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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Interesting businesses/markets/operations: ideas for revitalization export

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Interesting businesses/markets/operations: ideas for revitalization export | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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LEARN | You say, I say

LEARN | You say, I say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’m continuing to reflect on the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Masterclass. At one point during the three days, I spoke briefly with one of the DDPE leaders about the different...
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'Electric Highway': First Installment Of Cutting-Edge Freeway Inaugurated

'Electric Highway': First Installment Of Cutting-Edge Freeway Inaugurated | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Following a trail blazed by Indians and pioneers in covered wagons, electric car drivers hit the road Friday to inaugurate the first major section of a West Coast "Electric Highway" dotted with stations where they can charge...
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When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where

When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crowdsourced map hopes to help cities identify and address so-called play deserts.
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Asymptosis » When Do Humans Want to Share the Wealth?

Two three-year-olds walk up to a marble-delivery machine that has two bins. Each stands in front of one bin. Three scenarios:

1. One bin has three marbles in it, the other has one: the winner is unlikely to share to equalize the takings.

2. There are two ropes to pull; one delivers one marble, the other three: the winner is unlikely to share to equalize the takings.

3. Two ropes, but both must be pulled together to deliver the one/three marbles: the winner is likely (75%!) to share to equalize the takings. (Either spontaneously, or on request from the loser.)

If people feel that they must work together to get the goods, they also feel that they should (or even want to) share the goods.

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Towards a new model of health and well-being

Towards a new model of health and well-being | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Nora, a woman in her fifties in a wealthy North American suburb, has all the trappings of an enviable life: a devoted husband, two successful children, a beautiful house and the many options that come with financial success. Yet, when we spoke, Nora was despondent. I visited her to learn about her experiences adjusting to a recent diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes. Her story, however, focused less on her reaction to the illness itself, and more on her feelings of disappointment and betrayal. As the conversation expanded, it became clear that much of her pain arose from the sense that her diabetes was assaulting everything she held dear as part of the good life: an ability to consume what she wanted when she wanted, the promise of spontaneity, leisure defined by activities such as relaxing in front of the TV. Her life, she felt, was now one characterized by “work”: the requirement to exercise, the annoyance of having to cook rather than eat whatever she chose and perpetual self-consciousness about her body.

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A Rebate for Low-Flush Toilets

A Rebate for Low-Flush Toilets | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York City seeks to reduce water consumption, emphasizing that residents will also save money.
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Want A New Bike? Check One Out From The Library

Want A New Bike? Check One Out From The Library | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ever want to try that new electric bicycle zipping around town, a folding bike, or maybe that rugged looking cargo bike?
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New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water

New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a landmark announcement this week, New York City has officially joined a growing number of cities around the country in embracing a smarter--and paradigm-shifting--approach to reducing water pollution. Using a suite of techniques like strategically located street plantings, porous pavements, and green roofs, collectively known as green infrastructure, New York is turning the problem of excess stormwater into a solution that will improve the health and livability of its neighborhoods, while cleaning up the waterways that course through and around the city.

It's hard to overstate what a dramatic shift in thinking this represents. Instead of viewing stormwater as waste, New York is turning it into a resource. With this move, New York is showing the rest of the country that if the largest city in the U.S. can finally tackle its chronic water pollution problems with green infrastructure--they can, too.


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5 Green Kickstarter Projects That Give Back & Life Scoop

5 Green Kickstarter Projects That Give Back & Life Scoop | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Want to support small green businesses and grass-roots innovators but don't know where to start?
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What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York

What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two recent exhibits highlight American planning's strengths alongside its great weaknesses.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: It's not either/or it's and/and: subway cars, service, and dwell time

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: It's not either/or it's and/and: subway cars, service, and dwell time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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The Possibility of an Island, in Canada

The Possibility of an Island, in Canada | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can one woman’s go-for-broke crusade rescue a forgotten speck off the coast of Canada?
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Social Media and the Evolution of Consciousness [video]

Social Media and the Evolution of Consciousness [video] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  This is my favorite talk I’ve given so far. No notes, no real prep… just sharing my views about the web, the co-evolution of humanity and our technologies, and where we might be ...
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Air play: Could we capture carbon from the atmosphere?

Air play: Could we capture carbon from the atmosphere? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A start-up company thinks sucking carbon from the air (instead of from coal plant smokestacks) could be a feasible way to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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5 Insights From the Helm of a Century-Old Company - Business - GOOD

5 Insights From the Helm of a Century-Old Company - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A business can teach you a lot in 100 years.
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The Story of the Commons: Interview with Annie Leonard

The Story of the Commons: Interview with Annie Leonard | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book.

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Ocean Frontiers – The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship

Ocean Frontiers – The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In February, Sustainable Land Development Initiative and Ocean Mountain Ranch - a SLDI carbon-negative project providing a model for sustainable forest and...
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Earth out of balance: The challenge of controlling corporate greed

Earth out of balance: The challenge of controlling corporate greed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Author and man-about-the-planet David Rothkopf was once a champion of free trade and the magic of the free market. Now, he says we’ve gone too far.
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All Sustainability is Local | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

All Sustainability is Local | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“All politics is local.” This quote from the late US Congressman Tip O’Neill continues to frame political strategies today.
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Puffins, Pelicans, and Toucans: The Delightful Names of British Crosswalks

Puffins, Pelicans, and Toucans: The Delightful Names of British Crosswalks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are more animals in the U.K.'s pedestrian infrastructure than there are in the London Zoo.
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Feeding the Beast: The Backdoor Ways Transit Subsidizes Roads | Streetsblog.net

Feeding the Beast: The Backdoor Ways Transit Subsidizes Roads | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Supporters of transportation alternatives talk about the inequity between highway and transit funding in the US, but what they’re missing is that the transit funding bucket includes a lot of things that are manifestly not about transit.

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