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5 ways to promote a culture of smart thinking

5 ways to promote a culture of smart thinking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Art Markman is a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. His latest book, “Smart Thinking” was published in January.
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Fuel Gets Fruity: Converting Produce Scraps into Gas - Environment - GOOD

Fuel Gets Fruity: Converting Produce Scraps into Gas - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Composting isn't the only socially responsible way to manage food scraps.
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» You’ve Heard of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9. Here’s Nigeria’s 20-20-20 (and this one might fly) » Global Development: Views from the Center

» You’ve Heard of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9. Here’s Nigeria’s 20-20-20 (and this one might fly) » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Lately I’ve been thinking Nigeria should be a little bit more like, of all places, Iran. Yes, Iran. And maybe Alaska.  Here’s how. Africa’s most populous nation has been a massive underperformer since independence.
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The time is now for Big Geothermal

The time is now for Big Geothermal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In North America alone, there is enough energy trapped beneath the Earth's surface to produce 10 times as much electricity as coal currently does. Geothermal power is clean, ubiquitous and reliable. And the technology to harness it is available.
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Encore Careers: Service In The Second Half of Life

Encore Careers: Service In The Second Half of Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a turnaround of the old pattern, Paula Lopez Crespin followed in her daughter’s footsteps.
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Top Ten Sustainability Initiatives of Richard Branson | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Top Ten Sustainability Initiatives of Richard Branson | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, is a very well known English business magnate, most known for his Virgin Group, which is comprised of over 400 different...
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Nashville's promise for a greener transportation future | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Nashville's promise for a greener transportation future | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  The regional planning authority for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area has embarked on a new philosophy to put the notoriously sprawling region on a less polluting and less consumptive path, anchored by walkable neighborhoods, public...
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Why We Should Amend “People, Planet, Profit”

Why We Should Amend “People, Planet, Profit” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Corporations, Triple Bottom Line, and how Local is the new Global...
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Why Invest in Your Employees for a Sustainable Business Culture? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Why Invest in Your Employees for a Sustainable Business Culture? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When you think of a business sustainability culture what comes up for you? It the concept so broad in scope that it is hard to define?
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Wasteland Twinning Turns Forgotten Spaces Into Artists' Canvases - Cities - GOOD

Wasteland Twinning Turns Forgotten Spaces Into Artists' Canvases - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An online project connects cities through their forgotten spaces...
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Texas Water District acts to slow depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer

Texas Water District acts to slow depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A group of farmers in northwest Texas began 2012 under circumstances their forbearers could scarcely imagine: they faced a limit on the amount of groundwater they could pump from their own wells on their own property.

 

The new rule issued by the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, based in Lubbock, declares that water pumped in excess of the “allowable production rate” is illegal.

 

In Texas, a bastion of the free-market Tea Party, such a rule is hard to fathom. Most of the state abides by the “rule of capture,” which basically allows farmers to pump as much water as they want from beneath their own land. But irrigators in northwest Texas rely on the Ogallala aquifer, an underground water reserve that is all-too-rapidly disappearing. If the region is to have any future at all, water users must find a way to curb the pumping.

 

The Ogallala is one of the nation’s largest and most productive underground water sources. It makes up more than three-quarters of the High Plains aquifer, which spans 175,000 square miles and underlies parts of eight U.S. states — Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Water drawn from it irrigates 15.4 million acres of cropland, 27 percent of the nation’s total irrigated area.

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OpEd on Agenda 21 from ICLEI: The Unsettling Attacks on Green Cities and Counties

OpEd on Agenda 21 from ICLEI: The Unsettling Attacks on Green Cities and Counties | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Back in 2010, when Colorado gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused Denver’s bicycle sharing program of being part of an insidious United Nations conspiracy to take over America’s communities, a nation chuckled at the absurdity.
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Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm in Sweden!

Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm in Sweden! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Plantagon celebrates the ground breaking of their first urban greenhouse in Linkoping, Sweeden.
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How to Keep Your Home Electricity Use Down (While Still Enjoying Your Favorite Gadgets!)

How to Keep Your Home Electricity Use Down (While Still Enjoying Your Favorite Gadgets!) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Quick! Do a mental scan of your house or apartment and guess the number of products you have that are continuously drawing power? Well, the typical home has 40! Chances are, quite a few of those are in the consumer electronics category.
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New Survey Says Malnutrition Kills 2.6 Million Children Each Year - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

New Survey Says Malnutrition Kills 2.6 Million Children Each Year - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a report released today by Save the Children, 2.6 million children will die from causes related to malnutrition this year, and another 450...
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Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biolite's green Camp Stove works like a traditional campfire using twigs and a flame to help campers avoid using expensive and polluting petroleum.
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3 Rules For Social Innovation In The Developing World

3 Rules For Social Innovation In The Developing World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rajesh Amandan is the senior vice president of UNICEF Ventures and Private Sector Partnerships.
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Your Glass Of Restaurant Tap Water Goes To Work: Unicef And Droga5 Kick Off Tap Project 2012

Your Glass Of Restaurant Tap Water Goes To Work: Unicef And Droga5 Kick Off Tap Project 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In 2007, agency Droga5 created Tap Project, a campaign that allowed New York restaurant diners to contribute to Unicef’s clean water efforts by simply ordering tap water with their meal and paying an extra $1 for the privilege.
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Residential BIM……..there you are | BIM, the Built Environment and Stuff

Residential BIM……..there you are | BIM, the Built Environment and Stuff | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
So a recent article at Constructech, A Platform for Residential BIM, got me to digging.
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Desalination a Barrier to Improved Sustainability in the Gulf Region

Desalination a Barrier to Improved Sustainability in the Gulf Region | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Desalination has been the answer to the rapid development of the Arabian Gulf region. But as Leon Kaye explains, the wasteful consumption of water in the UAE and Qatar comes with a price.
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Reliance on ‘Virtual Water’ Puts Some Nations at Risk, Study Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Reliance on ‘Virtual Water’ Puts Some Nations at Risk, Study Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study calculates that about one-fifth of all water goes toward the production of crops and commodities for export, part of a global phenomenon known as...
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Mapping the Financial Impact of Population Movement in the U.S. - information aesthetics

Mapping the Financial Impact of Population Movement in the U.S. - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The interactive map Where Does the Money Go? [stamen.com] by Stamen Design reveals the financial impact of the movements by the U.S. during 2009, on a county-to-county level. More specifically, Stamen used an open dataset containing all changes of residential address as reported to the IRS to figure out where people were moving to (blue lines), and where they originally came from (red lines).

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Greenversations » Bring Back The Water Fountain

Last summer I was walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was a hot, steamy summer day and I was thirsty, so I looked for a water fountain. After several blocks of searching, I realized that while there is a bar on every corner, there are no drinking fountains in sight. The lack of public water fountains is not unique to New Orleans – water fountains have been disappearing from public spaces throughout the country over the last few decades. And with the loss of drinking fountains also comes a loss of public knowledge about the importance of investing in drinking water systems, which provide dependable, affordable and clean water.

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Water - Feb 14

Water - Feb 14 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The average American uses enough water each year to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and global agriculture consumes a whopping 92% of all fresh water used annually. Those are the conclusions of the most comprehensive analysis to date of global water use, which also finds that one-fifth of humankind’s water consumption flows across international borders as “virtual water”—the water needed to produce a commodity, such as meat or electronics, if the ultimate consumers were to make it themselves rather than outsource its growth or manufacture.The new study “is the most comprehensive and finest-resolution analysis to date,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, which is based in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

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Who Knew? Another Face of a Revolution - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Who Knew? Another Face of a Revolution - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Think back 20 years. Hardly anyone would have believed that a low-income country in Africa would become a 21st century powerhouse of global innovation in...
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