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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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Urban Omnibus » Clip-on Architecture: Reforesting Cities

Urban Omnibus » Clip-on Architecture: Reforesting Cities | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Much of the literature related to the role of the built environment in climate change has focused on new technologies and new ideas which might be implemented in new buildings.

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Sustainable Development Makes Housing Affordable - Environment - GOOD

Sustainable Development Makes Housing Affordable - Environment - GOOD | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Rent isn’t the only variable that determines how affordable a particular home is. Access to transit and amenities like groceries matters, too.
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7 bold urban projects to watch in 2012 | SmartPlanet

7 bold urban projects to watch in 2012 | SmartPlanet | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Cities struggled financially in 2011, but that doesn’t mean big urban projects aren’t on the way.
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The other 'middleweights': new hopes for old cities in the West

The other 'middleweights': new hopes for old cities in the West | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
A bold future may await rust belt cities in North America and Europe if asset manager Pippa Malmgren's vision of smart manufacturing hubs and recent research on revitalised industrial centres come to fruition.
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Through trial and error, 'smart cities' are slowly getting smarter

Through trial and error, 'smart cities' are slowly getting smarter | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The 'smart city' concept has existed for several years, but only now, with some trial and error, are we seeing the real fruits of these efforts coming to light.
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Philippines: mobilising savings rates is part of the key to universal housing

Philippines: mobilising savings rates is part of the key to universal housing | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
We often think that housing policy requires improving poor households' access to finance and pooling community resources.
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Philosophy of Sustainable Development ~ Sustainable Sphere

Philosophy of Sustainable Development ~ Sustainable Sphere | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The nature of sustainable development is such that it cannot be achieved without the careful conservation of biological resources. Sustainable development covers not only the ‘green’ issues but also the ‘brown issues’ - it sees "environment" in the broader sense to encompass the social, economic, political, institutional and urban dimensions of this term, not just ecological / biological.

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anthropologies: Rethinking “Sustainable Development”, or, Better Living through Geography

anthropologies: Rethinking “Sustainable Development”, or, Better Living through Geography | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

I am skeptical of the utility of seeking out "sustainable" development in academic theory and applied practice. Place - a foundational concept in geography - matters for the viability of economic development in tourist destinations. This article reminds me of the new approach called Geotourism coined by National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations. Check it out on their website. http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/

 

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Urban Farming as a Successful Business | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Farming as a Successful Business | Sustainable Cities Collective | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Currently urban farming is a popular trend but it is not yet significantly changing the way we grow and eat. As we farm locally using sustainable/organic techniques we'll be reducing our carbon foodprint and eating better food.
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Scotland Building the World’s First Sea-Going Hybrid Ferries

Scotland Building the World’s First Sea-Going Hybrid Ferries | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Scotland is building the world's first hybrid ferries, which will go into operation next year.
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Putting Americans Back to Work With Clean Energy

Putting Americans Back to Work With Clean Energy | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The global clean energy economy has experienced 630% growth since '04. Last year, private investment increased to $260 billion, and installed clean energy capacity exceeded 400 gigawatts -- putting it on par with nuclear power.
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Take Action for Community Revitalization

Take Action for Community Revitalization | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Help save the historic tax credit....
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From Sinkhole to Stimulus: Fixing Our Water Systems Will Get Jobs Flowing | OnEarth Magazine

From Sinkhole to Stimulus: Fixing Our Water Systems Will Get Jobs Flowing | OnEarth Magazine | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Much ink has been spilled on the deplorable state of the nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure -- and the terrifying sums ($390 billion according to the sometimes-hyperbolic American Society of Civil Engineers) it will take to remedy the situation. The EPA estimates $188 billion is necessary to manage stormwater and preserve water quality nationwide.

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Urban Omnibus » Seeing Green: Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure

Urban Omnibus » Seeing Green: Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

It’s easy to list the reasons why we are supposed to love urban agriculture: the food it yields is fresh and local; the farming it requires is fun and social; the effect on neighborhoods is revitalizing and healthy.

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The Major Dividends Cities Reap from Investing in Green Infrastructure

The Major Dividends Cities Reap from Investing in Green Infrastructure | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
A new report shows that U.S. cities can save billions in costs -- while cleaning waterways and green neighborhoods -- by leveraging private investment in green infrastructure.
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Australian farmer revolutionizes water-turbine technology | SmartPlanet

Australian farmer revolutionizes water-turbine technology | SmartPlanet | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE — Farmer and inventor Fred Sundermann has developed a breakthrough water turbine.
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How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food'

How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food' | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Many city governments around the world are encouraging agriculture in urban areas--so long as it stays small scale and doesn't challenge the status quo.
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Riyadh's Wadi Hanifah suggests a model for sustainable water reuse in desert cities

Riyadh's Wadi Hanifah suggests a model for sustainable water reuse in desert cities | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The revitalisation of the Wadi Hanifah, the river running through Riyadh, has been lauded for the cleanup of the environment and the beautification of the riverside, but its greatest achievement may be its potential to provide enough water for up...
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Sustainable is not enough: a call for regenerative cities | Urbanism 3.0

Sustainable is not enough: a call for regenerative cities | Urbanism 3.0 | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Urban resource consumption and waste disposal is widely seen as the root cause of many of the world’s environmental problems.

Via Paul Reynolds
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Federal Action Could Boost Green Building and Economic Growth - @the horizon

Federal Action Could Boost Green Building and Economic Growth - @the horizon | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
By Michael Spotts Federal action could go a long way toward advancing the kind of green building the nation needs to improve the health and efficiency of the built environment—while pushing job and economic growth.
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USDA Blog » Pecan Industry Cracks Foreign Markets

USDA Blog » Pecan Industry Cracks Foreign Markets | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

In 2009 when Tim Montz first traveled to Shanghai, China, representing the Texas pecan industry, Montz had to explain what pecans were. Two years later, promoting pecans to China and other countries is “business as usual” for the father-and-son team of Tim and Jake Montz of the Montz Pecan Company.

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A Texas Developer Attempts to Upend the American Subdivision

A Texas Developer Attempts to Upend the American Subdivision | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
A development in Austin, Tex., is an ambitious attempt to upend the conventions of the American subdivision.
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Winter 2012 Weather: Where's The Snow?

Winter 2012 Weather: Where's The Snow? | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Snow has gone missing in action for much of the U.S. the last couple months. But it's not just snow.
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The Next Economy and the 'Next Politics'

The Next Economy and the 'Next Politics' | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The Obama administration's efforts to enhance manufacturing jobs, while very much needed, seem focused on a 20th century model of large-scale, "heavy" industry.
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The Environmental Value of Building Reuse

The Environmental Value of Building Reuse | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

A report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse.

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