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Graham Hill describes "Living with less, a lot less" in the New York Times

Graham Hill describes  "Living with less, a lot less" in the New York Times | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The TreeHugger founder explains how his space is small, but his life is big.
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Laboratory for Microclimates

Laboratory for Microclimates | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Under what circumstances would we become mindful stewards of living systems, not just their expoiters?
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Innovation Excellence | A Power Tool for Creative Thinking

Innovation Excellence | A Power Tool for Creative Thinking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What if you could find a way to think like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, or Richard Branson? What if you discovered the actual thought processes that lead great innovators to their Eureka moments, and then you reverse-engineered them? What if you built a power tool for creative thinking that would enable you to emulate the mind of the innovator?
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How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change

How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change
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10 Ways to Demystify the Business Case for Net Zero | Sustainable Brands

10 Ways to Demystify the Business Case for Net Zero | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The energy shift in the world is now inevitable. To sustain life and livelihoods for 9 billion people by 2050, even if we didn’t count on living well (which we do, of course), we have 35 years to transform the global economy in order to decouple economic growth from high-emissions energy use. Phasing out emissions, especially those from carbon (CO2) - the primary cause of warming today - has to be a priority for business, as well as governments.
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The key to success in the global workplace is being culturally fluent

The key to success in the global workplace is being culturally fluent | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"It's time for a paradigm shift in our understanding of culture."
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At Aetna, a C.E.O.’s Management by Mantra

At Aetna, a C.E.O.’s Management by Mantra | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mark Bertolini, the chief executive of Aetna, is betting that bringing yoga, meditation and higher wages to his employees will be good business.
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Eyes inspire more efficient solar cell architecture

Eyes inspire more efficient solar cell architecture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A tiny structure called the fovea centralis may be the key to a huge boost in solar cell efficiency, thanks to work by a team of scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Max Planck Institute...
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How to Make an Attractive City - YouTube

We've grown good at making many things in the modern world - but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles fo...
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Keeping banks open for the world’s poor

Keeping banks open for the world’s poor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Peer Stein and John Villasenor discuss the role of the global financial system in supporting the world's poorest and most vulnerable, both economically and ethically.
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Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow

Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.
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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.
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Innovation Excellence | Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital

Innovation Excellence | Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From a presentation that Yannig Roth did at the Open & User Innovation Conference, at Harvard Business School, with two fellow crowdsourcing researchers from Canada (Prashant Shukla & John Prpic). The talk, titled “Is the World Flat? Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital,” presented early results of a research about crowdsourcing participation across the globe. And, editors’ note, we welcome more SlideShares on current innovation content from our contributors.
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Building Urban Food Resilience

Building Urban Food Resilience | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Back in the days before the burst money bubble of 2008 it seemed like community gardening and environmental projects in the voluntary sector could access all sorts of funding, and indeed many did. Times were good for gardening and environmental projects, funding was fairly easy to acquire and it was regular. On the other side of the the burst money bubble there is still funding about but the need for services and resources is much greater than it has ever been due to the shock and trauma caused by the credit crunch, and subsequent efforts to support and prop up a crooked and greedy banking sector that caused it. There is a huge need in terms of access to cleanly grown fresh food in the UK. Food banks gave out over one million food parcels in 2014 which was followed by a proliferation of newer food banks opening up all over the country. When this is combined with thousands of people being sanctioned by the DWP on a weekly basis and millions pushed into working poverty by zero contract employment, and the constantly rising price of fresh food the situation is a lot worse than any of the media dare to admit. This is where newer thinking and ways of doing things come in, and in particular Permaculture.


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To Put Transit on Stronger Footing, Stop Lavish Subsidies for Driving | Streetsblog.net

To Put Transit on Stronger Footing, Stop Lavish Subsidies for Driving | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There’s an interesting conversation happening in urbanism circles about how to make transit financially sustainable, going back to a piece in CityLab last June from University of Minnesota professor David Levinson. Levinson made the case for running transit like a public utility, not a government agency.

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Multicapitalism and the Two Faces of Integrated Reporting | Sustainable Brands

Multicapitalism and the Two Faces of Integrated Reporting | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If ever there was an auspicious moment in performance measurement and reporting, this is surely it. Multicapitalism has arrived! The shortcomings of conventional accounting have been readily apparent for years: Its inability to account for the full market value of a company or the total cost of its social and environmental impacts. Signs that (mono)capitalism would give way to multicapitalism have been mounting as well.
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One of my clients uses monetization of non-traditional capital. I have worried about her trade-off discussions because money is not a good proxy for true weighting and offsetting of impacts.  I think the MultiCapital Scorecard concept is very useful...This article  summarizes and contrasts the different approaches well. 

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Prefab “carbon-positive” houses actually make more energy than they use

Prefab “carbon-positive” houses actually make more energy than they use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A self-sufficient house.
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The mythic Hyperloop takes an actual step toward becoming real

The mythic Hyperloop takes an actual step toward becoming real | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Construction on a five mile high-speed rail track will start next year.
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Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field

Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A sea of glass panels may soon be sprawling across a paddock in Queensland’s Darling Downs cranking out two gigawatts of energy – 100 times more than the largest solar farm in Australia today – and a former top flight barrister is the unusual shining light behind its development
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Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute

Analyzing the First “INDC”: Switzerland Releases New Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Switzerland announced its post-2020 climate action plan yesterday, making it the first country to officially submit its contribution to the international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris at the end of this year. It's a promising start, with the country committing to reduce its emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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Innovation and Organizational Culture

Innovation and Organizational Culture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest "Most Innovative Companies 2014" survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, G...
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The Enormous Promise of a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend | Streetsblog.net

The Enormous Promise of a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Absent any foreseeable action from Washington, some states and localities are stepping up with policies that put a price on carbon. And that has a number of exciting implications for cities and sustainable transportation. California is using revenue from its cap-and-trade program, for instance, to subsidize housing near transit.

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3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute

3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures. What’s going on with this extreme weather, and what does it have to do with global climate change?
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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Haste makes waste: commingling trash and recycling vs. sustainability and core values

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Haste makes waste: commingling trash and recycling vs. sustainability and core values | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Many DC residents have been complaining about delays in the pick up of trash and recycling, as DPW crews have found it hard to collect in areas where snow and ice conditions make maneuvering large and heavy garbage trucks difficult and dangerous.

Someone on the ANC6A neighborhood e-list made a good suggestion, that when it is difficult to maneuver in alleys, collection should shift to the street.

In response to what mostly is whining (it's not like the problems with snow and ice aren't evident), Mayor Bowser announced a "All Hands on Deck" initiative, where DPW personnel will be out collecting trash all weekend in those areas where collections were missed.

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