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U.S. missing out on energy from trash, study says

U.S. missing out on energy from trash, study says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Columbia University researchers estimate 5.2 million U.S. homes could be powered annually by energy derived from non-recycled plastics, and 16.2 million from municipal solid waste. Read this blog post by Candace Lombardi on Green Tech.
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Australia Passes Landmark Carbon Tax | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Australia Passes Landmark Carbon Tax | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Parliament OKs plan to cut carbon to 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020 Under a controversial plan passed today in the Australian parliament, Australia's...
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Richard Branson on the Business of Sustainability | Entrepreneur.com

Richard Branson on the Business of Sustainability | Entrepreneur.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Business ideas and trends from Entrepreneur Magazine. The latest news, expert advice, and growth strategies for small business owners.
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World must welcome 7 billionth citizen with sustainable future, says Ban

World must welcome 7 billionth citizen with sustainable future, says Ban | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up his drum beat for sustainable development today, warning a high-level public-private forum in Denmark that the world must do much more than sing “Happy Birthday” when its 7 billionth citizen is born later this...
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Loving Tuna to Death: The Price of Wild Food

What would you pay for the last piece of Toro in the world? Is that an economic question or a moral one? Either way, someone may actually buy that last piece of Toro within the next decade.

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Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

What is technology's role in the social sector today and how does it advance philanthropy?

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Simple Water Collection for a Retrofit

Simple Water Collection for a Retrofit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a cost effective alternative to a below ground rainwater cistern, the Rainwater Pillow, which was on display at Greenbuild NEXT, may be your answer.
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Philanthropy, Now Yielding Financial Returns - Forbes

Philanthropy, Now Yielding Financial Returns - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Socially responsible investors are finding ways to put their money to work, funding causes that yield both social and monetary returns.
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Catalyzing Social Capital Markets: 4 Key Publications

Catalyzing Social Capital Markets: 4 Key Publications | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Today, we turn to four wonderful publications highlighted at SOCAP11 that has been creating momentum to redefine capitalism and would be a significant contribution to the public debate.

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Virgin Atlantic Announces Plans to Fuel Airplanes With Waste Gas

Virgin Atlantic Announces Plans to Fuel Airplanes With Waste Gas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Richard Branson just announced that Virgin Atlantic will be revolutionizing the airline industry by using waste gas to fly airplanes.
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Bosco Verticale in Milan Will Be the World’s First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale in Milan Will Be the World’s First Vertical Forest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Designed by Stefano Boeri, the Bosco Verticale is a towering 27-story structure, currently under construction in Milan, Italy. Once complete, the tower will be home to the world's first vertical forest.
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How to Cut Buildings' Energy Use Without Expensive Renovations - Environment - GOOD

How to Cut Buildings' Energy Use Without Expensive Renovations - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Significant reductions in energy use might not require physical retrofitting.
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The business of sustainability: Survey results - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Environment

The business of sustainability: Survey results - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More companies are managing sustainability to improve processes, pursue growth, and add value to their companies rather than focusing on reputation alone. A McKinsey Quarterly Energy, Resources, Materials article.
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Voluntary RECs Spur Corporate Enthusiasm for Going Green | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Voluntary RECs Spur Corporate Enthusiasm for Going Green | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green Tags, are becoming increasingly important in a country that has set serious goals for enacting...
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The Amazon Dieback Scenario

The Amazon Dieback Scenario | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The notion that the Amazon forest could stop taking up carbon dioxide around 2050, die back, and then start emitting carbon took on new urgency after major droughts in 2005 and 2010.
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The Darker Side of Traffic Jams: Congestion Costs Billions to World Economy

The Darker Side of Traffic Jams: Congestion Costs Billions to World Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As roads worldwide continually to be clogged with cars, it's time to ask ourselves how much does a traffic jam really cost?

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Some thoughts on diversity, leadership and patience in Transition

Some thoughts on diversity, leadership and patience in Transition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Authentic help means that all who are involved help each other mutually, growing together in the common effort to understand the reality that they seek to transform.
- Paulo Friere, Brazilian popular educator

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European Court Opinion: U.S. Airlines Must Buy Carbon Allowances

European Court Opinion: U.S. Airlines Must Buy Carbon Allowances | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Europe's highest court released an opinion on October 6th, finding that the proposed mandatory inclusion of non-European based airlines in the European...
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Vertical Green Wall in London is Flourishing After 4 Months

Vertical Green Wall in London is Flourishing After 4 Months | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Photo: B. Alter, Wall, October, 2011 A picture by Van Gogh, interpreted as a green wall at the National Gallery in London, was planted in June.
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The Microfinance Catalyst - Tarun Khanna and Jayant Sinha - Project Syndicate

The Microfinance Catalyst - Tarun Khanna and Jayant Sinha - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When both governments and markets fail, impact investors can stimulate change. Microfinance – its advent, rise, and recent crises – shows how.
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Biomimicry and Design Definition

Biomimicry and Design Definition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I've been having a lot of conversations about what design's role, and value, is within biomimicry, and the reverse conversation that explores biomimicry's value to design. The conversation seems pa...
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Street artists see the city as their canvas

Street artists see the city as their canvas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The artist Gaia is part of a young generation using art to revitalize cities, engage residents, and connect to the past.
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» Elevating Development – Rhetoric, Reality, and Recommendations » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog

» Elevating Development – Rhetoric, Reality, and Recommendations » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last month, I released a new analysis on the Future of Aid Reform.  In it, I sought to judge to what extent the administration’s 2012 budget request...
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IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise | Career Center | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

The IDEX Fellowship is a paid 10-month field placement in a social enterprise that offers professional, cultural and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector.

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California creates new corporation types that reward doing good (FAQ) | VentureBeat

California creates new corporation types that reward doing good (FAQ) | VentureBeat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even as Wall Street is being occupied and corporations are reviled, there is a revolution quietly raging across the country that empowers corporations to be a strong force for good.
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