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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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S Corps, C Corps, and B Corps, Oh My! Corporate Structure Matters (SSIR)

We must shift our expectations for companies to make business choices based upon fair returns for all stakeholders.
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Five Years After Banning Outdoor Ads, Brazil's Largest City Is More Vibrant Than Ever

Five Years After Banning Outdoor Ads, Brazil's Largest City Is More Vibrant Than Ever | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Imagine a city of 11 million inhabitants stripped of all its advertising. It’s nearly impossible when the clutter and color of our current urban landscapes seem inextricably entwined with the golden arches of McDonald’s or the deep reds of Coca-Cola.

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Don't Give Up On The Promise Of Green Jobs - Forbes

Don't Give Up On The Promise Of Green Jobs - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guest post written by Chris Curtis Chris Curtis is CEO of Schneider Electric in North America. Chris Curtis: Green is good.
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Find the right tools to run your social enterprise

Find the right tools to run your social enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneurs are making impressive progress on some of the world’s most challenging problems—hunger, poverty, healthcare, education, environment, human rights, to name a few. Just take a look at Mirakle Couriers, APOPO, Waste Ventures, or KickStart if you want to be inspired.

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Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris

Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jean Nouvel's giant greenhouse and restaurant called Les Grandes Tables, has been completed and looks like an amazing start to the chic and sustainable island.
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Stuff this: Energy-efficient light bulbs from Sylvania

Stuff this: Energy-efficient light bulbs from Sylvania | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For some, a stocking full of mercury can be just as disappointing as a stocking full of coal. For non-CFL stocking stuffers that still save a bundle of energy, consider LED and halogen lighting options from Sylvania.
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Is Capitalism Possible Without Economic Growth?

Is Capitalism Possible Without Economic Growth? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A pioneer of no growth economics is asked whether capitalism-after-growth is possible. His answer tells is a lot about the nature of change.
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Green Car Congress: Mercedes-Benz launching E 300 BlueTEC diesel and E 400 gasoline hybrids at Detroit Auto Show

Green Car Congress: Mercedes-Benz launching E 300 BlueTEC diesel and E 400 gasoline hybrids at Detroit Auto Show | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Mercedes-Benz is is launching two new luxury hybrids in its core segment: the diesel-electric E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, and the gasoline-electric E 400 HYBRID. The new hybrid models, based on a modular hybrid system, make their world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will appear on the market over the course of the year.

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Mexico City Closes Dump in Push to Boost Recycling and Reuse | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Mexico City Closes Dump in Push to Boost Recycling and Reuse | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexico City has announced plans to close one of the world’s largest open-air garbage dumps as part of an initiative to convert more of the city’s waste into...
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The Crib is a Tiny Enviresponsible Shelter

The Crib is a Tiny Enviresponsible Shelter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A while back, I mentioned The Crib, an enviresponsible shelter by Broadhurst Architects that can be used as a weekend cabin, backyard office, exercise studio, or guest house -- you name it.  Well it's time for a short update from our last article,...
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Greenversations » My Town Helped Me To Recycle More

Greenversations » My Town Helped Me To Recycle More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I thought I recycled everything possible. Papers here. Bottles there. Food waste in the yard. Yes, my trash was reduced to simply trash.
Then my town started a Pay-As-You-Throw program. Suddenly there was this system of measurement and it became like a game. Each Blue Bag counted.

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The Keys To Success In Making Your Company Greener | Fast Company

The Keys To Success In Making Your Company Greener | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last month, a Green Research report on the results of a sustainability survey of large companies revealed that 88 percent plan to invest significantly in employee engagement in 2012. That’s a striking statistic, especially at a time of belt-tightening in response to continued economic woes.

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Oh, SNAP! Grow gardens with food stamps

Oh, SNAP! Grow gardens with food stamps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A little-known detail of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) lets recipients buy seeds and plants with their benefits. Food justice advocates hope to spread the word.
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Should 2012 be the start of a decade of sustainable capitalism?

Should 2012 be the start of a decade of sustainable capitalism? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Transforming capitalism is about more than shifting corporate behaviour.
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Pierre Johnson's comment, December 22, 2011 6:08 AM
It certainly should, but will it? The curve has yet to be taken more decidedly.
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It's a most wonderful time for city places | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

It's a most wonderful time for city places | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
     Stockholm (photo by Brian Colson) The winter holidays remind me of how special public spaces can be, how they make cities, and us, more alive. It is impossible to have a great community without great public spaces - appealing...
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Talk point: transforming business models

Talk point: transforming business models | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What are the barriers to the adoption of sustainable business models and how can these be overcome?
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Can we manage without growth? An interview with Peter Victor. Part Two

Can we manage without growth? An interview with Peter Victor. Part Two | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Surely in our present and unfolding predicament, to recalibrate our economy as a Steady State economy requires an enormous amount of infrastructure, investment and maybe we don’t have that kind of resource any more. Might the kind of more localised world that Transition is talking about be what we get by default rather than by design?

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Israel born Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting and created 'Solskin Peels', a series of objects from dried molded orange peels.
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Seattle (finally) bans plastic shopping bags

Seattle (finally) bans plastic shopping bags | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After a groundbreaking measure to discourage consumers from using disposable plastic shopping bags was squashed by voters in 2009, Seattle is back in the bag-banning game in a big way.
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Backyard Farmers Out of Necessity. 53 Years On They Show No Signs of Stopping. (Video)

Backyard Farmers Out of Necessity. 53 Years On They Show No Signs of Stopping. (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This couple has been farming for over 50 years. We can all learn from their commitment and ingenuity.
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Green Car Congress: EIA: rising Asian demand drives global coal consumption growth; demand almost doubled since 1980

Green Car Congress: EIA: rising Asian demand drives global coal consumption growth; demand almost doubled since 1980 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

lobal coal demand has almost doubled since 1980, driven by increases in Asia, where demand is up over 400% from 1980-2010, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In turn, China dominates Asian demand; demand in China increased almost five-fold between 1980-2010 and accounted for 73% of Asia’s consumption and almost half of coal consumption globally in 2010.

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First Open Atlantic Offshore Wind Turbine Showcases Flotation Principles | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

First Open Atlantic Offshore Wind Turbine Showcases Flotation Principles | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Principle Power is a Seattle, Washington-based renewable energy technology company that developed WindFloat, an offshore wind power turbine and platform.
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CHANGESCAPING | TALK | Placeblogging

CHANGESCAPING | TALK | Placeblogging | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the Right to the City Symposium held in April 2011, Jesse Adams Stein, blogger of Penultimo, convened a panel to discuss placeblogging. In framing the event, Jesse blogged "place blogs enact a v...
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Asymptosis » It’s the Private Debt, Stupid

Asymptosis » It’s the Private Debt, Stupid | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

While everyone hyperventilates about government debt, they don’t seem to be aware of the massively greater load of private debt, and its spectacular runup compared to government debt:

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At last, a new story for the future

At last, a new story for the future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The commons is a crucial part of the human story that must be recovered if we are to deal with the problems now crowding in on us

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