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Picturing the Effects of Sea-Level Rise in Connecticut | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Picturing the Effects of Sea-Level Rise in Connecticut | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Conservancy's Coastal Resilience tool inspires action to protect Connecticut's shorelines from rising sea-level and future storms.
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How do We form Tribes of Greatness?

How do We form Tribes of Greatness? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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I’ve just returned from a two-day workshop sponsored by Agile Boston called The Core Protocols BOOTCAMP. The purpose was to go through an immersive experiential learning process to understand ...
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Red Fields to Green Fields - HOUSTON

Learn more at rftgf.org Produced and Directed by Alex Fischer and Timothy Whitney Edited by Alex Fischer Music by Joel Goodman Narrated by Sunita Mani Motion Graphics by Matt DiVito Photo Research by Andrea Janes Executive Producer: The Speedwell...
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Next American City » Buzz » Food Forest

Next American City » Buzz » Food Forest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Willy Wonka would be proud: Plans are underway in Seattle to begin planting what will become the nation’s first food forest, a seven-acre green space filled with entirely edible foliage.
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Blood, Gore and capitalism

Blood, Gore and capitalism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
THESE are busy days for Al Gore. In late January, the former vice-president turned climate-change warrior took to the high seas, leading a luxury cruise-cum-fact-finding mission to Antarctica for a bunch of billionaires and policy wonks. They were to see for themselves the melting ice shelf and enjoy what remains of the spectacular views. Then, on February 15th, he was in New York to launch a manifesto (pdf) for what he calls “sustainable capitalism”.

 

The manifesto is published by the non-profit arm of Generation Investment Management, a fund-management company Mr Gore launched in 2004 with David Blood, an ex-partner at Goldman Sachs. The company focuses on firms with what it calls sustainable business models. Unlike Mr Gore's seafaring adventures, which generated a lively blogging war between Mr Gore, shipmates such as Richard Branson, and their right-wing critics, the manifesto is unlikely to set anyone's pulse racing. Yet its very dullness is a virtue, for it reflects the practical lessons learnt from several years of trying to make a success of the investment business, where the devil lies very much in the boring detail.

 

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The challenge of re-localisation

The challenge of re-localisation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Re-localisation is often cited as a primary objective of local currencies. The recently launched Bristol Pound state their key objectives as: to support local independent traders ( “keep our High Street diverse and distinct”), and to boost the local economy “spending Bristol Pounds stops money leaking from the area”. These are objectives shared by all local economies (and arguably by any sub-economy with an identifiable identity such as a developing country).

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Top 5 Triple Bottom Line US Utilities

Top 5 Triple Bottom Line US Utilities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the launch of a first-of-its-kind High Performance Sustainability Index for publicly listed US utilities, Target Rock Advisors has identified and ranked the top 5 and 15 US utilities across the three pillars of sustainable, Triple Bottom Line...
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Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK

Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a surprising shift, British Artist Damien Hirst aims to channel some of his extraordinary wealth into a new role as a pioneer in eco-housing development...
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China's Population Challenge: Designing Sustainable Cities For The Future - Forbes

  China Vice President Xi Jinping (Image via Wikipedia) Between meetings with President Obama this week, China’s vice president and leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping will make time to visit Iowa farm country.
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What Do Pop-Up Shops and Homelessness Reveal About Urban Land Use? | Planetizen

On the land use spectrum, pop-up shops and homelessness operate at very different ends and from disparate positions of power. Ann Deslandes investigates the commonalities that bind them.
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How Mass Transit Became a Focus of the Culture Wars | Planetizen

Delving into the psychology behind the House transportation bill, Will Doig investigates the reasons why the Tea Party have turned their attention to mass transit as the next culture war battleground.
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Why Alleys Deserve More Attention

Why Alleys Deserve More Attention | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On America's lackluster alleyways and what we can do about them: a conversation with Daniel Toole, author of Tight Urbanism.
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Seattle’s King County Confronts Citizens’ True Carbon Footprint - Environment - GOOD

Seattle’s King County Confronts Citizens’ True Carbon Footprint - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If a community wants to decrease carbon emissions, it needs to tackle emissions created outside its borders to produce the goods it consumes.
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The Future Will Rely on This Map | Eco | Interface

The Future Will Rely on This Map | Eco | Interface | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This might be one of the most important maps for our future. The WWF (world wildlife fund) created this unique perspective of the world by combining two important factors; the abiotic and the biotic pressures on ecosystems that result in producing 825 unique terrestrial ecoregions. As a consequence this map begins to inform us of the regional systems upon which we depend, and forms a basis for creating solutions that are sensitive to the unique factors of place.

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Where am I? Given crazy jurisdictional borders, it's hard to tell | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Where am I? Given crazy jurisdictional borders, it's hard to tell | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   We’re looking at a satellite image of Netherlands countryside surrounding the Dutch town of Baarle-Nassau, home to just under 7,000 residents.  (Note the relative absence of sprawl to muck up the farmland.)    Or are we?
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Exploring President Obama's Federal Budget Proposal through Bubbles - information aesthetics

Exploring President Obama's Federal Budget Proposal through Bubbles - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The beautifully animated and interactive infographic "Four Ways to Slice Obama's 2013 Budget Proposal" [nytimes.com] by Shan Carter of the NYTimes shows how President Obama proposes to spend $3.7 trillion in 2013.

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How Sustainable Taxation Can Create a Circular Economy

How Sustainable Taxation Can Create a Circular Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are businesses already today which are benefitting from sustainable development strategies of ‘natural capitalism’ or the so called ‘circular economy.’ Here are some examples.
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Survey Shows Sustainability is Not on CEOs’ Radar Yet

Survey Shows Sustainability is Not on CEOs’ Radar Yet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to the latest PwC Annual Global CEO Survey sustainability is still far from being on the radar of most CEOs worldwide. Looking at the key findings we show why it shouldn't be this way.
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Green Car Congress: Researchers from MIT and GM propose a tool for better estimating secondary mass savings potential; maximizing vehicle mass savings for greater fuel economy

Green Car Congress: Researchers from MIT and GM propose a tool for better estimating secondary mass savings potential; maximizing vehicle mass savings for greater fuel economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers from MIT and GM have developed a tool for estimating secondary mass savings potential early in the vehicle design process. Using the tool early in the process—before subsystems become locked in—maximizes mass savings, they report in a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Solar Power Pricey? It’s Cheaper Than Anyone Thinks

Solar Power Pricey? It’s Cheaper Than Anyone Thinks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
That magic moment when electricity from sunlight costs the same (or less) as energy from conventional sources is known as grid parity.
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The Value of Urban Trees in Promoting Bird Diversity | Planetizen

A world first study explicitly demonstrates that large trees in urban parks are “keystone structures” that help provide important habitat and contribute to the richness, abundance and breeding of birds, reports Megan Doherty.
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Shaun Scallan's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:47 PM

More value in urban habitat creation.

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Innovative Project Turns Parking Lot to Wetland in Los Angeles | Planetizen

Kate Linthicum reports on a recently completed project in South Los Angeles to turn a former bus yard into a piece of stormwater infrastructure and a public amenity...
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HUD's New Sustainability Tool

HUD's New Sustainability Tool | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new website offers communities practical advice on energy efficiency, transportation alternatives and more.
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