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Plant converts food waste into energy

Plant converts food waste into energy | LivingFuture | Scoop.it

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District in California is just completing a 5,000 tonne per year plant for the anaerobic digestion of food waste.

 

The SMARTFERM plant is interesting because of its small size, modularity, relatively low cost ($1.6m), and the fact that it is supplying about 100kW per day to the neighbouring wastewater treatment plant. A high quality compost remains at the end of the process.

 

Relevant sites:

Monterey Regional Waste Management District: http://www.mrwmd.org/

SMARTFERM: http://www.smartferm.com/en/smartferm.html

 


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great regional solution using waste as an input, with compost and energy as its outputs.

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Bike-Friendly Cities

Bike-Friendly Cities | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Biking through a city is often the best way to really get a feel for the local culture. Here are some of the most bike-friendly cities around the world.
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Twitter / CostasGarden: It's not biomimicry it's ...

Twitter / CostasGarden: It's not biomimicry it's ... | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
It's not biomimicry it's Monetmimicry Im talking tonight at #MonetsGarden exhibition @National Gallery Victoria wow http://t.co/ies1Jq2XLk
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Better Block - Australian Tour 2013

Video production: Chris Grose (http://scoutfilms.com.au) Music: Quittin' Time by Patrick Lee (Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA) (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Patrick_Lee/Bad_Panda42/Quittin_Time)
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The inspiration behind the GeelongBetterBlock being held on Saturday June 15th, withguest cofounder Jason Roberts from The Better Block, USA.

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Ecocities: using creativity to express our future urban needs

Ecocities: using creativity to express our future urban needs | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
'What is an Ecocity?' 'Where can we find them?' and the important role creative expression has in designing them. Sven Eberlein talks to Richard Register, founder of the Ecocity Builders

Via Ecocity World Summit 2013
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Yes there are cities on the journey toward becoming an ecocity, but how long does it take to become one and does the journey ever end? Hopefully not!

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The Open Office | EngagingCities

The Open Office | EngagingCities | LivingFuture | Scoop.it

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UK local planning now in the hands of communities, but how does it happen

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Manual for creating a community Food Forest on public land

Manual for creating a community Food Forest on public land | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Imagine a forest full of food, free to harvest for for everyone.
This manual will assist you with the process of getting access to public land and establishing a community Food Forest on it.

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hmmmm why not? #edible #landscapes and #publicspaces

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Feeding Cities: Gardening, Greening and Learning in Philadelphia – Next City

Feeding Cities: Gardening, Greening and Learning in Philadelphia – Next City | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
The president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society talks about developing community farms on empty lots across Philadelphia.

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Plant converts food waste into energy

Plant converts food waste into energy | LivingFuture | Scoop.it

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District in California is just completing a 5,000 tonne per year plant for the anaerobic digestion of food waste.

 

The SMARTFERM plant is interesting because of its small size, modularity, relatively low cost ($1.6m), and the fact that it is supplying about 100kW per day to the neighbouring wastewater treatment plant. A high quality compost remains at the end of the process.

 

Relevant sites:

Monterey Regional Waste Management District: http://www.mrwmd.org/

SMARTFERM: http://www.smartferm.com/en/smartferm.html

 


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great regional solution using waste as an input, with compost and energy as its outputs.

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Farmers' lack of bees might be solved by going wild

Farmers' lack of bees might be solved by going wild | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Farmers who have watched helplessly as a mysterious disease wiped out millions of domesticated bees needed to pollinate their almonds, apples and other crops may have an easy solution: make their crops more accessible to wild insects that do the...

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In Praise of Soil: A Conversation with the Founder of Coyote Creek Farm

In Praise of Soil: A Conversation with the Founder of Coyote Creek Farm | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Farmer Jeremiah “Jerry” Cunningham’s neighbors are talking. Not just because his ponds fill and drain better than theirs, or because he can walk across his field without mud clumping on his boots. It’s his compost tea.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:49 AM

My soil is so well flocculated that it is like a thatched roof. It allows a clump of my silver-tipped bluestem grass to have as much as 25 miles of root system, and for every 25 miles of root system, it probably has 50 miles of mycelia or fungi that bring nutrients to that grass. I feed the microorganisms compost tea, which I learned how to make when I studied with Elaine Ingham from the University of Oregon, and now scientific director at Rodale Institute. She built on the work of Sir Albert Howard, the father of organic farming, from the U.K. I have two 250-gallon tanks in a special barn called the Tea Barn. I pull out the protozoa and the fungi, all of the biology out of the compost into a solution, just like making tea, then spray that all over my pasture. I did that four times a year for seven years, believing that was the way to a healthy farm, and it was. Now we only have to spray compost tea every other year.

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Innate Ecology

Innate Ecology | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Our rivers run fast, with the extreme weather and climate events we experience globally. With so many of our cities built on rivers, are we finally seeing the fallout from turning our creeks, and s...
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Eve Ensler: Suddenly, my body | Video on TED.com

Poet, writer, activist Eve Ensler lived in her head. In this powerful talk from TEDWomen, she talks about her lifelong disconnection from her body -- and how two shocking events helped her to connect with the reality, the physicality of being human.

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an inspiring talk, and a reminder of what it means to be human, in this world today

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Ludwig Appeltans's curator insight, February 5, 2013 4:20 AM

Warning: Don't watch this TED talk if you prefer to be asleep

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Events

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INNATE ECOLOGY SUSTAINABLE LIVING 2013 SERIES We have brought together eight great events on sustainable living for community and business to be held in Geelong for the Sustainable Living Festival ...
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This year the Sustainble Living Festival have inspired the State of Sustainbiltiy with over 46 events of the 300 statewide evetns being held in Geelong, with international guests and regional experts...

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7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature | Inc.com

7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature | Inc.com | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Biomimicry can lead to innovation and efficiency. These companies are taking their inspiration from all over the planet.
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Solar Structures Offer Affordable Solar Roof Alternative

Solar Structures Offer Affordable Solar Roof Alternative | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
A new partnership between Silicon Energy and CrystaLite that was announced at the recent Living Future unConference in Seattle is bringing a new alternative to photovoltaic solar roof implementations and ground-mounted installations: the solar...

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Geelong community dreams up a BetterBlock

Geelong community dreams up a BetterBlock | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Geelong community has come together to create a temporary street activation in the central city area of Little Malop Street where retail vacancy almost outnumbers local business. Community groups, ...
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Europan 12 : The Adaptable City

Europan has decided to make the concept of ADAPTABLE CITY the theme of the Europan 12 session, to be launched in 2013.

Definition: adaptability is the quality of a space that can be easily modified in harmony with the changes to which its use is subject or may be subject.


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Rethinking Cities is the current global theme: not only are we attempting to adapt and regenerate our cities, in these changing times we are also trying to make sense of online social platforms as they engage broader audiences, and deliver community demand at our doorstep.

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All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart

All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), which is part of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), maintains a chart that shows efficiency records for all kinds of research solar technologies, from more vanilla to very exotic flavors.

Via Hans De Keulenaer, Noor Fatima
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This provides a great insight into the technological development of solar panels globally

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sharp info
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Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems – Next City

Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems – Next City | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
How do we farm sustainably in an ever-urban world?

Via Flora Moon
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our communities are crying out for #localfood #sustainably grown food, but all we get are global companies pushing internationally grown, #GMO #outofseason #Tasteless fruits and vegies #farmersmarkets here we come!

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Reverse Garbage: the very definition of a sustainable business

Reverse Garbage: the very definition of a sustainable business | LivingFuture | Scoop.it

Reverse Garbage, based in the inner Sydney suburn of Marrickville, has a long and proud history. It is an immense role model for what can be done in waste, and what can be done through cooperatives.

 

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Reverse Garbage: http://reversegarbage.org.au/


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great Sydeny initiaitve that has a long history at Marrackville

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From Farm Straight to the Trash: Why We Need Innovative Food Waste Solutions Right Now

From Farm Straight to the Trash: Why We Need Innovative Food Waste Solutions Right Now | LivingFuture | Scoop.it

Keeping with a theme of food waste, and several different approaches to cut it, here are some tips and ideas: - A smart fridge that can tell you when food you've bought might be need to be consumed.- Reducing the amount of food on display in supermarkets to keep food fresh- Selling food that doesn't meet aesthetic standards at a discount rather than waste it- Making clear laws in relation to labelling of "use by" dates, being clear whether that is a date for peak quality, or when it becomes dangerous to eat. It has been estimated that new food labelling guidelines in the UK could reduce food waste in homes by 20 percent.


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Permaculture In Practice

This video, whose aim is to inspire people to start their own permaculture projects, shows how permaculture is practiced in four very different settings: a H...

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Julie Roe's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:22 AM

An amazing permaculture forest!!

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Forage Farm Dinners |

Forage Farm Dinners | | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
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Forage is the wonderful farm dinners, created for local foodies based on seasonal and locally produced foods and held at the farm. Farms are selected to promote the sustainble farming methods being used. A great initiaitve from two local entrepreneurs.

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Inspiration from nature’s forms

Inspiration from nature’s forms | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
How often have you seen nature solve a problem that we as humans struggle with? Whether trying to maintain an even internal temperature or use only water harvested onsite, nature has evolved effici...
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Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most | Streetsblog.net

Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most | Streetsblog.net | LivingFuture | Scoop.it
Nice work Oliver! RT @StreetsblogNet: Study: the happiest commuters are those who bike and walk to work http://t.co/Fk2nB1dI
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how to get to work wearing a smile...

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