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Why we need to put the Local back into Local Enterprise Partnerships

Why we need to put the Local back into Local Enterprise Partnerships | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There are, as Andrew Simms points out in his most recent blog, two narratives about our economic choices moving forward from here, growth or austerity. Some argue we need austerity in order to get growth, others that we can just cut straight to the growth by printing or borrowing more money. The government recently announced a “massive push for growth“, with £950m being recently allocated for the ‘Regional Growth Fund’ (out of what is expected to be £1.4bn in total), in spite of the fact that money spent so far through the RGF was recently criticised for spending as much as £200,000 to create a single job. One of the key channels for distributing and allocating RGF funds is the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). According to my big-green-book-of-localism the government kindly sent me last year, LEPs are “locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses which will play a central role in determining economic priorities, undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs”. Yet on closer inspection, LEPs would appear to embody everything that is bereft of vision, imagination and indeed of any of the kind of creativity and thinking that these times demand.

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Urban Food Jungle Concept Incorporates Aquaponics in Amazing Futuristic Design

Urban Food Jungle Concept Incorporates Aquaponics in Amazing Futuristic Design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Urban Food Jungle by AECOM aims to provide a space where food is produced right where its consumed, an incredible conceptual urban farming design.
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Orchids Need Bees More Than Bees Need Them: Scientific American

Orchids Need Bees More Than Bees Need Them: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Orchid pollinators are surprisingly promiscuous about the plants they like...
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Growing a new crop of farmers

Growing a new crop of farmers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The California farming community is facing a demographic crisis. The average age of a California farmer is 58, and nearly 20 percent of them are 70 or older. As these farmers approach retirement, California needs to train new ones if we are to continue to feed our country and keep a healthy rural economy in the decades ahead. And with farm internships in California subject to strict labor laws, opportunities to get a hands-on farming education have become even fewer.

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It's a Water-Full World: Scientific American Gallery

It's a Water-Full World: Scientific American Gallery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

From space Earth is simply a pale blue dot. It's blue because of all the water on its surface. In fact, a little more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, most of it ocean. But how much water is there, really?

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Midcentury Modern | Newgeography.com

Midcentury Modern | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Midcentury modern tours now are taking place in cities all over the country. Renewed interest in this era capitalizes on the millennials’ interest in design from a time that seems almost impossibly optimistic compared to today’s zeitgeist. Most cities around the country boast a healthy building stock from this postwar period, nicknamed “the suburbs,” although these are ritually condemned – and designated for annihilation – by academics, urban land speculators and the urban clerisy.

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Infographic: The United Bike Lanes of America

Infographic: The United Bike Lanes of America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When you think of a road trip across America, you probably envision zooming in a car along endless scenic highways and freeway overpasses. But take a closer look and across the country, there are thousands of miles of bike lanes connecting us from city to city and even coast to coast.

Within urban areas, more people are traveling to work or running errands on two wheels thanks to safer and more well-designed bike routes. Whether people are using them for work, exercise, vacation, or just a leisurely Sunday afternoon backcountry ride, bike lanes are thriving as thoroughfares in our bike nation.


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Pop-Up Gardens, Other 'Urban Interventions' to be Showcased at Venice Architecture Biennale

Pop-Up Gardens, Other 'Urban Interventions' to be Showcased at Venice Architecture Biennale | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pop-up gardens, urban farms, guerrilla bike lanes, examples of crowdsourced city planning, and other urban interventions will be the focus of the official U.S. Pavilion at the world's most prestigious architecture event.
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The Connection Between Biodiversity, Finance and Sustainable Prosperity

The Connection Between Biodiversity, Finance and Sustainable Prosperity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To combat the so-called “Sixth Extinction,” we must put a price tag on healthy ecosystems. The financial sector can help Approximately 10,000 new species are discovered every year.
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BPA In Your Garden? Maybe, If You Use These Gardening Products

BPA In Your Garden? Maybe, If You Use These Gardening Products | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wouldn't it just irk you more than a bunch of weeds to find out that the gardening products you use are dirtying up your organic garden with BPA, phthalates and lead?
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To Grow More Food, We Need Smaller Plants

To Grow More Food, We Need Smaller Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You probably eat almost as much as you weigh in corn every year. In the U.S., we put down an average of about 160 pounds per person per year.
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New Report Says Alternative Energy is Closer to Grid Parity | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

New Report Says Alternative Energy is Closer to Grid Parity | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report by Global Data, a market intelligence company, says the cost of generating clean, alternative energy such as solar power is increasingly closer to...
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The Surprising Math Behind Airports and City Size

The Surprising Math Behind Airports and City Size | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The population of a given metro area affects airline travelers more than you might think.
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Zoos Raise Money for Faraway Animals

Zoos Raise Money for Faraway Animals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A small city zoo raises its prices and sends all of the extra revenue to conservation projects for endangered animals in the wild.
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Better Fuel Economy Becomes America’s #1 New Car Priority

Better Fuel Economy Becomes America’s #1 New Car Priority | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Better Fuel Economy Becomes America's #1 New Car Priority...
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Texas Drought of 2011 Killed Millions of Urban Trees

Texas Drought of 2011 Killed Millions of Urban Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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United, Boeing, UOP form MASBI to promote biofuel economy

United, Boeing, UOP form MASBI to promote biofuel economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
United, Boeing, and UOP (a Honeywell company) have formed the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative to promote sustainable biofuel development.
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The Secrets of Tasty Tomatoes Discovered - Can Commercial Tomato Flavor be Fixed?

The Secrets of Tasty Tomatoes Discovered - Can Commercial Tomato Flavor be Fixed? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How to grow tastier tomatoes and how to make food taste sweeter without sugar: just two amazing discoveries from a study of the chemical interactions underlying tomato flavor preferences...
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Transportation For America » Lessons for Congress in the case of the students suspended for biking to school

Transportation For America » Lessons for Congress in the case of the students suspended for biking to school | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

What this story illustrates more than anything is the legacy of poor planning and street design that our nation is struggling to overcome as we look for ways to give people more, less expensive and healthier mobility options.That legacy belongs as much to the federal transportation program and its associated design and policy edicts as to the local school boards, planners and municipal officials who put schools and other destinations beyond the safe reach of people outside of automobiles. For the federal government to now to tell locals “It’s your problem, you fix it,” is as irresponsible as it is lethal.

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Composting that cuppa: PG Tips launches tea bag recycling initiative

Composting that cuppa: PG Tips launches tea bag recycling initiative | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The manufacturer of the U.K.'s most guzzled tea, PG Tips, launches a pilot tea bag composting campaign in an effort to curb the millions of pounds of tea-related waste landfilled each year.
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Raising a garden bed: build or buy?

Raising a garden bed: build or buy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As part of our local Transition group’s efforts to make local food more widely available in our town, my wife Lindsay has been helping organize a new community garden. The site is a lot that has been vacant as long as anyone can remember.

 

You can imagine that there was a lot to do before planting: finding the property owner and convincing him to host the garden on his lot; clearing years of weeds; working with city hall on zoning and any necessary approvals; and of course, recruiting volunteer gardeners.

 

But one of the biggest challenges has been how to grow vegetables in soil that is less than ideal. It’s been years since the site was used as an informal parking lot, but Lindsay knew she needed to test the soil before anyone started growing anything to eat. So, she called in a friendly former agent with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He advised raised beds.

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Five Organizations Bringing Clean Cooking Technologies to the Developing World

Five Organizations Bringing Clean Cooking Technologies to the Developing World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Small gear with an outsize impact....
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Benefit Corporations, L3Cs and All the Rest: Making Sense of Those Confusing Choices - Forbes

Benefit Corporations, L3Cs and All the Rest: Making Sense of Those Confusing Choices - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With Illinois and Louisiana about to enact Benefit Corporation laws, it's time to look at the confusing array of legal forms for socially-minded companies...
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Is A Zero-Waste Society Possible?

Is A Zero-Waste Society Possible? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Consider the extraordinary efforts we undertake to secure a barrel of oil. Lives lost from wars. Oil-rig blowouts. Cancer clusters downwind of refineries. 100,000 premature deaths each year in America alone when we combust the stuff in our engines.
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How to Spot Income Inequality from Space: Look for the Trees

How to Spot Income Inequality from Space: Look for the Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Poor neighborhoods have fewer trees, as these jarring satellite photos reveal.
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