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Turbocharging Energy Efficiency 1: Utility Efficiency Program Budgets Double to $5.4 Billion

Turbocharging Energy Efficiency 1: Utility Efficiency Program Budgets Double to $5.4 Billion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Matthias Bell, RMI, and Dylan Sullivan of NRDC, cross-posted from the Rocky Mountain Institute This is part one in a three part series published at RMI on turbocharging energy efficiency programs.
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Top five New Year’s resolutions for planet and profit

Top five New Year’s resolutions for planet and profit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coming up tongue-tied every time someone asks about your 2012 resolutions? Here are a few you can offer that have implications beyond just your waistline or personal budget.
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Miriam Pye: Biomimicry as a Brainstorming Technique

Miriam Pye: Biomimicry as a Brainstorming Technique | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you are looking for more evidence that biomimicry is a significant innovation trend with profound implications for sustainable economic growth, a brief chat...
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Taking a Closer Look at the Economic Benefits of Solar

Taking a Closer Look at the Economic Benefits of Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following is a great post by Tuan Pham of PowerFin Partners on the often discounted economic benefits of solar. I ran across it on Greentech Media, where it was a featured guest post.
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Are Extreme Bacteria The Secret To A Clean Fuel Source? | Fast Company

Are Extreme Bacteria The Secret To A Clean Fuel Source? | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Biology is the best chemist out there," said Harvard scientist Pamela Silver.  The U.S.
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Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
AECOM designs and builds the headquarters for China-based wind turbine manufacturer, Envision Energy, who wanted the building to be inspired by wind energy.
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Best Ideas of 2011: All Signs Point to the Vitality of Sharing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Best Ideas of 2011: All Signs Point to the Vitality of Sharing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In Kenya I received a powerful reminder of importance of sharing information. After finishing interviewing a few men in a pastoral community outside of Garissa about their current sources of income and their current agricultural needs, one of the men inquired about how we use the information we collect.

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High-Tech Greenhouse Planned For Vancouver Parking Garage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

High-Tech Greenhouse Planned For Vancouver Parking Garage | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Valcent Products will build a super efficient 6,000 square-foot greenhouse in downtown Vancouver.
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Northern Lights: Chasing the aurora borealis - Go Green - SustainLane

Northern Lights: Chasing the aurora borealis - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In America "storm-chasers" are the intrepid types who pursue tornadoes, and sometimes hurricanes. But the Arctic Circle has its aurora chasers - people who speed around in search of the best views of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
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Guerrilla Grafters Make Community Ornamental Trees Bear Fruit

Guerrilla Grafters Make Community Ornamental Trees Bear Fruit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Gotta love stuff like this. In a subversive form of food production, the Guerrilla Grafters have been craftily grafting fruit bearing branches onto otherwise unproductive ornamental fruit trees in the city.
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Poverty News Blog: Tracking our Progress toward the MDGs

The Millennium Development Goals were established by the UN in 2000 to set specific goals to deal with health, hunger, education, equality, and sustainability by the 2015 deadline. As we are approaching that deadline, it is good to look and see how we are doing...

 

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Pay it forward to those in need

Pay it forward to those in need | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Website redefines online giving, allowing donors to connect with real Americans in need of a helping hand.
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Green Car Congress: Toyota launches Aqua compact hybrid in Japan; targeting 12,000 units per month in sales

Green Car Congress: Toyota launches Aqua compact hybrid in Japan; targeting 12,000 units per month in sales | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched the Aqua gasoline-electric compact hybrid—to be marketed as the Prius c in the US—in Japan. The Aqua features a small 1.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduction gear, which achieves fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/L (83.3 mpg US, 2.8 L/100km) under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT’s) JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/L (94 mpg US, 2.5 L/100km) under the MLIT 10-15 test cycle
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Poverty News Blog: The Voices of Poverty

In Kenya I received a powerful reminder of importance of sharing information. After finishing interviewing a few men in a pastoral community outside of Garissa about their current sources of income and their current agricultural needs, one of the men inquired about how we use the information we collect.

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Patagonia and ThredUP Tackle Sustainable Fashion

Patagonia and ThredUP Tackle Sustainable Fashion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following post is part of the course work for “Live Exchange” the foundational course on communication for The MBA Design Strategy Program at California...
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City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did

City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In this and other cities, parks now flourish, and neighborhoods with them, in place of aboveground highways.
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U.S. Cities Struggle to Control Sewer Overflows | Digital Wires from ENR.com | News McGraw-Hill Construction

U.S. Cities Struggle to Control Sewer Overflows | Digital Wires from ENR.com | News McGraw-Hill Construction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Twice in recent summers, visitors to parts of Michigan's western coast were greeted by mounds of garbage strewn along miles of sandy beach: plastic bottles, eating utensils, food wrappers, even hypodermic syringes.
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Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing - Business - GOOD

Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Instead of sitting in a driveway, your car could be a shared resource.
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May the Best Solar Panel Win: The Year in Green Innovation - Environment - GOOD

May the Best Solar Panel Win: The Year in Green Innovation - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The greenest light bulb ever, sexy solar panels, buildings that eat smog, and more.
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Portraits of the Southwest in the Shadow of Drought

Portraits of the Southwest in the Shadow of Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NOTE:  NY Times readers who want to see an extended excerpt of my Nature article can go here: “Nature Publishes My Piece on Dust-Bowlification and the Grave Threat It Poses to Food Security.” The NY Times reviews two new books on Dust-Bowlification...
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15 Terrific Tiny House Projects of 2011

15 Terrific Tiny House Projects of 2011 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I've seen the tiny house thrive in 2011 like none other.  People behind these structures -- whether a tiny home, shed, backyard office, ADU, or off-season retreat -- seem to have a little Thoreau inside.  Nonetheless, please keep this in mind: only...
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Rio+20 needs to address the downsides of growth

Rio+20 needs to address the downsides of growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Natural Resources Forum (vol. 35, no. 4) asked 29 experts, including Herman Daly, “What do you think should be the two or three highest priority political outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in June 2012?” His answer succinctly sums up the steady-state perspective.

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NASA: Climate Change May Flip 40% of Earth’s Major Ecosystems This Century

NASA: Climate Change May Flip 40% of Earth’s Major Ecosystems This Century | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Rolf Schuttenhelm, cross-posted from Bits of Science The results of studies that try to quantify the effects of climate change on biodiversity loss — which include damage to the micro scale level of subspecies and genetic variation — are perhaps...
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China’s Christmas Light Recycling Plants Process 20 Million Pounds of Lights each Year

China’s Christmas Light Recycling Plants Process 20 Million Pounds of Lights each Year | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One person’s broken strand of Christmas lights is another man’s treasure, namely the Yong Chang Processing company in Shijiao, China.
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Best Ideas of 2011: Green Economy and Green Growth | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Best Ideas of 2011: Green Economy and Green Growth | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Will 2011 be remembered as the year that, as the world's population hit 7 billion and problems in our economic model became increasingly apparent, we began figuring out how to transform the global economy to green growth? I certainly hope so.

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