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Infographic: America's Fresh Food Movement

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Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators, specifically the high costs of expanding electricity transmission infrastructure in the least densely populated state. Alaska's nascent wind industry has sited utility-scale turbines along the Railbelt, the only large-scale transmission system in the state, and at distributed scale to supply electricity in remote or rural areas without grid access.

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Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset

Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In addition to my City Journal article on the new NYU report about New York City's "great reset," I also was able to grab a few minutes with Richard Florida to get his take on the report. Listen be...
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Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods

Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Affirming a trend seen in other cities, Indianapolis’s eight-mile Cultural Trail has been a boon to the neighborhoods adjacent to it — as well as the city as a whole — increasing property values of homes and businesses and giving residents and tourists a convenient, attractive, unbroken path to walk, bike and move around the city.

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3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants

3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the exceptions of wood and bamboo, bicycle frames usually aren't made from sustainable resources. Italian design studio Eurocompositi is setting out to change that, however, with its 3D-printed Bhulk mountain bike frame.
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Our "iron and petroleum age" industries need to create fully compostable products.

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Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis

Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed an artificial leaf that can produce hydrogen fuel through a process similar to photosynthesis, according to findings published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.

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Should We Move to Bioregionalism?

Should We Move to Bioregionalism? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“It’s time to consider that bioregional self-sufficiency—the principle of meeting human needs within the constraints of resource areas—is really what leads to democracy and prosperity.”
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Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas

Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A resilient place has traditionally been considered one that is capable of “bouncing back.”
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Houston, let's leverage what others are doing in this area.  The hardness of our built environment will be our Achille's heel in the ever more stormy days ahead.

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Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video

Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Josh Willis of Nasa explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change
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Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect

Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Using data from multiple satellites, the researchers found that areas covered in part by impervious surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, and steel had an average summer temperature 3.4 degrees F higher than nearby rural areas. The highest U.S. urban temperatures compared to surrounding areas were along the Interstate-95 corridor from Boston to Washington and around Atlanta and the I-85 corridor in the Southeast. In desert cities such as Phoenix, the urban area was actually cooler because irrigated lawns and trees provide cooling that dry, rocky areas do not, the researchers explain. The urban heat island effect, as the phenomenon is known, occurs primarily during the day, when impervious surfaces in cities absorb more sunlight than surrounding vegetated areas. Plants naturally lower surrounding surface temperatures by releasing water back into the atmosphere during photosynthesis. An increase of just 1.8 degrees F can raise energy demands for air conditioning from 5 to 20 percent in the United States, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

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New Rules of the Road in Mexico City | TheCityFix

New Rules of the Road in Mexico City | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety in Mexico City.


Mayor Mancera’s actions reflect a growing global recognition of road safety as global health crisis. Around the world, 1.24 million people die in car crashes annually, including 1,100 in Mexico City in 2012—an average of three people killed every day. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are expected to become the seventh leading cause of death globally by 2030. The tragedy is that each traffic death is preventable. As we saw in New York City over the last decade and in our ongoing work with cities around the world, lives can be saved through strong road safety laws and increased enforcement. Yet nearly 85 percent of nations globally don’t have adequate traffic laws to help counter traffic deaths and injuries.


Mexico City joins world class cities like New York and London in addressing the number-one killer on its streets: speeding. It may seem strange to limit speeding on roads that are frequently clogged with traffic, but statistics show that large streets account for more than 50 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in Mexico City. The difference in 20 km/h in speed can be the difference between life and death, which is why lowering speed limits on primary roads from 70 to 50 km/h will save lives. And even a moment of distraction can take a life, which is why texting or making calls while driving must be treated as a serious threat to the safety of everybody on the street.

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10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think

10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The transformation to create a more competitive resource-efficient economy is under way and it’s changing how businesses, large and small, approach what they do.
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Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US

Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
US to raise issue in Paris climate talks and call for more research as concern grows over climate change-induced warming on marine life
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BLDGBLOG: Typographic Forestry and Other Landscapes of Translation

BLDGBLOG: Typographic Forestry and Other Landscapes of Translation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Speculative short stories realized as ornamental thickets in the backyards of arboreally inclined landowners.

Given all the urban parks, hedge mazes, and scientifically accurate themed gardens of the world—two of my favorites being the exquisite Silver Garden at Longwood Gardens and the scifi otherworldliness of the Desert Garden at the Huntington—surely there is room for a kind of translation landscape?
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Love the idea of tree typography!

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Creating Livable Spaces

Creating Livable Spaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Architect, scientist and author Jana Revedin champions sustainability in architecture and urban development. Her work makes a case for unhurried design and lasting quality.
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The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched

The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water

The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.
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Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying

Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Urban Displacement Project maps four stages of neighborhood transformation in the Bay Area.
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Resetting New York's Economy

Resetting New York's Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York University recently issued a study called "New York City: The Great Reset" that took a look at changes in New York's economy since the 9/11 attacks. As the name implies, Richard Florida, w...
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World Pollutionwatch: Fire can kill – far from the flames

World Pollutionwatch: Fire can kill – far from the flames | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gary Fuller reports that smoke from forest fires can travel a long way – and cause deaths from pollution in areas hundreds of kilometers from the blaze
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black-capped kingfishers, yellow-vented bulbuls and toucans of Panama feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy
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Mexico City Moves Forward with Ambitious Elevated Park

Mexico City Moves Forward with Ambitious Elevated Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexico City, one of the world's great megalopolises, with more than 20 million people, is struggling to create more green space for its ever-expanding population. Estimates put the amount of green ...
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Many cities world-wide should take note, my home city of Houston, TX included!

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Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says

Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the region
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Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood

Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Alex Cedeño quit renting two years ago. Now, he has just two years left until he owns his own home. And it’s all thanks to his employer, Evergreen Cooperatives.
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Rethinking urban traffic congestion to put people first

Rethinking urban traffic congestion to put people first | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently unveiled their semi-regular report on urban traffic congestion. Chances are you read about it in your local news outlet. While the focus and themes of the report are largely the same as previous years, big changes are underway in how we study, think about, and address metropolitan traffic congestion. This new, modern approach calls into question whether the endless pursuit of congestion relief makes sense anymore as a practical policy goal.
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