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Loans, Relays, And The Power Of Community: How RelayRides Uses Technology For Social Good | Fast Company

Loans, Relays, And The Power Of Community: How RelayRides Uses Technology For Social Good | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An essay from Passion & Purpose contributor, Shelby Clark, former director of Kiva, current CEO of RelayRides, the world’s first peer-to-peer car-sharing service backed by Google Ventures.
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Can the 2012 Farm Bill protect the Ogallala Aquifer?

Can the 2012 Farm Bill protect the Ogallala Aquifer? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the nation's most important fresh water sources will be under threat for as long as we continue funding irrigation-heavy, chemical-laden "business as usual" in farm states.
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Fragile Future III: Delicate Dandelion Lights Sit at the Intersection of Nature & Technology

Fragile Future III: Delicate Dandelion Lights Sit at the Intersection of Nature & Technology | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Studio DRIFT takes real dandelions to make these amazing modular light installations called Fragile Future III.
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Sunny & Biodegradable: Kitchenware Made From Orange Peels

Sunny & Biodegradable: Kitchenware Made From Orange Peels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Intriguing biodegradable eating utensils, all made of orange peels that are dried and molded by hand.
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Green Car Congress: Volkswagen targets reducing environmental impact of its plants by 25% by 2018

As part of its “Think Blue. Factory.” Initiative, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has set targets to reduce for the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants by 25% values by 2018. This applies especially to energy consumption, waste volumes, airborne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
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Bucking Solar Predictions, India Surprises Itself

Bucking Solar Predictions, India Surprises Itself | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two auctions of electricity generated with solar power were far more successful than anyone anticipated.
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply - Slashdot

Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply - Slashdot | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In a story that may repeat itself in all mountainous areas dependent on glaciers for their water supply, the glaciers in Peru's Cordillera Blanca mountain range are melting so quickly (PDF) that the water they supply to...
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Green cities on the cheap: Low-cost solutions for a sustainable world

Green cities on the cheap: Low-cost solutions for a sustainable world | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jaime Lerner talks about urban acupuncture, portable streets, and why cities hold the cures for climate change.
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Inductive Charging Offers Advantages in Electric Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Inductive Charging Offers Advantages in Electric Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’ve been lucky enough to derive so much pleasure from business travel – and to conduct so much business during personal trips — that I long ago ceased to...
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Profiting for Good: New Corp Structure Helps Nonprofits Deliver Benefits - Magazine - ABA Journal

Profiting for Good: New Corp Structure Helps Nonprofits Deliver Benefits - Magazine - ABA Journal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The founders of Impact Makers, a Richmond, Va.-based consulting firm, had a dilemma when they were incorporating. The firm wanted to donate all of its net profits to charity, but if it chose a public stock corporation structure the officers would be legally obliged to put profits first. To avoid shareholder lawsuits, Impact Makers ultimately chose to structure itself as a nonstock corporation.

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Can Video Games Solve Energy and Environmental Issues?

Can Video Games Solve Energy and Environmental Issues? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Video games are a huge part of life today. Advanced gaming technology now means anyone can immerse themselves in warfare, become a rock star, or win the World Series, albeit virtually.
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Can we balance the old and new as a place evolves? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Can we balance the old and new as a place evolves? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  We change with time, and so do our communities.  In some cases the evolution may seem lightning-fast, in others slow; in some cases change brings obvious improvement, but there is frequently something lost as well.  Like it or not,...
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Poverty News Blog: Achieving Poverty Reduction Through Fast Growth Enterprises

Last month, a group of experts came together at the International Finance Corporation to discuss the potential for small and media fast growth companies to achieve reduction in poverty and to reach the development goals. The idea is that these are the type of companies who present the most potential for rapid job growth.

Last month, a group of experts came together at the International Finance Corporation to discuss the potential for small and media fast growth companies to achieve reduction in poverty and to reach the development goals. The idea is that these are the type of companies who present the most potential for rapid job growth.

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When Will Solar Be Cost Competitive in Your Town? Interactive Map Helps Visualize Grid Parity

When Will Solar Be Cost Competitive in Your Town? Interactive Map Helps Visualize Grid Parity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar grid parity will vary from city to city. A new interactive map helps show how it will spread.
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Green Car Congress: Ceresana forecasts 17.8% annual growth in global bioplastics market to $2.8B in 2018; packaging & films and automotive & electronics to see the biggest gains

Market research firm Ceresana forecasts that the global bioplastics market will reach revenues of more than US$2.8 billion in 2018, reflecting average annual growth rates of 17.8%.

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The Puzzle of Rising Methane

The Puzzle of Rising Methane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Methane is already at two and a half times the level that prevailed in the atmosphere before the Industrial Revolution. After a hiatus, it has been rising again in the last few years for reasons that researchers do not fully understand.
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Changers.com: The World’s First Social Energy Marketplace | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Changers.com: The World’s First Social Energy Marketplace | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Did you find a lot of neat little gadgets underneath the Christmas tree this week?
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Climate Risks and Carbon Prices: Revising the Social Cost of Carbon | Publications at SEI

Climate Risks and Carbon Prices: Revising the Social Cost of Carbon | Publications at SEI | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) links science and policy across a broad range of environmental and development issues at all scales across the globe.
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2012 Resolutions: Cleaner Air For Your Home In The New Year (PHOTOS)

2012 Resolutions: Cleaner Air For Your Home In The New Year (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network: According to the EPA, most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: 125 Maiden Lane gets free greening -Texas outfit will do the $1.4 million job and pocket the 24% cost savings over the first decade, with aid of some fi...

A downtown office building will get a free energy-saving retrofit worth $1.4 million. The gift comes from a company that assumes financial risk for such renovations and a New York City agency.

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The wisdom of crowds

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IMAGINE that you are French. You are walking along a busy pavement in Paris and another pedestrian is approaching from the opposite direction.
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Station Helps Put London District on the Right Track

Station Helps Put London District on the Right Track | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Property prices around London’s Eurostar hub are rising fast, thanks, at least in part, to the revitalization of St. Pancras Station and the creation of a luxury apartment complex.
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What’s Next After the Electric Car?

What’s Next After the Electric Car? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Now that we are at the dawn of the electric car era is it too early to wonder what's next in automobile technology? This article explores what I believe to likely be the next technology to continue the push of zero emissions vehicles.
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