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12 reasons you'll be hearing more about the Commons in 2012

12 reasons you'll be hearing more about the Commons in 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival

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Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Onyx has unveiled their 330-Watt plug and play solar panel perfect for home utility use.
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E.P.A. Announces Proposals to Clean Gowanus Canal

E.P.A. Announces Proposals to Clean Gowanus Canal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brooklyn groups offered praise, but the city and the Environmental Protection Agency are arguing over who should pay to fix the sewers into the canal.
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In Oklahoma, a Utility's Smart Grid Leads the Way - Business - GOOD

In Oklahoma, a Utility's Smart Grid Leads the Way - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An effective smart-grid infrastructure would mean less consumption, lower bills, fewer power plants and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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This is What the U.S. Would Look Like Without Environmental Protections (PHOTOS)

This is What the U.S. Would Look Like Without Environmental Protections (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An amazing 70s era photojournalism project called Documerica captured a polluted nation before environmental protections. It has published its archives online, and the photos are breathtaking.
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Green Car Congress: Dr. Paul Anastas outlines EPA’s new research paradigm, The Path Forward; realigning EPA research around sustainability

Green Car Congress: Dr. Paul Anastas outlines EPA’s new research paradigm, The Path Forward; realigning EPA research around sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, Dr. Paul Anastas, Science Advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Agency’s Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, outlines the principles of the EPA’s new research paradigm called “The Path Forward”, as well as the actions taken since 2010 to align EPA’s research efforts with the goal of sustainability.

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Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant [1 of 3]

Part 2 coming soon! (Two weeks, maybe?)...
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10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do

10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Upcycling is one of the best things you can do both to save money, and to reduce waste. Sustainability can become a way of life through simple reuse, whether practical or decorative. That can also reduce pollution and help to shrink landfills.
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Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile

Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Apps improve the energy awareness of homeowners much in the way that smart meters do.
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Breakthrough Facility to Trap Solar Energy in Molten Salt | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Breakthrough Facility to Trap Solar Energy in Molten Salt | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the greatest problems of large scale solar power facilities is that they do not produce electricity at night, and when they do produce power, it is...
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Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness | SmartPlanet

Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness | SmartPlanet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S.Census data suggest health is a far more powerful determinant of an individual’s happiness than his or her income, marital status, age or a (Study suggests health, not wealth, determines happiness:
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Biomimicry Oregon Project Jam

Biomimicry Oregon Project Jam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry Oregon has been quickly growing and evolving over the past year, and hundreds of people like you have joined the network and indicated an interest in getting involved.
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Book Review: The Post Carbon Reader (Daniel Lerch interview)

Book Review: The Post Carbon Reader (Daniel Lerch interview) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Post Carbon Reader was developed by the Post Carbon Institute, an organization devoted to finding the solutions for a “peak oil” society. Based out of Santa Rosa, California, the PCI has a satellite office in Portland, sharing space in a suite with such other non-profit organizations as Physicians for Social Responsibility and Portland’s Gay Men’s Chorus. As the Publications Director for the PCI, Daniel Lerch is the sole staffer manning the Portland office and it was from here that he pieced together The Post Carbon Reader. To mark the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Reader, Lerch spoke from Mexico at the tail end of a sabbatical, where he discussed the process of editing the Reader, the differences between Portland and Mexico City, and provided insight on a few of the issues addressed by the Reader.

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Biomimicry: How Copying Nature Leads To Healthier Humans, Planet

Biomimicry: How Copying Nature Leads To Healthier Humans, Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kaichang Li was wading in the surf off the Oregon Coast when he spotted the future of superglue. Beneath the surface, a group of blue mussels anchored themselves to slippery, uneven rocks -- holding strong despite a turbulent tide.
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A city on the move | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A city on the move | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) has some serious traffic, comprising a variety of colorful vehicles.  (It also has some serious air pollution, causing many bike and scooter riders to don homemade masks.) But it does make for a wildly...
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Mexico City’s Largest Landfill Closes, Creating Jobs & Energy

Mexico City’s Largest Landfill Closes, Creating Jobs & Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexico City shut down its Bordo Poniente landfill, the capital's largest garbage collection site that over time became a 927 acre heap of trash. Jobs and energy will emerge from the trash.
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How Wolves Are Saving Trees in Yellowstone - Environment - GOOD

How Wolves Are Saving Trees in Yellowstone - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
During the 70 years there were no wolves in Yellowstone, elk feasted on aspen and other trees. Now, the trees are thriving again.
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Sense-Tickling Desk Integrates Work With Garden

Sense-Tickling Desk Integrates Work With Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Practical and pleasing to all the senses, this neat wooden desk combines a low-maintenance garden with work surface and storage.
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Going Solar Just Got Much Much Easier for New York | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Going Solar Just Got Much Much Easier for New York | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As anyone who has taken on a remodeling project knows, more time can be spent preparing for the project than for the actual installation.
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How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company

How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Re:char is a pioneering company that sells kilns to farmers in Kenya that allow them to convert their farm waste into what's known as biochar, which can then be used for cooking. As an enterprise, Re:char seeks to deliver a "triple bottom line," expanding the uses of sustainable alternatives for energy, providing a cost-effective solution for farmers in an effort to combat poverty, and stemming deforestation in Africa by encouraging use of biochar as cooking fuel instead of cutting down trees for firewood.

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Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit

Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We’re excited to share some of our best and most practical social enterprise resources with SocialEarth readers, and would love to hear what you think! Leave us a comment below, or comment and rate on resources directly at www.setoolbelt.org.

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Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt

Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Few people are getting rich selling solar energy back to the grid, but one homeowner has made enough to pay for his Chevy Volt. Read this blog post by Liane Yvkoff on The Car Tech blog.
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Why We Need a Global Environmental Organization

Why We Need a Global Environmental Organization | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We must invest the time and resources to form a more effective, coherent and focused governance system in order to truly achieve our goals and build a better, sustainable future.
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Topics in Sustainable Fisheries—Schedule 2012

We are very excited about this year's Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries http://t.co/nyXFXLBh first up (1/5): a cavalcade of crab sagas!
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Spaceflights Get Ready to Board Business Class

Spaceflights Get Ready to Board Business Class | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first excursions by new airlines that will take tourists out of Earth’s atmosphere are poised to take off in 2012.
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