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How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company

How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Re:char is a pioneering company that sells kilns to farmers in Kenya that allow them to convert their farm waste into what's known as biochar, which can then be used for cooking. As an enterprise, Re:char seeks to deliver a "triple bottom line," expanding the uses of sustainable alternatives for energy, providing a cost-effective solution for farmers in an effort to combat poverty, and stemming deforestation in Africa by encouraging use of biochar as cooking fuel instead of cutting down trees for firewood.

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Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit

Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We’re excited to share some of our best and most practical social enterprise resources with SocialEarth readers, and would love to hear what you think! Leave us a comment below, or comment and rate on resources directly at www.setoolbelt.org.

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Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt

Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Few people are getting rich selling solar energy back to the grid, but one homeowner has made enough to pay for his Chevy Volt. Read this blog post by Liane Yvkoff on The Car Tech blog.
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Why We Need a Global Environmental Organization

Why We Need a Global Environmental Organization | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We must invest the time and resources to form a more effective, coherent and focused governance system in order to truly achieve our goals and build a better, sustainable future.
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Topics in Sustainable Fisheries—Schedule 2012

We are very excited about this year's Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries http://t.co/nyXFXLBh first up (1/5): a cavalcade of crab sagas!
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Spaceflights Get Ready to Board Business Class

Spaceflights Get Ready to Board Business Class | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first excursions by new airlines that will take tourists out of Earth’s atmosphere are poised to take off in 2012.
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BIOMIMICRY Inventions Inspired by Nature

BIOMIMICRY Inventions Inspired by Nature | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I'm a Round 2 Cybils judge for the Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction. Congratulations to all the nominees and finalists. See the list of finalists in this category here.

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“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This single-story home gradually integrates nature from room to room.
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World’s Biggest Solar Plant Goes Online in Spain | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

World’s Biggest Solar Plant Goes Online in Spain | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Andasol, a gigantic farm with 600,000 parabolic mirrors that follow the sun on its daily path across the Earth, has gone online.
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Five Green Home Trends for 2012

Five Green Home Trends for 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There's something about the beginning of a year that makes the fortune tellers come out in droves.  But I guess it's fun to ponder and pontificate about the future -- to string data together to predict what will happen in the next 365 days. ...
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It's time for sustainable development

It's time for sustainable development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Julia Day: Activists, NGOs and academics want Rio+20 to put sustainable development and poverty reduction at the heart of global politics.
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Resolve to Waste Less Food in 2012 - Go Green - SustainLane

Resolve to Waste Less Food in 2012 - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We Americans waste 25-40% of our food while others on Earth go hungry. Make your New Year's resolution to waste less food.
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Hunger QOTD: Dalai Lama - Bread Blog

"Peace, in the sense of absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain or torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those...
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10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do

10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Upcycling is one of the best things you can do both to save money, and to reduce waste. Sustainability can become a way of life through simple reuse, whether practical or decorative. That can also reduce pollution and help to shrink landfills.
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Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile

Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Apps improve the energy awareness of homeowners much in the way that smart meters do.
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Breakthrough Facility to Trap Solar Energy in Molten Salt | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Breakthrough Facility to Trap Solar Energy in Molten Salt | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the greatest problems of large scale solar power facilities is that they do not produce electricity at night, and when they do produce power, it is...
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Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness | SmartPlanet

Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness | SmartPlanet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S.Census data suggest health is a far more powerful determinant of an individual’s happiness than his or her income, marital status, age or a (Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness:
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Biomimicry Oregon Project Jam

Biomimicry Oregon Project Jam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry Oregon has been quickly growing and evolving over the past year, and hundreds of people like you have joined the network and indicated an interest in getting involved.
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Book Review: The Post Carbon Reader (Daniel Lerch interview)

Book Review: The Post Carbon Reader (Daniel Lerch interview) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Post Carbon Reader was developed by the Post Carbon Institute, an organization devoted to finding the solutions for a “peak oil” society. Based out of Santa Rosa, California, the PCI has a satellite office in Portland, sharing space in a suite with such other non-profit organizations as Physicians for Social Responsibility and Portland’s Gay Men’s Chorus. As the Publications Director for the PCI, Daniel Lerch is the sole staffer manning the Portland office and it was from here that he pieced together The Post Carbon Reader. To mark the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Reader, Lerch spoke from Mexico at the tail end of a sabbatical, where he discussed the process of editing the Reader, the differences between Portland and Mexico City, and provided insight on a few of the issues addressed by the Reader.

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Spider Robots In Outer Space: Biomimicry, B Movie or Both?

Spider Robots In Outer Space: Biomimicry, B Movie or Both? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As this is my third post about insect-like robots, regular readers may start thinking I'm a bit obsessed.
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Good enough to watch any time of the year: Matt Damon is Santa Claus for clean water

Good enough to watch any time of the year: Matt Damon is Santa Claus for clean water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Watch this great video of Matt Damon trying to convince children of the importance of water when all they want to talk about is their Christmas lists.
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Steep Growth in Smart Meter Installations Predicted for Europe | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Steep Growth in Smart Meter Installations Predicted for Europe | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report predicts that 100 million new smart meters will be installed across Europe between now and the end of 2016 as nations continent-wide aim to achieve...
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Rust Belt cities: to avoid more shrinkage, protect & strengthen the core | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Rust Belt cities: to avoid more shrinkage, protect & strengthen the core | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  For some time, I have been on record as believing that the problem with former industrial cities that have lost population isn’t just the changing economy.  It’s also a failure to address suburban sprawl.  A close look at population...
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5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012 | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to be more than 9 billion, with roughly 70% of people residing in urban areas. With more people flocking to cities, there is an urgent demand for smarter, more sustainable cities.

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Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry

Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Freya Mathews, Latrobe University, published "Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry" on November 9th, 2011 in Organization & Environment's OnlineFirst Section. To view the other OnlineFirst...
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