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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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The Cultural Shift in America, Business Opportunity by Market

The Cultural Shift in America, Business Opportunity by Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Visualization of the opportunity gap between budget allocation and investment in comparison to market size and cultural shifts.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Top 10 principles for investing in transportation

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Top 10 principles for investing in transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A plan to raise money for Toronto region transportation improvements has to include the following 10 elements, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig told a Mississauga transportation conference in May:

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Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Drinking Water

Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Drinking Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Planners are looking to convert water from saline aquifers beneath the state’s surface, as well as seawater from the Gulf of Mexico.
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Go With the Flow - Design - GOOD

Go With the Flow - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Almost 216 million people, about 3 percent of the world’s population, live outside their native countries. Using 2010 World Bank data, Carlo...
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Saudi Arabia Dumping Ground Becomes a Desert Oasis

Saudi Arabia Dumping Ground Becomes a Desert Oasis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A decade-long restoration project in Riyadh has cleaned up a polluted river valley and turned it into a vast public park.
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America's Two Economies | Newgeography.com

America's Two Economies | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Surely you’ve seen it in your own neck of the woods: great contrasts between prosperity and wealth on the one hand, and hardship and despair on the other.

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Visiting the Doctor Digitally with the Help of a New Startup - Technology - GOOD

Visiting the Doctor Digitally with the Help of a New Startup - Technology - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Visiting the doctor digitally could lower health care costs considerably. A new startup is making it happen.
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Nature Photo of the Week: Lovely Lily | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Nature Photo of the Week: Lovely Lily | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A cheerful flower photo -- like this lovely lily -- always makes me smile.
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World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor

World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The theme of this year's World Oceans Day seems unfortunate: "Youth: the Next Wave for Change." Doesn't that seem like a dangerous passing of the buck?
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5 Kids Who Are Using Science To Change The World

5 Kids Who Are Using Science To Change The World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For most people, high school science fairs yield amusing but not altogether practical results: your baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, your potato clocks.
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Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More?

Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How Americans might be able to leverage technology to get back in our pedestrian groove.
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Rio+ 20: Coalitions Driving Bottom-Up Change

Rio+ 20: Coalitions Driving Bottom-Up Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Representatives from world governments, civil society and the private sector will gather in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22 to address the many environmental challenges facing the global community. The Rio+20 Summit will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and although many gains have been achieved over the past two decades, the climate change agenda continues to move at a glacial pace while at the same time climate risks are increasing. As the Rio+20 approaches, the challenge will be to reenergize international will for meaningful progress in addressing climate change, achieving sustainable growth and development, and protecting the environment.

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The Mutual: Giving Gets Perky - Environment - GOOD

The Mutual: Giving Gets Perky - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Mutual is a environmentally minded “membership for good” that merges charitable giving with online rewards.
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Where the BRICs Are

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Where the BRICs Are | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You here a lot these days about the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China – that are seen as four of the key emerging global economic powers in the modern age. I wanted to take a look at some of the demographic connections between US metros and these nations by looking at the foreign born population from each of those countries.

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: More thinking about parks planning for DC

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: More thinking about parks planning for DC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As I have mentioned frequently, I am enamored by the work of David Barth, a parks planner for the AECOM firm. His theory and practice continues to evolve from what in 2003 he called "City Revival" which married "City Beautiful" and New Urbanism concepts to parks being a key element of sustainable communities, with economic, social, and environmental benefits.

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US waste facilities

US waste facilities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The geography of the US waste facilities including all landfills, waste haulers, recyclers and incinerators. It also includes the locations of national superfund cleanup sites.
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A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20 and Beyond

A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20 and Beyond | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Humans have incredible technological skill and drive to produce and expand.
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We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds

We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"State shift" doesn't mean moving to Arkansas. It's the alarming phrase a new study uses to describe what goes down when we push the planet past its limits. And it's just around the corner.
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Austin dims its lights, everyone + science wins

Austin dims its lights, everyone + science wins | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A city council decision to invest $15 million in efficient lighting is not only a smart move, it's part of a great tradition started in Silicon Valley.
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A Mr. Rogers Mashup on the Importance of Make-Believe - Education - GOOD

A Mr. Rogers Mashup on the Importance of Make-Believe - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new video remix from PBS reminds us why we need to imagine and why we loved Mr. Rogers.
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On Our Radar: Global Food Prices Retreat

On Our Radar: Global Food Prices Retreat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prospects are better than had been feared for food supplies this summer, the Food and Agriculture Organization projects, although extreme weather could change the picture.
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Sierra Club Launches Wind Works Campaign To Protect Green Jobs

Sierra Club Launches Wind Works Campaign To Protect Green Jobs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Electricity from renewables has more than doubled in the last five years. Wind energy in particular has been a success story—creating more than 75,000 jobs.
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Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender

Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender...
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The Absurd Politics of Green Jobs Counting

The Absurd Politics of Green Jobs Counting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jonathan Rothwell and Mark Muro examine the debate over the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ new green jobs analysis.
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Echoing Green Grants Light on Urban Topics – Next American City

Echoing Green Grants Light on Urban Topics – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the Echoing Green Foundation selected 40 organizations to share a $2 million grant for a wide range of projects.
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