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Kansas City, KS: Google Fiber box installed in the middle of sidewalk | Fox4KC.com

Kansas City, KS: Google Fiber box installed in the middle of sidewalk | Fox4KC.com | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it

In the past year, hundreds of Google Fiber boxes have sprouted up in the metro. At least one of them has neighbors concerned, after it’s made one busy sidewalk nearly impassable.

 

Within the past two months, Google installed a new fiber box at the intersection of 39th and Roanoke — right in the middle of the sidewalk.

Sheila Styron works with an advocacy group called The Whole Person, which supports independent living by the disabled.

 

“I was shocked and appalled,” Stryon said. “Google should really know better.”

 

Styron pointed out that federal laws, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, require three feet of clearance, allowing enough space for a wheelchair.

 

We measured 13 inches of space from the edge of the grass to the break in the sidewalk beside Google’s box.

 

“It’s been on the books for a long time that public rights have to be accessible, and we can’t create barriers for people with access issues,” Styron said.

 

Eric Rogers lives in the Volker neighborhood, and he also directs Bike Walk KC, a watchdog group that helps protect public streets and sidewalks.

 

“This box doesn’t leave enough sidewalk space for someone to easily walk by,” Rogers said. “Definitely not enough space for someone in a wheelchair to get by.”

 

Rick Usher from the city manager’s office told FOX 4 News that as many as six Google Fiber boxes were installed incorrectly.

 

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Beyond MDGs: branding the sustainable development goals ...

Beyond MDGs: branding the sustainable development goals ... | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
For all their flaws the MDGs were a success because of the singular message to end poverty. But the world has changed. Can any message unify now as it did then?
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Climate Change, Water Shortages, Biodiversity Loss, will have Growing Impacts on Global Business | UNEP

Climate Change, Water Shortages, Biodiversity Loss, will have Growing Impacts on Global Business | UNEP | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it

The future of the private sector will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world's rapidly changing environment and to develop goods and services that can reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns.

 

From extreme weather events, to rising pressures on finite natural resources, changes in the global environment will increasingly impact operating costs, markets for products, the availability of raw materials, and the reputation of businesses, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport.

 

While the risks are significant, such environmental changes also represent major opportunities for businesses that successfully manage them, and seize the demand for sustainable technologies, investments and services.

These are among the main findings of a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), SustainAbility and Green Light Group today, entitled GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.

 

"GEO-5 for Business is in many ways a prospectus for the 21st century company-one that internalizes how rapid and accelerating environmental change will shape risks, but also the need and demand for new sustainable products and market opportunities," said UN Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

 

"The report speaks to the reality of climate change and natural resource scarcities and outlines how more creative decisions by the private sector with longer term horizons may assist in meeting these challenges. It makes the case that whether it be in water saving, or climate-proofing infrastructure, the world is going to look for solutions that in turn will drive corporate competitiveness, reputational risk and a transition to an inclusive green economy,' added Mr. Steiner.

 

The new report is based on UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5); the UN's most comprehensive assessment of the state of the global environment. According to that report, human pressures on the global environment mean that several critical environmental thresholds are approaching, or have already been surpassed, beyond which abrupt changes to the life-support functions of the planet could occur.

 

Through a detailed analysis of the construction, chemicals, mining, food, and other industries, GEO-5 for Business outlines the specific risks of such changes to each sector, and how businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

 

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The impact of climate change is already being felt and more is yet to be done in-order to sustain businesses. In five years time i also plan to pursue business programs to merge them with my engineering and safety knowledge with the aim of providing consultancy services to businesses. As a health and safety engineer constant research will enable me to stay updated and be able to provide relevant to solutions to continuously emerging health and safety problems in businesses of today.

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Creator of "The Story of Stuff" Shows What's At Stake with Commons Assets | On the Commons

Creator of "The Story of Stuff" Shows What's At Stake with Commons Assets | On the Commons | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it

Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book.

 


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EXCLUSIVE Anger as Big Six energy giants pocket £80m in EU grants...to research wind farms | UK | News | Daily Express

EXCLUSIVE Anger as Big Six energy giants pocket £80m in EU grants...to research wind farms | UK | News | Daily Express | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
THE Big Six energy giants strangling Britain’s households with massive fuel bills this winter are also pocketing vast sums of free money from Brussels in the form of EU grants–including cash from its foreign aid budget.
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UNEP Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database

UNEP Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
The UNEP Environmental Data Explorer (former UNEP GEO Data Explorer) online database holds more than 450 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like...

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Agenda 21 - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development.

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Major Biomass Power and Waste-to-Energy Congress in Sao Paulo

Major Biomass Power and Waste-to-Energy Congress in Sao Paulo | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
Biomass Power and Pellets congress and exhibition will in take place in Sao Paulo on November 7th and 8th 2013.

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Join us: Take on Citizens United « The Story of Stuff Project

Join us: Take on Citizens United « The Story of Stuff Project | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it

Rewatch the Story of Citizens United v. FEC to see how we got in this mess and then sign our pledge to stand against corporate influence in politics below.


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Criterion Lighting System: An Energy Efficient Solution

Criterion Lighting System: An Energy Efficient Solution | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
This is revolutionary! Criterion Lighting System: An Energy Efficient Solution http://t.co/dDAAEe9hDO

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UNEP Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database (search | map | graph | download)

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The UNEP Environmental Data Explorer (former UNEP GEO Data Explorer) online database holds more than 450 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like...
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Element Green Recycling - Annie Leonard – The Story of Stuff.

Element Green Recycling - Annie Leonard – The Story of Stuff. | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
Annie Leonard – The Story of Stuff. According to the Worldwatch Institute each day the average American produces more than his or her weight in waste.

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Future of Energy Depends on State Governments, Software and Wetware - Energy Priorities Magazine

Future of Energy Depends on State Governments, Software and Wetware - Energy Priorities Magazine | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
Energy Priorities Magazine Future of Energy Depends on State Governments, Software and Wetware Energy Priorities Magazine His Portland, Oregon company recently launched a service to not only “meter” energy savings but to also finance commercial...

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UN unveils science panel on sustainable development - SciDev.Net

UN unveils science panel on sustainable development - SciDev.Net | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
The Scientific Advisory Board will offer guidance to the UN secretary-general and work with the UN agencies.

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NanoLeaf may be the world's most energy efficient light bulb — The ...

NanoLeaf may be the world's most energy efficient light bulb — The ... | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
We just bought a condo, and we've been buying things we need to get it set up. One of the things we purchased was a bunch of CFL bulbs for three floor lamps and a couple of new bathroom fixtures.

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The Story Of Stuff : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view....

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From waste to energy | News Center | Wake Forest University

From waste to energy | News Center | Wake Forest University | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
Wake Forest researchers recently developed a sugar-based compound that makes it cheaper and easier to turn low-quality fats and oils into affordable biodiesel.
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The Landing Page Optimization Process [Infographic]

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Biowaste Gasification Powers New ERBI Research Facility at Aston University, UK

Biowaste Gasification Powers New ERBI Research Facility at Aston University, UK | Resource Efficiency | Scoop.it
The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), which is based at Aston University in the UKs Midlands, has opened a 16.5 million new research facility complete with a biowaste gasification combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) plant.
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