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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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How Creativity Works in Cities

How Creativity Works in Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The human imagination is a bewildering process. How the brain comes up with great ideas is mysteriously complex. Jonah Lehrer's ambitious new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, takes a fascinating dive into the world of creativity and how it all works, not to mention devoting a chapter entirely to cities.
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Shrinking the “Play Deficit” – Next American City

Shrinking the “Play Deficit” – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Only one in five children today live within walking distance of a park or playground, and many lack access to spaces for play altogether.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Back to the future: extended families as a re-emerging housing trend?

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Back to the future: extended families as a re-emerging housing trend? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Living in Washington, DC, it's very difficult to generalize about housing issues, because despite the fact that the country's real estate troubles in terms of foreclosures hasn't skpped over the region, the fact is that generally, the Washington region, and in particular the core of the center city, and the inner ring suburbs in Alexandria, Arlington, and Montgomery Counties have maintained their value (Prince George's County communities have gotten crushed by foreclosures, and this has even impacted communities along Rte. 1 including Mount Rainier and Hyattsville--e.g., my business partner's house in Mt. Rainier would easily be worth between 2x and 5x more than it is were it located in DC).

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Beyond the Food Desert: Why We Can't Get Healthy Foods in Poor Communities - Lifestyle - GOOD

Beyond the Food Desert: Why We Can't Get Healthy Foods in Poor Communities - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two new studies challenge the existence of "food deserts"—but the link between poverty and obesity runs deeper.
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'Spaces to Ramble': Why Cities Need More Central Parks - Environment - GOOD

'Spaces to Ramble': Why Cities Need More Central Parks - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An interactive walk explores what a space like Central Park can provide to city dwellers.
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Shady Asmacati Shopping Center is Topped With Beautiful Perforated Leaf Skylights

Shady Asmacati Shopping Center is Topped With Beautiful Perforated Leaf Skylights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tabanlioglu Architects' Asmaçatı Shopping and Meeting Point is inspired by the climate and the local Aegean culture of spending time outdoors.
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Biojet Fuels Taxi for Takeoff | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Biojet Fuels Taxi for Takeoff | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As I wrote last month, global biofuels production is nearing 2 million barrels per day – an impressive number that ranks biofuels ahead of Libya among oil...
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A Grim Portrait of Palm Oil Emissions

A Grim Portrait of Palm Oil Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that, if anything, a recent E.P.A. finding underestimated the greenhouse gas emissions related to palm oil production in Asia.
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The Truth Will Come Out: The Power of Crowds

The Truth Will Come Out: The Power of Crowds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Crowd sourcing and the power of social media are changing the corporate social responsibility and sustainability landscape.
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IFMA Releases Sustainability Guide and Carbon Footprint Measuring Guidelines for Buildings | BIM, the Built Environment and Stuff

IFMA Releases Sustainability Guide and Carbon Footprint Measuring Guidelines for Buildings | BIM, the Built Environment and Stuff | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IFMA (International Facility Management Association)  the leading association for facility managers released a Sustainability Guide and Measuring Guidelines...
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Knitting Chain-Link Fencing Into a Work of Art

Knitting Chain-Link Fencing Into a Work of Art | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A design team in Rotterdam has a creative solution to scenery-marring construction fences.
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Tracking China’s Currency ahead of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

Tracking China’s Currency ahead of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In light of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and mounting political pressure on China to allow for more currency appreciation, Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda argue that liberalizing the country's currency regime is a prerequisite if...
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How the Internet Redefined Urban Space

How the Internet Redefined Urban Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the internet spreads beyond our computer screens and into the physical world, how can we define and distinguish between public and private spaces?
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Community gardens 2.0: Beacon Food Forest, Seattle

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Community gardens 2.0: Beacon Food Forest, Seattle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Once considered novel, community gardens are now an everyday part of the urban food landscape. Mini city farms are flourishing too, popping up everywhere – on the rooftops of business, in backyards, in school fields and in parks. Now, some locavores are taking the concept a step further, planting edible forests in public spaces for all to enjoy.

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The New Era of Urban Agriculture

The New Era of Urban Agriculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, written by Ryerson University professors Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar, and Joe Nasr explores the new era of urban agriculture. A flux of des...
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Why Businesses Must Help Solve America's Higher Education Crisis - Education - GOOD

Why Businesses Must Help Solve America's Higher Education Crisis - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a new report, corporations must use their influence to ensure future employees go to college or technical school.
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Green Car Congress: Texas Railroad Commission grant funds available for natural gas public fleet vehicles

The Texas Railroad Commission has about $700,000 available in grants to help public fleets, such as those operated by school districts, cities and counties, purchase new natural gas vehicles.

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Tomorrow's Medicine: Scientific American

Tomorrow's Medicine: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at some of the most promising medical devices now in development...
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A Visual Guide to the Potential of Urban Agriculture

A Visual Guide to the Potential of Urban Agriculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An animation shows how a variety of urban spaces can become miniature farms.
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EPA Offers Free Solar, Wind Energy Mapping, Project Tool

EPA Offers Free Solar, Wind Energy Mapping, Project Tool | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The EPA and NREL launched a set of tools that enable communities and landowners to evaluate contaminated and underutilized sites' renewable energy potential.
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Changing the World With the Power of Girls - Bread Blog

Changing the World With the Power of Girls - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Liberian girl sits on her mother's lap during church. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl. As a 21-year-old woman in the United States, I have many opportunities to share my opinions, ideas, and thoughts.
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The promise of B-corps

The promise of B-corps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the end of Seth Stevenson's glowing profile of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, he mentions the way that Chouinard recently converted his company to a B-corp:...
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Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street

Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Traditional street play is good for kids precisely because it allows them to figure out how to use their environment in creative ways on their own.
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Visual Business Intelligence - Confusion is the Age of Data

Visual Business Intelligence - Confusion is the Age of Data | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular opinion, we do not yet live in the Information Age. At best, we live in the Data Age—a time when bits of data constantly zoom past our eyes and buzz past our ears, yet few of them inform us meaningfully and usefully. We’re spending millions to put all of that “Big Data” into “The Cloud” without first learning how to separate the signals from the noise. A storm cloud of our own making is already raining confusion down upon us.

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