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New CBO Report: Hundreds of Thousands of People Still Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act

New CBO Report: Hundreds of Thousands of People Still Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new Congressional Budget Office report finds that the 2009 Recovery Act is continuing to save jobs and protect the economy from what would have been a much deeper recession, as our updated analysis explains.
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'Hidden' Water: Where Does It All Go?

'Hidden' Water: Where Does It All Go? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With exhibits by artists and scientists, a gallery show in Manhattan explores the myriad kinds of water consumption that people may not think about.
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Low-Income Households in Colorado Going Solar

Low-Income Households in Colorado Going Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A roadmap for other communities to follow.
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An Abundant Source Of Clean Energy: Old Dams

An Abundant Source Of Clean Energy: Old Dams | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Although the United States now has about 50 gigawatts of installed wind capacity and roughly 5 GW of solar, one form of renewable power still dwarfs the rest.
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Diamonds May Be Forever, Natural Resource Wealth Is Not | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Diamonds May Be Forever, Natural Resource Wealth Is Not | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Imagine a low-income country in the developing world suddenly discovering a large endowment of natural resources within its borders. Perhaps a large oil reserve is found just offshore, or a deposit of valuable natural minerals is uncovered just below the earth’s surface. Surely, such a discovery would be a blessing, as it would expand the country’s total stock of capital. In the short term, especially if commodity prices are high, this additional source of richness would help lift per capita GDP. In the long term, the rents from these discoveries could help generate wealth for future generations, both through investments in produced capital such as machinery and infrastructure, and through intangible capital such as improved education, stronger institutions, and better governance.

 

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What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities

What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Economic development, innovation and creativity are undoubtedly connected. Squabbling about which comes first misses the point.
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Recycling Should Be Fun and Easy

Recycling Should Be Fun and Easy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new bin design in Portugal makes recycling more fun and easy, two qualities not often associated with sorting your trash. These qualities may be needed though, at least in higher-trafficke...
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How a National Alliance of Community Colleges Could Move the Country Forward - Education - GOOD

How a National Alliance of Community Colleges Could Move the Country Forward - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebuilding America's Middle Class plans to advocate for workforce development, innovation, and affordability at community colleges.
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DARPA Joins TechShop and Makers for Advanced Manufacturing

DARPA Joins TechShop and Makers for Advanced Manufacturing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
DARPA, TechShop and VA join to promote 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies while providing job opportunities for veterans and innovators.
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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What could be a better eco tourist dream than drifting along the seaside in your own self-sustaining resort?
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New Solar Cell Could be Cheaper and Longer Lasting Alternative | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

New Solar Cell Could be Cheaper and Longer Lasting Alternative | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The standard solar cell uses silicon oxide, which is expensive and environmentally toxic.
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Crowdfunding Platform: Swap-O-Matic Aims to Become A Mascot of The New Sharing Economy

Crowdfunding Platform: Swap-O-Matic Aims to Become A Mascot of The New Sharing Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Barter at the touch of a button....
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Folditure’s Ultra-Thin Leaf Chair Folds Flat When Not in Use

Folditure’s Ultra-Thin Leaf Chair Folds Flat When Not in Use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Folditure‘s Leaf chair is the world’s thinnest luxury folding chair combining high-tech components with age-old artisanal craftsmanship.
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Food & agriculture - May 30

Food & agriculture - May 30 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Farmers are not a good investment risk. Their business requires substantial influxes of capital to erect barns, buy tractors, and plant seeds, with little guarantee of return. When a river floods or a heat wave hits, it can throw the best business plan off course. One of the best ways for farmers to borrow money is to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which can provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in financing. (Unfortunately, there’s a huge amount of paperwork involved in these loan programs.)

 

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Wildlife Refuges Raise Property Values, Study Shows

Wildlife Refuges Raise Property Values, Study Shows | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Research indicates that homes within a half-mile of a wildlife reserve can be worth as much as 9 percent more than one that is two miles away.
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Trade School: A Learning Space That Runs On The Barter System

Trade School: A Learning Space That Runs On The Barter System | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chances are, there are a number of things you’d like to learn in your free time. Some of them are probably not so cheap. A mixology class? That will be almost $40. Jam making? That will be a couple hundred dollars.
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Why Energy Literacy Matters & What to Do About It

Why Energy Literacy Matters & What to Do About It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just a few years ago 4 in 10 US adults couldn't name a fossil fuel. Over half couldn't name a renewable energy source. We need to change that.
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The Urban Health Desert

The Urban Health Desert | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Without better planning, health disparities between rich and poor neighborhoods will continue to grow.
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Join some of the world’s most innovative conscious business experts for a deep exploration into the transformative power of business

Join some of the world’s most innovative conscious business experts for a deep exploration into the transformative power of business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global conversations to awaken a world of conscious business...Join some of the world’s most innovative conscious business experts for a deep exploration into the transformative power of business. 

 

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How a 9-Year-Old Girl's Food Blog Forced Healthier Lunch Options - News - GOOD

How a 9-Year-Old Girl's Food Blog Forced Healthier Lunch Options - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Never underestimate the power of a blog and a hungry 9-year-old girl.
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A Tale of Two Desks: Integrated Reporting and the Road to Environmentally, Financially Sustainable Success

A Tale of Two Desks: Integrated Reporting and the Road to Environmentally, Financially Sustainable Success | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Businesses must be able to track their environmental and financial efficiency by integrating environmental resource silos into one universal metric.
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Social Responsibility Builds Long-Term Success: Opinion

Social Responsibility Builds Long-Term Success: Opinion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Small business would be well-served to adopt a benefit corporation structure.
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From Connection to Dispersal: Urbanisation in the 21st Century | Newgeography.com

From Connection to Dispersal: Urbanisation in the 21st Century | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Commentators have long studied connections between cities and how these influence their development. The city is the natural focus of trade-based theories of growth. Exporting a surplus, based on local resources and specialisation was – and is – considered the way to city wealth.

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The Truth Will Out: The Power of Employees

The Truth Will Out: The Power of Employees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The increasing power of employees in corporate social responsibility programs and initiatives is evident in employee commitment and engagement, as well as retention and hiring.
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