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Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm in Sweden!

Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm in Sweden! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Plantagon celebrates the ground breaking of their first urban greenhouse in Linkoping, Sweeden.
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Southern California Air Pollution Could Be Causing Brain Damage & Dementia

Southern California Air Pollution Could Be Causing Brain Damage & Dementia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This story comes courtesy of California Watch.
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Why lovable places matter to sustainability | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Why lovable places matter to sustainability | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Yesterday I presented a gallery of places that inspire romance – places that kindle love, if you will.  But I submit that they are also lovable themselves.  Is that important?  Should those of us who care about sustainability also...
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Green Supply Chain: Coca-Cola’s Water Management Four Best Practices

Green Supply Chain: Coca-Cola’s Water Management Four Best Practices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola’s recently published Water Stewardship Replenish Report soberly notes that two-thirds of the world’s population lives in severe water stress areas with one billion people lacking access to safe drinking water.
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Green Car Congress: Study finds even moderate air pollution can raise stroke risks; risk rises within hours of exposure

Air pollution, even at levels generally considered safe by federal regulations, increases the risk of stroke by 34%, according to a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke every year, resulting in more than 135,000 deaths and 829,000 hospital admissions.

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Study: Demand for green home building and remodeling on the rise

Study: Demand for green home building and remodeling on the rise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green construction represents 17 percent of the overall residential construction market — over double the figure from 2008 — according to a recent survey by McGraw-Hill Construction.
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City places that inspire romance (a gallery of walkability, part 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

City places that inspire romance (a gallery of walkability, part 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    London (photo by Chuck Wolfe)  There is a reason that romantic movies and novels are set in cities such as Paris, Rome, Prague, San Francisco, and New York.  Or perhaps in picturesque historic towns and villages.
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Winner: Make an Infographic of Your Weekly Spending - Design - GOOD

Winner: Make an Infographic of Your Weekly Spending - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We challenged you to track your weekly spending and create an infographic. Here's the winner.
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Novelty-Seeking (Neophilia) Can Be a Predictor of Well-Being

Novelty-Seeking (Neophilia) Can Be a Predictor of Well-Being | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Novelty-seeking, a personality trait long associated with trouble, turns out to be one of the crucial predictors of emotional and physical well-being.
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F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change

F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Imagine your mind as a construct - a series of models, assumptions, biases, values, beliefs, memories, past hurts and joys, experiences, expectations, and blind spots.

It's running a real-time s...
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Arctic Sea Ice Update: Spectacular and Ominous

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Spectacular and Ominous | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Has the melt season started in the Barents and Kara Seas two months earlier than normal? by Neven Acropolis We are entering the final stage of the freezing season in the Arctic. Winter time is usually a boring time for watching the sea ice.
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A Street View for Rivers

A Street View for Rivers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two surfers embark on a five-year Internet project to document the state of the nation's rivers with a view from the waters. One aim is to show pollution levels.
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Morgan Planning “Plus E” Electric Roadster With Manual Transmission

Morgan Planning “Plus E” Electric Roadster With Manual Transmission | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Morgan Planning “Plus E” Electric Roadster With Manual Transmission...
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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Japanese fine art of raising bonsai trees is a beautiful traditional way to infuse some greenery into your indoor space. But artist Takanori Aiba takes the art to a new level, with his intricately amazing series of bonsai castles.
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LiveWork: The Future Of Living Where You Work And Working Where You Live

LiveWork: The Future Of Living Where You Work And Working Where You Live | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If entrepreneurship and artisanry are the future of work in America, perhaps this is the future of housing.
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Fast Talk: How A Brooklyn Clothing Label Fights "Fast Fashion" | Fast Company

Fast Talk: How A Brooklyn Clothing Label Fights "Fast Fashion" | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Meet David Gensler, whose Brooklyn clothing company Serum Versus Venom advocates a return to craft.
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Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights

Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Infinity Mirror Room– Filled with the Brilliance of Life by Yayoi Kusama, is a light and mirror installation that makes the space appear to go on infinitely.
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Eating Locally, Slowly But Surely

Eating Locally, Slowly But Surely | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Good things take time, I've finally learned. Looking back now, I realize that the road to eating locally and sustainably is a slow, deliberate one -- something you grow into, rather than rush into.
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App into Efficiency: Energy UFO | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

App into Efficiency: Energy UFO | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A recent New York Times article reported that 75% of Americans use mobile devices during bathroom breaks.
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Asymptosis » Innovation and Market Constraints: The Case for Artificial Selection

Asymptosis » Innovation and Market Constraints: The Case for Artificial Selection | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Bruce Wilder had an excellent comment recently in the Crooked Timber thread on markets, economic rents, and the constraints on economic actors, excerpted by Dan here, and more with comments by Jazzbumpah here. (If you like the thinking there, run don’t walk to read this windyanabasis post and comments.)

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What Does Teaching Creativity Look Like? - Education - GOOD

What Does Teaching Creativity Look Like? - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our standardized approach to education has a siloed understanding of what it means to be creative. Here's what schools should be teaching instead.
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Living HOMEGROWN: Visions of Urban Agriculture

Living HOMEGROWN: Visions of Urban Agriculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Boston is not new to agriculture. The Boston Common was used from 1634-1830 as a public livestock grazing pasture. The city has the highest number of community gardens per capita; 150 gardens throughout the city in which 3,000 members grow. There are currently 6 urban agriculture projects in Boston, and farmers’ markets in every neighborhood. A new pilot rezoning projectapproved last year by the city leases two parcels of land in South Dorchester to be farmed by local organizations.

 

But, this rezoning project is critical to the future of the local food system in Boston. As it stands now, the current Zoning Code details 3 (basic) types of land uses for Boston:

-Allowed by right use: A land use that is permitted as a matter of right. Board of Appeal approval is not required.

-Conditional use: A land use permitted by the Zoning Code provided that it is found by the Board of Appeal to comply with certain conditions set out in the Code

-Forbidden use: A use that is not permitted in a particular district because of harmful impacts on other allowed uses; e.g., noise, pollution.

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My Top 5 Humanitarian Photo Blogs - Bread Blog

My Top 5 Humanitarian Photo Blogs - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These women are part of a sewing/tailoring workshop at a family center run by MRDS.org in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. (Copyrighted photo courtesy of Heber Vega) If people remember a photograph, they are more likely to remember the issue or event...
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Colombian Bio Hotel Boasts a Beautiful Living Facade

Colombian Bio Hotel Boasts a Beautiful Living Facade | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Bio Hotel is a LEED-inspired hotel for Bogota, Columbia, featuring solar power, a planted facade, and gray water recycling.
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Insights from the Field: Forests for Species and Habitat | World Resources Institute

Insights from the Field: Forests for Species and Habitat | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This issue brief reports on the mechanics of and lessons learned from a conservation incentive program focused on the gopher tortoise. Its aim is to inform the successful design and implementation of other candidate programs emerging throughout the southern forests and greater United States.

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