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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Gorgeous, Tiny Solar House Runs On Plug-n-Play Solar Panels

Gorgeous, Tiny Solar House Runs On Plug-n-Play Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
 
Extreme customization usually goes hand in glove with award-winning architecture, but in the case of Daniel Yudchitz's low-budget Essential House, a modest set of ready-built, plug-n-play solar panels is making all the waves.
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California High Schools Scrap 'Plastic Foods' in Favor of Real Nutrition

California High Schools Scrap 'Plastic Foods' in Favor of Real Nutrition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Escondido, school chefs are now cooking 10,000 meals a day from scratch, and seeing academic and behavioral improvement as a result.
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Commercial urban farming – what is it and why does it matter? | Sustainable Business Forum

Commercial urban farming – what is it and why does it matter? | Sustainable Business Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
commercial-urban-farm The current food production system is unsustainable and increasingly faced with resource scarcity issues.
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Biomimicry Creates New Education Models For Learning From Nature

Biomimicry Creates New Education Models For Learning From Nature | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s 7:00 a.m. on Prevost Island in British Columbia, Canada. Everyone is up early with winter caps pulled tightly over ears and sipping cowboy coffee from metal mugs.
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Transforming Landfills into Sustainable Businesses

Transforming Landfills into Sustainable Businesses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
María Rodriguez, founder of Byoearth is teaching women the value of the red wiggler worm and the use of vermicomposting to support sustainable farming.
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Global Environmental Market Grows 4%, Beats GDP

Global Environmental Market Grows 4%, Beats GDP | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite policy uncertainty and a lack of serious intent on climate change, clean energy and other key sectors keep on growing.
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Finding Sustainability in Ecosystem Restoration Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News

Finding Sustainability in Ecosystem Restoration Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In 1995, as the Chinese government and people were beginning an ambitious effort to restore the cradle of Chinese civilization, I was asked by the World Bank to document the “Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project”. Originally the Loess Plateau had been fully vegetated with massive forests and grasslands. Resources extracted from the giant forests, rushing rivers, and abundance of the earth in this place blossomed into the magnificence of the Han, the Qin and the Tang dynasties. The accomplishments of the early Chinese dynasties, based in this area, rank among the greatest human scientific and artistic achievements of any age. The Loess Plateau gave birth to the Han race, the largest ethnic group on the planet, and the plateau is generally considered by historians and geographers to be the second place on Earth where human beings began to use settled agriculture.

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How a tough neighborhood is building a stronger future with vivid public art | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How a tough neighborhood is building a stronger future with vivid public art | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Earlier this year, I wrote about how some neighborhoods were building community through creative street painting.  But, as a tough Philadelphia neighborhood is vividly demonstrating, one can look up as well as down when wielding a...
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Nature Resilience - Organizing Ecological Restoration by Partners in Business for Next Generations Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News

Nature Resilience - Organizing Ecological Restoration by Partners in Business for Next Generations Permaculture Courses, Information, Forums, News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This paper was compiled to serve as:

A plea for the establishment of an international mechanism that actively creates collaborative Ecosystem Restoration Partnerships between businesses, investors, business schools, civil society organizations, farmers and local people, that international restoration targets will be reached, investments will be returned, and practical lessons are learned by working together.

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The Making of a Hugelkultur Bed

The Making of a Hugelkultur Bed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Oh yes, I’m going to be talking a lot about hugelkultur beds because we just finished our first small 10′ section of it this afternoon. While it didn’t take very long to do, it was a lot of heavy lifting.
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The US Military’s Investment in Sustainability

The US Military’s Investment in Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an effort to enhance American security and address climate change, the U.S. military is diminishing its footprint. The military is producing cleaner power, reducing energy consumption, managing ...
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Turbine Blades Made Out Of Vegetables To Solve Wind’s Hidden Pollution Problem

Turbine Blades Made Out Of Vegetables To Solve Wind’s Hidden Pollution Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s nothing to burn. No ore to mine. No coal trains snaking from Wyoming to Midwest power plants. But wind power has its own pollution problem looming.Last year, one third of new electric capacity in the U.S.
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Alternative Fuels’ Long-Delayed Promise Might Be Near Fruition

Alternative Fuels’ Long-Delayed Promise Might Be Near Fruition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Large-scale commercial production would be a major renewable energy milestone, and plants in Florida and Mississippi say they are near that point.
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Our Season of Harvest is a Good Time to Address Hunger Elsewhere

Our Season of Harvest is a Good Time to Address Hunger Elsewhere | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our Season of Harvest is a Good Time to Address Hunger Elsewhere...
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Carbon Accounting – The New Frontier | Sustainable Business Forum

Carbon Accounting – The New Frontier | Sustainable Business Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Back in the early 1990’s at BT we started by...
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Visualizing The Way Americans Value Water

Visualizing The Way Americans Value Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The aging water infrastructure in the U.S. is fragile, to say the least; every year, over 1.7 trillion gallons of water are lost due to leaks and breaks in the system.
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Value of Water Index

Value of Water Index | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Xylem's survey reveals the disconnect between awareness over growing water scarcity and who Americans think should pay for the country’s water problems.
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Giving Thanks to Salmon: Sustainers of the Great Bear Rainforest | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Giving Thanks to Salmon: Sustainers of the Great Bear Rainforest | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Within the Great Bear Rainforest, nearly every living being has reason to be thankful for the great runs of salmon that surge through forested streams each year about this time.
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Using Healthy Soils to Manage Stormwater

Using Healthy Soils to Manage Stormwater | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In cities, healthy soils could be a powerful tool for managing stormwater, but unfortunately the status-quo is compacted, degraded soil covered in asphalt, said Zolna Russell, ASLA, Flour Teer Land...
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Where infinite growth meets biophysical limit

Where infinite growth meets biophysical limit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Eric Zencey is the author of the recently released book The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy.
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Feeding Camden From the Community Garden – Next American City

Feeding Camden From the Community Garden – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Camden, N.J., a city of 80,000 with only a single grocery store, is turning to community gardens to deal with food security issues.
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Can people live in harmony with nature on the Galapagos? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Can people live in harmony with nature on the Galapagos? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    Sometimes work that on its surface is modestly scaled can be of immense significance, because it addresses a very special place or issue or has the potential to create a model for others to follow.  Both of these apply to...
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This Public Art Can Revolutionize Urban Planning

This Public Art Can Revolutionize Urban Planning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Candy Chang, a daring young urban planner, artist, and graphic designer, said “small interventions” in the public realm can lead to bigger, smarter ones, at the 2012 GreenBuild conferen...
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Sheryl Kantrowitz's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:29 PM

CANDY CHANGE: GreenBuild Conference

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UK Launches New Government Energy Efficiency Strategy

UK Launches New Government Energy Efficiency Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
UK could cut the equivalent of 22 power plants by implementing the new Government Energy Strategy.
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When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job

When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Participants in a training program in the South Bronx gain something beyond job skills.
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