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EcoSpeed App Could Cut Auto Fuel Costs By 30 Percent | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

EcoSpeed App Could Cut Auto Fuel Costs By 30 Percent | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By now most readers of this blog probably realize that driving isn't the most efficient or eco-friendly method of transportation (unless you've got one of...
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» The Rise and Decline of Indian Microcredit » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

» The Rise and Decline of Indian Microcredit » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Here are two graphs of data from the Mix Market showing the rise and decline of microcredit in India—or at least in Andhra Pradesh.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: National economic impact of National Parks

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: National economic impact of National Parks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

While many people think of National Parks as only being in "rural" and exurban settings, there are many National Park installations in major cities including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, and elsewhere.

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Initiative highlights North American innovation in green building and sustainable cities

Initiative highlights North American innovation in green building and sustainable cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many cities in the US and Canada are seizing the opportunity to channel resourcefulness and creativity into making buildings more sustainable Sponsor's feature...
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Next American City » Buzz » NYC Project Has Residents Making Budget Choices

Next American City » Buzz » NYC Project Has Residents Making Budget Choices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A pilot effort is underway in four New York City voting districts to give constituents some say in which capital projects are funded. Amid successes and snags, there are signs the initiative is getting citizens more engaged in government.
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Urban Island Prototype 01 Reimagines the Public Park as a Multi-Level Elevated Green Space

Urban Island Prototype 01 Reimagines the Public Park as a Multi-Level Elevated Green Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For the Seattle Urban Intervention Competition, Erick Kristanto has designed the Urban Island Prototype 01, which reorganizes the traditional idea of public park space by creating an elevated pavilion that separates park activity from green space.
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Pruitt-Igoe and lessons from the failure of postwar housing policy | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

    Like the equally infamous Cabrini-Green public housing project in Chicago, the Pruitt-Igoe towers in St. Louis were once seen as beacons of hope, a way to bring quality housing to families in need, amidst green space and close...
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Growing Fruit Trees as Community Activism: the Boston Tree Party

Growing Fruit Trees as Community Activism: the Boston Tree Party | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZEfvrgB78E

Just over a year ago, I came across a new urban agriculture effort, the Boston Tree Party.
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My Two Cents on Impact Investing

My Two Cents on Impact Investing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’m not loaded, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have enough savings to do something useful with, so I’ve decided that 2012 is going to be THE year I finally get hip to investing my hard-earned cash.
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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Finding a Prefab Home That Works With Your Lifestyle

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Finding a Prefab Home That Works With Your Lifestyle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inhabitat explores how to plan a prefab homes that responds to and fits in with your lifestyle.
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Chinese Leaders Impose New Rules to Reduce Air Pollution | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Chinese Leaders Impose New Rules to Reduce Air Pollution | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bowing to increasing public concern about poor air quality, the Chinese government has approved strict new air pollution standards, including tougher rules for...
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How Green is Your EV? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

How Green is Your EV? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released its annual guide to the greenest vehicles.
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7 March Superfoods

7 March Superfoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Depending on where you are in the country, March can mean very different things. For some, it is truly the start of spring, with warmer weather and plants popping out of the ground.
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Can we solve global water scarcity?

Can we solve global water scarcity? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Cool Green Science, a Nature Conservancy blog.

You’re probably doing your part to conserve water, especially if you live in a drought-stricken area. But water is in short sup...
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With Reef Ecosystems, It May Be All or Nothing

With Reef Ecosystems, It May Be All or Nothing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The most strictly enforced no-take areas in the Mediterranean have the highest fish biomass, researchers found. But they noted no significant differences between areas that allow only limited fishing and those that permit unfettered access.
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The Official Guide to Tactical Urbanism

The Official Guide to Tactical Urbanism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new book offers case studies and tips on creating quick and effective urban interventions.
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Ikea launches $80,000 flat-pack DIY house

Ikea launches $80,000 flat-pack DIY house | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Swedish furniture company Ikea has launched its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the Aktiv at the Portland Home & Garden Show in Oregon.
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From Street to Sculpture Garden

From Street to Sculpture Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
So few cities have great outdoor sculpture gardens, but, lucky for us, Montreal is soon to join that exclusive list. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will soon open an expanded sculpture g...
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Where to Find a Creative Class Job in 2020

Where to Find a Creative Class Job in 2020 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
High-paid knowledge, professional, and creative class occupations will add roughly 7 million new jobs by 2020. Here's where you'll find them.
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An Experiment in Collaborative Visualization

An Experiment in Collaborative Visualization | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can the Visualizing community create a project together? Join the Visualization Sprint by forking the code, voting, or commenting; contribute by World Water Day for a chance to win a pass to Eyeo!
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20 Days of H2O | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

20 Days of H2O | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We're raising awareness of just how much water we really use in our daily lives through our 20 Days of H2O campaign, culminating in a celebration or World Water Day on March 22.
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Go cargo: utility bikes take cities by storm

Go cargo: utility bikes take cities by storm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From behind a windshield, my Dutch-style “bakfiet” cargo bike must look like an oddity. My multitalented artist friend Adam Zopf and I built these bikes for ourselves a few winters back. We cut...
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When It Rains, It Will Really Pour

Two new studies indicate that climate change will produce increasingly severe storms in the western United States. But it will be many years before scientists can definitively link the severity of those events to human-driven global warming.
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Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions For the New Energy Era | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions For the New Energy Era | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is there movement already under way in the world of industry which will outstrip the painfully slow progress of the political world in facing up to the...
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Housing at Metro Stations, Rhode Island Row, and the New Urban Transect

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Housing at Metro Stations, Rhode Island Row, and the New Urban Transect | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Now, to me, the idea of capturing the value of proximity to transit, what is called transit oriented development, especially right at Metro Stations, means that the buildings should be denser, and more traditionally like apartment buildings rather than rowhouses.

 

This makes sense, based on the increases in the value of the land that derives from transit proximity and access to the network, as well as it being in the city.

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