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The Conservatism of Smart Growth – Next American City

The Conservatism of Smart Growth – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In light of recent Republican and Tea Party opposition to smart-growth practices, one could be forgiven for thinking that such principles stand in opposition to conservative values. But is that really the case?
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Business Lessons From Chinatown Buses

Business Lessons From Chinatown Buses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Low-cost Chinatown bus lines created an alternative mass transit infrastructure between New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Now they've been shut down by a mass federal raid--here's what they did right (and wrong).
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North America on Top of Carbon Capture and Storage

North America on Top of Carbon Capture and Storage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Studies propose carbon capture and storage as a means to combat increased carbon emissions from industrial facilities.
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What is a Heat Pump?

What is a Heat Pump? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Heat pumps provide efficient, reliable methods of heating homes and buildings. Because they use much lower amounts of fossil fuels, they also help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions.
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ESPEROS: A New Solution

ESPEROS: A New Solution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since launching our site a little over six weeks ago, I’ve been asked many times how I came up with the concept for ESPEROS.  As I try to succinctly answer [...]...
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Metropolitan Land Values and Housing Productivity

We present the first nationwide index of directly-measured land values by metropolitan area and investigate their relationship with housing prices. Construction prices and geographic and regulatory constraints are shown to increase the cost of housing relative to land. On average, approximately one-third of housing costs are due to land, with an increasing share in higher-value areas, implying an elasticity of substitution between land and other inputs of about one-half. Conditional on land and construction prices, housing productivity is relatively low in larger cities. The increase in housing costs associated with greater regulation appears to outweigh any benefits from improved quality-of-life.

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New Rankings on Environmental Performance

New Rankings on Environmental Performance | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since 2000, Yale University and Columbia University have been ranking countries’ environmental performance, releasing their comprehensive results and trend reports every two years. Respon...
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A Blueprint for a Profitable Urban Farm

A Blueprint for a Profitable Urban Farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new reports argues that plentiful vacant land in Youngstown can create jobs and money.
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How walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods help seniors | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods help seniors | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  The video below, produced by AARP in collaboration with StreetFilms, provides a superb illustration of how walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods can help seniors.  From AARP’s website: “Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around...
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What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy?

What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This piece is part of a Collaborative Fund-curated series on creativity and values written by thought leaders in the for-profit, for-good business space.In 2009, I was a student in the inaugural graduate studies program of Singularity University.
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Sustainable, Productive Agriculture Amid Climate Change - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Sustainable, Productive Agriculture Amid Climate Change - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate change may be unavoidable, but agriculture can and must become more productive and sustainable to feed the growing global population. By 2050, climate change...
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World Environment Day: Why Rio+20 Matters

World Environment Day: Why Rio+20 Matters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the global economy still in the doldrums, this year's World Environment Day on 5 June is trumpeting the merits of the Green Economy as an alternative way of creating jobs and growth - without trashing the planet.
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Tell Us Why “Water Is Worth It” To You | It's Our Environment

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. As our team at EPA planned a variety of activities to mark the occasion, we settled on the tagline Water Is Worth It.
I suppose that seems like a really broad, open-ended and ambiguous phrase, which also raises a number of questions. What is it worth? Why is it worth it? Worth it to who?

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Small Investors Could Earn Returns Funding Solar, Too - Environment - GOOD

Small Investors Could Earn Returns Funding Solar, Too - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The crowdfunding company Solar Mosaic is expanding and planning to offer funders a return on their investments.
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"The Price of Inequality" by Joseph E. Stiglitz | Project Syndicate

"The Price of Inequality" by Joseph E. Stiglitz | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
America likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity, and others view it in much the same light.
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New Initiative Aims to Build Truly Local, Resilient Economies

New Initiative Aims to Build Truly Local, Resilient Economies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Transition Movement has brought communities around the world together to work toward resilience and sustainability. Now a spin-off project is setting its sights on the economy.
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The 9 billion-person question: What kind of cities will we build?

The 9 billion-person question: What kind of cities will we build? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As humanity rushes into urban areas, the future of life on Earth hangs in the balance, says environmental historian Jon Christensen. Can we weave natural ecosystems into our human habitat, and vice...
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Look Up Food Insecurity in Your State - Bread Blog

Look Up Food Insecurity in Your State - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Screenshot from Feeding America What does hunger look like in your state? How many people live below the SNAP threshold? What is the average cost of a meal? What percentage of the people in your state is food insecure?
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How Land Rights Are Turning the World's Rural Poor Into Unexpected Conservationists

How Land Rights Are Turning the World's Rural Poor Into Unexpected Conservationists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is as counterintuitive as it is true: Around the world, communities who have resided on the land the longest often have the most tenuous rights to that land.
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The Surprising Effect of Agriculture on Rising Sea Levels | Environment | AlterNet

The Surprising Effect of Agriculture on Rising Sea Levels | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Efforts to meet freshwater demand by harnessing...
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Perspectives on the Global Economy from G-20 Countries

In light of the upcoming G-20 summit meeting, Kemal Derviş and Homi Kharas discuss the renewed fears of recession and slow growth spreading throughout the global economy, and preview the findings and perspectives from the latest edition of the...
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above

... Roofs, like coffee, used to be black tar. Now both have gone gourmet: for roofs, the choices are white, green, blue and solar-panel black.

 

All are green in one sense. In different ways, each helps to solve serious environmental problems. One issue is air pollution....The second is the urban heat island. Because cities have lots of dark surfaces that absorb heat and relatively little green cover, they tend to be hotter than surrounding areas — the average summer temperature in New York City is more than 7 degrees hotter than in the Westchester suburbs. ...

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Oklahoma Sets Water Conservation Goal

Oklahoma Sets Water Conservation Goal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Oklahoma, despite its image as an unwelcoming place for environmental initiatives,sets a goal of consuming no more water in 2060 than it does in 2012.
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The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering

The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of:...
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10 Skills for the future workforce

10 Skills for the future workforce | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

nice work! 

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/front/docs/sponsored/phoenix/future_work_skills_2020.pdf


Via Anne Caspari
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