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Silicon Valley Startups Embrace the B-Corp Movement | Startup Grind

Silicon Valley Startups Embrace the B-Corp Movement | Startup Grind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Governmental agencies and nonprofits are necessary, but operating alone they are insufficient to address society’s greatest challenges. Corporations, which wield undisputed power and influence, must do their part to create the change we now desperately need.

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Seattle Man Rescues & Transplants Hundreds of Unwanted Trees

Seattle Man Rescues & Transplants Hundreds of Unwanted Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
O’Brien’s passion as a tree rescuer started five years ago when a neighbor near his Key Peninsula property in Washington state removed scores of...
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The Healthiest Eating Cities In The World

The Healthiest Eating Cities In The World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When health startup Massive Health first released the Eatery, a simple iPhone app that asks people to take pictures of their food and then rate other people’s pictures based on their healthiness (kind of like a Hot or Not for food), it was hard to...
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Global shopping

Global shopping | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Street markets have been centers of commerce for centuries. Even in the age of Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, these casual retail spaces, usually populated by small, independent vendors, are thriving in some parts of the world and are being revisited as viable places to shop in others. For tourists, cities with bustling market scenes are great destinations. If you want to toss out the guidebook and really see what locals are eating, buying, and — if you know the language — talking about, all you have to do is hit the local market. Of course, bargain hunting and eating always seem to end up on market visitors' agendas, even if the outing began as a sightseeing-only exercise. Virtually every major metro area on the planet has at least some sort of market that can give visitors an authentic experience. However, the following 10 markets are not to be missed and worthy of a spot on anyone's itinerary.
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Guerilla Urbanism Tactics

Guerilla Urbanism Tactics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guerilla Urbanism Tactics - ordinary citizens can kickstart a positive change in their communities through tactical/guerilla urbanism.
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Why Bigger Cities Are Greener

Why Bigger Cities Are Greener | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Denser, more populous cities are more energy efficient than their smaller counterparts.
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Census Estimates: Slowing Metropolitan Growth and the Future of the Exurbs | Newgeography.com

Census Estimates: Slowing Metropolitan Growth and the Future of the Exurbs | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Recently the Census Bureau released 2011 county and metro area population estimates that showed overall slowing population growth and particularly showing slow to halting growth in exurban counties.

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"How Brazil Broke Loose" by Mark Roe and João Paulo Vasconcellos | Project Syndicate

"How Brazil Broke Loose" by Mark Roe and João Paulo Vasconcellos | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For development institutions like the World Bank, poverty reduction is a continuing goal, and many at the Bank now view improvements in business law as a way to achieve it.
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Patagonia Saving Salmon By Drying and Eating Them

Patagonia Saving Salmon By Drying and Eating Them | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Patagonia has rolled out a new snack that could help save the Pacific coast’s salmon population. Salmon jerky could help save endangered salmon species.
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Sustainable Banks Outperform World’s Largest Banks By 51%

Sustainable Banks Outperform World’s Largest Banks By 51% | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A recent study proves that sustainable banks deliver higher financial returns than some of the world’s largest financial institutions.
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PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids

PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our photos of Patrick Blanc's enchanting vertical garden wonderland at the New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show.
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The High Cost of Bad Investment Decisions

The High Cost of Bad Investment Decisions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ask 10 people what investing means, and chances are they'll all say "growing your money." Yet despite popular Hollywood portrayals of how investing works, research shows that most of us still try to time the market, typically resulting in...

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The Impact of Saving, Spending, or Investing Your Tax Refund

The Impact of Saving, Spending, or Investing Your Tax Refund | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Tax season leads many of us to wonder what we should do with our refund. Should we save it, pay down debt, or see it as "free money" and buy whatever we want?

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Benefit Corporations the Norm in One Generation, says B Lab Founder

Jay Coen Gilbert has good reason to believe in one generation the traditional corporate model we know today will no longer exist, and will be replaced by what’s called the benefit corporation which allows business to pursue social and environmental...
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The Promise Of The $300 House And Other Reverse Innovations

The Promise Of The $300 House And Other Reverse Innovations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our world of 7 billion people has been divided into two groups: there’s the 3 billion who are rich enough to afford products made today, and the 4 billion poor that have been left to the care of government or charity.
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Whale.FM: Where Citizen Science, Whale Songs, and Education Come Together | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network

Whale.FM: Where Citizen Science, Whale Songs, and Education Come Together | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Above all, science is a collaborative enterprise, where researchers working together can span the continents. Increasingly, nonspecialists—citizen scientists—are pitching in as well. Whale.FM—a collaborative effort of ...
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The Global Pressures of Population and Access to Clean Water | Environment | AlterNet

The Global Pressures of Population and Access to Clean Water | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the world climbs toward a population of 9 billion, how can we support all those people?
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Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a nationwide report that discusses national and metropolitan data on public school populations and state standardized test scores for 84,077 schools in 2010 and 2011, Jonathan Rothwell finds that limiting the development of inexpensive housing...
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Providence: The Quiet Revival by Alon Levy

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Providence: The Quiet Revival by Alon Levy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Rustwire’s recent article about Providence, and a less recent article on the Urbanophile, have made me think about Providence’s growth. The Urbanophile comes strongly on the side of the power of its coziness; Rustwire takes the opposite track, talking about redevelopment and about the problems of the current recession, which has hit Rhode Island particularly hard.

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Pilot Program Aims to Level the Advanced Placement Playing Field for Low-Income Students - Education - GOOD

Pilot Program Aims to Level the Advanced Placement Playing Field for Low-Income Students - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The College Board, which administers AP exams, is bringing AP courses to 200 under-served high schools across California.
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The Life-Changing Power of a Good Nap—And a Smart Business Plan - Business - GOOD

The Life-Changing Power of a Good Nap—And a Smart Business Plan - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
MIssion-driven social entrepreneurs can't forget the fundamentals of building a successful business when they set out to change the world.
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World's Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn

World's Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brooklyn will soon be home to a 100,000 square foot, multi-acre rooftop farm that will produce a million pounds of produce per year without using any dirt.
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Making the Earth Our BFF

Making the Earth Our BFF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With Earth Day hurtling toward us faster than you can skin a free-range carrot, we consider our nation's progress in cleaning up the ecosystem that we've been trashing for decades.
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Are Food Deserts an Urban Legend? Study Says… – Next American City

Are Food Deserts an Urban Legend? Study Says… – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported on two recent study findings challenging the now-mainstream notion that poor urban neighborhoods do not have plentiful healthy food options.
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Global Migration Patterns: the Flows of People to and from Countries - information aesthetics

Global Migration Patterns: the Flows of People to and from Countries - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global Migration Patterns[mpg.de] by the German Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity contains a set of interactive instruments that visualize the latest global migration data.The "International Migration Flows shows the different flows to - and from - selected OECD-countries between the years 1970-2007. It illustrates the concept of "Superdiversity", or how during the last 2 decades more people than ever have moved between different locations worldwide.

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