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The Case for Investing in Women

The Case for Investing in Women | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Women invest in their communities, which leads to increased financial growth and social opportunities for members of those communities.
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Breaking News: 24 Companies Worth $500bn Commit to Assigning a Value to Nature at Rio+20

Breaking News: 24 Companies Worth $500bn Commit to Assigning a Value to Nature at Rio+20 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Led by the Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), 24 companies are developing a methodology to assign a value to the world’s forests, freshwater and marine systems.
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New Green Vertical Wall Pops Up in London's King's Cross

New Green Vertical Wall Pops Up in London's King's Cross | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There's yet another new green wall in London and TreeHugger was there to see it first.
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Joseph Stiglitz: What are Your Chances of Economic Success? | Economy

Joseph Stiglitz: What are Your Chances of Economic Success? | Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The American Dream can be restored, but not while inequality continues to undermine our values and identity.
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Arkansas Teacher Helps Students Build Home Libraries - Education - GOOD

Arkansas Teacher Helps Students Build Home Libraries - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Reading is an important skill. And it's hard to master it without books at home.
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Soft-Power Watch: China and Norway, America and the World

Soft-Power Watch: China and Norway, America and the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Great powers with some great problems...
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Rio: Let’s unleash the power of people back home

Rio: Let’s unleash the power of people back home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since the first Rio Earth Summit, the global environmental picture has gotten even more grim. Our mistake, argues longtime conservationist Spencer Beebe, was believing that top-down solutions could...
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Arizona's DOT Fights Haboobs with Haiku

Arizona's DOT Fights Haboobs with Haiku | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Stop with the driving / already.It's a freaking / mile-high cloud of dust."...
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By Mapping a River, Volunteers Take a Stake in Its Future

By Mapping a River, Volunteers Take a Stake in Its Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For 14 years, volunteers have annually mapped wet and dry areas of Arizona's San Pedro River basin. Their results guide water conservation efforts.
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Top 6 Recycling and Reuse Initiatives from Around the Globe

Top 6 Recycling and Reuse Initiatives from Around the Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Lead by government schemes or small independent art groups, recycling initiatives are being made more appealing to local residents and bringing enthusiasm into the task.
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Will Colorado Transform its Water Law to Prioritize the Public Good? | Water

Will Colorado Transform its Water Law to Prioritize the Public Good? | Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Colorado could amend its constitution to value public use over private and limit water diversions that negatively affect public uses.
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Terrific short video on arts-driven placemaking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Terrific short video on arts-driven placemaking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   Earlier this week I featured the promising work of the public-private partnership ArtPlace, which provides financial support to arts projects that revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods, towns and cities.
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Los Angeles Tries Crowdsourcing Ideas for More Efficient Schools - Education - GOOD

Los Angeles Tries Crowdsourcing Ideas for More Efficient Schools - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
LAUSD got 1,300 ideas in a month on how they can save money and eliminate waste.
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Interview: Annie Longsworth on Making Sustainability "Irresistible"

Interview: Annie Longsworth on Making Sustainability "Irresistible" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's would it mean to make sustainability irresistible? Saatchi & Saatchi S CEO Annie Longsworth says it means to make businesses, shareholders, investors and so on talk about sustainability naturally.
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For Sustainability, Go Beyond Gross Domestic Product: Scientific American Podcast

For Sustainability, Go Beyond Gross Domestic Product: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The widely used economic measure grossly distorts the environmental and social costs of some growth, David Biello reports

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Taliesin Mod.Fab Now Available from Lindal

Taliesin Mod.Fab Now Available from Lindal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The original Mod.Fab installed on the grounds of Taliesin West will live again thanks to a new endeavor between Lindal Cedar Homes and both the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.  Thus, Mod.Fab will be...
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Community finance briefing #1: A permaculture approach to organisation | A Very Beautiful Place

Community finance briefing #1: A permaculture approach to organisation | A Very Beautiful Place | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The first edition of the community finance briefing is now out!” These briefings come from previews of the new handbook slated to be published in the Autumn of 2012.
In this edition

What founder Bill Mollison says about financeWhy a community is not a companyWhat communities should deliver

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Science's Long—and Successful—Search for Where Memory Lives | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine

Science's Long—and Successful—Search for Where Memory Lives | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
They called it a myth as fantastical as the unicorn, but scientists have now found the engram, the physical trace of memory in the brain. . Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.

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Cities, Cars, People: Is Changing Car Use a Function of New Urbanism? | Newgeography.com

Cities, Cars, People: Is Changing Car Use a Function of New Urbanism? | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One cornerstone for urban designers and planners seeking to transform the polycentric or suburban city of the 20th Century into something resembling the high density city of the 19th was a cross-city comparison by Newman and Kenworthy and successors. [1] They argued that this proved automobile dependence is a function of city density. It followed that regulating for greater residential densities and increasing the capacity of public transport systems to avoid the congestion that would follow if people continued to drive themselves would improve the sustainability of cities.

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Mayor Bloomberg Puts Personal Fortune Toward Funding Urban Innovation - Cities - GOOD

Mayor Bloomberg Puts Personal Fortune Toward Funding Urban Innovation - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nine million dollars are at stake in the Mayors Challenge, a competition for new urban ideas hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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B-Corps: The Socially-Aware Corporate Movement

B-Corps: The Socially-Aware Corporate Movement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen the various “do-good” initiatives businesses launch in an effort to be socially responsible.
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Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day!

Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On a recent weekend in Petaluma, CA, 30 community volunteers came together to transform their neighbor's front yard into a lush, edible garden in just one day.
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Why Transportation Needs to Be on the Rio+20 Agenda | TheCityFix

Why Transportation Needs to Be on the Rio+20 Agenda | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Developing sustainable modes of transportation should be a key part of any development discussion because environmental, social, health, and economic challenges are intertwined with our transit. Consider the following mega-trends:

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