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Light Reeds: A Glowing Connection To The Water That Surrounds Us

Light Reeds: A Glowing Connection To The Water That Surrounds Us | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It can be easy to forget, while navigating its urban canyons, that Manhattan is an island.
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Sewing Success: How Textile Jobs Help Reduce Poverty | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Sewing Success: How Textile Jobs Help Reduce Poverty | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Whenever we think of textile workers nowadays, we tend to think about cheap labor—particularly women sewing in overcrowded factories. In fact, the textile industry nurtures the narrative of how maquiladoras in the south have robbed manufacturing jobs from countries like the U.S., or how China has inundated the global market with cheap goods. But instead of such clichés, there is a lot more complexity and variety of experiences accompanying the geographical movement of textile production.

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Bloomberg Putting Money Where the Urban Innovation Is – Next American City

Bloomberg Putting Money Where the Urban Innovation Is – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new competition that will award $9 million in prize money to cities that dare to innovate.
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New evidence that city trees reduce crime | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

New evidence that city trees reduce crime | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  One of my first articles as a blogger was to celebrate the replacement of fallen trees in our neighborhood.  We humans instinctively resonate to nature, and street trees and other kinds of city forests add all sorts of emotional and...
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Space Shuttle Gardening For Your Small Space - Lifestyle - GOOD

Space Shuttle Gardening For Your Small Space - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Grow your own salad greens with this hydroponic, ultra efficient mini-garden designed for astronauts.
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CityGardens App Lets Urbanites Get A Breath Of Fresh Green Space

CityGardens App Lets Urbanites Get A Breath Of Fresh Green Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Paris is a city of more than 400 gardens, and CityGardens is a smartphone app born from a walk in one of those parks.
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The Water Bottle Of The Future: A Cyborg System That Keeps You From Needing To Drink

The Water Bottle Of The Future: A Cyborg System That Keeps You From Needing To Drink | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Japanese design studio Takram was asked to design a water bottle for people to use after a hypothetical future environmental disaster.
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"Green from the Grassroots" by Elinor Ostrom | Project Syndicate

"Green from the Grassroots" by Elinor Ostrom | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We have never had to deal with problems of the scale facing today’s globally interconnected society.
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Soil survivor: An interview with urban farming legend Will Allen

Soil survivor: An interview with urban farming legend Will Allen | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The MacArthur Genius talks about his new book, his organization's recent gift from Walmart, and his hopes for the next generation.
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» IMF Chief Warns of Triple Crisis—Economic, Environment, Social—Details IMF Actions to Help on Climate » Global Development: Views from the Center

» IMF Chief Warns of Triple Crisis—Economic, Environment, Social—Details IMF Actions to Help on Climate » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a major departure from the IMF’s traditional focus on narrowly defined economic problems, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned today that the world faces “a triple crisis—an economic crisis, an environmental crisis and, increasing, a ...
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Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: A Michigan Tribe Battles a Global Corporation: Scientific American

Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: A Michigan Tribe Battles a Global Corporation: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the bulldozers of a major mining company raze the land and tunnels creep deeper, the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa fight to protect local waters...
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Water Too Dangerous to Drink: What Life's Like in California's Farming Communities | Water

Water Too Dangerous to Drink: What Life's Like in California's Farming Communities | Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
State officials know the primary sources of contamination, just how extensive it is and who's shouldering the burden. But will anything be done?
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How Hospitals Can Go Green | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

How Hospitals Can Go Green | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Going green has been a trend recently, partly due to its popularity as a concept and to a genuine concern for the way human behavior is affecting the planet.
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Not for Sale: Why We Can't Save the Planet By Putting a Price on Nature | Environment

Not for Sale: Why We Can't Save the Planet By Putting a Price on Nature | Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The people of the world must take concerted action to initiate a new framework that begins with the recognition that nature is sacred and not for sale.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Preservation and development "almost inseparable": DC's economic planning

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Preservation and development "almost inseparable": DC's economic planning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For 10+ years, I've made the point that DC's competitive advantage is based on five factors (I used to say four factors but came to understand that I needed to separate out urban design distinct from architecture, basically place and spatial/cultural landscape is covered by urban design and the buildings by architecture). One factor we have little control over. Three of the other four are preservation/architecture/history related.

 

They are:

1. Historic architecture

2. Pedestrian centric urban design (which is also transit friendly)

3. History, identity, and authenticity (the city is a real and distinct place)

4. A rich transit infrastructure (currently somewhat in peril) that enables efficient travel without having to rely on the automobile

5. The relatively stable employment engine of the federal government

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B Corps: The Next Generation of Company?

B Corps: The Next Generation of Company? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania nonprofit, B Lab, is working to make businesses agents of social and environmental change.Get the latest blog articles on business ideas and...
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Elinor Ostrom (1933 - 2012) - Nobel prize winner reinvigorated the concept of the Commons

Elinor Ostrom (1933 - 2012) - Nobel prize winner reinvigorated the concept of the Commons | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Elinor Ostrom, the only woman ever to win an economics Nobel, died today at age 78.She was famous for challenging an idea known as the tragedy of the commons — the theory that, in the absence of government intervention, people will inevitably overuse a shared resource.

 

So, for example, if a village shares a pasture, it's in the individual interest of each farmer to graze his cattle as much as possible on the pasture even though, in the long run, overgrazing may ruin the pasture for everyone.

 

"It's a problem, it's just not necessarily a tragedy," Ostrom told us when we spoke to her in 2009. "The problem is that people can overuse [a shared resource], it can be destroyed, and it is a big challenge to figure out how to avoid that."

But, she said, economists were "wrong to indicate that people were helplessly trapped and the only way out was some external government coming in or dividing it up into chunks and everyone owning their own."

 

In fact, Ostrom found, there were lots of real-world examples where the theory didn't hold up — places where local people got together and figured out how to manage shared resources without destroying them.

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Changing A Food System From Big And Slow To Fast And Nimble

Changing A Food System From Big And Slow To Fast And Nimble | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We are living in a broken food system, and there is one important ingredient for fixing it: proactive problem solving, meaning progressive, not set in stone, with an openness to multiple possibilities.
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On Watering Living Walls in the Home

On Watering Living Walls in the Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I've mentioned some of the various living walls available for home interiors -- Fyto Wall, Woolly Pockets, Minigarden, Ballavaz, Urbio, etc -- and most of these require a modicum of wall structure and planning for light and water.  Along these...
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How Hospitals are Going Green

How Hospitals are Going Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In today’s markets customers are increasingly becoming able to make choices in their consumption of services and products.
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NRDC Rates G20 on Renewables, Urges Greater Action at Rio+20

NRDC Rates G20 on Renewables, Urges Greater Action at Rio+20 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NRDC's Renewable Energy Scorecard ranks and analyzes renewable energy in G20 nations in the run-up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
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The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers

The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crime scene investigation is underway to investigate a death. This is not an average death, this is the death of creative thinking.
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5 Surprising Ways Animals Are Helping Cities

5 Surprising Ways Animals Are Helping Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You've seen a police officer on horseback, but have you seen a goat in a department of public works uniform?
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National arts partnership steps up big for community revitalization | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

National arts partnership steps up big for community revitalization | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  An innovative and impressive partnership of philanthropic, financial, and government institutions announced today the awarding of $15.4 million in grants to support cultural initiatives to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods, towns and cities...
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