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Biomimicry, Nature's Color & Design

Biomimicry, Nature's Color & Design | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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The visualization of nature's beauty is helpful in terms of design thinking.  This Pinterest Account will house examples that serve to inspire and motivate design thinking through nature's beauty. 

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What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on peoples health | marketspace

What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on peoples health | marketspace | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
New research has found that blue space including sea, rivers, lakes and even urban water features can have a positive impact on wellbeing (What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on people’s #health?
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While images of green spaces will grab our attention, it's the blue waters that flow to our hearts... 

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Seeds of renewal - Green City Growers, Cleveland, Ohio

Seeds of renewal - Green City Growers, Cleveland, Ohio | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
How one greenhouse is bringing vegetables — and employment — to an economically depressed urban area
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Green City Growers overcomes will overcome anyone's objections to the growing power of our urban communities.  

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Linda Alexander's comment, March 12, 2013 9:31 AM
the largest food-production greenhouse in a core urban area in the U.S., and one of the very largest local food initiatives in the U.S.,” Donnell says. “Here we are in Cleveland, Ohio, and we have those bragging rights.”
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Axiom News: What Can Nature Teach Us?

Axiom News: What Can Nature Teach Us? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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"Bioinspiration, biomimicry, biomimetics, biophilia. While there are various terms to describe it, the basic notion of nature as genius/genii with a seemingly infinite basket of solutions for our world's problems is a sexy topic these days. But can it be an economic game-changer?"

 

This article will also be of interest:

http://www.axiomnews.ca/news/3073

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Consideration is at the Heart--Design Thinking, SchoolArts - February 2013

Consideration is at the Heart--Design Thinking, SchoolArts - February 2013 | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

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Aside from this great article on the purpose of incorporating design thinking in schools, one has access to this complete arts e-magazine. 

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‘Designers Paradise’ Prototypes New Business Prize (CWRU's Fowler Center & IDEO)

‘Designers Paradise’ Prototypes New Business Prize  (CWRU's Fowler Center & IDEO) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND - Having jokingly settled how they would address one another — by name, not title — a nun and a business student turned their attention to the task at hand — rapid prototyping a new process that will celebrate businesses that are agents...
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A collaboration of 70 participants facilitated by IDEO with CWRU's Fowler Center for Sustainable Value (re: Global conference scheduled for 2014, Business as an Agent of World Benefit)...with an eye on the prize (or prizing).

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Michelle Obama: The Business Case for Healthier Food Options

Michelle Obama: The Business Case for Healthier Food Options | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, First Lady Michelle Obama writes that in recent years, they have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for packaged-goods companies.
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"Conscious Capitalism" - the higher purpose for business | Transformational Leadership

"Conscious Capitalism" - the higher purpose for business | Transformational Leadership | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The book Conscious Capitalism calls for a higher purpose for business and lays out a roadmap on how to get there.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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A higher purpose of business that goes well beyond their finances is on the rise worldwide where the aim is to do both good for the planet and well for stakeholders.  Join the movement...  

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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 5:35 AM

Great book, highly recommended!

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The Three Economic Principles of Sustainability - CSRwire.com (press release) (blog)

The Three Economic Principles of Sustainability - CSRwire.com (press release) (blog) | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The Three Economic Principles of Sustainability CSRwire.com (press release) (blog) The recent global financial crisis has raised widespread concern for the sustainability of the global economy and much has been written concerning the negative...
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1st World Youth Sustainability Summit 2013

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We are the future. Thus we shall ask ourselves how we want to live in this future and how we want to create it! Our current ways of living pose problems for our future. We know that we have to reth...
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Global warming Arctic and Antarctic regions differently

Global warming Arctic and Antarctic regions differently | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The robustness of food webs of Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems has been compared for the first time, revealing that global warming can affect the biod...
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Mental Models | The Cloud Institute - Intro to Education for Sustainability (EfS)

Jaimie Cloud discusses patterns of thinking that are required to create conditions for a sustainable future. Learn more at http://www.cloudinstitute.org/summ...
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Jaimie Cloud discusses mental models and the way we were all taught...

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19 Climate Games that Could Change the Future

19 Climate Games that Could Change the Future | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The prevalence of games in our culture provides an opportunity to increase the understanding of our global challenges. In 2008 the Pew Research Center estimated that over half of American adults pl...
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 A few games listed on the Climate Interactive site are no longer available.  However, the two game links below offer real learning possibilities (plus there is an updated version of a climate game on the main link that may be of interest). Here is that link: http://climateinteractive.wordpress.com/

 

Plan it Green: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/plan-it-green/ 

National Geographic's World Without Oil: http://www.worldwithoutoil.org/metaabout.htm

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TRASH, Upcycled, Sustainable Art

TRASH, Upcycled, Sustainable Art | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Interested in the richness at the intersection of art, education, sustainability, culture, travel, literature & learning.
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This is a link to my own Pinterest Account on Trash, Upcycled and Sustainable Art.  There are many visual examples that may inspire your own creativity (or to use in the classroom).  

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These “Farmscrapers” Are Entire Cities In Crazy, Wobbly Looking Towers

These “Farmscrapers” Are Entire Cities In Crazy, Wobbly Looking Towers | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
These incredible looking buildings are designed by a Belgian architect named Vincent Callebaut.
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If you're generally against urban farming of any kind (and I know some do hold these views), these so called "farmscrapers" will not foster your endearment.  The buildings are supposedly designed to mimic the look of rocks and trees that often overhang mountainous cliffs.  Given I spend part of my time in a Chicago skyscraper, The Aqua, which is supposedly environmentally-friendly in terms of its LEED certification, swaying, river-like balconies that are suppose to optimize the use of light, etc., I am dubious of the farmscaper design in terms of its overall weight, water needs, and use of ground materials. Foremost, I can't imagine constructing farmscrapers in any areas of the country where snow and ice are issues. They are quite interesting creations, however. Welcoming any and all reactions to their general feasibility and environmental impact here...

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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA | Video on TED.com

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why?
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Ron Finley's sustainable logic is to move urban teens from gangs to gardens; it's inspiring. Gardening is his graffiti...he uses the garden like a piece of cloth...a beautiful, moving TEDtalk.  His garden is a tool for the transformation of his community.  AN IDEA WORTH SHARING....

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'Gardens' App is a Digital Catalog for Your Backyard

'Gardens' App is a Digital Catalog for Your Backyard | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Gardens, a free iOS app, lets you take, label and share plant photos to a personal online scrapbook.
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You can also use this new, free app if you have a school garden!

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Oh, no..Teach the Controversy Comes to Climate Science: Scientific American

Oh, no..Teach the Controversy Comes to Climate Science: Scientific American | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Multiple state legislatures are considering bills that would allow climate change denial to be taught in public schools
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What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? | MindShift

What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? | MindShift | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered

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"Very few schools have the time or wherewithal to integrate these processes into the school day. But at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., a small, private school for grades K-8, design thinking is part of every class and subject, and has been integrated throughout the curriculum with support from a dedicated Innovation Lab or the iLab."

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The Hotchkiss School - About Hotchkiss - Environmental Initiatives - Energy & Green Building - Green Buildings

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This Hotchkiss School provides probably one of the best examples in the nation of a school truly commited to green building.  The building itself is part of the children's learning experience (as it should be). 

 

Also: In Seattle, this organization started in 2012 is also of interest:  http://www.thesproutcollective.org/what-if.html

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Sam Hollings's curator insight, March 25, 2013 8:48 AM

The Hotchkiss School is a fantastic example of how schools can work to going "Green".  This school site is therefore not only a resource for teachers who might be exploring related units of work with their students, but also to be used as an example for other schools to look to in their own practices and developments.

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Water, Water Everywhere | Visual.ly

Water, Water Everywhere | Visual.ly | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
This infographic takes a look at how the technology of plumbing has changed over the years.
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Great historical infographic on water...

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You've Got Our Attention

You've Got Our Attention | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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If you've not yet signed-up for Sustainable Cleveland 2019's newsletter, please do.  The newsletter provides information on all things sustainable in N.E.Ohio. This month the focus shines on a few new initiatives related to climate change that you'll really want to join!

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The challenges of sustainability - Business Works

The challenges of sustainability - Business Works | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Business Works magazine: Journal highlighting business, entrepreneurship, success and opportunity.
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TEDxManhattan - Changing the Way We Eat

TEDxManhattan - Changing the Way We Eat | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
TEDxManhattan will take place on February 16, 2013, in New York City.
Linda Alexander's insight:

Educate yourself, ask questions, shop local, eat less meat, drink water and other topics will be answered this Saturday, Feb. 18th where you may live stream TEDxManhattan.  Tune in and learn or use this site browse through all the various speakers and links.  Great site!

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Innovation Barometer: How Collaboration Breeds Advantage | Ideas Lab

Innovation Barometer: How Collaboration Breeds Advantage | Ideas Lab | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Read the results from GE's 2013 Global Innovation Barometer and become better equipped in terms of sustainable business practices.  It shows, among other things, how nations that collaborate and partner experience far greater innovation success. 

"The smaller the world becomes, the greater the possibilities for growth and collaboration, something most global executives surveyed in this year’s GE Global Innovation Barometer, readily agree about."

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