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Andre K. Fowlkes: Benefit Corporations could aid Memphis, its challenges

Andre K. Fowlkes: Benefit Corporations could aid Memphis, its challenges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
B Corps exist to provide a public benefit, not just a financial return.
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Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden

Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Karin Matz’s Blocket Mini house is a quaint waterfront cottage in Sweden made from 36 reclaimed windows, cinderblocks, and other recycled materials.
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The Real Cost of Our Clothes (Video)

The Real Cost of Our Clothes (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As most environmentalists know, there are hidden costs behind most price labels. This video explores how to uncover those facts.
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Poverty News Blog: New US Poverty Figures Misinterpreted

It appears that the new poverty figures released by the US Census Bureau were not interpreted correctly by many journalists. The declaration of 50% of US in poverty may be a bit exaggerated.

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Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050

Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The state has already embraced a modest transition to renewables, but with its latest energy plan, Vermont is getting a lot more ambitious.
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Goodbye 'Shop Til You Drop' Mentality: Renegade Band of Economists Call for 'Degrowth' Economy | Water | AlterNet

Goodbye 'Shop Til You Drop' Mentality: Renegade Band of Economists Call for 'Degrowth' Economy | Water | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The road to prosperity and happiness doesn't lead to the shopping mall, as most economists would have you believe.
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Disposable Chopsticks: DIY Tips You'd Never Think Of (PHOTOS)

Disposable Chopsticks: DIY Tips You'd Never Think Of (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From Networx's Chaya Goodman: We normally unwrap takeout chopsticks, eat with them and dispose of them without much thought.
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“Text for Trees” and Arbor Day Foundation Will Plant Up to One Million Trees

“Text for Trees” and Arbor Day Foundation Will Plant Up to One Million Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A tree-planting campaign that's as easy as a click, text or tweet seeks to reach a million before December 31.
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The architecture of hedonism: Putting the pleasure into green living

The architecture of hedonism: Putting the pleasure into green living | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Landscape architect Bjarke Ingels talks about “hedonistic sustainability,” “loop cities,” and the magic of parkour.
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Green Car Congress: Report: Honda plans to adopt new design and assembly methods to reduce vehicle weight

Some of Honda’s new manufacturing methods involve welding outer panels to the frame, rather than assembling the ceiling, side and other panels, to reduce the use of bolts and reinforcing materials. Other techniques include combining two steel sheets of different thicknesses into a single sheet and using thinner steel sheets that are heat-treated during processing to enhance their strength.

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Poverty News Blog: UN Looking to Social Media to Fight Poverty

The UN has brought in social media gurus to help find ways that social media channels can be used to help fight poverty.

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Solstice | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Solstice | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Americans are increasingly separated from the natural world, but recent events on Capitol Hill present evidence that we're not disconnected from nature.
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Backyard Economy: The Rise of Local Manufacturing - Business - GOOD

Backyard Economy: The Rise of Local Manufacturing - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Goods that are made in the neighborhood, but not necessarily by hand...
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The Wisdom of Children: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

The Wisdom of Children: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's $30 for 30 Days of GOOD, our microphilanthropy challenge. These three people chose to invest their dollars in younger generations.
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Top 5 Fisheries Stories of 2011: It’s Not All Bad News

Top 5 Fisheries Stories of 2011: It’s Not All Bad News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Michael Conathan This year was a big one for fisheries.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: European Commission - Energy Roadmap 2050: a secure, competitive and low-carbon energy sector is possible

To achieve the goal of cutting emissions by over 80% by 2050, Europe's energy production will have to be almost carbon-free. How to achieve this without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness is the question answered by the Energy Roadmap 2050 the Commission is presenting today.

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Solar Grid Parity 101: How the Cross-Over Occurs

Solar Grid Parity 101: How the Cross-Over Occurs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by John Farrell, cross-posted from Energy Self Reliant States Solar grid parity is considered the tipping point for solar power, when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid.  It’s also a tipping point in the electricity...
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Buy a Hat and Change a Life with Krochet Kids - Business - GOOD

Buy a Hat and Change a Life with Krochet Kids - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You’ll be buying from, not donating to, the developing world.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: U.S. Treasury Building Becomes Oldest in World to Receive LEED Certification

The Treasury Building – which dates back to the 19th century and is located right next door to the White House – received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at a ceremony on [December 21, 2011..

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Parking Lots Kill Birds? Thousands Die in Utah Crash Landing

Parking Lots Kill Birds? Thousands Die in Utah Crash Landing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Utah, birds plung to their death after storms make parking lots look like ponds. Thwack. Another reason for less pavement?
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4 Principles for Re-Designing the Suburbs for the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

4 Principles for Re-Designing the Suburbs for the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Suburbs will continue to exist.People will still want to live in them, and therefore we must re-design them. ...
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Repair It Yourself Shoes: Simplified & Reversible Design Makes It Easy to Fix

Repair It Yourself Shoes: Simplified & Reversible Design Makes It Easy to Fix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Doing away with stitches, glue and conspicuous consumption, these shoes are simple to repair, rather than replace.
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Scientists Urge Protection of Forage Fish, for Seabirds’ Sake

Scientists Urge Protection of Forage Fish, for Seabirds’ Sake | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Allowing stocks of herring, anchovies, krill and other “forage fish” to fall below one-third of their historic peaks may be detrimental to animals higher on the food web.
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A Long Awaited Victory for Children, Families, and Our Future

The bottom line is, no matter who you are or where you live, we cannot continue to sacrifice the health of our families and communities to protect polluters.
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The Green Side of Business: DODOcase Creates a Green Team to Move Forward - Business - GOOD

The Green Side of Business: DODOcase Creates a Green Team to Move Forward - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Armed with advice from both UPS and a group of sustainability experts, DODOcase is starting to formulate a long term green strategy.
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