Terms of Use


TERMS OF USE

 

IMPORTANT – THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND NATURE SACRED, INC. (“NATURE SACRED” OR “WE” OR “US” OR “OUR”). THE WEBSITES LOCATED AT WWW.NATURESACRED.ORG (THE “WEBSITE”), IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY NATURE SACRED. BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING ANY PART OF THE WEBSITE, YOU SHOULD READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT. YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE ARE SUBJECT TO THESE TERMS OF USE, AS WELL AS TO ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS, AND ALONG WITH ANY OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS MAY BE SET FORTH BY NATURE SACRED.

NATURE SACRED IS WILLING TO LICENSE AND ALLOW THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE ONLY ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS OF USE, YOU ARE NOT GRANTED PERMISSION TO ACCESS OR OTHERWISE USE THE WEBSITE.  YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THIS WEBSITE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF AND AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS OF USE. THESE TERMS OF USE MAY BE MODIFIED BY NATURE SACRED FROM TIME TO TIME WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTICE BY POSTING HERE AND YOU WILL BE BOUND BY ANY SUCH MODIFIED TERMS OF USE IF YOU CONTINUE TO USE THIS WEBSITE AFTER SUCH CHANGES ARE POSTED. THE DATE THESE TERMS OF USE WERE LAST UPDATED IS STATED AT THE END OF THIS DOCUMENT.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THESE TERMS OF USE PERIODICALLY FOR UPDATES AND CHANGES.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Description of Nature Sacred and the Website

Nature Sacred exists to inspire, inform and guide communities in the creation of public green spaces – called “Sacred Places” – designed to improve mental health, unify communities and engender peace.  The Website provide users with access to a variety of information and resources, including case studies, works of authorship, articles, e-newsletters, podcasts, and other relevant content related to Sacred Places (collectively, the “Content”).

 

Personal Information 

You can visit the Website and access most of the Content, features and functionality without being required to provide us with any personal information. However, some requests may require you to provide us with some personally identifying information, as more specifically detailed in our privacy policy, located here. 

Age Requirements

Nature Sacred Website is intended solely for users who are 13 years of age or older, and any registration by, use of or access to the Website by anyone under 13 is unauthorized.  If you are 13 or older but under the age of 18, you should review these Terms of Use with your parent or guardian to make sure that your parent or guardian understands them, agrees to be bound by them and you should only use the Website with their permission and under their supervision.  Additionally, you have to be 18 years of age or older to make a donation.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child who is at least 13 years of age, but under the age of 18, and you give your child permission to use the Website, you hereby agree to the terms set forth in these Terms if Use on behalf of both yourself and your child. 

 

If you reside in a jurisdiction that would restrict the use of the Website – or any of the functionalities or features offered via the Website – because of age, or restricts the ability to enter into contracts such as this one due to age, you must abide by such age limits and you must not use the Website if you are not permitted to do so by such local jurisdiction.   Please note, if  you reside in the European Economic Area, Switzerland or United Kingdom, you must be 16 years of age or older, and any use of or access to the Website by anyone under 16 is unauthorized.  

 

Intellectual property rights

Trademarks and Service Marks

Certain trademarks are the service marks and trademarks of Nature Sacred. All page headers, custom graphics, and button icons are service marks, trademarks, logos, and/or trade dress of Nature Sacred. All other trademarks, service marks, trade dress, product names, company names or logos, whether registered or not, on the Website are the property of their respective owners. In addition to complying with all applicable laws, you agree that you will not use any such trademarks, service marks, trade dress, or other logos from these Website without the prior written authorization of Nature Sacred or their respective owners.

Copyright

Except as otherwise expressly stated, all Content appearing on the Website – including all scripts, videos and similar materials, is the copyrighted work of either Nature Sacred or third party partners and suppliers, and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The compilation (meaning the collection, arrangement and assembly) of all Content is also the exclusive property of Nature Sacred, and is protected by U.S., and international copyright laws. Except as otherwise expressly stated herein or as expressly permitted, you may not alter, modify, copy, distribute (for compensation or otherwise), transmit, display, perform, reproduce, reuse, post, publish, license, frame, download, store for subsequent use, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information or Content obtained from the Website, in whole or in part, including any text, images, audio, and video in any manner, without the prior written authorization of Nature Sacred, or any applicable third-party suppliers or authorized users. The use of Content, including images, by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by Nature Sacred. Any unauthorized use of text or images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and applicable regulations and statutes. Nature Sacred does not warrant nor represent that your use of any Content or materials displayed on the Website will not infringe rights of third parties.  

Takedown Notice

If you believe that any content, pictures or images on these Website violates or infringes upon your intellectual property rights or someone else’s intellectual property rights, please contact us at info@naturesacred.org and provide enough information to enable the Nature Sacred to understand what content, pictures or images are an issue, and provide contact  information so that we can contact you with any questions or follow up. 

Nature Sacred License Grant

These Terms of Use provides to you a personal, revocable, limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable license to access the Website solely for your own personal use.  Your use of the Website, and access to the Content, including any images, videos, materials or information made available through the Website are conditioned on your continued compliance with the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use.  Accordingly, you expressly acknowledge and agree that Nature Sacred transfers no ownership or intellectual property interest or title in the Content.  

Reservation of Rights

Nature Sacred reserves the right, in its sole discretion and at any time, to modify, interrupt, limit, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website, in whole or in part, including, as we deem necessary for purposes of maintenance, upgrades and the like, or to maintain the Website or to comply with applicable law. Nature Sacred shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modifications, suspensions or discontinuances of the Website. 

 

Articles, Works of Authorship & Podcasts

The Website contains articles, works of authorship and podcasts. The content, views and opinions published may be written by employees, volunteers or unaffiliated third party contributors.  All  articles, works of authorship and podcasts belong solely to their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nature Sacred, its management or employees. Nature Sacred is not responsible for, and disclaims any and all liability for the content of the blogs and videos.  

Additional Acknowledgments.  

You hereby agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations with respect to your use of Nature Sacred Website and all Content. In addition, you also acknowledge and agree that use of the Internet, and access to or transmissions or communications with the Nature Sacred Website, is solely at your own risk.  While Nature Sacred has endeavored to create a secure and reliable Website, you should understand that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from Nature Sacred Website over the Internet or other form of global communication network cannot be guaranteed.  Accordingly, Nature Sacred is not responsible for the security of any information transmitted to or from the Website.  

Prohibited Use/Activities

In addition to any other restrictions or conditions of use, you hereby acknowledge, and represent and warrant, that your use of the Website, will not be, or alleged to be unlawful, unauthorized, fraudulent or malicious in purpose.  In addition, you agree you will not:  

  1. license, sublicense, sell, resell, transfer, assign, distribute or otherwise commercially exploit or make available to any third party the Website or Content or in any way; 
  2. modify or make derivative works based upon the Website or Content; 
  3. create Internet “links” to the Service or “frame” or “mirror”  the Website on any other server or wireless or Internet-based device; 
  4. reverse engineer or access the Website in order to (a) design or build a competitive product or service, (b) design or build a product using similar ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Services or Application, or (c) copy any ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Services or Application;
  5. launch an automated program or script, including, but not limited to, web spiders, web crawlers, web robots, web ants, web indexers, bots, viruses or worms, or any program which may make multiple server requests per second, or unduly burdens or hinders the operation and/or performance of the Services or Website;
  6. interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Website or the data contained therein, or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Website or its related systems or networks.

 

Nature Sacred will have the right to investigate and prosecute violations of any of the above to the fullest extent of the law. You acknowledge that Nature Sacred has no obligation to monitor your access to or use of the Website, but has the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Website and providing the Services, to ensure your compliance with these Terms of Use, or to comply with applicable law or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental body. 

Links To Third-Party Websites/Materials/Content 

The Website contains hyperlinks to other websites – including a variety of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest – each owned and operated by parties other than Nature Sacred. We do not control the websites accessed from such hyperlinks, and cannot be held responsible for the content or accuracy of anything on these sites, including any advertisements, products for sale, or services.  Any such websites are likely to set forth specific terms of use and privacy policies that you should review.  Nature Sacred shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damages or losses caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on such content, articles, resources, advertisements, products, services or other materials available on or through any such linked website.  Nature Sacred is not responsible for the privacy practices of any other website, and we encourage you to read the privacy policy of each website you visit prior to providing them any information or undertaking any activities.

Service Provided In United States; Compliance With Laws

Nature Sacred Website is hosted in the United States.  If you are a non-U.S. user of Nature Sacred, by visiting the Website you agree to comply with all applicable federal and state U.S. laws. You further agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.  

We make no representations that the Website and any and all information contained therein, including any Content, is appropriate, available or legal in any particular location. The Website is not intended for access or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would subject Nature Sacred to any registration requirement within such jurisdiction or country. You hereby acknowledge and agree that you are choosing to access the Website and all related services, information or Content on your own initiative and that you are responsible for compliance with all applicable international, federal, state, local and any other applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding your use of the thereof.

General Disclaimer

The Content contained on this Website has been prepared by Nature Sacred as a convenience to its Website visitors.  Nature Sacred has used reasonable efforts in collecting, preparing and providing such Content, but makes no warranty or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the Content contained in or linked to this Website or any other Website maintained by Nature Sacred.  

YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ALL CONTENT IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” OR “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND NATURE SACRED EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE WEBSITE AND ALL ELEMENTS THEREOF, WHETHER IMPLIED, EXPRESS, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, QUIET ENJOYMENT AND ACCURACY. NONE OF THE CONTENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED, OR USED, AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. NATURE SACRED MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE WEBSITE AND CONTENT IS ACCURATE, TIMELY, UNINTERRUPTED, VIRUS-FREE OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT ANY SUCH PROBLEMS WILL BE CORRECTED.

Limitation Of Liability 

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT WILL NATURE SACRED BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF INCOME, LOSS OF GOODWILL OR REPUTATION, DAMAGE TO OR CORRUPTION OF DATA, OR PERSONAL INJURY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH USE OF THE WEBSITE (OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE), AND YOUR USE OF OUR CONTENT.  YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE IS PREDICATED UPON YOUR WAIVER OF ANY RIGHT TO SUE NATURE SACRED AND ITS AFFILIATES DIRECTLY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION SUIT FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE. 


CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS. 

Indemnity  

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Nature Sacred and affiliates and all of their respective employees, funders, parents, subsidiaries, joint ventures, affiliates, agents, developers, directors, officers and attorneys from and against any and all claims, proceedings, damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses) relating to or arising from i) any breach or alleged breach by you of this Terms of Use, or ii) any act or omission related to your use of this Website or Content.

Governing Law

This Terms of Use has been made in and will be construed and enforced solely in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and the State of Maryland, U.S.A. as applied to agreements entered into and completely performed in the State of Maryland. You and Nature Sacred each agree to submit to exclusive subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, and venue to the federal and state courts located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

YOU AND NATURE SACRED AGREE THAT ANY PROCEEDINGS TO RESOLVE OR LITIGATE ANY DISPUTE WILL BE CONDUCTED SOLELY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, AND THAT NEITHER YOU NOR NATURE SACRED WILL SEEK TO HAVE ANY DISPUTE HEARD AS A CLASS ACTION, A REPRESENTATIVE ACTION, A COLLECTIVE ACTION, A PRIVATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL ACTION, OR IN ANY PROCEEDING IN WHICH YOU OR NATURE SACRED ACTS OR PROPOSES TO ACT IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY. YOU AND NATURE SACRED FURTHER AGREE THAT NO PROCEEDING WILL BE JOINED, CONSOLIDATED, OR COMBINED WITH ANOTHER PROCEEDING WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF YOU, NATURE SACRED, AND ALL PARTIES TO ANY SUCH PROCEEDING.

Term and Termination.  

This Terms of Use and your right to use the Nature Sacred Website will take effect at the moment you access the Website, and is effective, binding and enforceable for as long as use the Website.  In addition, Nature Sacred reserves all of its legal rights to pursue any and all legal remedies if we believe you are using the Website for fraudulent or unlawful activity or you are taking any actions or omissions that violate any term or condition of this Terms of Use, or in order to protect its name and goodwill, its business, and/or other users.  All provisions of this Terms of Use that by their nature our intended to survive termination will so survive and remain binding and effective – such provisions include, but are not limited to the miscellaneous section below, the provisions concerning Nature Sacred’s proprietary rights, indemnity, disclaimers of warranty, limitation of liability, and governing law.

Miscellaneous 

This Terms of Use constitutes the entire agreement between you and Nature Sacred and governs your use of the Website, superseding any prior agreements between you and Nature Sacred. You will not assign the Terms of Use or assign any rights or delegate any obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, whether voluntarily or by operation of law, without the prior written consent of Nature Sacred. Any purported assignment or delegation by you without the appropriate prior written consent of Nature Sacred will be null and void. We may assign these Terms of Use or any rights hereunder without your consent. Failure by Nature Sacred to insist on strict performance of any of the terms and conditions of this Terms of Use will not operate as a waiver by Nature Sacred of that or any subsequent default or failure of performance.  The Website are not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would subject Nature Sacred to any registration requirement within such jurisdiction or country. We reserve the right to limit the availability of the Website or any portion of the Website, to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction, at any time and in our sole discretion, and to limit the service or other features that the Website provides.  If any provision (or part thereof) contained in this Terms of Use is determined to be void, invalid, or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or on account of a conflict with an applicable government regulation, such determination shall not affect the remaining provisions (or parts thereof) contained herein and the illegal, invalid, or unenforceable clause shall be modified in compliance with applicable law in a manner that most closely matches the intent of the original language.  No joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Nature Sacred as result of this Terms of Use or your utilization of the Website.  Headings herein are for convenience only. 

 

Terms of Use: last updated July 15, 2020.

 

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