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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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1. Change the Goal - 1\7 Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, the new book by Kate Raworth, is out now. These animations tell the story of th
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The series is well worth a review!

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Finding the ROI in Sustainability

Finding the ROI in Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When sustainability investments take a little longer to pay off, the conversation between sustainability director and CFO becomes a little more challenging.

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Expressworks International's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:42 PM

“Sustainability,” says Young, the co-founder of Meterhero, “is not just about running more efficiently or using less carbon. It’s about being able to sustain yourself in a future that’s going to be defined by disruption and change.” 

 

Innovation, disruption, culture transformation are all "flavors" of change confronting business today.  Strategic change programs must accompany any sustainability effort to obtain the best ROI.

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New designs to breathe life back into our cities

New designs to breathe life back into our cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Urban buildings use up precious materials and cause pollution. We need visionary thinking to create more sustainable designs that respond to their environment.

 

By the middle of this century, our cities are likely to be hotter, experience more dramatic changes in weather, be noisier and have an increasingly tenuous relationship with our natural world.

There’s a problem. Not only are cities responsible for 40% of our total carbon emissions, but they also deal with a limited set of physical conditions, and assume that our weather is going to be constant. Our buildings are designed for dryness and therefore deteriorate in the presence of water. Modern architecture is also designed to just house people, not other life forms, and therefore does not inherently promote biodiversity.

We therefore need to think about architecture very differently. We must search for new models for constructing buildings, as well as searching for improvements to our current industrial processes.


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Building a Sustainable U.S. Infrastructure: A Whole Systems Approach

Building a Sustainable U.S. Infrastructure: A Whole Systems Approach | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We need to take a whole systems approach to repairing and advancing our U.S. infrastructure.


An important, yet not yet widely adopted solution is the application of a whole systems approach—one that considers the interconnections between infrastructure projects and their surroundings, and that spans the entire lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from design and construction to operation and maintenance.  

Although this approach may involve upfront costs, this model can bolster efficiency, garner public support, and improve resiliency to natural disasters, resulting in significant short- and long-term payback. A whole systems approach should simultaneously address the needs of all stakeholders, and provide community, environmental, and economic benefits for all types of infrastructure projects, from pipelines to bridges to ports to airports...


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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.


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Sustainable development: a new kind of globalization - The Boston Globe

Sustainable development: a new kind of globalization - The Boston Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new concept of globalization calls for social fairness and environmental sustainability alongside economic development.
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Can we now envision of the world that is driven to create global well being for all living things and all systems that support us?

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Phytoremediation: Healing Urban Landscapes through Plants

Phytoremediation: Healing Urban Landscapes through Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two graduate students present a concept for a former harbor site in north Amsterdam exploring the benefits of phytoremediation.


In the world of modern architecture everything has to be sustainable. If this means that we have to take care of nature and use our resources wisely then maybe phytoremediation can be considered a sustainable method of re-designing highly polluted areas.


Healing, remediating, cleaning, and purifying contaminated soil using plants to extract pollutants is the method of phytoremediation. It is getting attention lately, as it appears to be an effective low-cost and sustainable alternative when dealing with polluted soils. Interlaced into a good landscape design strategy it can save money, improve quality of urban spaces, and provides active and aesthetic uses of polluted areas until they are safe for other uses... 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 22, 2013 2:51 PM

Maybe before 200 years we will figure out how to speed up the process.

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Can Architects Solve Our Cities’ Pollution Problems?

Can Architects Solve Our Cities’ Pollution Problems? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As populations continue to move to urban areas, architects must address how their designs will impact the cities they are trying to improve— and those inhabitants whose access to clean air is determined by their proposals. How can architects best use design to repair the health of our cities?


Visit the article link for project links and an overview of some of the innovative ways architecture addresses climate change, air quality, emissions and is rethinking our cities through design, technology and new approaches to sustainable urbanism...


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state_of_planet_declaration.pdf

We believe this statement reflects the key messages emerging from the proceedings of the
Planet Under Pressure conference.

 

worth reading. 


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Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012

Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Resilience is a word that captures much of what has occurred over this past year: the Arab Spring; the anger that has boiled over into first the Tea Party and then the Occupy movements; strapped municipal budgets; and coping with an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters around the world. Whether we are talking about economic resilience, political resilience or social resilience, the R word captures what many at the grassroots are facing at a volatile time.


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