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Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation

Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Chicago's South Side could soon remake itself as a greenbelt studded with urban farms -- perhaps the largest such network in the country.

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Information to enhance and create ‘environments’ with short and long term generational goals that benefit and strengthen the human-nature interdependence. I call it the human element.
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Want solar on my roof? Go ahead and pay me for it. Seriously. Here’s how.

Want solar on my roof? Go ahead and pay me for it. Seriously. Here’s how. | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
In recent years, companies have made great strides in offering third-party financing to bring solar and energy efficiency to residential consumers with little or no money down. What if they paid you to put solar on your roof?
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22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!)

22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!) | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

It's not just Kickstarter anymore. Here's a road map.

 

Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects.

 

Today, there are scores of crowdfunding sites. Indiegogo, Bolstr, Fundable--the list goes on. With the SEC poised to allow projects to offer equity, crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionize how entrepreneurs raise money. (For now, you have to offer some kind of reward in exchange for donations.)

 

But all sites are not created equal. Some specialize in nonprofits, or in certain types of products; others offer consulting services in addition to sourcing funding. In an increasingly crowded and complicated marketplace, where should you turn to fund your endeavor? Follow our map.


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Ilaria Doldi e Patricia Vado 's curator insight, March 12, 6:58 AM

La scelta a voi, buon Crowdfunding!

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Nice!

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Wall Street Gives Cash and Clout to Rapidly Growing Solar Market - Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

Wall Street Gives Cash and Clout to Rapidly Growing Solar Market - Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Solar is a rapidly growing renewable energy and Wall Street is investing millions in this emerging electricity production industry.

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Interactive: Mapping Renewable Energy Around the World

Interactive: Mapping Renewable Energy Around the World | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Which countries are leading the way in transitioning away from fossil fuels?
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Very nice map indicating which countries are already utilizing and the countries which are rapidly increasing their renewable energy production.

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Healthfundr launches equity-based crowdfunding for health startups

Healthfundr launches equity-based crowdfunding for health startups | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Healthfundr connects health startups with accredited investors to drive funding and attention to this challenging sector.

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This is something to watch for sure. The health sector is a very capital intensive industry and this new tool will allow health start-ups the opportunity to showcase their products/services to larger base of investors.

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Real Estate with a Cause: Identifying Investments that Serve a Triple Bottom Line - Knowledge@Wharton

Real Estate with a Cause: Identifying Investments that Serve a Triple Bottom Line - Knowledge@Wharton | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Real Estate with a Cause: Identifying Investments that Serve a Triple Bottom Line by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
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Real estate that is built or readapted with sustainable methodologies and materials has been and always will be the only way to do it. I have consistently told my clients that being sustainable is not just the materials you use but the harmony and value they create for themselves and the communtiy.

 

Mr. Lawrence's statement, "building green is not about bamboo floors and bicycle racks. It is about improving the bottom line by driving down expenses. It's also about learning how to be a better steward of the resources we have on the planet and how to build better in the first place. This is nothing more than old-fashioned asset management, instead of financial engineering, as a way to increase profits" is spot on.


My firm had always apporached our clients and our investements with this mentality. The old fashion way of asset management combined with the creative use of sustainable best practices and materials with financial markets.

It is the ability to look long-term and plan actions that creates value throughout the whole process of real esate. 

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Advanced, Non-Food Biofuels Come of Age

Advanced, Non-Food Biofuels Come of Age | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
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Protected Principal Retirement Strategy: It's That Time Of Year - Reallocation

Protected Principal Retirement Strategy: It's That Time Of Year - Reallocation | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
I love Christmas - mostly for its true meaning, along with the celebration, gifts and Christmas carols that go with it.
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Housing Recovery Is Sustainable, According to Market Analysts

Housing Recovery Is Sustainable, According to Market Analysts | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Despite a number of potentially damaging headwinds, the ongoing housing recovery will remain sustainable for the foreseeable future, analysts for Capital Economics say in a recently released report.
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More Multifamily REITs Looking Beyond Primary Markets - CoStar Group

More Multifamily REITs Looking Beyond Primary Markets - CoStar Group | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
When deciding whether to let their money ride on Washington, DC, or Baltimore, MD, Home Properties is going with Baltimore. When deciding whether job growth will be stronger in larger or smaller markets, Mid-America Apartment...
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What Draws Creative People? Quality of Place

What Draws Creative People? Quality of Place | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Variety, stimulation, and an atmosphere of tolerance help attract people who can afford to be choosy about where they live.
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Pawn Stars Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Not Negotiate

Pawn Stars Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Not Negotiate | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
I was recently working at my kitchen table while my adolescent son was watching the History Channel’s reality TV show Pawn Stars. The show caught...
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Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation

Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Chicago's South Side could soon remake itself as a greenbelt studded with urban farms -- perhaps the largest such network in the country.

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EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure - Environmental Leader

EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure - Environmental Leader | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure Environmental Leader Users can enter any US location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes — including green roofs, rain harvesting and porous pavement —...
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I really like this. The real estate industry now has a very convenient way to check which ecosystems infrastructure has the most synergy for their site and buildings.

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Solar Map Helps Decide If Panels Are Worth Installing | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Solar Map Helps Decide If Panels Are Worth Installing | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
MIT's Solar System software combines several sources of data to create a map that can predict the annual yield of a panel array installed at a given location.
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I really like this, will be a great addition for solar companies and DIY selfers looking to increase solar production.

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Commercial aquaponics in Hawaii

Commercial aquaponics in Hawaii | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Aloha Aquaponics on the beautiful island of hawaii

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This is a nice article about aquaponics on the beautiful island of Hawaii, and how it is being made to work on a sustainable and commercial scale.

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Goldman Sachs makes a $500 million bet on Elon Musk’s solar business

Goldman Sachs makes a $500 million bet on Elon Musk’s solar business | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Elon Musk’s electric car and rocket ship ventures may score the headlines—but SolarCity, his rooftop photovoltaic company, is proving the market leader of a booming business.
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Knew this was going to happen sooner then later. It's a big leap forward for DG solar power. 

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University of Maryland sustainability fund helps green programs take root

University of Maryland sustainability fund helps green programs take root | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
From rooftop gardens to water bottle-filling stations, this university boasts many green initiatives.
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Love seeing this! So glad that the students are stepping up to the ball field and making the changes that they deem important happen. Just like the old saying if you want something done better do it yourself! Lol.

 

I co-founded a non-profit in Austin, Texas that focused on implementation and governmental policies that would help enable ecosystems infrastructure programs such as green roofs, rain gardens, green walls, etc. back in 2007-2009. It was a lovely endeavor and the fruits and our labor helped stem a green roof task force and the 5 year action plan that Austin is implementing today.

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Could Maui form a municipal utility? - Pacific Business News

Could Maui form a municipal utility? - Pacific Business News | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The island of Maui is considering the formation of a municipal utility or nonprofit...
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I am very interested in this for a couple reasons yet also see a myriad of obstacles in which the County of Maui will face.

 

One of these obstacles is that they will face a competior in which has been established for over 125 years in the tri-isle communtiy, provides numerous jobs and has had no competion. Second this competior MECO is the subsidiary of Hawaii Electric Industries a publicly traded corporation which has a major controlling interest in American Saving Bank, a bank with over $6B in assets. Indeeed it will be a major up-hill battle with an entreched giant.

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China Loaning Miami's Lennar $1.7 Billion for New San Francisco Housing Projects

China Loaning Miami's Lennar $1.7 Billion for New San Francisco Housing Projects | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
It was bound to happen, sooner or later. China is bankrolling two major housing developments in San Francisco. A total 20,500 new homes are planned. The loan is for $1.7 billion. The borrower is Miami, FL-based Lennar Corp.
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Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund's Plan to Spend Billions in U.S. Real Estate Excites Institutional Owners

Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund's Plan to Spend Billions in U.S. Real Estate Excites Institutional Owners | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Norway has just brought an early Christmas Holiday present to American institutional owners of large Class A office complexes and other conservative property assets in major cities and developed malls.
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2 Heavily Undervalued mREITs Offering Investors Double-Digit Yields

2 Heavily Undervalued mREITs Offering Investors Double-Digit Yields | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
When it comes to income-based investing, the mortgage REIT sector offers some of the highest-yielding stocks in the market.
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GlobeSt.com - Coral Gables Gets First New-Construction Green Office Building - Daily News Article

GlobeSt.com - Coral Gables Gets First New-Construction Green Office Building - Daily News Article | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Multinational tenants are flocking to the new LEED Gold Certified building from Agave Holdings.
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Healthy Communities: A New Direction in Development

Healthy Communities: A New Direction in Development | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
How better places can lead to better health.
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Will Tesla Disrupt?

Will Tesla Disrupt? | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Tesla (TSLA) had a rough 3rd quarter. But those troubles seem to be behind and it appears that not only did Mr. Musk and his team at Tesla design a spectacularly good car, they have figured out how to make them.
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