2017 3:25:09 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Barrel, posted 6/14/2017 2:39:50 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/14/2017 2:07:43 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/14/2017 2:04:05 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/14/2017 2:02:16 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/14/2017 1:45:18 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/14/2017 10:35:19 AM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/13/2017 3:36:21 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/12/2017 4:01:21 PM
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    piwarsk1 installed a Rain Garden, posted 6/9/2017 3:03:38 PM
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    piwarsk1 created a new account, posted 6/6/2017 3:58:03 PM
    amybartucci created a new account, posted 5/15/2017 10:09:13 AM
    lizkunkle created a new account, posted 5/10/2017 5:23:42 PM
    kstone created a new account, posted 5/10/2017 4:45:28 PM
     
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