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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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INTERVIEW: Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley on Strategies for Successful Metros – Next American City

INTERVIEW: Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley on Strategies for Successful Metros – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The vice president of the Brookings Institution and director of the Institution’s Great Lakes Economics Initiative discuss how economic circumstances can force innovation, what factors to measure to indicate economic growth, and why metro regions...
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The Best City Parks Systems in America

The Best City Parks Systems in America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new ParkScore metric from the Trust for Public Land names San Francisco and Sacramento the nation's best.
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An Exciting Way to Visit the Plants

An Exciting Way to Visit the Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is not only very serious about its plants but also about design. Assembling a top-notch multidisciplinary team led by architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi and land...
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We must set planetary boundaries wisely

We must set planetary boundaries wisely | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The concept of environmental thresholds is compelling, but it has the potential to shift political focus to the wrong areas, says Simon L. Lewis.
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Big Day for Elon Musk, a Space Entrepreneur Who Promises More

Big Day for Elon Musk, a Space Entrepreneur Who Promises More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The launch of the rocket ship built by his company, SpaceX, is the latest achievement by Elon Musk.
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Resource of the Week: NY Times’ Fixes Column

Resource of the Week: NY Times’ Fixes Column | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At seToolbelt, we are all about solutions to problems. That’s why we provide budding and established social entrepreneurs alike with the tools, skills, knowledge, and resources they need to succeed.
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Mind-Pops: Psychologists Begin to Study an Unusual form of Proustian Memory: Scientific American

Mind-Pops: Psychologists Begin to Study an Unusual form of Proustian Memory: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sudden, unannounced memories might help people make connections between disparate ideas more quickly—but they might also be the building blocks of hallucinations...
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A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm - News - GOOD

A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A literal food truck expands the creative arsenal of urban agriculture.
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The Vital Chain: Connecting The Ecosystems of Land and Sea

The Vital Chain: Connecting The Ecosystems of Land and Sea | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists find that surf and turf are linked in surprising ways.
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Bicycle Rental: A Small Step to Going Greener

Bicycle Rental: A Small Step to Going Greener | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We all know as conscientious stewards of our environment that cutting down on car emissions and using less fuel are two ways that help us green our lives.
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Spinning Super Strong Carbon Fibers From Old Plastic Bags

Spinning Super Strong Carbon Fibers From Old Plastic Bags | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The dream is that one day we can tune materials as precisely as a piano. Material engineers hope one day to select from a menu of material characteristics at will: hard, sticky, strong, unmeltable, non-toxic, you name it.
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Green Energy Careers Steadily on the Rise, Gains Popularity with Students | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Green Energy Careers Steadily on the Rise, Gains Popularity with Students | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As social awareness about climate change and the effects that our society's actions have on our planet become more prominent, more and more college students are...
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A Step Forward for San Francisco BRT – Next American City

A Step Forward for San Francisco BRT – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After more than six years of planning, we now have a clearer picture of what a planned bus rapid transit system on a San Francisco thoroughfare might look like.
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Biophilic Building Design Held Back by Lack of Data

Biophilic Building Design Held Back by Lack of Data | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biophilic design is still at the bleeding-edge of green building design and hasn’t taken off yet. The obstacle may be the lack of data on the impact of biophilic design on health and wel...
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Populate or Perish? | Newgeography.com

Populate or Perish? | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Populate or perish’ was a rallying cry of post-World War II Labor Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell as he sought to overcome domestic resistance to immigration. For Calwell, immigration was the key to quickly boosting Australia’s population numbers in the interests of economic and military security. An avowed supporter of the ‘white Australia policy’ he sought immigrants from European backgrounds. Asia was, back then, regarded as the enemy.

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Meet the man who shaped 20th-century Toronto

Meet the man who shaped 20th-century Toronto | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A bold.forward-thinking public-works official, he was responsible for some of our most iconic structures...
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Sleep Better: Sleep Science Roundup #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD

Sleep Better: Sleep Science Roundup #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Check out some of the interesting sleep-related research we came across this month.
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After Welfare Reform, the Poorest Families Had More Trouble Paying Bills

After Welfare Reform, the Poorest Families Had More Trouble Paying Bills | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We have noted evidence of a disturbing trend:  growth in the number and percentage of Americans living on less than $2 a day — a type of extreme poverty that, until now, has been associated only with poor nations.
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Transform Bare Walls to Bright Indoor Gardens with the Versatile Urbio System

Transform Bare Walls to Bright Indoor Gardens with the Versatile Urbio System | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Spotted at New York Design Week, we are in love with the Urbio, a system of mix and match modular planters and organizers that snap into place with magnets.
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Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?: Scientific American

Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Although there is an urban legend that the world will end this year based on a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar, some researchers think a 40-year-old computer program that predicts a collapse of socioeconomic order and massive drop in human...
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Visualize Your Taxes

Visualize Your Taxes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
FFunction created a data visualization to make it easier for US citizens to understand how their government spends their tax money.
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Stanford nutrition guru on how to change our food system (without giving up pizza)

Stanford nutrition guru on how to change our food system (without giving up pizza) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stanford Professor Christopher Gardner says all the nutrition studies in the world couldn’t convince Americans to change their diets. He knows what is finally doing the trick, though.
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3 Game-Changing Insights For A Sustainable Future

3 Game-Changing Insights For A Sustainable Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prior to every year’s Sustainable Brands conference, I interview the show’s keynote speakers. This exposes me to the innovations these business and sustainability leaders are presenting at the podium.
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Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths in the U.S.A.

Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths in the U.S.A. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Data wizard Aaron Koblin is intrigued by domestic flight patterns, and after watching this video you will be too.
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