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American Company Develops Breakthrough Energy Storage Technology | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

American Company Develops Breakthrough Energy Storage Technology | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About one fifth of the world’s population lacks access to electricity.
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5 Trust Builders & 5 Trust Destroyers

5 Trust Builders & 5 Trust Destroyers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Bernd Nurnberger. The original on his blog - Community of practice and trust building

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A few days ago I shared my crude model how we go from words to trust. I strung...
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Under $2 a Day in America, Part 3

As we have explained, proposals from the President and House Republicans to raise rents on the poorest recipients of federal housing assistance could impose unaffordable burdens on many of them.  Some people might question whether the proposed...
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B Lab Releases First 'Best for the World' List of Businesses Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

B Lab Releases First 'Best for the World' List of Businesses Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.
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Obama Administration Creates National Water Trails System | Environment | AlterNet

Obama Administration Creates National Water Trails System | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The water trail travels through 48 miles of river within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
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Next American City » Buzz » Gateway Urbanism

Next American City » Buzz » Gateway Urbanism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Urbanist developments may seem like facsimiles of actual downtowns, reserved for folks who don’t know what true urban communities look like. But as many people’s first exposure to walkability, they often serve a gateway to better things.
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Policy Tools for a More Sustainable Town

Policy Tools for a More Sustainable Town | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How local governments can make sustainable development a reality. ...
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Tools to help cities and towns guide green development | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Tools to help cities and towns guide green development | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  It’s one thing for advocates and pundits like yours truly to advocate the greening of cities, towns and suburbs through environmentally responsible revitalization and land development.  But it’s quite another for local governments to develop and...
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Manila – “Here, we don’t trifle with humanity.”

Manila – “Here, we don’t trifle with humanity.” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One of a kind, the “Marcel Van – Second Chance” program in Manila allows young Filipino offenders from 17 to 23 years of age to build a new life.

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Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving (SSIR)

Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving (SSIR) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems. Poverty is linked with education, nutrition with poverty, the economy with nutrition, and so on. These problems are typically offloaded to policy makers, or are written off as being too cumbersome to handle en masse. Yet these are the problems—poverty, sustainability, equality, and health and wellness—that plague our cities and our world and that touch each and every one of us. These problems can be mitigated through the process of design, which is an intellectual approach that emphasizes empathy, abductive reasoning, and rapid prototyping.

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Green Roofs Bring New Life to Beirut | TheCityFix

Green Roofs Bring New Life to Beirut | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The architectural firm StudioInvisible is drawing inspiration from the hanging gardens of Babylon to reimagine Beirut as a giant green park when viewed from a bird’s eye view. The project, Wonder Beirut Forest, covers the top of every building with plants and trees, giving new life to a city whose local greenery have been destroyed due to a tumultuous history of bombings.

 

Architects began to campaign on Facebook with the possibility of approving a law that would provide for the installation of a garden on the roof of each building. As an incentive, the city would offer tax breaks for the condominiums to care for a roof garden, and gardening companies would offer discounts for maintenance.

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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Consensus and Cities by Alon Levy

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Consensus and Cities by Alon Levy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The dominant discourse on cities nowadays focuses on the role of visionary, top-down innovation. Some write about mayors who change paradigms, such as Michael Bloomberg and now Rahm Emanuel. Others write about entrepreneurs and the role of new technology, and invariably portray the change as groundbreaking and unforeseen by all except the dogged inventor. In contrast to this worldview, let me propose a view of urbanism based on political consensus among disparate interests, on forging agreement instead of trying to defeat everyone else.

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Peer to peer food growing takes root [Interview]

Peer to peer food growing takes root [Interview] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Laurence Schechtman is the founder and coordinator for Neighborhood Vegetables in the San Francisco East Bay, which he started four and a half years ago. Neighborhood Vegetables is a grassroots network of 2,500 volunteers who help each other plant urban vegetable gardens in their yards. Laurence is a long-time Bay Area community and political activist known for his tenacity. He helped develop a barter exchange called the “Labor Gift Plan,” was involved in civil rights and anti-war organizing during the 60's, and created food coops called “Food Conspiracies” in the 70's. At the ripe age of 69, he never stops. Everywhere he goes his message is, “We need to organize neighborhood by neighborhood.”

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Under $2 a Day in America, Part 2

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s post in this series highlighted a recent study from the National Poverty Center showing that the number of extremely poor families — those living on less than $2 per person a day — more than doubled between 1996 and 2011, to 1.46...
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Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A projection cites the diversion of corn crops to ethanol as well as commodities speculation, both of which it says could lead to widespread hunger.
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Women's Day: A Time for Concern, Not Complacency | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Women's Day: A Time for Concern, Not Complacency | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As we mark International Women’s Day this week, let’s not be complacent. Over the past century, we have come a long way in increasing women’s voice, participation, and agency in societies around the world. Unfortunately, as the effects of the financial crisis continue to be felt and other political developments take place, there is increasing concern that the progress we have made is in jeopardy of taking a back seat to “more urgent” problems.

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The New Girl Power: Why Women Are Key to Ending Poverty | The InterDependent

The New Girl Power: Why Women Are Key to Ending Poverty | The InterDependent | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Over the nearly four decades that UN International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8, a world of progress has been made in gender equality worldwide. More women are working, living longer lives, and enjoying freedom and rights than ever before.

 

Yet even as we have, on average, made great strides, one group of women in particular has at times been left behind: women living in rural areas. Empowering them isn’t just the theme of this year’s Women’s Day—it’s vital to surmounting the next stages of development across the board. “Simply put, women are key agents of change, and this is as true for rural women, if not more so, than for any women anywhere,” explained UN Women’s executive director Michelle Bachelet on February 28. “Their leadership and participation are essential in shaping the responses to development challenges and recent global crises.”

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Next American City » Buzz » Library Resources Dwindle as Dependence Grows

Next American City » Buzz » Library Resources Dwindle as Dependence Grows | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that, though libraries are increasingly important in providing low-income people essential tools like computer access, funding and resources have taken a hit since the recession began.
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Next American City » Buzz » Money for Nothing: Study Confirms Taking Public Transit Saves, Big Time

Next American City » Buzz » Money for Nothing: Study Confirms Taking Public Transit Saves, Big Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new analysis by the Center for Neighborhood Technology confirms what many advocates suspected all along: That although housing may cost more in a dense urban core, access to transit makes living there less expensive overall than settling in a...
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The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities

The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inequality in American cities turns on more than wages and skills: poverty and race are key indicators.
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Participatory Maps for Inclusive Cities | TheCityFix

Participatory Maps for Inclusive Cities | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Urban planners, designers and architects have their work cut out for them. The rate of urbanization around the world means that we have to reconfigure the way we think, design and plan cities. It is not like starting from scratch on a clean canvas. Reconstructing existing cities to fit the needs of a larger population will be especially difficult because it will require planners to accommodate the needs of current urbanites, while forecasting the needs of future urbanites. It will require a balancing act between the environment, public health and mobility, from the design stage all the way through implementation.

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Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Bioclimatic House in Tenerife is designed to withstand the elements and make use of natural ventilation and daylighting on a site next to a wind farm.
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Exercise Instantly Affects DNA: Scientific American Podcast

Exercise Instantly Affects DNA: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

[podcast] Maybe this will motivate you to work out. New research supports the idea that you don't need to spend hours at the gym everyday for your body to start feeling the positive effects of exercise. In fact, a single session on a stationary bike can affect your very DNA.

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Foreign Industrial Investment Is Reshaping America | Newgeography.com

Foreign Industrial Investment Is Reshaping America | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Declinism may be all the rage in intellectual salons from Beijing to Barcelona and Boston, but decisions being made in corporate boardrooms suggest that the United States is emerging the world’s biggest winner. Long the world leader as a destination for overseas investment, the U.S. is extending its lead as the favored land of overseas capital.

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