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What Makes a Street Green?

What Makes a Street Green? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are many ecological technologies that can make a street green, but the key element is being “flexible, adaptable,” said Neil Weinstein, executive director of the Low Impact Dev...
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5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   I find the emergence of the short, highly accessible video - on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo - to be one of the great developments in communications and social media over the last decade.  Even as a dedicated...
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Texas spends Gulf oil spill cash on conservation

Texas spends Gulf oil spill cash on conservation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
HOUSTON — Texas is the first state to confirm a deal to spend settlement money from the Gulf oil spill for long-term coastal conservation, working with a private nonprofit to cut through red tape and buy 80 acres of prime habitat for endangered...
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Spatial and other neighborhood conditions and obesity

The May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine focuses on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) data analysis to study neighborhood characteristics and the impact of these characteristics on health, as laid out in the lead article, "Thinking About Place, Spatial Behavior, and Spatial Processes in Childhood Obesity" and "Obesogenic Environments in Youth: Concepts and Methods from a Longitudinal National Sample."

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Quest for New Fossil Fuels Goes to Africa and Beyond

Quest for New Fossil Fuels Goes to Africa and Beyond | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The hunt for new oil and gas reserves is heading into Africa and other unexplored territories as subsidies for alternative energy are cut and as a result of the nuclear crisis in Japan last year.
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FLO, Fair Trade USA, and Starbucks: A Critique

FLO, Fair Trade USA, and Starbucks: A Critique | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
             Part 1 of a multi-post series. You’ve learned about the slavery behind food, apparel and well, almost everything you consume.
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Navy Recruits Private Innovators for Wave Power Research

Navy Recruits Private Innovators for Wave Power Research | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. Navy will select private wave power companies to use its Hawaii wave energy test facility for developing commercial scale wave power buoys.
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Open Source Permaculture On Its Way to the Internet

Open Source Permaculture On Its Way to the Internet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prague-based permaculture activist Sophia Novack is raising funds to create a free online resource that can teach 'anyone (including you!) ...
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Enhancing Small Business Lending

Enhancing Small Business Lending | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2012  would raise the total amount of small business loans a credit union could issue from 12.25% of a credit union's total assets to 27.5%.

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Spring Cleaning: Commute Your Driving Sins - Environment - GOOD

Spring Cleaning: Commute Your Driving Sins - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you can’t ditch your car, you’re not alone. But there are things you can do to clean up your gas usage.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveil Green Plans for the Future of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveil Green Plans for the Future of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The National Mall in Washington, DC recently launched a competition to envision new designs for the historic site, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a finalist for two of the three landscape renovation projects.
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The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes

The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, April 10, thousands of people will go barefoot around the world for the second annual “One Day Without Shoes.” It’s an event organized by Toms Shoes--the company that built a brand around the buy-one-give-one charity model--to raise awareness...
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Amanda Wall's curator insight, October 8, 2014 9:44 PM

This article gives me a different perspective on Toms shoes. This article is basically stating that Toms shoes are providing a short-term fix for a long-term social problem. The article goes into detail about how CEO Blake Mycoskie didn't necessarily do his research on what the real problems these countries were facing, but instead saw children walking around barefoot and provided a simple solution, "One-for-One" and , therefore, created a company that has become successful just off this campaign alone.


However, although the shoes themselves don't really solve a major social issue Toms have now come out with glasses. These glasses work the same as "One-for-One" each pair of glasses sold helps  people in third world countries with vision loss. With this new campaign Toms have identified a real need and are well on their way to another strategic business plan. 

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How to Identify Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia | World Resources Institute

How to Identify Degraded Land for Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This WRI/Sekala Working Paper demonstrates how to implement a quick and cost-effective method for identifying potentially suitable “degraded land” for sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and presents results from the application of the method in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. The method consists of a desktop analysis as well as field assessments. The desktop portion of the method will be made easily replicable through an interactive Kalimantan-wide “Suitability Mapper” website currently under development, scheduled for release in mid-2012.

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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » The Moscow Metro

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » The Moscow Metro | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Here’s a cute little time lapse of the subway system in Moscow by Sasha Aleksandrov. I hope you enjoy it. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.

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Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers.


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The Urban US: Growth and Decline | Newgeography.com

The Urban US: Growth and Decline | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The urban population of the United States is now 249 million, according to the 2010 Census, 81 percent of the total. This is impressive, and not all surprising for a large developed economy. Yet the urban population --- meaning cities, suburbs and exurbs --- is not everything. And in many ways for everything from food, resources and recreation, the urban areas still depend on the nearly sixty million who live in rural America

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The Most Important Solar Fountain Benefits

The Most Important Solar Fountain Benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Installing a solar fountain in your yard has many benefits. Besides the obvious aesthetic benefit, solar fountains can improve your overall standard of living.
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Soapstone Valley Stream Is Running Green: What's The Source Of The Unusual Color?

Soapstone Valley Stream Is Running Green: What's The Source Of The Unusual Color? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Soapstone Valley is picturesque arm of Rock Creek Park near the Van Ness-UDC Metrorail station.
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Halotechnics – Molten Glass Thermal Storage Could Mean 6 Cent Solar

Halotechnics – Molten Glass Thermal Storage Could Mean 6 Cent Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New material holds onto heat like nothing else.
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Tigo Helps Remittances Go Mobile | Fast Company

Tigo Helps Remittances Go Mobile | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In countries like Guatemala, remittances from migrant workers in the U.S. are critical to the economy. Tigo, an international telecom, has a unique plan to use mobile banking to simplify a trying process.
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The death of sprawl?

The death of sprawl? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States has reached an historic moment. The exurban development explosion that defined national growth during the past two decades has come to a screeching halt, according to the latest US Census figures. Only 1 of the 100 highest-growth US communities of 2006—all of them in sprawled areas—reported a significant population gain in 2011, prompting Yale economist Robert Shiller to predict suburbs overall may not see growth “during our lifetimes.”

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Best of Green: Business

Best of Green: Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From best community advocate to best business protest, watchdog, non-profit, and more, the results are in for our 2012 Best of Green Awards in Business.
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35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad?

35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
35% Of Hybrid Buyers Buy Another Hybrid: Is That Good Or Bad?
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