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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Gainesville, Fla., becomes a world leader in solar power

Gainesville, Fla., becomes a world leader in solar power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Beating out Japan, France, and China in solar installed per capita, this small city proves that when you have a locally owned utility, you don't have to be big to go big on solar power.
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Prensa Latina News Agency - Urban Agriculture in Cuba Exceeds Annual Goal

Prensa Latina News Agency - Urban Agriculture in Cuba Exceeds Annual Goal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Website of the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina with the head office in Havana, Cuba, and 28 bureaus worldwide.
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Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay watershed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prince William County officials are waiting for further guidance from federal and state goverments on how to clean up the CHesapeake Bay Watershed.
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Compost miracles Permaculture Research Institute

Compost miracles Permaculture Research Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Compost microorganisms not only convert organic material into humus, but they also degrade toxic chemicals into simpler, benign, organic molecules. These chemicals include gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, oil, grease, wood preservatives, PCBs, coal gasification wastes, refinery wastes, insecticides, herbicides, TNT, and other explosives. (59)

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An act of dog: Why climate change is like walking Fido [VIDEO]

An act of dog: Why climate change is like walking Fido [VIDEO] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate deniers in your family? They won't be able to resist this video that illustrates the relationship between climate and weather with a man walking his dog.
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Gardens of Democracy - SystemsWiki

Gardens of Democracy - SystemsWiki | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Effective gardening requires the right setting: fertile soil, good light, water. It requires a strong view as to what should and should not be grown. It requires a loving willingness to tend constantly, to fertilize and nurture what we seed. It requires a hard-headed willingness to weed what does not belong. Great gardeners would never simply “let nature take its course.” They take responsibility for their gardens.

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California's Central Valley Slammed By Record Air Pollution

California's Central Valley Slammed By Record Air Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
FRESNO, Calif. — This is the time of year when residents who often live with the nation's worst pollution often can draw a breath of fresh air. But this winter has not been kind to people who want to play outside in California's Central Valley.
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Mayors discuss economic development

Mayors discuss economic development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When Canton Mayor Kevin Meade and Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp met Thursday, they discovered they shared an important trait.
Both are Green Bay Packer fans.
But that was only the beginning of their similarities.
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The Healthy Corridor for All, Health Impact Assessment - PolicyLink

The Healthy Corridor for All, Health Impact Assessment - PolicyLink | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Twin Cities region is planning at least four transit corridors, the first of which is the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line (CCLRT) that is currently under construction. The CCLRT is an 11-mile transit corridor along University Avenue connecting downtown Minneapolis with downtown Saint Paul. The CCLRT is a $1 billion transit investment estimated to spur as much as $6.78 billion in public and private investment in local development over the next 20 years.

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Mexico City’s move: Take this dump and close it!

Mexico City’s move: Take this dump and close it! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the world's largest dumps won't be belching greenhouse gases any more, thanks to Mexico City's closing of the vast Bordo Poniente Landfill.
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New Levis Store in Amsterdam a Model of Reuse and Recycled Construction

New Levis Store in Amsterdam a Model of Reuse and Recycled Construction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Levi’s last month opened a new two-story store on Kalverstraat. The 2700 square feet store’s interior is full of reused, restored and repurposed materials.
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New App Helps Eliminate Printed Catalogs Once and for All

New App Helps Eliminate Printed Catalogs Once and for All | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Experience the catalog spectacle without junking up the mailbox.
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Laos: Rice versus Rubber Trees – Part 1/2

Laos: Rice versus Rubber Trees – Part 1/2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the South of Laos, farmers are finding themselves with no other option than to sell their land to Vietnamese companies for intensive rubber tree farming. (Part 1/2.

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Recycled Play Structures Bring Joy to Schools in Rural India

Recycled Play Structures Bring Joy to Schools in Rural India | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Artist Shilpa Joglekar works with rural communities in India and Taiwan to create much-needed play structures out of natural and recycled materials.
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3 ideas that are good for both economy and environment

3 ideas that are good for both economy and environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Manish Bapna and Vinod Thomas: The theory that cutting carbon emissions costs us growth is bunk, in fact, it's an economic opportunity (#ADB's top three things that are good for the environment AND the economy, from the Guardian:
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Worm compost can suppress plant disease, regulate nutrients, research finds

Worm compost can suppress plant disease, regulate nutrients, research finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Organic growers could soon have another weapon in their arsenal, courtesy of the humble worm.
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Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces

Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We need to take parking lots more seriously, architecturally, and to think of them as public spaces, as part of the infrastructure of our streets and sidewalks.
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The Living We - An Ecology for Transformative Action - SystemsWiki

The Living We - An Ecology for Transformative Action - SystemsWiki | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With this map, we will be further exploring the various features and characteristics of an Ecology of Transformative Action as living system of empowered people, in view of determining the structures, systems, models, tools, processes, leverage points and triggers that will inspire (reason/emotion loop), empower (formation of intent/mobilization), and enable (how to/what action) change towards a sustainable, thrivable future in a coordinated yet self directed way.

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Recycled bottles from CES to end up in Ford Focus Electric

Recycled bottles from CES to end up in Ford Focus Electric | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
That plastic water bottle you toss into recycling bins at CES could end up as the seating material of a 2012 Ford Focus Electric. Read this post by Liane Yvkoff on CES 2012: Car Tech.
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30 Story Hotel Completely Built and Finished in Fifteen Days, on New Years Eve (Amazing Video)

30 Story Hotel Completely Built and Finished in Fifteen Days, on New Years Eve (Amazing Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This really is changing the way building is done. It is earthquake resistant and energy efficient too.
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Revitalizing Downtown Carbondale | WSILTV | Local News

Revitalizing Downtown Carbondale | WSILTV | Local News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
CARBONDALE -- Downtown Carbondale is making a comeback. City leaders say several businesses are moving in to empty store fronts on the strip, and that's what they want.
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Evergreen homes: Thomas Eco-House

Evergreen homes: Thomas Eco-House | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This month's 'Evergreen home,' the Thomas Eco-House in Stanwood, Wash., features insulated concrete form construction, passive solar design, a geothermal heat pump and ... a fire pole in the living room.
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Peer-to-Peer Vehicle Sharing Start-Up Launches In San Francisco

Peer-to-Peer Vehicle Sharing Start-Up Launches In San Francisco | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
They say the best days of boat ownership are but two; the day you buy it, and the day you sell it.
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Patagonia Founder First in Line to Register as Benefit Corporation

Patagonia Founder First in Line to Register as Benefit Corporation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since the dawn of corporate social responsibility, Patagonia has been it's pioneer and poster child.
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Everything you could possibly want to know about ‘In Transition 2.0′

Everything you could possibly want to know about ‘In Transition 2.0′ | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

‘In Transition 2.0′ is nearly ready to be unveiled to the world! We are very excited about this inspiring reweaving of the Transition story, and want to tell you more about it here, and about how it will be rolled out over the coming months. To get us started, because we are so excited about sharing this with you, here is the film’s trailer, completed just yesterday, directed by Caspar Walsh.

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