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LEED on Steroids: The Living Building Challenge by Construction Reporter

LEED on Steroids: The Living Building Challenge by Construction Reporter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Living Building Challenge is kind of like the LEED program on green steroids. It is the most aggressive certification program that has ANY real chance of being achieved.  There are only a handful of projects that have been certified,” says Beierle., principle at edi, an Albuquerque firm seeking LBC designation on eco-resort projects in California and Vietnam
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BLDGBLOG: NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry

BLDGBLOG: NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There is an underground Roman-era quarry in The Netherlands that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into Belgium; or perhaps it's the other way around, that there is an underground Roman-era quarry in Belgium that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into The Netherlands.

However, this is not just a disused quarry—not just an archaeological site on the fringes of the Roman empire that was once mined for blocks of limestone. Its afterlife is by far the most interesting part of the story.

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What Is News?

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Madagascar, one of the world’s greatest ecosystems, is on the edge.
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Tree of Life Web Project

Tree of Life Web Project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).

Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers,tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.


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Ricardo Hausmann advises poor countries not to focus solely on adding value to natural-resource exports. - Project Syndicate

Ricardo Hausmann advises poor countries not to focus solely on adding value to natural-resource exports. - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds, while rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. But this does not mean that poor countries should focus solely on adding value to their raw materials.

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5 ways to improve global food security

5 ways to improve global food security | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The US produces more than enough food to feed the world, but hunger is still a major issue around the world. A new study proposes some ways to change that.
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People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits | TheCityFix

People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The “People-oriented Cities” series – exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights – is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.

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Building the Blue Economy

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This report from PUSH Buffalo and The Partnership for the Public Good identifies sources of funding and advocacy strategies to advance green infrastructure social enterprises. Intended for community-based organizations, policy makers, and funders inte
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Urban growth: bio-bricks offer a whiff of the future - environment - 25 July 2014 - New Scientist

Urban growth: bio-bricks offer a whiff of the future - environment - 25 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The latest addition to the New York skyline is more than a smelly oddity: bricks made from corn stalks and mushrooms could be used to build disaster relief
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Pumping Groundwater in a Drought Is Great, As Long As You Have Groundwater

Pumping Groundwater in a Drought Is Great, As Long As You Have Groundwater | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Water is becoming so precious in the drought-stricken U.S. West that -- why not -- states are even taking steps to figure out how much of it they have.

California governor Jerry Brown in January challenged towns and state agencies to cut their water use by 20 percent. Now they're trying to measure what 20 percent means. It's hard. Cities and the state in some cases are coming up with estimates that differ by up to 10 times.

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Piketty Got It Right (At Least Most of It)

Piketty Got It Right (At Least Most of It) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How do we reverse the increasing gap in incomes between and within countries? Dany Bahar examines rising inequality and solutions to reverse current patterns.
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Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help From Oil and Gas Drilling

Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help From Oil and Gas Drilling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growth in hydraulic fracturing, the technique of extracting oil or gas from hard rock, has shortened the learning curve for the geothermal industry.
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States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds

States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study found that Texas and Oklahoma would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change.
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The Art of Fermentation

The Art of Fermentation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One way to reduce household energy use associated with food is to adopt fermentation as a primary means of food preservation.
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Has GDP outgrown its use? - FT.com

Has GDP outgrown its use? - FT.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What do the price of hair-salon services in Beijing and sexual services in London have in common? The answer is that, depending on how you measure them – or indeed whether you measure them at all – the size of the Chinese and British economies will
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Human Longevity wants to make 100 the new 60 and have healthier people living longer | Impact Lab

Human Longevity wants to make 100 the new 60 and have healthier people living longer | Impact Lab | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Human Longevity doesn’t aim to extend human life so much as to help keep people healthy as they get older. Dr. Robert Hariri, who once worked directing c


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These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings "climate neutral" without raising rents: Build a new rooftop...
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There is often a conflict between renovation and established neighborhoods, even when the renovation has green aims. But according to this article, "Germany is aiming to make all buildings "climate neutral" by 2050, which will require a huge amount of renovation. Many projects could cause rents to rise, but the designers believe their system can help avoid gentrification by paying for itself. It also gives new people moving to a city the chance to live in older, established neighborhoods--instead of new developments in the suburbs-- without the guilt of displacing long-time residents."

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Wild City Mapping: Interactive online sharing of wild urban spaces (Video)

Wild City Mapping: Interactive online sharing of wild urban spaces (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This Montreal collective is creating an online, crowd-sourced map that will document the city's wild spaces.
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Coastal wetlands could protect New York City from storms - and the Nature Conservancy is spreading the word

Coastal wetlands could protect New York City from storms - and the Nature Conservancy is spreading the word | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy is teaching New Yorkers about the protective natural ecosystems in the city
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An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist

An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics - environment - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly
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Networks as Responsible Structures « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Networks as Responsible Structures « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There is growing awareness that current organizational structures can breed irresponsibility.  That is, arrangements are created where people are less able to be responsive in helpful ways.  This happens, for example, when accountability is bottlenecked in hierarchies and decision-making is distanced from where the action is most timely and relevant.

 

In The Responsible Business, Carol Sanford writes about how rigid hierarchy can impede personal and organizational caring.  Her commentary could easily apply across sectors and is not necessarily about the lacking emotional realm of organizations, but about their relative disconnectedness from those and that which they are there to serve, and how this has an impact on their long-term health and ability to create value.

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BLDGBLOG: Beneath the Forest, Buildings

BLDGBLOG: Beneath the Forest, Buildings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
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The BRICS Development Bank: Why the World's Newest Global Bank Must Adopt a Pro-Poor Agenda

The BRICS Development Bank: Why the World's Newest Global Bank Must Adopt a Pro-Poor Agenda | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The newly created BRICS Development Bank should have a commitment to helping their most marginalized citizens, as their countries all struggle with a high poverty rate.
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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The “People-oriented Cities” series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.

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Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Supporters say the wind farm experiment is essential if states want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet new federal rules on carbon emissions.
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Community Forests: An Undervalued Approach to Climate Change Mitigation | World Resources Institute

Community Forests: An Undervalued Approach to Climate Change Mitigation | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Governments around the world legally recognize at least 513 million hectares of community forests, land held collectively by either rural populations or Indigenous Peoples. This area stores about 37 billion tonnes of carbon—29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world.

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change, a new report from WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative, shows that by protecting and expanding the amount of officially recognized community forests, national governments can meet their climate goals while also improving citizens’ livelihoods.
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