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The Economic Impact of Knowledge Clusters

The Economic Impact of Knowledge Clusters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study identifies 11 knowledge cluster regions throughout the U.S.
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Green Government Opportunities

Green Government Opportunities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By G.Nagesh Rao From my personal experience in the startup scene, I have noted that the three critical types of capital required for success are: Human,...
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Mobilize.org: Making Civic Engagement a Priority for Millennials - Business - GOOD

Mobilize.org: Making Civic Engagement a Priority for Millennials - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
GOOD Maker and Mobilize.org are awarding $500 to a civic change idea and a ticket to the 2012 Millennial Civic Engagement Summit.
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Why Supporting Your Local Library Is the Ultimate Homage to Ray Bradbury - Education - GOOD

Why Supporting Your Local Library Is the Ultimate Homage to Ray Bradbury - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sci-fi genius Ray Bradbury got his education at the library. Thanks to budget cuts, too many modern students can't say the same.
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A Conversation with Peter Kareiva: Rescaling Civilization | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

A Conversation with Peter Kareiva: Rescaling Civilization | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We sat down with Dr.Kareiva to discuss his new paper published in the journal Nature, and the hope he sees in the daunting task of “rescaling civilization.”...
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The People's Choice: An All-in-One, Mobile Utility Meter

The People's Choice: An All-in-One, Mobile Utility Meter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
VELObill, a software product that gathers all of the real-time data on your electricity, natural gas and water usage into one smartphone view, takes first prize in the people's choice category of the "Apps for Energy" contest.
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'We Will Return California's Marine Resources To The Abundance We All Once Enjoyed'

'We Will Return California's Marine Resources To The Abundance We All Once Enjoyed' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — California created another group of ocean protection zones on Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on a vast network of protected areas that dot the sea from Mexico to the Oregon border.
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A Solar Suitcase To Treat Medical Emergencies In The Dark

A Solar Suitcase To Treat Medical Emergencies In The Dark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Laura Stachel practiced as an obstetrician-gynecologist for over a decade before a back condition made it impossible for her to perform surgery and deliver babies.
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8 Insane Schools, Playgrounds, And Libraries Of The Future

8 Insane Schools, Playgrounds, And Libraries Of The Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when schools and libraries were large, impersonal institutions of learning. Today, architects are pushing the boundaries of learning spaces, putting kids in environments that we may not recognize as a school.
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Scientists Fear Global Ecological Collapse Once 50% of Natural Landscape is Gone

Scientists Fear Global Ecological Collapse Once 50% of Natural Landscape is Gone | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new paper says that we're probably about to undergo a "state shift" that will trigger huge environmental changes, mass extinctions, and ecological collapse. Oh, it will probably be an existential threat to humanity too.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Utility Rebates for ENERGY STAR Appliances: Are They Effective?

In this paper we estimate the increase in the market share of ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances that can be attributed to targetted cash rebates offered by utility companies. To estimate the impact of these incentives we use the variation in timing and size of the utility rebates across the US states. We then use these estimates along with information on the average energy saved by using an ENERGY STAR appliance relative to a non-ENERGY STAR appliance to provide an estimate on the cost per tonne of carbon saved by the rebate program. Our results show that a dollar increase in the rebate leads to a 0.3% increase in the share of ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washers while the effect of rebates is not significant for dishwashers and refrigerators.

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Which Cities Are Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Cities Are Most Prepared for Climate Change? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a new report, governments in Latin American and Canada are doing the most, American cities come in dead last.
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Free Education Programs and Quality: A Tale of Two Amazing Old Men

Free Education Programs and Quality: A Tale of Two Amazing Old Men | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mwangi Kimenyi examines Kenya's free primary education (FPE) program, outlining its major successes as well as its failures with regard to quality and accountability in education delivery.
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An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover

An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Witness the evolution of NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.
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Cubism, Duchamp And Bug Eyes: The Real-life Inspirations Behind Lytro

Cubism, Duchamp And Bug Eyes: The Real-life Inspirations Behind Lytro | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Marcel Duchamp. Pablo Picasso. A Nikon D100 camera. Bugs.
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Get free admission to your favorite national park this Saturday

Get free admission to your favorite national park this Saturday | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Saturday, June 9th is fee free day at most national parks. Which one will you visit?
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How to Start an Urban Farm in a Post-Industrial City - Environment - GOOD

How to Start an Urban Farm in a Post-Industrial City - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Youngstown, Ohio, may have shrunk, but its urban farms are growing.
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Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary?

Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists see warning signs that the earth could be approaching a tipping point at which sweeping environmental changes threaten human welfare.
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Create Value, Change, or Something Else?

Create Value, Change, or Something Else? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you are a reader of SocialEarth, you probably care about making a difference in society.
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Sprint’s Handy “Eco-Envelope” Saves More than Paper

Sprint’s Handy “Eco-Envelope” Saves More than Paper | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It still boggles my mind that anyone voluntarily prefers getting a paper bill in the mail, but amazingly, many people do.
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The Muckbuster Turns Trash Into Power, Right In Your Backyard

The Muckbuster Turns Trash Into Power, Right In Your Backyard | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s plenty of ways to keep trash out of the waste stream: up-cycling, incineration, or recycling among others. What about turning it into energy before it ever hits the landfill.
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Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Recent data show that poverty is falling around the world. Today, 43 percent of people are considered to be living in “poverty” (on less than $2 per day), compared to 30 years ago when almost three-fourths of the developing world’s population was doing so. Yet, while poverty is declining, the world is not becoming a more equal place, as a preponderance of income and wealth remain concentrated in the richest segments of populations.

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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Water Heater Energy Savings

When Puget Sound Energy consumers buy the new GE® GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater, they may be eligible to apply for a $500 rebate, reducing the cost to purchase the water heater. The estimated retail price for GeoSpring is $1,199-$1,299. The ENERGY STAR®-qualified water heater saves up to $325 per year on utility bills, which means the GeoSpring quickly pays for itself, based on DOE test procedure and comparison of a 50-gallon standard electric tank water heater using 4879 kWh every year vs. the GeoSpring hybrid water heater using 1830 kWh every year.

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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Free Tool Helps Cities Assess Impact of Switching to LED Street Lighting

In February 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium released an economic cost-benefit analysis tool to help cities, as well as utilities and other organizations, estimate the costs and impacts associated with switching to light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting....

 

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Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil's Curitiba was once a model of sustainable planning. Now, it's struggling with a slew of urban problems.
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