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Beyond Earth Day: How Your Small Business Can Make a Difference

Beyond Earth Day: How Your Small Business Can Make a Difference | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Take stock of your business and personal values when it comes to the environment. Are they in agreement?
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In Short Supply: Small Farmers and the Struggle to Delivery Healthy Food to Your Plate - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

The American food system doesn't make it easy for small farmers to get their healthy food to your home, but meet two farmers who are...
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B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD

B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
B Corporations change the way we combine business and social impact in the U.S. Now they're popping up all over the world, from Brazil to Korea.
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A Hydroponic Farm Grows In This Brooklyn Food Pantry

A Hydroponic Farm Grows In This Brooklyn Food Pantry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The less money you have, the more likely it is that you live in a food desert, or a place where affordable and healthy food is difficult to find.
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Labor and Environmentalists Must Work Together to Build a Real Green Jobs Agenda | Environment | AlterNet

Labor and Environmentalists Must Work Together to Build a Real Green Jobs Agenda | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To move past the divisive politics of the Keystone battle, we must build a movement that puts both economic justice and climate action at the center of its demands.
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Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New estimates find that moving toward sustainability can greatly reduce energy and water treatment costs.
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INTERVIEW: Rem Koolhaas on the Invention and Reinvention of the City – Next American City

INTERVIEW: Rem Koolhaas on the Invention and Reinvention of the City – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In this excerpted interview from the Journal of International Affairs, leading urban theorist and Pritzker Prize winning-architect Rem Koolhaas discusses how the economic and cultural changes of the 21st century are transforming world cities as...
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A Former Chicago Meatpacking Plant Becomes a Self-Sustaining Vertical Farm - Design - GOOD

A Former Chicago Meatpacking Plant Becomes a Self-Sustaining Vertical Farm - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Once dedicated to producing red meat for the masses, the building will become a zero-waste producer of more sustainable foods.
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Return to rural communities: Resilience over efficiency

Return to rural communities: Resilience over efficiency | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Before moving, twelve years ago, to a village with a population of 1,230 deep in the Alps, Daniel and Johanna led a dual life in Zurich, Switzerland — accountants by day and members of a small theatre troupe in the evenings and on weekends.

 

Living downtown in a city that consistently finds its way onto lists of cities with the highest cost of living, however, did not come cheap. According to Daniel, “when Johanna became pregnant, we knew we couldn’t afford an apartment with enough space for all of us”. On an earlier hiking vacation, they had passed through a small village and had stopped to visit the garden in the local cloister. At the time, Daniel’s eye was caught by the adjacent lot overgrown with weeds.

 

As Johanna’s pregnancy advanced, Daniel thought again of the overgrown lot and bought a bus ticket back to the village.

 

“The garden was still there, but there was no one to clear the weeds from the next lot. I talked with the owner of the land, applied for a government grant, and we moved into a nearby vacant farmhouse two months later.”

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New Ebook: The Case for a Trillion Dollar BoP Housing Market

New Ebook: The Case for a Trillion Dollar BoP Housing Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By Rochelle Beck and Scott Anderson Several months ago, NextBillion teamed up with one of our Content Partners, Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship, for a Twitter chat.
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Water in the Desert: Wind Power System Produces 800 liters/day

Water in the Desert: Wind Power System Produces 800 liters/day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A prototype wind-powered system from France's Eole Water has been producing as much as 800 l/d of clean water in desert conditions near Abu Dhabi.
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» U.S. Support for Sustainable Energy for All—Nigel Purvis » Global Prosperity Wonkcast

» U.S. Support for Sustainable Energy for All—Nigel Purvis » Global Prosperity Wonkcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Nigel Purvis, CEO of Climate Advisors, a visiting senior associate at CGD, and the co-author of a new CGD report “Energizing Rio+20: How the United States Can Promote Sustainable Energy for All at the 2012 Earth...
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A Cautionary Tale re: Prefab Home Kit

A Cautionary Tale re: Prefab Home Kit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A future homeowner inherits a chunk of land in Ulster County, New York and decides to put a dreamy modern prefab on it.  I can understand that.  The owner picks an LVL model home from Rocio Romero, and the kit costs $47,000, including such things...
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To Find Diversity Hot Spots, Follow the Ants

To Find Diversity Hot Spots, Follow the Ants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Data crunching suggests that the presence of many ant species has yet to be documented in remote areas threatened by habitat loss.
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5 Interesting Facts About Plant-Based Food Choices

5 Interesting Facts About Plant-Based Food Choices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A national telephone poll revealed the following interesting (and some surprising) details about food choices that vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious are making.
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Benefit Corporations and B Corps: The Latest Buzz #7 | Green Business and Sustainability Blog

Benefit Corporations and B Corps: The Latest Buzz #7 | Green Business and Sustainability Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Benefit Corporations (a legal designation) and Certified B Corporations (a third-party certification) are changing the landscape of sustainable business.
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Tesla Motors Teams With SolarCity For Off-The-Grid Homes

Tesla Motors Teams With SolarCity For Off-The-Grid Homes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors Teams With SolarCity For Off-The-Grid Homes...
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Smart growth is a start. But it's not enough. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Smart growth is a start. But it's not enough. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  I want to follow up on yesterday's article about placemaking.  Reacting to an excellent essay by Ethan Kent, I posited that that the creation and strengthening of great places - great people habitat, if you will - should be...
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One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers

One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With few skilled farmers, many urban gardens become victims of neglect.
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Neighborhood Visualizer: Revealing Material and Energy Use in Cities - information aesthetics

Neighborhood Visualizer: Revealing Material and Energy Use in Cities - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Neighborhood Visualizer , developed by MIT PhD candidate David Quinn and Lisbon research student Daniel Wiesmann, aims to bring about a better understanding about urban patterns that relate to material use and energy use.

 

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Counting Species on a Little Patch of Earth

Counting Species on a Little Patch of Earth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rare life forms can sometimes show up on your doorstep, as a family in Washington found. But even the mundane and everyday species can be just as enchanting.
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From ownership to stewardship

From ownership to stewardship | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I find that I’ve written a lot over the last couple of years about ownership – and by extension, about land and property. Not enough, it turns out, as I read the news this week that the activists who had occupied an education and environment centre in the Forest of Dean, to try to prevent Gloucestershire Council from selling it off, have been evicted. Legally, of course, it is the Council’s to sell. The argument of this post is that it shouldn’t be.

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Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mark Tercek introduces a new partnership that aims to show that environmental restoration is vital to the economic security of Gulf Coast communities.
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Slow Money Waters the Crop

Slow Money Waters the Crop | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) - offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over...
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Thousands of Scientists in 67 Nations Call for No-Fishing Zone in Newly Exposed Arctic

Thousands of Scientists in 67 Nations Call for No-Fishing Zone in Newly Exposed Arctic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Arctic melting, and fishing operations are eyeballing the new territory.
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