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Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit

Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Guerrilla Grafters play Frankenstein with ornamental city trees by splicing branches that yield fruit for the common good. But not everyone's happy: Their pursuit of fruit isn't exactly legal.
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Building codes: Small rules that help homeowners save big on energy

Building codes: Small rules that help homeowners save big on energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Illinois is poised to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. New building codes can make a big dent in carbon emissions, and save residents money.
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The States That Are The Most Unprepared For Future Water Risks

The States That Are The Most Unprepared For Future Water Risks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water: When it’s not eluding us, flooding us, or poisoning us, we barely think about it. But as climate change intensifies, water will become increasingly difficult to ignore.
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Smarter Infrastructure Is What Will Drive Electric Vehicle Adoption

Smarter Infrastructure Is What Will Drive Electric Vehicle Adoption | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With gas prices headed back up toward $4 per gallon nationally, interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.
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Massive 100,000 s.f. Greenhouse Planned for Brooklyn Rooftop

Massive 100,000 s.f. Greenhouse Planned for Brooklyn Rooftop | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A former Navy warehouse in Brooklyn is to become a home for the largest rooftop farm in the world.
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The High Cost of Losing Urban Trees

The High Cost of Losing Urban Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tennessee reaps a $638 million yearly benefit from its urban trees – and an $80 billion loss if they disappeared.
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Freeway Removal Creates Opportunity for Improved Health, Quality of Life | TheCityFix

Freeway Removal Creates Opportunity for Improved Health, Quality of Life | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The famed U.S. intellectual Lewis Mumford once said, “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.” The recently released report on freeway removal from by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) seems to be getting a bit closer to that ideal, providing case studies on cities that have successfully removed freeways tearing their cities asunder or separating waterfronts from the enjoyment of residents.

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Preserving a sense of place in LA's Little Tokyo | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Preserving a sense of place in LA's Little Tokyo | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   Little Tokyo, an important historic neighborhood of roughly five large city blocks, sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a short walk from the city’s Civic Center.  LA’s iconic City Hall is easily visible from all over the...
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WALK | How people connect

WALK | How people connect | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This weekend, I walked around my locality with a colleague and friend to discuss a creative project he is working on. The project involved an engagement with the social and cultural dimensions of l...
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Watch: Everything you always wanted to know about urban chickening (but were afraid to ask)

Watch: Everything you always wanted to know about urban chickening (but were afraid to ask) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bee Ayers of BK Farmyards provides fabulous NYC-based environmental fundraising platform ioby with the low-down on the fine art of raising chickens in the city.
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Still Moving to the Suburbs and Exurbs: The 2011 Census Estimates | Newgeography.com

Still Moving to the Suburbs and Exurbs: The 2011 Census Estimates | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The new 2011 Census Bureau county and metropolitan area population estimates indicate that Americans are staying put. Over the past year, 590,000 people moved between the nation's counties. This domestic migration (people moving within the nation) compares to an annual rate of 1,080,000 between the 2000 and 2009. Inter-county domestic migration peaked in 2006 at nearly 1,620,000 and has been falling since that time (Figure 1). The continuing low rate of domestic migration has been reinforced by the economic malaise that has kept job and income growth well below levels that would be expected in a more genuine recovery.

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Education in a post carbon world

Education in a post carbon world | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

While it may be axiomatic that an economy grows through greater consumption of 'products', either by a domestic or international market, it is not definitive that this describes success; certainly not long-term success. In fact, I would argue that advocating greater consumption of physical 'things' is pushing a leverage point, as Donella Meadows describes in Systems Theory: A Primer, in the wrong direction. She asserts that growth is a significant leverage point that can bring about changes in the complex system that one could term 'global human civilisation'. Meadows goes on to state that the leverage point is not just growth of human populations but growth of the economy, and to remember that "growth has costs as well as benefits, and we typically don’t count the costs—among which are poverty and hunger, environmental destruction and so on—the whole list of problems we are trying to solve with growth! What is needed is much slower growth, very different kinds of growth, and in some cases no growth or negative growth. The world leaders are correctly fixated on economic growth as the answer to all problems, but they’re pushing with all their might in the wrong direction …leverage points frequently are not intuitive. Or if they are, we too often use them backward, systematically worsening whatever problems we are trying to solve."

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State Officials Issue Economic Impact Report on Ecological Restoration Projects - The Engineering Center

Officials from the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) today issued a report detailing the economic impact of state-supported ecological restoration projects – including dam removals and culvert replacements.

 

The first assessment of its kind in Massachusetts, this report shows restoration projects generate an average employment demand of 12.5 jobs and $1,750,000 in total economic output from each $1 million expended.

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Betsy MacLean: Community development as public health

Betsy MacLean: Community development as public health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can sustainability make sense in the inner city? Sure -- if you talk about saving money instead of saving polar bears.
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The Most Economically Innovative Small Communities In America

The Most Economically Innovative Small Communities In America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How can smaller communities achieve and sustain economic growth, even in the face of national economic volatility and companies exporting jobs overseas?
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The World Happiness Report Explains What Makes People Happy

The World Happiness Report Explains What Makes People Happy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThe idea of measuring and fostering happiness is a growing idea. It might just be the ultimate economic indicator and it’s a key step in building a better business.
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Celebrating trees for Arbor Day

Celebrating trees for Arbor Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Honest Tea and the Arbor Day Foundation enlist kids help to plant 50,000 trees across the U.S.
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America's Most Important Airport Cities

America's Most Important Airport Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Airports are a central component in urban and regional economic development.
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Next American City » Buzz » STUDY: Americans Driving Less, Especially the Young

Next American City » Buzz » STUDY: Americans Driving Less, Especially the Young | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that Americans, especially younger Americans, are indeed driving less.
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Upcoming Webinar: Launching the Global BRT Database | TheCityFix

Upcoming Webinar: Launching the Global BRT Database | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Join us on Tuesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar to launch BRTdata.org, the most comprehensive public database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world. Register for the webinar here.

The new website was created by the Across Latitudes and Cultures – Bus Rapid Transit (ALC-BRT CoE) Centre of Excellence and EMBARQ, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The panel of experts will include:

Dario Hidalgo, EMBARQ Director of Research and Practice
Aileen Carrigan, EMBARQ Senior Associate
Juan Carlos Muñoz, ALC-BRT CoE Director
Tali Trigg, IEA Energy Analyst

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How Social Norms Change through Osmosis

How Social Norms Change through Osmosis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hakan Altinay discusses how social norms evolve, arguing that they change not only due to the use of soft and hard power, but also through a process of osmosis, as capital, goods and people move across national borders.
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Community Groups Join Forces to Support Clean Energy and Save Money - Environment - GOOD

Community Groups Join Forces to Support Clean Energy and Save Money - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More than 100 groups from D.C. and Maryland negotiated together for clean energy contracts, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively.
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EB-5 Visas: A Smarter, Cleaner Plan For Regional Economic Development

EB-5 Visas: A Smarter, Cleaner Plan For Regional Economic Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Metropolitan and state leaders are starting to turn to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program to help boost economic development, write Audrey Singer and Devashree Saha.
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Spring Cleaning: Hang Up Your Laundry Habits - Environment - GOOD

Spring Cleaning: Hang Up Your Laundry Habits - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Don't let your dirty laundry be a dirty environmental habit.
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Emanuel: Citywide Recycling A Reality By 2013

Emanuel: Citywide Recycling A Reality By 2013 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Shortly after taking office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to revamp Chicago's recycling system after more than a decade of failed attempts.
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