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Would You Invest $100 Per Child To End Global Hunger? - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Would You Invest $100 Per Child To End Global Hunger? - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The prospect of ending global hunger can seem overwhelming. With 925 million hungry people in the world, and nearly 180 million stunted pre-school age children...
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Can startups afford to be socially responsible?

Can startups afford to be socially responsible? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
it’s challenging enough for startups to manage the traditional bottom line of profits, let alone the “triple bottom line” of social and environmental impacts.
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DIY Do’s and Don’ts: Programmable Thermostats | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

DIY Do’s and Don’ts: Programmable Thermostats | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Before I moved, I resided in a second floor apartment that hadn’t been updated since MacGyver went off-air.
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Nissan to Follow LEAF with 3 New Electric Cars Models

Nissan to Follow LEAF with 3 New Electric Cars Models | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nissan has made a big bet on electric cars. They are not just making a couple thousand units to get favorable PR and meet quotas in places like California. They have invested billions to make hundreds of thousands of EVs.
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Best Places for New College Grads, 2012

Best Places for New College Grads, 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The job market for this year's college graduates is tough, but choosing the right city can make all the difference.
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For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts

For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How train tracks helped deliver new life to Birmingham, Alabama.
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The Africa Progress Panel Report—Jobs, Justice and Equity for Africa

The Africa Progress Panel Report—Jobs, Justice and Equity for Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kevin Watkins examines the Africa Progress Panel report, released the same week that the World Economic Forum (WEF) was held, which calls for a renewed focus on equity and jobs creation, with education placed at the center of national strategies.
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Earthquakes in the Ring of Fire (and the World)

Earthquakes in the Ring of Fire (and the World) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
(more information available here: http://www.cs171.org/2012/final-projects/web/03_Earthquakes/ - and discussed in the embedded video)...
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In Rhode Island, Protecting a Shoreline and a Lifeline

In Rhode Island, Protecting a Shoreline and a Lifeline | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coastal erosion near Matunuck has imperiled seafront structures and threatened the only road that residents can use to get in and out.
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My Mother’s Day wish: Clean air for kids

My Mother’s Day wish: Clean air for kids | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Long-overdue standards for toxic mercury spewed from coal plants are under attack. Our kids are counting on us to defend them.
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Imagining the Future Invokes Your Memory: Scientific American

Imagining the Future Invokes Your Memory: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why we tend to predict rosy times ahead...
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Visualizing the Intensity of Urban Life

Visualizing the Intensity of Urban Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

@manufernandez has gathered together a collection of visualisations highlighting the intensity of urban activity in cities around the world.


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A meeting of minds on a sustainable future?

A meeting of minds on a sustainable future? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
1992 EARTH SUMMIT SEQUEL: There are still serious differences over the best development model to adopt...
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WATCH: One Of California's Most Beautiful Attractions, Now Live Via Webcam

WATCH: One Of California's Most Beautiful Attractions, Now Live Via Webcam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
FRESNO, Calif. -- Just in time for spring snowmelt: a webcam pointed at one of Yosemite National Park's main attractions, the soaring 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls.
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MCP 2012 Video: CeeLo On The Definition Of Creativity

MCP 2012 Video: CeeLo On The Definition Of Creativity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Click here to read CeeLo’s profile in Fast Company’s June 2012 issue.
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Pebble Watch and the Future Smart Home

Pebble Watch and the Future Smart Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The folks behind Pebble managed to raise a startling $10 million on Kickstarter for their "smart watch" but new compatibility updates might make it perfect for future smart homes.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Bicycle sharing and rebuilding an ecosystem for bicycling

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Bicycle sharing and rebuilding an ecosystem for bicycling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I really hate the term "bike culture" because the issue is not about "culture" at least the way I define culture ("attitudes") so much as it is about the system that supports or doesn't support, cycling as transportation.

 

The reason that bicycling has such a high mode share (37% of all trips) in Copenhagen isn't because residents are somehow unique or different, although a relatively flat topography certainly helps.

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Why Does This Minneapolis Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Why Does This Minneapolis Bench Need an Instruction Sign? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Has somebody in the city's public-works department forgotten to take their OCD medication?
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INTERVIEW: Greg Lindsay on Charter Cities and “The Final Build-Out of Human History” – Next American City

INTERVIEW: Greg Lindsay on Charter Cities and “The Final Build-Out of Human History” – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Forefront this week, author Greg Lindsay takes a critical look at the idea, introduced and championed by economist Paul Romer, that “charter cities” can revive a struggling national economy.
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UN adopts historic 'land grab' guidelines - Go Green - SustainLane

UN adopts historic 'land grab' guidelines - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The United Nations has adopted global guidelines for rich countries buying land in developing nations.
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Food Deserts Leave Many Americans High and Dry: Scientific American

Food Deserts Leave Many Americans High and Dry: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Where fresh foods are scarce, so is good health...
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Radiator Labs Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Steam Heat

Radiator Labs Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Steam Heat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Radiator Labs, a new company started by Columbia University students, has designed an energy efficiency retrofit for steam heat radiators.
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Solar Investing Goes Mainstream: The Top Five Creative Ways To Finance Solar Projects

Solar Investing Goes Mainstream: The Top Five Creative Ways To Finance Solar Projects | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 

Thousands of Americans log in to online trading accounts every day to manage personal stock portfolios. Now, there’s a new option for individual investors. I recently took advantage of this option by creating an account with Solar Mosaic and investing a small amount of money, along with about 85 other individuals, in a 26-kilowatt rooftop solar system in Oakland.

 

Right now my $25 investment is really an interest-free loan, since historically companies like Solar Mosaic haven’t been able to offer financial returns on their products. However, thanks to passage of the JOBS Act last month, Solar Mosaic and similar companies will be able to offer returns on investments for “crowdfunded” projects. So in addition to buying pure stock in a publicly traded company, I’ll soon be able to use websites like Solar Mosaic’s to build a portfolio of solar investments that provide a return on investment with every kilowatt-hour of solar energy produced.

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Pushing the rehabilitation of vacant buildings/nuisance properties

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Pushing the rehabilitation of vacant buildings/nuisance properties | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In weak real estate markets, disinvestment is a real problem, and you have few tools at your disposal to turn places around, because investments in reconstruction of properties, and extranormal investments in multi-decade disinvested properties, don't necessarily come back in significantly increased property value.

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