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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line

Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Improvements in reporting earth-related metrics prepare investors to identify leading companies with potentially higher profits & shareholder value.
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4 Things The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About the War on Women - News - GOOD

4 Things The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About the War on Women - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Katniss manages to destabilize and ultimately upend a government hell-bent on manipulating her to its nefarious ends.
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Companies Pick Up Used Packaging, and Recycling’s Cost

Companies Pick Up Used Packaging, and Recycling’s Cost | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While government requirements for recycling remain limited, pressure from environmentally minded consumers and the cost advantages of reusing materials are bringing change.
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6 Incredible Inventions Made Possible by Nanotechnology

6 Incredible Inventions Made Possible by Nanotechnology | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Here are six of our favorite amazing inventions made possibly by nanotechnology!
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Join GOOD for a Cash Mob in Los Angeles - Cities - GOOD

Join GOOD for a Cash Mob in Los Angeles - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
 A "cash mob" is an event in which a large group of people descends on a single independent store in a coordinated strike to give the local...
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Resilience = Sausage [video]

Resilience = Sausage [video] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Resilience is often described as the ability to adapt to change. A lot of people are talking about it these days, but what does it look like in practice? One of my personal goals for 2012 is to inc...
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Resource of the Week: Ultimate Guide to Social Enterprise Conferences

Resource of the Week: Ultimate Guide to Social Enterprise Conferences | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Our team at seToolbelt is thrilled to be heading to Oxford, UK next week for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
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All about bikes - March 23

All about bikes - March 23 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Bike frames have come a long way from steel and aluminum to exotic alloys and carbon fibers. Now, in the Philippines, they’re going all the way back to bamboo.

 

The “bamboo bike” is turning into the latest hot item for environmentalists here, with its low carbon footprint. Bamboo is also tough and light: Bamboo bike frames weigh about seven to ten pounds.

 

The bikes are made by KawayanTech (Kawayan is a Filipino term for bamboo), a company whose objectives are to develop “indigenous forms of bikes and other alternative means of transport,” including bamboo bikes and bamboo skateboards as “social entrepreneurship,” according to its mission statement.

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Spread Reckoning: U.S. Suburbs Face Twin Perils of Climate Change and Peak Oil [Excerpt]: Scientific American

Spread Reckoning: U.S. Suburbs Face Twin Perils of Climate Change and Peak Oil [Excerpt]: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sprawling metropolitan areas like Merriam, Kans., face fundamental challenges from global warming and the end of easy oil...
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A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem

A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gabriel Wartofsky thinks his folding electric bike can be the final cog in a multi-modal transportation network.
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Fashion Accessory of the Day: Light-Up Bicycling Gloves

Fashion Accessory of the Day: Light-Up Bicycling Gloves | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These LED-studded gloves not only look nifty, but could save lives, too.
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What's wrong with this picture? Horribly unsafe street design, for starters | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

What's wrong with this picture? Horribly unsafe street design, for starters | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  This photo comes from The Walkable and Livable Cities Institute, led by the indefatigable Dan Burden.  The Institute posted it on Facebook yesterday, with this caption: “Most of us will outlive our ability to drive.
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OECD Report Cites Heavy Consequences of Inaction on Climate

OECD Report Cites Heavy Consequences of Inaction on Climate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
OECD report sees 50% rise in GHG emissions by 2050 without global action.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Creative storefront use (mural)

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Creative storefront use (mural) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

1042 W. Queens West, Toronto

Photo by Kayla Rocca and Jacob Rutka.

The Grid is a weekly alternative newspaper in Toronto published by the Toronto Star. Lately they have been running a feature on vacant properties. This piece, "Know Vacancy: 1040-1042 Queen St. W.," discusses a couple properties in the West Queen West area. It turns out that the building with the mural has been vacant for a number of decades, but the owner allowed murals to be painted on the storefront, as a complementary activity supporting the photography gallery next door.

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Inching Toward Energy Independence in America

Inching Toward Energy Independence in America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Declining oil consumption and new energy production have brought the United States closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon.
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With Senate Bill Passage Crowdfunding Legalization On the Horizon

With Senate Bill Passage Crowdfunding Legalization On the Horizon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that will legalize crowdfunding and allow the general public to make equity investments in start-up companies and small businesses.
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GOOD Pictures: Life on the Commuter Train - Design - GOOD

GOOD Pictures: Life on the Commuter Train - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Winter's portraits speak to the diversity of they people who commute every day, and leave us wondering about people's lives outside the train.
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Biodiversity, and Green Slugs, in Action

Biodiversity, and Green Slugs, in Action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a good place to learn about natural ecosystems and sustainable community development.
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How to get an Impact Investing Job (Part 2) – Personalities & Targets

How to get an Impact Investing Job (Part 2) – Personalities & Targets | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This series is an abridged and revised version of a 5-part series originally published on GoodGeneration.org between Jan 15-23 , 2012.
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Are we coming to the end of the growth era? (review)

Are we coming to the end of the growth era? (review) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

ndustrialized economies have grown most years since the mid-19th century. Globally, economic output per person increased tenfold between 1900 and 2000. Richard Heinberg says that this long run of economic growth is reaching an end owing to a number of factors: depletion of fossil fuels, minerals and fresh water; the escalating cost of industrial accidents and environmental disasters in the wake of global climate change; and financial disruptions due to the inability of our financial system to service “the enormous piles of government and private debt” generated over the past few decades.

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Ocean of Possibilities

Ocean of Possibilities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When a group recently embarked upon an expedition to the Chagos Archipelago, I began to think about a fact one hears a lot in the marine conservation space: that we know more about the moon than about the oceans.
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Google Uses Waste Water To Cool Data Centers | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Google Uses Waste Water To Cool Data Centers | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Atlanta Google data center is utilizing a sidestream treatment plant that uses grey water rather than potable water for cooling.
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An Online Map You'll Actually Want to Look At

An Online Map You'll Actually Want to Look At | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A cartography design studio creates unique map skins for a more aesthetically pleasing online experience. ...
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New York's energy use mapped in patchwork infographic

New York's energy use mapped in patchwork infographic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Columbia University visualisation shows energy use for every block and lot in New York City...
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March 23 News: Climate Change Could Cost Pakistan $14 Billion A Year, 5% Of GDP

March 23 News: Climate Change Could Cost Pakistan $14 Billion A Year, 5% Of GDP | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Other stories below: Army invests $7 billion in renewable energy; Climate Change: The End of Sierra Skiing?
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