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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Who's Your City? revisited

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Who's Your City? revisited | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Who's Your City? is a book by Richard Florida, which makes the point that your ability to work, to do great work, to enjoy life, is dependent on where you live, and the place qualities of the location have to be maximized if not curated (we planners call that "planning") to ensure that cities are relevant and competitive.

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Next American City » Buzz » VIDEO: Re-imagining Urban Highways Forum

Next American City » Buzz » VIDEO: Re-imagining Urban Highways Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Next American City forum, Re-imagining Urban Highways, features experts from Milwaukee, Providence, the Bronx and Philadelphia talking about how a city’s economy and environment benefit from removing urban highways.
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Nationwide data show how transportation costs hurt families, better planning can help | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Nationwide data show how transportation costs hurt families, better planning can help | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  The Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology maintains a massive, geocoded database of location-specific information on average housing costs, driving rates, transportation costs, and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.  The...
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» History of Microfinance Impact Research by the Numbers » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

» History of Microfinance Impact Research by the Numbers » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I gave a book talk last night at an event sponsored by CGAP and the Club de Microfinance de Paris.
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Gates on energy: IT revolution has warped our minds

Gates on energy: IT revolution has warped our minds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Forget a Moore's Law for energy tech, says Bill Gates. Moving the energy system away from fossil fuels takes decades of work and multiple scientific breakthroughs. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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Why We Need Food Trucks in a Recession - News - GOOD

Why We Need Food Trucks in a Recession - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These trucks are tailor made for an economic downturn, which is why we should be mobilizing the mobile food movement.
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Presenting the Community Resilience Guides

Presenting the Community Resilience Guides | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

While national and international leadership are key to navigating the bumpy road ahead, that leadership thus far is sadly wanting. And, in any case, many of the best responses to these challenges are inherently local.

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Employee Engagement: Five Companies That Get It

Employee Engagement: Five Companies That Get It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is one of the most effective tools for achieving long-term success and shared value. Intel, Hyatt, Walmart, Google and Clif Bar all have great programs for employee engagement and retention.
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Peel-off solar panels could make solar competitive with coal

Peel-off solar panels could make solar competitive with coal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ultra-thin solar cells that can be "peeled off" from larger pieces of silicon like delicious fruit roll-ups could be the key to making solar competitive with coal, say researchers at MIT. Once sola...
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Myrhvold finds we need clean energy yesterday (and no natural gas) to avoid being cooked

Myrhvold finds we need clean energy yesterday (and no natural gas) to avoid being cooked | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Several years ago, Nathan Myhrvold -- former Microsoft exec, kajillionaire, inventor, founder of Intellectual Ventures, author of the world's most high-tech cookbook, and all-around polymath genius...
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Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020

Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kaiser will use the baseline of 2008 when they released 819,000 tons of CO2 in the air and pledge to cut that number by 264,000 metric in 8 years.
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Steven Chu puts clean energy on faster learning curve

Steven Chu puts clean energy on faster learning curve | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
DOE chief says research will reshape energy's future, enabling grids that run on renewable energy and creating batteries and vehicles that are both more efficient and powerful. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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GOOD Citizenship Task 27: Support a Local Business #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

GOOD Citizenship Task 27: Support a Local Business #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Make a difference in your community by supporting local businesses.
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » What Kodak’s Failure Might Teach Detroit About Success by Rod Stevens

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » What Kodak’s Failure Might Teach Detroit About Success by Rod Stevens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last month Kodak declared bankruptcy, and this month it quit selling cameras, something it has been doing since 1900. Did Kodak fail because it did not move from film to digital faster, or because it did not stick to what it knew best, laminating film? A close look tells us something about how other places with deep knowledge and fascination with a given
science or technology might find new success in global business.

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Next American City » Buzz » A Strategy, or Lack Thereof, for Land Banking in St. Louis

Next American City » Buzz » A Strategy, or Lack Thereof, for Land Banking in St. Louis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Though local leaders claim that land banking has been a successful move for northern St. Louis, a closer look reveals that there’s not much of a coherent strategy at work.
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New Technology Turns Air Into Drinking Water For Troops

New Technology Turns Air Into Drinking Water For Troops | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water-Gen developed a technology that turns air into water, in order to ensure that military troops have available drinking water even in rough field conditions.
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Green Car Congress: Shanghai to spend $1.63B over next 3 years to target air pollution, especially PM2.5

The city of Shanghai, China will spend 10.3 billion yuan (US$1.63 billion) on 53 projects targeting air pollution, especially for PM2.5 control, over the next three years. The city will begin publicly reporting PM2.5 in June.

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Greenversations » The Water Sector Workforce Needs Skills of American Workers

Greenversations » The Water Sector Workforce Needs Skills of American Workers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A well-trained water sector workforce is essential to protecting public health and the environment through effective drinking water and wastewater utility operations. However, our water industry has a critical need to develop skilled professionals. Over one-third of current water operators can retire within seven years, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for water and wastewater operators will grow by 20% between 2008 and 2018, faster than the national average for all other occupations.

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Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park - Cities - GOOD

Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An underground park in Manhattan is turning to Kickstarter to build the public support it needs to make the pipe dream a reality.
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Meet America’s Next Top Energy Innovators - Environment - GOOD

Meet America’s Next Top Energy Innovators - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These companies are working on better batteries, engines that guzzle less gas, and materials to make more fuel-efficient cars.
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Micro-Credit Sector Scandal Reinforces Need for Impact Investment Standards

Micro-Credit Sector Scandal Reinforces Need for Impact Investment Standards | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Impact investment is at a crisis point: Clean up now or lose credibility. How can they meet the challenge?
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Re-Inventing Finance: An Emerging (Digital) Reformation

Re-Inventing Finance: An Emerging (Digital) Reformation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Several months ago, I was invited by Sean Park to be a Venture Partner with Anthemis Group, a new financial services group with an aim to totally reinvent finance from the ground up.

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Beyond Cap and Trade, a New Path to Clean Energy

Beyond Cap and Trade, a New Path to Clean Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The government ought to fund alternatives that are better and cheaper than natural gas.
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Preserving the World's Reefs Through Photography

Preserving the World's Reefs Through Photography | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A suitably squidlike camera that moves at a leisurely two and a half miles an hour will visually document the composition and health of the Great Barrier Reef along its full 1,500-mile span.
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Tiny, Printed Solar Cells Set Efficiency Records

Tiny, Printed Solar Cells Set Efficiency Records | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Apollo project, which launched U.S. astronauts to the moon ahead of the Russians in 1969, cost about $230 billion in today’s dollars. Building and testing the world’s first atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project cost about $28 billion.
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