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Electric vehicles: This time it really is different

Electric vehicles: This time it really is different | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The near-term picture on EVs is fuzzy at best, but electrification is the future of the auto industry with hybrids leading the way. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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Kraft Uses Stakeholder Engagement to Achieve Zero Waste

Kraft Uses Stakeholder Engagement to Achieve Zero Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kraft used a model of employee engagement to come up with viable plans to reduce waste and reach the zero waste target in 36 plants across 13 countries.
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The Elephant in the Sustainability Program | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Elephant in the Sustainability Program | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It should come as no surprise that the large majority of environmental impact takes place outside a company’s physical boundaries.
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Citiwire.net » ‘Rustbelt’ to ‘Legacy’ — Rethinking Old Cities’ Potential

Citiwire.net » ‘Rustbelt’ to ‘Legacy’ — Rethinking Old Cities’ Potential | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For years we’ve needed a new word for the arc of cities and regions, stretching from the Northeast to the Great Lakes and so deeply damaged by decades of vanishing factories, abandoned properties and alarming population loss.

 

Now, a new report and book, “Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities,” gives us a way out. Looking deeply into the plights of our Youngstowns and Toledos, Detroits and Flints, it’s the report of the 110th session of the American Assembly, the non-partisan political forum founded 62 years ago by Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was president of Columbia University.

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A City Education: A Positive School Environment Can Keep Students Motivated - Education - GOOD

A City Education: A Positive School Environment Can Keep Students Motivated - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the lunchroom, there's a mural of City Year corps members playing with notable characters from famous books.
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Will Global Warming Ruin Football in the South?

Will Global Warming Ruin Football in the South? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Football’s heartland will become dangerously hot Back in November, GE’s TXCHNOLOGIST blog pointed out that climate change “could ruin Texas football,” indeed all southern U.S.
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After Recess: Change the World

After Recess: Change the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Web tools can turn the world upside down. Change.org has empowered ordinary people to close down homophobic “clinics” in Ecuador, shine a light on sex trafficking, and force banks to drop fees.
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GOOD Citizenship Task 4: Make a List of Issues You're Passionate About #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

GOOD Citizenship Task 4: Make a List of Issues You're Passionate About #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What issues make your heart beat?...

Here's an hint: Get specific and get local. In order to feel like you can actually do something about your issue, think about how you can "show up" for your cause in your everyday life. If you care about the environment, write "The amount of garbage in my neighborhood." If you care about poverty, write "Early childhood education." If you care about America's future, write "Income equality," or "Jobs."

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First Energy Gets Boost From Clean Air Rules

First Energy Gets Boost From Clean Air Rules | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Instead of complaining about clean air rules, maybe utilities should cheer them. Sometimes, the rules lead to big gains.
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Cooperative Capitalism: Can Coops Rejuvenate the American Economy?

Cooperative Capitalism: Can Coops Rejuvenate the American Economy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
'Cooperative Capitalism: Can Coops Rejuvenate the American Economy?' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
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The Green Economy: Does it Include You?

The Green Economy: Does it Include You? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This story, our story, is like a dream where we dream we are falling-- falling into a climate that is spinning out of control, falling into an economic crisis that has left millions impoverished, falling into dependence on a dwindling energy supply...
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A hydrogen fueling station powered by the wind

A hydrogen fueling station powered by the wind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By building a wind turbine to power a hydrogen production and fueling station, a little hamlet in Long Island is positioning itself a bellwether for carbon-neutral transportation. Read this blog post by Liane Yvkoff on The Car Tech blog.
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The Quantum Physics of Free Will: Scientific American

The Quantum Physics of Free Will: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Do we have autonomy, or are our choices preordained? Is that a false choice? And what, if anything, does physics have to say about that?
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NASA: Human Activity, Not Solar Activity, Drives Global Warming and Returning to 350 ppm Is Needed to Stop It

NASA: Human Activity, Not Solar Activity, Drives Global Warming and Returning to 350 ppm Is Needed to Stop It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Earth’s Energy Budget Remained Out of Balance Despite Unusually Low Solar Activity Adam Voiland, NASA’s Earth Science News Team, in a repost.  The research brief by Hansen et al is here.
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Change.org shows that we are more powerful than we think

Change.org shows that we are more powerful than we think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With new internet petitions, regular people are coming together to affect corporations' policies.
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Presentation Zen: Hans Rosling: The Jedi Master of data visualization

Presentation Zen: Hans Rosling: The Jedi Master of data visualization | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dr. Hans Rosling is one of my presentation heroes; he's been featured or mentioned in all my books and several times on presentationzen.com over the years. If there is a Jedi Master of presenting data clearly, visually, and simply, then...
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LiveDiverse Event - IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science - The University of Dundee

LiveDiverse Event - IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science - The University of Dundee | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As rice represents 20% of the world's per capita caloric consumption and over half of the world's population is dependent upon rice for 80% or more of its diet (source) any price hikes for this foodstuff will be highly disruptive effect very negatively on billions of people worldwide.

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Tribe Dynamics: Appreciating Your Team’s Strengths to Build Coherence & Trust

Tribe Dynamics: Appreciating Your Team’s Strengths to Build Coherence & Trust | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Tribe Dynamics: Appreciating Your Team’s Strengths to Build Coherence & Trust

February 4, 2012

tags: alignment, appreciation, coherence, gifts, performance, strengths, team, trust

coherence ::

1. the quality or state of cohering: as

a : a systematic or logical connection or consistency

b : integration of diverse elements, relationships, or values

2. the property of being coherent <a plan that lacks coherence>

How can we best surface our gifts and strengths?

How can we engage in meaningful work that motivates us through the elements of autonomy, mastery and purpose?

How do we amplify the strengths of our peers and cocreators?

How do we appreciate those strengths and align with them in order to build dynamic, high-performance, and highly coherent work teams?
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How to Make Electricity Using Plants and Sunshine: Scientific American Podcast

How to Make Electricity Using Plants and Sunshine: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new system combines the power of plants and photovoltaics to make solar power cheap and durable.

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GOOD Citizenship Task 3: Learn About Your Local Representatives and Political Issues #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

GOOD Citizenship Task 3: Learn About Your Local Representatives and Political Issues #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Remember, your representatives represent you.

All politics is local, right? If that's true, then knowing who makes the policy decisions that affect you is empowering. Get to know the boundaries of municipal government—i.e., the jurisdiction of city versus county government—so you know who is responsible for what. There are lots of ways to find out who represents you—all you need is your zip code.

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In Times of Change, Go Slow to Go Fast

In Times of Change, Go Slow to Go Fast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Three organizations I work with are undergoing restructuring. In one case, the company is being acquired. The other two organizations are spinning off divisions to create new publicly traded companies.

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Allowing Transformation Toward Sustainability

Allowing Transformation Toward Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the sustainability field, we face the challenge of extreme complexity and gloom scenarios. We hear mainly bad news: scarcity and decline. It is extremely easy for people to feel overwhelmed or depressed. We find ourselves living in fear and fear inhibits the creative response required.


Via Christoph Hensch
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Green Car Congress: USDA announces $50M funding for two renewable energy programs; renewable biomass and biofuels

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2012 for two key programs to encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels. About $25 million will be made available through each program.

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