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Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012

Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Resilience is a word that captures much of what has occurred over this past year: the Arab Spring; the anger that has boiled over into first the Tea Party and then the Occupy movements; strapped municipal budgets; and coping with an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters around the world. Whether we are talking about economic resilience, political resilience or social resilience, the R word captures what many at the grassroots are facing at a volatile time.


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Green Car Congress: EPA finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards; cellulosic biofuels category comes in at 0.006%

Green Car Congress: EPA finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards; cellulosic biofuels category comes in at 0.006% | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2).

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“Beyond Zero Emissions Presentation” | Sunshine Coast Queensland

“Beyond Zero Emissions Presentation” | Sunshine Coast Queensland | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is an opportunity for our community to hear about Australias pathway to 100 renewable sustainable energy explained in laymans language (“Beyond Zero Emissions Presentation” - My Sunshine Coast (press release): “Beyond Zero Emis...)...
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Winter Energy Saving Tips Help Cut Costs And Keep You Warm (PHOTOS)

Winter Energy Saving Tips Help Cut Costs And Keep You Warm (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the warmth of spring months away and parts of the U.S. getting battered by winter weather, maintaining your home in the cold is crucial.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Airports, Air Pollution, and Contemporaneous Health

Airports are some of the largest sources of air pollution in the United States. We demonstrate that daily airport runway congestion contributes significantly to local pollution levels and contemporaneous health of residents living nearby and downwind from airports.

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Turbocharging Energy Efficiency 1: Utility Efficiency Program Budgets Double to $5.4 Billion

Turbocharging Energy Efficiency 1: Utility Efficiency Program Budgets Double to $5.4 Billion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Matthias Bell, RMI, and Dylan Sullivan of NRDC, cross-posted from the Rocky Mountain Institute This is part one in a three part series published at RMI on turbocharging energy efficiency programs.
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Top five New Year’s resolutions for planet and profit

Top five New Year’s resolutions for planet and profit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coming up tongue-tied every time someone asks about your 2012 resolutions? Here are a few you can offer that have implications beyond just your waistline or personal budget.
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Miriam Pye: Biomimicry as a Brainstorming Technique

Miriam Pye: Biomimicry as a Brainstorming Technique | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you are looking for more evidence that biomimicry is a significant innovation trend with profound implications for sustainable economic growth, a brief chat...
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Taking a Closer Look at the Economic Benefits of Solar

Taking a Closer Look at the Economic Benefits of Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following is a great post by Tuan Pham of PowerFin Partners on the often discounted economic benefits of solar. I ran across it on Greentech Media, where it was a featured guest post.
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Are Extreme Bacteria The Secret To A Clean Fuel Source? | Fast Company

Are Extreme Bacteria The Secret To A Clean Fuel Source? | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Biology is the best chemist out there," said Harvard scientist Pamela Silver.  The U.S.
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Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
AECOM designs and builds the headquarters for China-based wind turbine manufacturer, Envision Energy, who wanted the building to be inspired by wind energy.
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Best Ideas of 2011: All Signs Point to the Vitality of Sharing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Best Ideas of 2011: All Signs Point to the Vitality of Sharing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In Kenya I received a powerful reminder of importance of sharing information. After finishing interviewing a few men in a pastoral community outside of Garissa about their current sources of income and their current agricultural needs, one of the men inquired about how we use the information we collect.

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High-Tech Greenhouse Planned For Vancouver Parking Garage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

High-Tech Greenhouse Planned For Vancouver Parking Garage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Valcent Products will build a super efficient 6,000 square-foot greenhouse in downtown Vancouver.
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Work Smart: The Power Of Circles | Fast Company

Work Smart: The Power Of Circles | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the 19th century, artists including Degas, Monet, and Renoir got together periodically to discuss their commissions, their patrons, and their industry.
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Electrified Cages Revive Near-Dead Corals

Electrified Cages Revive Near-Dead Corals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Corals struggling to survive in Indonesia have new hope with a jolt of electricity.
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Water Conservation Tips with Michael Glassman - video - Video Podcast online sehen oder Video herunterladen - Videopodcast 44720 mit kostenlosen Downloads

Water Conservation Tips with Michael Glassman - video - Video Podcast online sehen oder Video herunterladen - Videopodcast 44720 mit kostenlosen Downloads | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water Conservation Tips with Michael Glassman - video - Video Podcast online sehen oder Video herunterladen - Videopodcast 44720 mit kostenlosen Downloads .
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5 New Year's Resolutions For Green Cars

5 New Year's Resolutions For Green Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What an interesting year for the auto industry!
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Green Car Congress: Land use in the US in 2007; total cropland at lowest level since 1945, while urban land use has quadrupled

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released its Major Land Uses (MLU) study for the US for 2007. The MLU series is the only accounting of all major uses of public and private land in all 50 States.
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Poverty News Blog: The Voices of Poverty

In Kenya I received a powerful reminder of importance of sharing information. After finishing interviewing a few men in a pastoral community outside of Garissa about their current sources of income and their current agricultural needs, one of the men inquired about how we use the information we collect.

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Patagonia and ThredUP Tackle Sustainable Fashion

Patagonia and ThredUP Tackle Sustainable Fashion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following post is part of the course work for “Live Exchange” the foundational course on communication for The MBA Design Strategy Program at California...
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City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did

City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In this and other cities, parks now flourish, and neighborhoods with them, in place of aboveground highways.
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U.S. Cities Struggle to Control Sewer Overflows | Digital Wires from ENR.com | News McGraw-Hill Construction

U.S. Cities Struggle to Control Sewer Overflows | Digital Wires from ENR.com | News McGraw-Hill Construction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Twice in recent summers, visitors to parts of Michigan's western coast were greeted by mounds of garbage strewn along miles of sandy beach: plastic bottles, eating utensils, food wrappers, even hypodermic syringes.
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Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing - Business - GOOD

Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Instead of sitting in a driveway, your car could be a shared resource.
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May the Best Solar Panel Win: The Year in Green Innovation - Environment - GOOD

May the Best Solar Panel Win: The Year in Green Innovation - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The greenest light bulb ever, sexy solar panels, buildings that eat smog, and more.
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Portraits of the Southwest in the Shadow of Drought

Portraits of the Southwest in the Shadow of Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NOTE:  NY Times readers who want to see an extended excerpt of my Nature article can go here: “Nature Publishes My Piece on Dust-Bowlification and the Grave Threat It Poses to Food Security.” The NY Times reviews two new books on Dust-Bowlification...
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