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Washington D.C. Solar Community Inspires Others to Go Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Washington D.C. Solar Community Inspires Others to Go Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Installing solar power on the rooftop of a building may be financially daunting for many people.
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How One Chicago School Got Every Low-Income Student to College - Education - GOOD

How One Chicago School Got Every Low-Income Student to College - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
100 percent of seniors at Chicago's Gary Comer College Prep have been accepted to four-year universities.
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It’s Not So Lonely at the Top: Tepui Ecosystems Thrive Up High

It’s Not So Lonely at the Top: Tepui Ecosystems Thrive Up High | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The tabletop mountains near the Amazon rain forest can be isolated, but they support a wide diversity of species that are found nowhere else on the planet.
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Could Cities Adopt an Ecovillage Ethos?

Could Cities Adopt an Ecovillage Ethos? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An urban ecovillage isn't a new concept: a quick dig into the Fellowship for Intentional Community's directory will produce numerous...
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Courageous Spending: Grad Student Risks $3,500 On India Dream

Courageous Spending: Grad Student Risks $3,500 On India Dream | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, Becoming Fearless ran a post on abundance which featured readers' tweets on the topic of financial bravery. One of those tweeters was Allison Asplin, who tweeted, "Sponsor bailed on funding my research trip to India.
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Pigeons That Poop Soap And DIY Prozac: Making Art Out Of Biotechnology

Pigeons That Poop Soap And DIY Prozac: Making Art Out Of Biotechnology | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bioengineering--the combination of biology and the methodology of engineering--is a popular topic in scientific circles.
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When Flash Mobs Go Right: A Symphony Surprises Copenhagen Subway Riders

When Flash Mobs Go Right: A Symphony Surprises Copenhagen Subway Riders | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sometimes on the subway, it’s hard to escape the sounds of busking musicians, butchering Bob Dylan tunes in hopes of making a buck.
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Hydrogen Hyundais Cross Europe, Longest Hydrogen Journey Ever

Hydrogen Hyundais Cross Europe, Longest Hydrogen Journey Ever | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hydrogen Hyundais Cross Europe, Longest Hydrogen Journey Ever...
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Going Global: The Future of Metropolitan Economies

Going Global: The Future of Metropolitan Economies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
During an event in Los Angeles, Amy Liu delivered remarks describing how the region can build on its local assets to boost exports and better connect with global markets.
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A Robust, Sustainable Reference

A Robust, Sustainable Reference | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Sites Handbook: A Complete Guide to the Principles, Strategies, and Best Practices for Sustainable Landscapes by Meg Calkins, ASLA, elucidates strategic design approaches, measur...
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Big Idea: A Green Energy Offensive From the Department of Defense - News - GOOD

Big Idea: A Green Energy Offensive From the Department of Defense - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The military’s energy innovation can set the stage for a job-creating, deficit-reducing national shift.
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Romancing the bike: The seduction of pedal-powered transport

Romancing the bike: The seduction of pedal-powered transport | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why don’t Americans ride like the rest of the world? We don’t understand what other countries do: Biking isn’t just good for you, it’s fun, easy, and good for your love life.
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The Awkward, Realistic Choices on Low Carbon Electricity

The Awkward, Realistic Choices on Low Carbon Electricity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the public debate on securing our future energy needs continues to heat up, one thing is certain. Kicking the fossil fuel habit will be hard. Over two billion people in the developing world need more energy.
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Design to Embed Value in a Home [Interview]

Design to Embed Value in a Home [Interview] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I caught up with Brian Phillips, principal of Interface Studio Architects, in Miami recently while he was down as a visiting critic at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  Based in Philadelphia, ISA is a prominent architecture and...
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Never Too Old to Play | It's Our Environment

Never Too Old to Play | It's Our Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The older I get, the more I like to play. Did you know that May is Older Americans Month and that this year’s theme is “Never Too Old to Play.” The theme encourages Older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their communities.

 

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of a book, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, that changed the lives for many people who love nature and the out-of-doors.

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What is the limiting factor?

What is the limiting factor? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In yesteryear’s empty world capital was the limiting factor in economic growth. But we now live in a full world.

Consider: What limits the annual fish catch — fishing boats (capital) or remaining fish in the sea (natural resources)? Clearly the latter. What limits barrels of crude oil extracted — drilling rigs and pumps (capital), or remaining accessible deposits of petroleum — or capacity of the atmosphere to absorb the CO2 from burning petroleum (both natural resources)? What limits production of cut timber — number of chain saws and lumber mills, or standing forests and their rate of growth? What limits irrigated agriculture — pumps and sprinklers, or aquifer recharge rates and river flow volumes? That should be enough to at least suggest that we live in a natural resource-constrained world, not a capital-constrained world.

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Conservation Lessons of the Dust Bowl | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Conservation Lessons of the Dust Bowl | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
May 9th marks the anniversary of one of the worst man-made disasters ever to hit the U.S.: the Dust Bowl. Our CEO explains how conservation practices put in place as a result have helped prevent similar catastrophic events.
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Unfair Air: Burden of Air Pollution, Asthma Not Evenly Shared Among U.S. Children

Unfair Air: Burden of Air Pollution, Asthma Not Evenly Shared Among U.S. Children | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kellen Bolden was only 10 years old when an asthma attack took his life, but his mom still remembers him as a "little man" with big aspirations. Kellen Bolden, 1990-2001.
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» People and the Planet » Global Health Policy

» People and the Planet » Global Health Policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Population issues have been conspicuously absent from the discussions on the environmental sustainability of our globalized economy in the run-up to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which will take place in Brazil on June 20-22...
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How To Turn Audiences Into Activists: 5 Lessons in Social Engagement from Participant Media

How To Turn Audiences Into Activists: 5 Lessons in Social Engagement from Participant Media | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It seems as if the global--or at least national--crisis documentary has become nearly an annual tradition. It started with An Inconvenient Truth, the 2006 Al Gore documentary that helped to open people’s eyes to the devastation of global warming.
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The Street Hacker, Officially Embraced

The Street Hacker, Officially Embraced | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can cities make it just as easy for citizens to engage in the physical world as the digital one?
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Cincinnati Aims for Complete Streets – Next American City

Cincinnati Aims for Complete Streets – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Complete Streets are regulations that allow streets to be redesigned to focus on shared use with bicycles and mass transit, as well as better conditions for pedestrians.
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VIDEO | Sprawling from Grace

VIDEO | Sprawling from Grace | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sprawling from Grace is a documentary feature film about the unintended consequences of suburban sprawl. It illustrates the importance of altering the course of how we develop our nation’s ci...
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Water commons, water citizenship and water security

Water commons, water citizenship and water security | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

(The) water crisis is largely our own making. It has resulted not from the natural limitations of the water supply or lack of financing and appropriate technologies, even though these are important factors, but rather from profound failures in water governance.”

– UNDP on water governance

 

“What we do to water, we do to ourselves and the ones we love.”

– From ‘Popol Vuh’, ancient Mayan book

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EnergySaver Mobile app Helps You Save Money

EnergySaver Mobile app Helps You Save Money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
EnergySaver is a nifty mobile app that tracks and analyzes your energy and water use, and figures out ways to help you cut back, thereby saving money.
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