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The next small thing: How sustainable neighborhoods could reshape cities

The next small thing: How sustainable neighborhoods could reshape cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Residents and planners around the country are dreaming up innovative ways to create eco-friendly, self-reliant communities. But turning ideas into reality is a tall order.

While cities have been leaders in the effort to combat climate change, much of the action within cities occurs at the neighborhood level. "The neighborhood is a geography, a scale that resonates with people," says Rob Bennett, executive director of the nonprofit Portland Sustainability Institute. "Neighborhoods have always been a powerful and important part of how we view city-building, and how we view ourselves as citizens."


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DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar

DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Department of Energy announces its "Solar Market Pathways" project. A $15 million dollar program to promote community solar project development

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My place on the earth | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

My place on the earth | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    Move your cursor over the images for credit information. Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media.  Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener,...
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Why Wall Street Needs Remedial Biology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Why Wall Street Needs Remedial Biology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of chatter this month about high frequency trading, due in large part to the release of Michael Lewis’s latest book, Flash Boys: ...
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The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program

The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Cities and towns need more power over federal funds.

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Wichita Falls Braces for Water From Sewers With Texas in Drought

Wichita Falls Braces for Water From Sewers With Texas in Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pastor Bob McCartney of First Baptist Church tries to love his neighbor as himself. He’s just not thrilled that Wichita Falls will soon have him drinking water that once swirled down his neighbor’s toilet.
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Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift

Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California’s drought has left rivers too shallow for salmon, so the government is trucking and barging them to the sea in the hope they will return.
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California’s Thirsting Farmland

California’s Thirsting Farmland | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California farmers have never relied only on rain. But given a prolonged drought and environmental regulations, the jockeying for water is becoming more intense.
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A Case Study in Community Sustainability

A Case Study in Community Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Feldheim a perfect example of how a community working together can create sustainable solutions without (and in some cases in spite of) government legislation.
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2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.
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Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities stand at the very center of each and every one of the biggest challenges the world now faces.
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Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar

Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo's robotic bird. It was amazing. I've seen things that looked more or less like...
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The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season

The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Those cold snaps helped spawn an intense outbreak of pollen.
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Uncovering a Wild Garden’s Past

Uncovering a Wild Garden’s Past | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unlike the 16 acres of formal gardens at Washington, D.C.'s Dumbarton Oaks, there are no remaining plans for Dumbarton Oaks Park, the wild garden that is its complement. Perhaps Beatrix Farrand, on...
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Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda

Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Following the August 2013 Brookings Blum Roundtable on the Global Economy, this report highlights the most prominent themes discussed and debated among participants, including the development impact of the private sector; investments in individual enterprises serving low-income customers; and the U.S. government's development goals.
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How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality | TheCityFix

How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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U.S. petroleum product exports increase in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

U.S. petroleum product exports increase in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.
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An Evolutionary Family Drama

An Evolutionary Family Drama | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I went out rowing each morning, unaware that a grand evolutionary experiment was taking place beneath my hull.
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EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability - CleanTechies

EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers. ThisRead More
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s-c-i-guy:<br/><br/> The Elements According to Relative... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Science And Things From The NPR Science Desk
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Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wisconsin researchers release the first batch of seeds designed to propagate the old-fashioned notion of sharing.
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Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation

Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After last week’s introduction, we’re proud to present the first in-depth chapter of Shareable’s invaluable Policies for Sharing Cities Report.
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It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?
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Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities

Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  According to Bloomberg News last week, crowdfunding solar could become a $5 billion investment vehicle in the next 5 years. This exciting development will connect people who want to invest their money responsibly with solar projects that need financing. SolarCity, the biggest U.S. solar power
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