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Open Tree of Life Project Draws In Every Twig and Leaf

Open Tree of Life Project Draws In Every Twig and Leaf | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A group of scientists is trying to graft existing smaller trees into one huge tree of life that includes every known species, a tree with two million branches and counting.
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The Top 10 U.S. Cities With Quality Outdoor Space

The Top 10 U.S. Cities With Quality Outdoor Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There is a growing movement of people that believe biophilic cities--urban areas where humans have meaningful contact with nature--will be key to our happiness as the world’s urban population over the coming decades.
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5 strange signs the economy is improving: Infographic

5 strange signs the economy is improving: Infographic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unexpected signs of recovery are popping up everywhere — you just need to know where to look.
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It Can Happen Here: The Screwed Generation in Europe and America | Newgeography.com

It Can Happen Here: The Screwed Generation in Europe and America | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In Madrid you see them on the streets, jobless, aimless, often bearing college degrees but working as cabbies, baristas, street performers, or—more often—not at all. In Spain as in Greece, nearly half of the adults under 25 don’t work.

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The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts

The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Lessons from Miami’s bold Design District experiment.
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Why The US Military Is Leading The Charge For Green Energy | World | AlterNet

Why The US Military Is Leading The Charge For Green Energy | World | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our generals see our dependence on oil as a huge vulnerability, and climate change as a...
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Chicago Goes for the Green Lanes – Next American City

Chicago Goes for the Green Lanes – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to build 100 miles of protected “green lanes” for cycling, which via physical barriers between bikes and motor traffic should enhance feelings of safety and comfort for all, and also result in a hefty...
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Why Fair Trade Matters to Working Women Everywhere

Why Fair Trade Matters to Working Women Everywhere | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fair Trade Certified farms empower women, not only through labor protections required by the Fair Trade standards, but also through opportunities for education, scholarships, leadership roles, and micro-finance programs.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Walk this Way:The Economic Promise of Walkable Places in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

The findings of this study offer useful insights for a diverse set of interests. Lenders, for example, should find cause to integrate walkability into their underwriting standards. Developers and investors should consider walkability when assessing prospects for the region and acquiring property. Local and regional planning agencies should incorporate assessments of walkability into their strategic economic development plans and eliminate barriers to walkable development. Finally, private foundations and government agencies that provide funding to further sustainability practices should consider walkability (especially as it relates to social equity) when allocating funds and incorporate such measures into their accountability standards.

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Ithaca's Mayor Converts Personal Parking Space Into Public Park

Ithaca's Mayor Converts Personal Parking Space Into Public Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Svante Myrick's story is one of incredible grit and perseverance. In February this year, the 24-year-old made headlines when he became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, NY.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: California’s New Gold: A Primer on the Use of Allowance Value Created under the CO2 Cap-and-Trade Program

California will enact an economy wide cap-and-trade program on CO2. Estimates of the value of tradable emissions allowances in the first year range from roughly $2.6 to $7.8 billion, when electricity and industry are covered under the program.

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Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead : NPR

Interest in food gardening increased during the economic downturn and has stayed pretty steady. Now some people are even turning to landscaping professionals to swap their lawns for something green and edible.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Solar panels and historic districts: not a simple decision

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Solar panels and historic districts: not a simple decision | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 

Earlier this week GGW reported in "Preservation staff reject solar panels on Cleveland Park home," that DC's historic preservation office rejected a project to install solar panels on the roof of the building, out of a belief that it would significantly impact the architectural style of the house, vis-a-vis its inclusion in the Cleveland Park Historic District.

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Can Portable Buildings Provide a Greener Infrastructure Alternative?

Can Portable Buildings Provide a Greener Infrastructure Alternative? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even in the tough economic climate we find ourselves in today many consumers still maintain a social conscience, and when a choice arises between companies that adopt a sustainable and responsible approach to the environment and those that clearly...
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Think Tank 20: New Challenges for the Global Economy, New Uncertainties for the G-20

Think Tank 20: New Challenges for the Global Economy, New Uncertainties for the G-20 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As G-20 leaders prepare for their seventh meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, strengthened hopes are struggling against renewed fears in the world economy.

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Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbors

Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbors | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Research suggests that people who participate in Freecycle communities experience greater group identity and solidarity.
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An Atlas of Suburbanisms

An Atlas of Suburbanisms | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Not every suburb is completely suburban, nor is every city completely urban, as a resource-rich new website helps show.
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Bike lanes 2.0: now or soon in a city near you | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Bike lanes 2.0: now or soon in a city near you | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Cities in the US, including Washington, DC where I live, are making significant investments in bicycling infrastructure.  Two categories that have appeared just in the last decade, for example, are bicycle sharing and urban bike stations where...
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For One NYC Neighborhood, A Look Back to Learn the Way Forward – Next American City

For One NYC Neighborhood, A Look Back to Learn the Way Forward – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York’s Battery Park City has been lauded as a triumph of public-private partnership. But the development’s original plan called for a substantial amount of affordable housing — a goal that has largely been lost.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Walking and Bicycling Program in Four Pilot Communities Averts 32 Million Driving Miles, 7,701 Tons of CO2 and 1.7 Million Gallons of Gas, Cuts Economic...

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Walking and Bicycling Program in Four Pilot Communities Averts 32 Million Driving Miles, 7,701 Tons of CO2 and 1.7 Million Gallons of Gas, Cuts Economic... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

An estimated 16 million miles were walked or bicycled that would have otherwise been driven in 2010, and an estimated 32 million driving miles were averted between 2007 and 2010.[2]

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DOE Funds New Critical Materials Hub for Alternative Energy

DOE Funds New Critical Materials Hub for Alternative Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Obama Administration announces new Critical Materials Hub for rare earth research and other alternative energy materials.
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World's Largest Rooftop Fish and Vegetable Farm Planned

World's Largest Rooftop Fish and Vegetable Farm Planned | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Honey, run up to the roof and grab a fish and some tomatoes for dinner." It could happen with Efficient City Farming Containerfarms.
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The Psychology of Colour | Visual.ly

The Psychology of Colour | Visual.ly | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our Psychology of Colour infographic explores the significance of colour - from the meaning of colour in cultures to colours in web design.

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How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land?

How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More and more people are turning away from grocery stores and utility companies in favor of their own back yard. The idea of becoming self-sufficient is an alluring one, but exactly how much land would you need?
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