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What’s Undermining Energy Efficiency? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

What’s Undermining Energy Efficiency? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Exhilaration swept through the energy efficiency industry as city after city, state after state and nation after nation set aggressive energy saving goals over...
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Why the economy needs people and businesses with one foot in the future

Why the economy needs people and businesses with one foot in the future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is time for transformational change – and that means aiming higher and acting over significantly extended time frames...
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A Map Of Healthy Eating In The U.S.

A Map Of Healthy Eating In The U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
People eat healthier on the coasts of the U.S. than in the Midwest or South. Don’t believe us?
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D.C. Puts Its Trees Up For Adoption

D.C. Puts Its Trees Up For Adoption | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. has 19 certified arborists to care for the 140,000 street trees that are planted across the District. The Urban Forestry Administration, like most U.S. cities, can only do so much.
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Watch Your Breath: The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the Nation

Watch Your Breath: The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the Nation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The American Lung Association breaks down the most polluted cities in the U.S. by ozone and particulate pollution. There's a good chance you live in one of them: 40% of Americans do.
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Challenges and Opportunities in San Juan Bay | It's Our Environment

Challenges and Opportunities in San Juan Bay | It's Our Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last week, I visited the San Juan Bay National Estuary Program office in Puerto Rico and took a tour of the estuary with the program’s director, Dr. Javier Laureano. San Juan Bay was the first tropical island estuary to become part of the National Estuary Program and, it contains coral communities, seagrass beds and mangrove forests – all habitats designated critical areas. The San Juan Bay program also faces some significant environmental challenges, but Dr. Laureano and his team are making tremendous progress through their partnerships with commonwealth and municipal officials, the local water and wastewater utilities, and dedicated community groups.

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SLOW MONEY: Making local economies work (LIVE VIDEO CHAT)

SLOW MONEY: Making local economies work (LIVE VIDEO CHAT) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

PCI Local Economies Fellow Michael Shuman joins Slow Money Founder and Chairman Woody Tasch to discuss the wide-ranging benefits of investing in local food systems.

May 1 Noon PST /3PM EST/ 19.00 GMT

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On an Urban Heat Island, Zippy Red Oaks

On an Urban Heat Island, Zippy Red Oaks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The growth of red oak seedlings in northern Central Park far outpaced that of trees planted in the suburbs or rural areas of New York, largely because of higher temperatures, a study says.
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In Wake of Factory Exodus, Small Companies Pioneer Insourcing – Next American City

In Wake of Factory Exodus, Small Companies Pioneer Insourcing – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Though far from the policy debate in Washington, small manufacturing companies on the frontlines of one topic President Obama highlighted in his state of the union — insourcing.
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Coastal Contentment with Improved Mobility in Vishakapatnam | TheCityFix

Coastal Contentment with Improved Mobility in Vishakapatnam | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Vishakapatnam, a major port city on the southeast coast of India, recently introduced a successful “no motor vehicle” zone covering 20 kilometers of road from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., encouraging local residents to benefit from walking and cycling along the city’s picturesque coast. The municipal corporation installed public bicycles, free for use along the corridor. B Ramanjaneyulu, IAS, Commissioner, GVMC introduced this innovative program in November last year to encourage community participation and create awareness about environmental management and pollution control. Several local residents use this time and space for meditation, as well.

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Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours

Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By seizing a historical moment, ordinary Danish and Dutch citizens were able to change the course of development in their urban centers.
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Ticket to Ride: The Cost of Uninsured Motorists

Ticket to Ride: The Cost of Uninsured Motorists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are more than 1 million uninsured motorists in the UK, though that number is significantly lower compared to just five years ago. Still, the hoards of uninsured drivers cause a huge strain on law-abiding road users and the economy as a whole.
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How Far Would You Go For Safe Drinking Water? | It's Our Environment

Before coming to work at the EPA, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, along the southeastern coast of Africa. I didn’t have running water, but at first the school I taught at had a well about 100 yards from my house so getting water was not a problem. It only took a little time out of my day, and I got a little exercise at the same time! After 9 months the pump broke, and they weren’t able to fix it. For the next year, the closest public well was over a kilometer away. Walking 2 kilometers for every 20 liters of water was a big drain on my time.

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Building From Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore's Next Economy

Building From Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore's Next Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jennifer Vey discusses how economic growth in key sectors can create greater opportunities for Greater Baltimore residents, focusing on the creation of quality jobs and preparing a workforce to fill them.
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Resource: Facts about International Food Aid Programs - Bread Blog

Funding for poverty-focused foreign assistance comprises just 0.6 percent of the U.S.
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Rethinking The Science Of Generosity

Rethinking The Science Of Generosity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, the legendary biologist E. O. Wilson shook the world of science with a new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, which challenges the established understanding of evolution and with it the accepted explanation of altruism.
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Feast Your Eyes on A Hypnotic Human Kaleidoscope

Feast Your Eyes on A Hypnotic Human Kaleidoscope | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week’s TEDxSummit gathered 700 organizers from 120 countries in Doha, Qatar, with the aim of activating Ideas Worth Doing.
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Thirsty? Ditch the Plastic Bottle With This Drinking Fountain App - Environment - GOOD

Thirsty? Ditch the Plastic Bottle With This Drinking Fountain App - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Download WeTap to chart your city's drinking fountains—and help make them better.
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Redefining wealth

Redefining wealth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In 1984 Fritjof Capra had the bright idea of founding the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think thank. In 1992 I undertook to morph our newsletter into a quarterly journal. In the inaugural issue, on “redefining wealth,” the editor’s letter used the metaphor of the cornucopia to discuss emerging challenges. What is so startling, 20 years later, is that while some of the challenges are now more familiar, they remain far from being met. Perhaps part of resilience is having different goals. Here is a point of view about wealth:

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The Water Fight That Inspired 'Chinatown'

The Water Fight That Inspired 'Chinatown' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the history and the lingering impact of the water wars invoked in the1974 movie "Chinatown."...
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"A World of Convergence" by Kemal Derviş | Project Syndicate

For almost two centuries, starting around 1800, the history of the global economy was broadly one of divergence in average incomes: in relative terms, richer countries got even richer.
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Playa Vista Overcomes Its Obstacles

Playa Vista Overcomes Its Obstacles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Once mired in litigation and always fraught with controversy, Playa Vista, a 1,000-plus acre wetland, residential community, and commercial development in western Los Angeles, may now be con...
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Toronto's leadership for green roofs | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Toronto's leadership for green roofs | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  In January of 2010, Toronto became the first city in North America to require the installation of green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments across the city.  Next week, the requirement will expand to...
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We're having the wrong debate about rising health care costs - Term Sheet

We're having the wrong debate about rising health care costs - Term Sheet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If we made just a few lifestyle changes, Americans could drastically reduce how much we spend on health care.  So why don't we?
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'Green Ribbon Schools' Educate America's Future Environmental Leaders - Education - GOOD

'Green Ribbon Schools' Educate America's Future Environmental Leaders - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new U.S. Department of Education program is giving formal recognition to green schools.
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