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International Corporate Volunteering: Experiential Learning Advances Diversity And Communications

International Corporate Volunteering: Experiential Learning Advances Diversity And Communications | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Teamwork, communications, listening and body language, diversity sensitivity, and problem-solving are key skills described as areas of personal and professional growth by volunteers returning from international pro bono deployments.
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How we can bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself

How we can bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

From the New Zealand edition of Fleeing Vesuvius:

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Philadelphia Signs Green Pact with U.S. EPA

Philadelphia Signs Green Pact with U.S. EPA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Philadelphia and U.S. EPA enter $2 billion agreement for green stormwater management.
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Coming Soon: Electric Vehicles That Talk To The Power Grid To Prevent Blackouts

Coming Soon: Electric Vehicles That Talk To The Power Grid To Prevent Blackouts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Smart meters, electrical meters that communicate information to the local utility in near real-time, are rapidly being rolled out across the U.S. But for most people (myself included), the meter just sits there, inert.
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The Business of a Better World: Can a New Kind of Corporation Save Us and Our Economy? | Environment | AlterNet

The Business of a Better World: Can a New Kind of Corporation Save Us and Our Economy? | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Corporations by today's definition, are obligated to make as much money as they can. But a new kind of corporation is changing that and potentially our economy, too.
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Ask the Experts: Why Is US Bike Culture So Different From Europe's?

Ask the Experts: Why Is US Bike Culture So Different From Europe's? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why is the U.S. so different from Europe when it comes to bike culture and is it something that we can change? Elizabeth Press from Streetfilms answers.
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Just a Fraction More White Roofs Could Have a Huge Global Impact

Just a Fraction More White Roofs Could Have a Huge Global Impact | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Small improvements in roof and road reflectivity are estimated to help create big reductions in carbon emissions.
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Judgmental Map of the Day: 7 Deadly Sins Across America

Judgmental Map of the Day: 7 Deadly Sins Across America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Geographers figured out which U.S. counties are the most greedy, gluttonous and slothful.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Parks, libraries, and schools need annual open houses as a way to connect to and link residents and neighborhoods

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Parks, libraries, and schools need annual open houses as a way to connect to and link residents and neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Parks, libraries, and schools need annual open houses as a way to connect to and link residents and neighborhoods

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Four important food and farm stories you may have missed

Four important food and farm stories you may have missed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Antibiotics, eggs, nitrogen, and Monsanto's new seeds: A food politics news roundup.
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Millennial Generation Safe at Home | Newgeography.com

Millennial Generation Safe at Home | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Each emerging American generation of adolescents and young adults tends to have a distinctive relationship with its parents. For the Baby Boomers of the 1960s and 1970s, that relationship was often conflicted, even adversarial. For Generation X in the 1980s and 1990s it was frequently distant and disrespectful. By contrast, the interactions with their parents of most of today’s Millennial Generation (born 1982-2003) are close, loving, and friendly. That’s a very good thing because, to a far greater extent than for the previous two or three generations, Millennials in their twenties live with their parents, and even grandparents, in multigenerational households. To the surprise of many members of older generations, most Millennials—and their parents—believe the experience is beneficial and even enjoyable. It may even help America in the years ahead.

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What does your ideal street look like? A smart growth expert weighs in

What does your ideal street look like? A smart growth expert weighs in | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Planner and smart-growth advocate Mike Lydon talks bike-friendly cities and bike-unfriendly cops, livable streets, and his ideal streetscape.
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What are the Most Life-Changing Books You’ve Read? [twitter poll]

What are the Most Life-Changing Books You’ve Read? [twitter poll] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  I sent out a tweet yesterday looking for an overview of the most life-changing books you’ve read. Thanks to everyone on Twitter & Facebook who responded! Here’s a snapshot of what’...
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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Headed Up Again

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Headed Up Again | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An improvement in the economy and an unusually warm summer led to a 3.2 percent rise in national energy consumption in 2010, the E.P.A. reports.
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Amazing X-Ray Close-Up Pictures Of Deep Sea Fish (PHOTOS)

Amazing X-Ray Close-Up Pictures Of Deep Sea Fish (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The deep sea's real-life monsters are getting some extra close-up time in the spotlight in a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called "X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out," LiveScience reports.
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Homeboy Industries Reboots The Lives Of Tattooed Former Gangbangers, And Even One CEO

Homeboy Industries Reboots The Lives Of Tattooed Former Gangbangers, And Even One CEO | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One Sunday late last summer, just after Mass, Father Gregory Boyle took a drive through Boyle Heights, the East Los Angeles neighborhood where he has lived for 26 years. That they share a name, the priest and his neighborhood, is a coincidence.
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The Positive Transition in Business Sustainability Mindsets | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Positive Transition in Business Sustainability Mindsets | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a wide range of perspectives and view points on sustainable development, it may seem unlikely that a common definition or framework of ‘business...
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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?
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Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.
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Sustainability By Any Other Name – Next American City

Sustainability By Any Other Name – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Degrowth” is the intentional contraction of overly inflated economies and the dispelling of the myth that perpetual pursuit of growth is good for economies or the societies of which they are a part. Could it save our economy and our planet?
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Want to build development that the community will welcome? Ask them what they want. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Want to build development that the community will welcome? Ask them what they want. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  If you’re in the business of trying to make communities better, and supporting great, green revitalization that will strengthen central cities, you know only too well how change can frighten current residents.  Not entirely without reason, people...
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Cooperative culture – energy characteristics

Cooperative culture – energy characteristics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Professor Dave Tilley suggested a review of Richard Sennett’s new book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. The book was thoughtfully written. Sennett traces the nature and evolution of cooperation in society, and examines the reasons for the lack of cooperation in current society, and how we can reclaim it. He examines the relationship of cooperation to solidarity, competition, and ritual. Sennett views cooperation realistically; he understands that cooperation is not innately benign, and has its own problems, as people who are bound together can then do harm to others. He discusses the need to rebuild cooperation using the metaphor of repair work embodied in a social workshop, as suggested by the book’s cover painting at right, Making a Staircase by Frances Johnston. He makes a number of fascinating points; for example, he describes the institutionalization of cooperation in the form of solidarity as the Left’s response to the evils of capitalism.

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Bike Sharing Is Coming to Los Angeles

Bike Sharing Is Coming to Los Angeles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The spread-out city will implement a privately-funded, 4,000-bike system later this year.
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Green Rural Design Aims to Slow Urban Slum Growth

Green Rural Design Aims to Slow Urban Slum Growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The NESTown development concept envisions the building of self-sufficient, environmentally friendly 'semi-urban centers' in rural Ethiopia that would allow farmers to improve their financial prospects without abandoning the land.
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