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Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materials

Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We have compiled a list of 6 awesome buildings from around the world that are made of recycled materials!
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Midwest Manufacturing Snapshot : Energy Use and Efficiency Policies | World Resources Institute

Midwest Manufacturing Snapshot : Energy Use and Efficiency Policies | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This paper presents detailed manufacturing energy-use and economic-activity data along with state-by-state policy summaries for the 10 member states of the Midwestern Governors Association. To help inform ongoing policy discussions across the region, this paper offers a snapshot of industrial energy use and current state approaches to reducing industrial energy intensity and energy costs for manufacturers.

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Bill Gates Calls for More Accountability on Food Programs

The Microsoft founder, in a speech in Rome, calls for greater controls and benchmarks for world food programs while promising another $200 million in financing from his foundation.
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How Saving the Oceans Can Feed the World

How Saving the Oceans Can Feed the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By restoring and strengthening natural marine systems, we can help feed people far into the future. It's a win/win situation. We simply need to put in place smart, low-cost, science-based policies on national levels that protect wild fish.
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Making Sustainability Legal: 9 Zombie Laws That Keep Cities From Going Green | Environment | AlterNet

Making Sustainability Legal: 9 Zombie Laws That Keep Cities From Going Green | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These outdated laws forbid sustainable choices -- and here's what you can do to change them.
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PaperKarma: An App That Stops Junk Mail With A Snapshot

PaperKarma: An App That Stops Junk Mail With A Snapshot | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On average, the U.S. Postal Service processes and delivers more than 272 million pieces of advertising mail every day. That’s more than the number of first-class letters.
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Two Small Wind Turbines Get Certified | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Two Small Wind Turbines Get Certified | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has issued its first two full certifications and consumer labels to the Bergey Windpower Excel 10 and the Southwest...
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Infographic: Health Habits Around the World - Lifestyle - GOOD

Infographic: Health Habits Around the World - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
People from different countries and cultures generally agree on how to lose weight and what foods are the healthiest.
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Clammed up: Digging for local, sustainable protein on a muddy beach

Clammed up: Digging for local, sustainable protein on a muddy beach | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You know what would make supermarket food taste better? Making grocery shopping more like clam digging. Imagine having to paw through a bin of wet sand to find your onions, or thrash through icy wa...
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Winning bins: NYC's textile recycling scheme a success

Winning bins: NYC's textile recycling scheme a success | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The New York City Department of Sanitation deems the re-fashioNYC textile recycling initiative a success with 50 tons of last season's sweaters and stained-beyond-repair towels being donated in a six month period.
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Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture | The White House

Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture | The White House | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Founding Director Lonnie Bunch offers a look at what we can expect to see once it opens in 2015...
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coming together in groups

coming together in groups | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Coming Together in Groups is the first ingredient in the book's storehouse; it is the essential thread that runs through the whole movement and distinguishes it in many ways. There are all manner of protest and campaign groups, political and philosophical movements and most of them are organised by small configurations of people. However in these groups the bigger picture is held to be the key unifying factor: us against them. In Transition the social fabric of the group (us) is considered priority. Because this is not an individual or a mass response to peak oil, climate change and economic recession, this is a community-led response, and learning to work in community is one of the hardest tasks we face. If we are serious about responding resiliently to the challenges of those drivers and powering down we have to learn to break out of our chronic individualism and work as a crew in dynamic and creative ways.

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Why Universities Are Building Superefficient Power Plants - Environment - GOOD

Why Universities Are Building Superefficient Power Plants - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy has called cogeneration plants “one of the most promising options in the US energy efficiency portfolio."...
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Global Extinction: Gradual Doom as Bad as Abrupt

Global Extinction: Gradual Doom as Bad as Abrupt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In “The Great Dying” 250 million years ago, the devastation came with runaway greenhouse warming The geology of Griesbach Creek in the Arctic tells an ancient tale of slow extinction.  Source NSF. A reposted National Science Foundation press release.
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Company Claims 12X More BioFuel Yield Per Acre Than Corn Ethanol

Company Claims 12X More BioFuel Yield Per Acre Than Corn Ethanol | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Company Claims 12X More BioFuel Yield Per Acre Than Corn Ethanol...
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Humanity's Growing Impact on the World's Freshwater | Water | AlterNet

Humanity's Growing Impact on the World's Freshwater | Water | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It takes water to make everything, and the explosion of demand for all manner of products is draining rivers, shrinking lakes and depleting aquifers.
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Beyond .350: Measuring New Thresholds of Global Collapse | Environment | AlterNet

Beyond .350: Measuring New Thresholds of Global Collapse | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tracking carbon in the atmosphere was just the beginning.
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Goodbye Overconsumption: Why the Commons Can Save Us From Drowning in Too Much Stuff | Environment | AlterNet

Goodbye Overconsumption: Why the Commons Can Save Us From Drowning in Too Much Stuff | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard talks about why the commons are so integral to our lives.
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Wanted: Energy Storage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Wanted: Energy Storage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our electricity system is designed around central station, dispatchable (i.e. they turn on at the flip of a switch) generators.
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Balancing the Energy-Water Nexus

Balancing the Energy-Water Nexus | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With few exceptions, water is necessary to generate and distribute energy. In turn, water can’t be collected, purified and transported without energy. A term has been coined to describe the relationship: the Energy-Water Nexus.
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For Greener Hospitals, Start by Doing Less Harm - Environment - GOOD

For Greener Hospitals, Start by Doing Less Harm - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hospitals use more energy per square foot than almost any other type of building in America. But experts are thinking about how to change that.
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Marshaling the Winds of Mongolia

Marshaling the Winds of Mongolia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A large wind turbine installation that is planned is expected to one day account for 5 percent of the nation's total electricity and further jump-start its renewable energy portfolio.
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Stress Linked To Aging Chromosomes: Scientific American Podcast

Stress Linked To Aging Chromosomes: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Chromosome protecting telomeres are shorter in people with depression---which has been linked to irregular stress hormone levels. Katherine Harmon reports.

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How a Garden Builds Real Community: Edible Bus Stop

How a Garden Builds Real Community: Edible Bus Stop | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The phrase “community garden” is pretty common, and the practice of community gardening has taken off in recent years. But can gardening really build a sense of community? According to the folks that created London’s Edible Bus Stop, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Beth Buczynski at Insteading found this one…Source: sustainablog (http://s.tt/15NFk)

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Reflections from the Pipeline Fellowship Conference: Women, Angel Investing and an untapped market

Reflections from the Pipeline Fellowship Conference: Women, Angel Investing and an untapped market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The 2nd Pipeline Fellowship Conference, organized by Founder & CEO, Natalia Oberti Noguera, and COO, Lauren Abele once again was a plethora of inspiring conversation.

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