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Be Part of the Conversation this Earth Day | It's Our Environment

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Be Part of the Conversation this Earth Day

2012 April 20

This weekend, people across the US and around the world will celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day. After four decades, the event that started with 20 million Americans has blossomed into a day of service and celebration for nearly a billion people in every part of the planet. Every year I’m reminded that at the heart of Earth Day there is a simple goal: Help every person see the connections between our lives and the health of our environment.

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'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode

'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In less than a century, the United States has gone from being a mostly agrarian society to an urbanized one.
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An Artificial Kidney To Take Patients Off The Transplant Waiting List

An Artificial Kidney To Take Patients Off The Transplant Waiting List | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As anyone who has watched a medical drama knows, organs are in short supply and must be rushed everywhere in coolers only to be delivered at the last moment. But this is actually sort of true, especially of kidneys.
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Honda Successfully Pulls Off Large-Scale Hybrid Battery Recycling

Honda Successfully Pulls Off Large-Scale Hybrid Battery Recycling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Honda Successfully Pulls Off Large-Scale Hybrid Battery Recycling...
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One Family's Unconventional Solution to Save Water | Environment | AlterNet

One Family's Unconventional Solution to Save Water | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Self-composting toilets make a lot of sense when water is already a cause of national uprisings and covert wars.
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Crowd-Funding Site Brings Urban Chicken Farms, Hi-Tech Sewer Monitoring to Your Backyard

Crowd-Funding Site Brings Urban Chicken Farms, Hi-Tech Sewer Monitoring to Your Backyard | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ioby, an environmental nonprofit launched in 2008, helps communities crowd-fund an impressive array of green projects in their own backyard.
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Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?
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Cities With the Most Highway Miles: a “Who’s Who” of Decay | Streetsblog.net

Cities With the Most Highway Miles: a “Who’s Who” of Decay | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This is fascinating. Using data from the FHWA, the esteemed Patrick Kennedy at Network blog Walkable Dallas Fort Worth has cobbled together a list of the American cities with the highest number of estimated highway lane miles per capita.

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Designing Ecosphere Economies for Planet of Cities

Designing Ecosphere Economies for Planet of Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Integral Cities in different locations must adapt differing solutions to the same infrastructure problems.  We need to evolve our internal environments and design our external environments in w...

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The ‘Five W’s’ of a successful social enterprise

The ‘Five W’s’ of a successful social enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What is a social enterprise? What does it do? What is it for? Why is it necessary? What can it achieve?
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The Next Web Gold Rush: US Crowdfunding Sites?

The Next Web Gold Rush: US Crowdfunding Sites? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the recent passing of the JOBS Act into law, crowdfunding that allows people to be actual investors in and gain financial rewards from companies as participants is set to become legal in the US.
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Hidden Gems: The World's 10 Best Unsung National Parks

Hidden Gems: The World's 10 Best Unsung National Parks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What better way to spend Earth Day 2012 than by taking a trip to one of the world's relatively undiscovered national parks?
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BFF?: Cell Phone Study Shows Evolving Lifetime Relationships in Men and Women: Scientific American

BFF?: Cell Phone Study Shows Evolving Lifetime Relationships in Men and Women: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The calling patterns of three million cell phone users support a theory that female relationships change with shifting biological priorities, suggesting that women drive the evolutionary fitness of humans...
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Five Earth Day Ideas for the Entire Family

Five Earth Day Ideas for the Entire Family | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, is Sunday, and everyone ages zero to 100 can show their appreciation to Mother Nature and the planet.
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Tipping a Hat to the Planet

Tipping a Hat to the Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From free park admission to performance art to a bayou cleanup, there are dozens of ways to observe Earth Day.
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Why The World Needs A More Feminine Version Of Success

Why The World Needs A More Feminine Version Of Success | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Before making something new, a smart designer needs to answer a few questions. What is it exactly that we need? Who are the users? What conditions are we designing for? How long do we want it to last?
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Mexico Approves Landmark Climate Law: Scientific American

Mexico Approves Landmark Climate Law: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The North American country will become only the second nation--and the first developing nation--taking legal measures to combat climate change...
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants Turn To Solar Power to Get Greener | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants Turn To Solar Power to Get Greener | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water and wasterwater facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada will be enjoying the benefits of solar power thanks to a new partnership struck with...
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My Earth Day wish: A better human brain

My Earth Day wish: A better human brain | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For Earth Day, Treehugger asked several green types what one wish they had that might make the world a better place. David Roberts would change the human brain.
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Turning abandoned and obsolete properties into "park-oriented development" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Turning abandoned and obsolete properties into "park-oriented development" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  One of the problems I have with a lot of what passes for smart infill development – on the whole, a good thing – is that parks and green space are treated as afterthoughts at best, and frequently ignored...
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What a Warm Winter Reveals About Americans' Job Prospects - Business - GOOD

What a Warm Winter Reveals About Americans' Job Prospects - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hiring seems slow thanks to aberrant weather patterns, but there are good reasons to expect economic growth to continue.
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Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum

Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Saying that the nation was too wedded to habit, former President Bill Clinton urged a crowd to embrace small steps toward sustainable development and energy efficiency.
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Increasing the Impact of TOMS Shoes

Increasing the Impact of TOMS Shoes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How do we begin to assess the impact of pro-active business activities? And hold business accountable to their claims?
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Key Frames: Dancing Figures Light Up the Night With Low-Energy LEDs

Key Frames: Dancing Figures Light Up the Night With Low-Energy LEDs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a choreographed light display, over 60 illuminated stick figures form the brilliant Key Frames light installation by French art and design studio Groupe LAPS.
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