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Put a Green Roof On It

Put a Green Roof On It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new tool visualizes green roofs on any building, and the water and energy they could save.
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A More Realistic Look at Sequestration

In a recent release, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) estimates that the automatic cuts (“sequestration”) in defense funding scheduled for next January could shrink that funding by 14.7 percent in 2013.  That figure, however, is based on several...
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Role of Impact Investment and Philanthropy in Development

Role of Impact Investment and Philanthropy in Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Monitor Group, a leading social organization that works with global corporations, governments and social enterprises to help them achieve their growth goals, recently published an insightful report called “From [...]...
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Rooms with a view

Rooms with a view | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It comes down to this: Some of us just aren't into camping, but still love the great outdoors. America's national parks are some of the most beloved parts of the United States' history and culture, and the good news is that they all have hotel-style accommodations near — or sometimes in them.

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How A Young Entrepreneur Is Transforming Downtown Vegas (Not The One You’ve Read About)

How A Young Entrepreneur Is Transforming Downtown Vegas (Not The One You’ve Read About) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Much has been made of Zappos founder Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, in which he’s throwing $350 million of his own money (yes, you read that number right) into revitalizing downtown Las Vegas in advance of moving his 1,200 employees to the...
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With Science, New Portrait of the Cave Artist

With Science, New Portrait of the Cave Artist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Paintings on cave walls in northwestern Spain are far older than previously thought — some of them more than 40,000 years old, scientists said, raising a possibility that Neanderthals were the artists.
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Saab Gets New Life As Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Saab Gets New Life As Electric Vehicle Manufacturer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bankrupt Saab has been bought by a group that wants to be a world leader in electric cars.
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Americans Want More City Planning

Americans Want More City Planning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to an American Planning Association poll, Americans want sidewalks, transit, and locally owned businesses.
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Coodo’s Stylish Modular Units Can be Combined to Create the Prefab Home of Your Dreams

Coodo’s Stylish Modular Units Can be Combined to Create the Prefab Home of Your Dreams | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coodo is a modular housing system from Slovenia that combines small space living, modern compact design and efficient layouts.
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Enterprising States 2012: Beating the New Normal and Policies that Produce | Newgeography.com

Enterprising States 2012: Beating the New Normal and Policies that Produce | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Troubled by economic stagnancy and high unemployment, many pundits and policy makers are referring to the U.S. economic malaise as the “new normal,” claiming that we have reached both technological and economic plateaus. To be sure, the relative weakness of the current recovery – arguably the weakest in contemporary history – does support the “new normal” thesis.

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Can GiveForward's Crowdfundraisers Kick Down The Cost of Health Care?

Can GiveForward's Crowdfundraisers Kick Down The Cost of Health Care? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With 200 hospitals signed up already, GiveForward could forever change the way you pay for medical expenses--and help individuals and families in need.
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New York City's Dirty 10,000 Get Paid To Clean Up - Environment - GOOD

New York City's Dirty 10,000 Get Paid To Clean Up - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One percent of the city's buildings spew more soot than all its cars. Now New York has motivated banks to lend to landlords so they can clean up.
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What If Mayors Ruled the World?

What If Mayors Ruled the World? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With Washington paralyzed by political dysfunction, is it time for mayors to take over?
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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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Green Car Congress: Field study suggests climate models should include ocean waves

A new study by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) suggests that the effect of wave activity on oceans should be incorporated in long-term climate and weather prediction models.
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Geothermal Energy: Pros and Cons

Geothermal Energy: Pros and Cons | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The core of the Earth, some 4,000 miles beneath its surface, is a fiery morass of superheated gas and molten rock which exists at roughly 7200 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Mapping Neighborhoods’ Inequality By Counting Trees From Space

Mapping Neighborhoods’ Inequality By Counting Trees From Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rich urban areas have far more trees than poor areas in the same city.
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The National Crop Reserve: An Old-School Plan We Need Again - Environment - GOOD

The National Crop Reserve: An Old-School Plan We Need Again - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We don't need to cut food stamps in the Farm Bill to make ends meet. The same crop reserve system that served us well for decades should be revived.
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Got food scraps? Hail a ‘Compost Cab’

Got food scraps? Hail a ‘Compost Cab’ | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This Washington, D.C.-based service picks up urban food waste and delivers it to urban farms for composting.
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Cheaper together: How neighbors invest in community

Cheaper together: How neighbors invest in community | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Limited Equity Cooperative: Even though New York’s housing costs are among the highest in the world, affordable housing still exists in co-ops. The Penn South apartment complex, above, was built in 1961 by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Over the years, the co-op has worked with the city to keep its 2,820 units among the most affordable. Current costs are $19,800 per room; a standard one-bedroom costs $69,300. Photo by Todd Heisler for The New York Times.

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Study Shows Stock Prices Rise After Companies Disclose Carbon Emissions

Study Shows Stock Prices Rise After Companies Disclose Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A UC Davis study finds that it pays to be green, as companies that are open about their greenhouse gas emissions and carbon reduction strategies see stock values rise.
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» IMF Helps Make Carbon Pricing the New Normal » Global Development: Views from the Center

» IMF Helps Make Carbon Pricing the New Normal » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Europe does it. Australia does it. Even northeastern-situated states do it. Everyone’s doing it. Let’s do it. Let’s tax carbon.
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Navy Scientists Develop Underwater Solar Panels - Environment - GOOD

Navy Scientists Develop Underwater Solar Panels - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Navy research scientists have developed a solar panel that works underwater. And that's good news because there aren't wall sockets down there.
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Go on Vacation, Help Reverse Deforestation - Environment - GOOD

Go on Vacation, Help Reverse Deforestation - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An upscale Chilean hotel is fighting deforestation by planting trees on behalf of its guests.
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Human Microbiome Project Explores Our 100 Trillion Good Bacteria

Human Microbiome Project Explores Our 100 Trillion Good Bacteria | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists discovered that every human body has a unique health-promoting team of up to a thousand kinds of microbes.
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