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Why We Should Build Smart Highways

Why We Should Build Smart Highways | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
High-speed rail is still just a dream in America. But why then aren't smart roads a reality?

 

It is possible to imagine a world in which smart pavement, smart cars, and embedded monitoring and controls would turn highways from gulches that pollute a wide swath of land around them with both particles and noise would become more like rivers.

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The true cost of water

The true cost of water | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

The market’s perverse water pricing creates opportunities for businesses that look beyond the market and consider the true cost of H20.

The environmental and social costs of global business water use add up to around $1.9 trillion per year, according to new research.

Some of these external water costs already are being internalized and hitting bottom lines: Just last year, the worst drought in the United States in 50 years sent commodity prices skyrocketing. Companies, especially those in the food, beverage and apparel sectors whose margins and supply chains are tightly linked to agricultural commodities, can use the true cost of water to get ahead of the trend of external costs increasingly being internalized through regulations, pricing or shortages...


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 18, 2013 7:06 PM

Understanding the true costs of resources, and accounting for these costs, is critical to realistically reaching the goal of Zero Footprint.

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Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide

Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Today more than 500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles.

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What happens when social media is read by robots - and not curated by humans

What happens when social media is read by robots - and not curated by humans | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Here in the US, the Dow recently tumbled almost 150 points in a “flash crash” caused by widespread digital panic. What was the cause of this panic? Twitter.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:11 PM

As Clair tweeted "a single twitter handle (AP's) is hacked and the Dow tumbles 150 points."


Why? As she explains through a combination of automated trading and lack of social media usage by the traders.


Technology is great. But I'm a firm believer that the best way to leverage it is not to let it go on auto-pilot but rather have its output curated by humans - a concept we like to call Humanrithm which we apply at Scoop.it, for instance when our discovery algorithm only makes content suggestions but lets users decide what gets published and what is not.


Did we get lucky this time? Some people probably weren't and lost something in that story. But if we don't want SF movies to become real one day, we have to start educating and empowering everyone to curate social media.

Oïké.coop's comment, April 26, 2013 4:53 AM
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Pierre Scampini's curator insight, April 26, 2013 6:20 AM

Tous les outils quels qu'ils soient doivent être créés pour servir l'humain et non s'auto-gérer au-delà du raisonnable. Gardons cette éthique y compris dans les sytèmes de l'information et leurs processus.

Quelques questions universelles peuvent nous aider à en faire le diagnostique et s'aplliquent à tous les systèmes ou projets:

 

1- Est ce que cela tiens la mer ? Est ce relié au monde des vivants ? (Approche)

 

2- Est ce bien fait ? ( Déploiement)

 

3- la boucle PDCA est elle bouclée et enrichie ? (Evaluation)

 

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All our tools should be created to serve humans and not to serve themselves. We must keep this ethical idea in mind for IT systems too.

Universal questions should help us. They could be used to make the diagnostic of any system or project:

 

1- Does it stay afloat ? Is it linked with living world and specially human world ? (Approach)

 

2- Is it well done ? ( Deployment)

 

3- PDCA (Prepare, Start, Control, Secure)  is complete ? (Assesment)

 

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NUTRILITE® Phyto Campaign with Kurt Warner

NUTRILITE® Phyto Campaign with Kurt Warner | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
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Kurt shares why it is important to add color to your diet and how to make sure the source is organic.

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: algae-powered building, ionic wind thrusters and 3D-textured solar cells

Inhabitat's Week in Green: algae-powered building, ionic wind thrusters and 3D-textured solar cells | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
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Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing" | Video on TED.com

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time.

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Inna Panchuk, University of San Diego's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:35 PM

Technological advances are speeding up...

Inna Panchuk, University of San Diego's comment, April 14, 2013 5:51 PM
Lance, I agree. The things science can do these days is mind-blowing
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Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities

Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

An ambitious experiment in sustainable Fort Collins, Colorado, supporting development of the nation’s first major urban zero-energy district (ZED) is already hinting at important lessons for future implementation possibilities.

 

Along the Colorado Front Range, the resulting data illustrates how the strategic integration of energy generation, storage, and conservation activities can reduce an electricity grid’s overall energy load at critical peak-demand periods. As workplaces become increasingly energy-efficient, they will also have to generate and store more energy on site. With distributed generation, electricity will ultimately be delivered in a far cleaner fashion than is generally the case with the mostly coal-powered mega–power plants that now feed American power grids.


Working with the city-owned electricity supplier Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) and several locally based clean-energy specialists, participating employers were able to collectively reduce peak-load demand on a designated microgrid within the ZED’s boundaries by more than 20 percent during test periods that lasted more than four weeks...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, April 10, 2013 6:22 AM

An interesting case study on Zero Energy Districts, in practice... 

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Greening Packaging Most People Never See

Greening Packaging Most People Never See | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

Several tech and health care companies in Silicon Valley are saving time, space and materials by using reusable packaging, especially limited-life transport packaging materials such as cardboard boxes, wood pallets and plastic stretch film. Replacements have included reusable, nestable crates, reusable tarps, biodegradable paper tape and recyclable crinkled paper. The environmental benefits are clear in reducing 31 million tons of cardboard boxes and nearly 6.4 million tons of non-durable plastic disposed annually, but organisations also found savings on labour, costs and storage space.


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The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid

The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

U.S. natural gas prices are rising, while wind and solar are growing rapidly. The global transition to mostly renewable grid power may now be unstoppable...


'The energy transition juggernaut I previewed last May is rolling on unabated, despite U.S. natural gas prices falling to 10-year lows last year. According to a new Gallup poll, two-thirds of Americans would like to see more emphasis on solar, wind and natural gas, while less than half of them support more emphasis on nuclear, oil and coal.

In addition to popular sentiment, installations of renewable generation are proceeding apace.According to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [PDF], the United States installed more power generation capacity from wind than for any other power source in 2012: 10,700 megawatts (MW), 23 percent more than natural gas (8,700 MW) and more than double the new coal capacity (4,500 MW). New solar capacity grew by 1,500 MW, a 31 percent increase over 2011.

It seems that the widespread belief that cheap natural gas would kill the growth of renewables — which I always viewed skeptically and never found convincing data to support — didn’t have much substance after all...'


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I think we just export more as prices go up.

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Kingfisher and Ikea among brands pioneering net positive strategy

Kingfisher and Ikea among brands pioneering net positive strategy | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

Horsemeat, corporate tax avoidance, and the financial crisis are stablemate scandals. Different breeds, yes. Reared by different factors, sure. But ultimately they trace their systemic failings back to the same cause: a corporate culture that in spite of everything is still secretly married to the economics of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. The belief that commercial success necessarily means some kind of trade off between the interests of shareholders and society.

 

Yet the game has changed. Friedman's argument that businesses have "one and only one social responsibility" – to maximise profit for shareholders – now seems not so much wrong as built for another time. Today, businesses that pursue commercial interests without giving due consideration to the communities they're involved with are not competitively advantaged; they're embroiled in controversy, exposed to supplychain shocks, caught out by regulatory changes, and are well on their way to becoming socially irrelevant to customers.

 

All this is helping to move the debate on from businesses being merely "less bad, less rubbish, less evil", in the words of Kingfisher CEO, Ian Cheshire, to helping companies to become net positive contributors to society.


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More Sustainable Supply Chain

More Sustainable Supply Chain | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

Small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) have often left sustainability efforts to big corporations, but they can also find benefits from improved buyer relationships, employee engagement, and saving money. GE offers 5 key tips to addressing the supply chain: collaboration, keeping it simple, showing your commitment through transparency, gaining employee buy-in and partnering with industry groups.

 

 


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Urban Growth, Urban Farming – LifeWise

Urban Growth, Urban Farming – LifeWise | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
An urban farming renaissance is budding green shoots... http://t.co/YX2t9JjW7I

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Beyond the pale ale: A guide to sustainable beer

Beyond the pale ale: A guide to sustainable beer | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what kinds of beer are most environmentally sound? Our ethical guide will influence how you get under the influence.

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Its all about local; awesome stuff!

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Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design

Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

The solar socket. Plugging directly into the sun, almost....


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Nifty!

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Lance LeTellier's comment, April 29, 2013 10:05 AM
Sweet!
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Preparing for the Power Demands of an Electric Car Boom

Preparing for the Power Demands of an Electric Car Boom | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Electric companies are looking for ways to provide enough power at reasonable prices for electric vehicles. (How to Charge Millions of Electric Cars?
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Electric cars as grid buffer?

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America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners : TreeHugger

RT @bioneers: There are more solar workers in TX than ranchers, more than actors in CA. US has more solar workers than coal miners. http://t.co/NAXOvQ5947
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Solar power accounted for 100 percent of new energy on the U.S.’ power grid in March 2013

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America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic

America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

'Following up on an e-Waste post from awhile back, we thought we would put together an infographic about the state of e-Waste in the U.S.  It is a challenging problem for businesses and individuals everywhere, and the issue is much bigger than you may have thought...'

 


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Hein Holthuizen's comment, April 20, 2013 3:24 AM
thanks for this info
Lance LeTellier's comment, April 24, 2013 3:34 PM
Also, when recycling e-Waste, make sure it is processed in US rather than shipped to third-world countries where it likely sits for years in huge piles where the exposure to the environment causes toxic runoff.
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Sustainable Water Filtration System

Sustainable Water Filtration System | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Maintaining sustainable water is part of Amway's "green approach" & commitment to improve the environment.
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eSpring product design uses Life Cycle Management approach

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9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities

9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

Many cities are coming to the realization that creating a smart and sustainable city means ultimately attaining a high level of economic efficiency, a high quality of life, a highly desirable place in which to live and do business, and a meaningful commitment to environmental responsibility.

But what really makes for a green or sustainable city?  And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?


LEED buildings and even LEED neighborhoods are surely a good thing, but they are not a sufficient thing to declare a municipality sustainable.  This is an overview of the essential elements (there are many more, but these are the most basic):

Committing to greenBuilding greenBuying greenPowering greenConserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapesProtecting green:  both water quality and water quantityLocating green:  creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use communityMoving green:  diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility(Not) wasting green:  getting to zero on the production of waste

 

Read the complete article for more on the green elements listed above...


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Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:05 PM

Exactly :)

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:12 PM

100% Green is not fooling around.

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Technical Innovations Help Explain Why Tesla Is Succeeding and Fisker Is Failing | MIT Technology Review

Technical Innovations Help Explain Why Tesla Is Succeeding and Fisker Is Failing | MIT Technology Review | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Tesla’s innovations in batteries give it an edge that Fisker, focused on design, lacks.

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Electric Car's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:04 PM

Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors, two startups founded to make battery-powered cars, are both in the news, but for very different reasons.

 

Fisker seemed to think if you designed a beautiful car, people would buy it,” says Brett Smith, codirector for manufacturing, engineering, and technology at the Center for Automotive Research. “The Tesla vehicles are good looking, but Tesla focused more on the technology, not the sheet metal.”

 

A key example is Tesla’s battery technology. “Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack technology is five to 10 years ahead of competitors when it comes to a passenger electric vehicle application, as measured by performance and cost to manufacture,” says Andrea James, an analyst for Dougherty.

 

“Tesla’s battery lead allows it to produce a better vehicle at more affordable price.”

 

When Tesla was founded, it was based on an idea from J.B. Straubel, now Tesla’s chief technology officer, that commodity lithium-ion batteries designed for portable electronics could be used to make relatively low-cost battery packs for electric vehicles.

 

The advantage of these batteries was supposed to be twofold: the batteries were designed to be safer and, because they were bigger and flat rather than cylindrical, they were simpler to package together into a battery pack.

 

Tesla not only benefits from lower costs for its own cars, it’s also been able to sell its technology to other automakers, providing a boost of revenue that helped it survive in the time between producing its first car, the Roadster, and the current Model S.

 

Unlike the Tesla Model S, which runs only on batteries, the Fisker Karma has both batteries and a gas engine for powering long trips.

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Historic Preservation 2.0 - The Future of the Past

Historic Preservation 2.0 - The Future of the Past | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Historic Preservation of the Future
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Check out Gary's new Article: “A Call for Replacing the Secretary’s Standards with a Model Historic Building Code”

 
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Sculpt's comment, April 9, 2013 12:14 AM
Awesome! Are you familiar with Mindy and Tim of http://historicbuildingarchives.com?
Sculpt's comment, April 9, 2013 12:14 AM
(based in CR)
Lance LeTellier's comment, April 9, 2013 9:02 AM
Yep; I'm a big fan!
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This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse

This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The Whole Foods scheduled to open this fall in Brooklyn won’t look like all the other iterations of the upscale grocery chain--it will have a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on its roof.
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7 Things That Set Real Entrepreneurs Apart

7 Things That Set Real Entrepreneurs Apart | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Just because you wear a black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers doesn't make you Steve Jobs. This is what makes an entrepreneur.
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Fascinating!

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Simplifying ISP selection: Bandwidth Pool launched | Corridor Business Journal

Simplifying ISP selection: Bandwidth Pool launched | Corridor Business Journal | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Launched by a repeat Internet entrepreneur, Ben Anderson, Bandwidth Pool is designed to help businesses find the best deal on Internet service.

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Sculpt's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:28 PM

The only thing worse than internet connectivity problems is having to meticulously vet and select a provider that won't have them. Ben's Bandwidth Pool (a startup he's been quietly telling us about for months) launched last week. #KeepBuilding, Ben.