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First Converted Hybrid Train with Regenerative Braking Could be a Game Changer

First Converted Hybrid Train with Regenerative Braking Could be a Game Changer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A "Desiro" diesel locomotive retrofitted with batteries recharged by braking takes the tracks. This could be a game changer.
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Making Sustainability a Human Imperative with a New MFA Program

Making Sustainability a Human Imperative with a New MFA Program | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For humans to be sustainable, we need a world filled with more people who are creative, visual, passionate, broadly curious, generalists, integrators, listeners, systems thinkers and doers, and people who know how to create lives filled with both success and purpose
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As a change management leader I think the program described in this article is a good amalgam of left and right brain "training."

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Massachusetts SREC Clearinghouse Auction Underway — Here’s What You Need to Know

Massachusetts SREC Clearinghouse Auction Underway — Here’s What You Need to Know | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market is undoubtedly one the most complex incentive programs. Among its complexities is the annual clearinghouse auction mechanism, which allows SREC sellers the opportunity to auction their SRECs at the end of each summer for a fixed price of
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Implementing the New Deal for Fragile States

Implementing the New Deal for Fragile States | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In this new paper, George Ingram and colleagues assess the New Deal implementation, which aims to support development efforts in fragile states, and the critical factors to achieving success.
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The Power of Partnerships in Scaling Learning

The Power of Partnerships in Scaling Learning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a part of our Millions Learning project, Jenny Perlman Robinson speaks with former Prime Minister of Australia and CUE Distinguished Fellow Julia Gillard about key elements needed to scale quality education for children and youth, and in particular, the critical role partnerships can play in that process.
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Behavioural tracking and neuroscience are tools for sustainable innovation

Behavioural tracking and neuroscience are tools for sustainable innovation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Let's ditch sustainability surveys which tell us consumers pay more for sustainability - they don't. New tools, used responsibly, can properly analyse behavioural patterns

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, July 29, 4:48 PM

Very interesting article on consumer behaviour and sustainability.

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TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair

TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Mechanized labour” in the form of earthmoving equipment, tractors, and the myriad attachments that may be utilized in conjunction with
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German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts

German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
German water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country.
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Making Good Food Affordable

Making Good Food Affordable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I'm always stunned at how uninformed many people are regarding the nutritional benefits (and costs) of the food they buy and eat. 

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Long Beach Gets Moving on Southern California’s First Highway Teardown | Streetsblog.net

Long Beach Gets Moving on Southern California’s First Highway Teardown | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It’s been named one of the top  “Freeways Without Futures” in the nation and described as a “perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.” It has been a blight on a neighborhood that sees some of the least amount of park space in the entire city.

Now, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP… It marks a major event in Southern California’s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project that mirrors existing projects such as the removal of both of San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway and Central Freeway.

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This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line

This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Food giant General Mills now has some pretty sweet eco-bragging rights.
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How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth

How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study shows the enormous effect that the EPA's brownfield remediation program has on real estate values in cities.
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Against the Odds

Against the Odds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unlike other jobs, cooperatives promote [the} development and growth of workers.
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Seven fabrics inspired by nature: from the lotus leaf to butterflies and sharks

Seven fabrics inspired by nature: from the lotus leaf to butterflies and sharks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry brings nature and technology together to create exciting new fabrics that are smarter and more sustainable
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A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System

A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If all energy production channels were employed, the United States has sufficient resources to eliminate all coal, gasoline and diesel combustion in all demand sectors and replace them with natural gas, wind and solar electricity firmed and shaped with both grid-scale and distributed energy storage.
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Local Communities Playing Vital Role in Marine Conservation

Local Communities Playing Vital Role in Marine Conservation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
...it’s good news that a first of its kind assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean adds to growing evidence that marine conservation works best when local communities are responsible for fisheries management.
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The New Deal: A Framework for Moving Beyond Fragility

The New Deal: A Framework for Moving Beyond Fragility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
George Ingram examines the key elements of the New Deal, an accord between the g7+ and donor countries that creates a framework for how those countries can move from fragility to sustainable development.
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23 Food Sharing Projects That Are Disrupting Hunger

23 Food Sharing Projects That Are Disrupting Hunger | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Food is one of our most basic needs. And yet, for over 800 million people, food insecurity remains a daily issue.
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Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins

Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

At an event entitled “Biomimicry + the Regenerative Economy" in NYC, experts Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins share lessons business can learn from nature.

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Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources

Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The hydrogen market in Japan is set to expand to 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion) by 2030 and 8 trillion yen by 2050, according to a government report.
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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.
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How Can Laws Promote Bicycling? | Streetsblog.net

How Can Laws Promote Bicycling? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Over coming months, we’re breaking down the building blocks of a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the first step is a solid legal foundation. While we’ve made many gains over the years, there are still plenty of examples “legal impediments” to bicycling. Last week, we looked at those impediments in more detail. Today, I’m looking at the oppostie: the city ordinances that improve or promote bicycling, which is a good marker for a Bicycle Friendly Community.

 

One easily visible example is a bicycle parking ordinance like the one in Santa Monica, Calif., which not only ensures an adequate supply of racks at destinations, but also requires event organizers to have monitored bicycle parking for 200 – 250 bikes if attendance is expected to reach 1,000 or more (requiring 3 attendants).

 

Better yet, the Santa Monica Bike Center, a non-profit and League Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business, is often contracted to provide this service, and the funds raised subsidize and expand the Center’s educational programs. When other event participants come to realize how much easier it is to arrive by bike (and have free parking valet service!) the word spreads and events become bicycle attractors rather than a frustrating cause of increased congestion.

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How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life

How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude.
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Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
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Systems Learning - Systems Thinking for a sustainable future

Systems Learning - Systems Thinking for a sustainable future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Systems Learning is an online learning resource, designed so you can quickly browse, or deeply absorb.
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A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience

A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With no meaningful actions on such things as climate change and peak resources in sight, a realistic assessment of country (and regional) level resilience is required.
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