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Harnessing the Sun’s Energy for Water and Space Heating

Harnessing the Sun’s Energy for Water and Space Heating | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these “solar thermal collectors” use the sun’s energy to heat water, space, or both.
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Zen and the art of urban transportation

Zen and the art of urban transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chicago's new bike riding, car loving, yoga practicing transportation commissioner thinks he can create a New Way of getting around in a city built for the automobile. Can he keep the peace in the process?
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Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season

Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jay Jay Pow Powe holiday info-graphic illustrates how much waste we create every holiday season.
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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About 3.5 million children and 1.1 million parents receive cash assistance each month from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to help cover their basic needs.
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Tiny solar cell dots printed for powerful array

Tiny solar cell dots printed for powerful array | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Start-up Semprius blasts 1,000 suns worth of light onto dot-size solar cells assembled by machines to bring down the cost of concentrating photovoltaics. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Solar Manufacturing the Texas Way | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Manufacturing the Texas Way | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you want to stimulate solar manufacturing, you have to actually do something.
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Reclaimed Cleveland: Give the gift of C-Town this holiday season

Reclaimed Cleveland: Give the gift of C-Town this holiday season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Reclaimed Cleveland's home furnishings handcrafted from hardwoods salvaged from abandoned, wreaking ball-ready homes in the Ohio city are on sale for a limited time at The Foundary.
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Time Makes Solar Cost-Competitive Right Now

Time Makes Solar Cost-Competitive Right Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans can install solar right now in the knowledge they will be beating their utilities electricity pricing in the very near future.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Report: "Public Lands Near Grand County Play Vital Economic Role, Tourism & Recreation Businesses Account for 44% of Private Jobs", Includes Recommendat...

A new report shows that public lands near Grand County, Utah play a major economic role in the region, with tourism and recreation businesses accounting for 44 percent of private employment in the county; and that more than one-third of local households have a member that works in a tourism and recreation business related to public lands, while nearly two-thirds of county residents indicate that public lands are “extremely important” to their vocation.

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Study: More Roads = More Traffic | Sightline Daily

Study: More Roads = More Traffic | Sightline Daily | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Today's news carries a story that I've been expecting for a while: "Connecting Washington," a task force convened by...

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Top 4 Online Sustainable Marketplaces

Top 4 Online Sustainable Marketplaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For those of us that don't live near a progressive urban center, having brick and mortar stores that focus on green items is not much more than a fantasy.
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Bikes and Health: What Can We Learn from Europe? (Infographic)

Bikes and Health: What Can We Learn from Europe? (Infographic) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Are we Americans driving ourselves to obesity... literally? Yep, we love our cars here... but our reliance on them for nearly all of our transportation could be killing us... and costing us a ton of money.
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Local Food, Y'all? Freshfully Brings a Locavore's eBay to the Deep South - Lifestyle - GOOD

Local Food, Y'all? Freshfully Brings a Locavore's eBay to the Deep South - Lifestyle - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Local food in the Deep South? Online marketplace Freshfully helps the movement spread in Alabama.
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Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants

Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some lawmakers claim the EPA is rushing new mercury and air toxics standards. But these rules have been 20 years in the making, and many power plants are either already complying with them, or are prepared to.
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In Benin, Solar-Powered Irrigation Pollutes Less and Produces More - Environment - GOOD

In Benin, Solar-Powered Irrigation Pollutes Less and Produces More - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar power and drip irrigation have improved the lives of people living in poverty. But few had ever tried combining the two.
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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

We will issue a series of posts in the coming days that will look back at some of the major programs that helped struggling families during the year — their goals, impact, and issues facing policymakers in 2012.  Today, we’ll begin by setting the...
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10 food charities for end-of-year giving

10 food charities for end-of-year giving | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whether you want to give a gift in someone's name for the holidays or simply make an end-of-the-year tax deduction for a worthy charity, we've got 10 worthwhile local and global options for you.
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On Our Radar: Superfund Cleanups in N.Y.

Corporations had argued that state regulations require them only to address significant environmental threats, not do a complete cleanup.
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Exploring Positive Engagement as a Primary Sustainability Driver | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Exploring Positive Engagement as a Primary Sustainability Driver | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Too often business sustainability discussions focus on pressing issues, risks, and negative outcomes as the primary drivers for change.
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Building a Truly Local Food Economy Through Strategic Thinking (Video)

Building a Truly Local Food Economy Through Strategic Thinking (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some UK activists asked whether their town could feed itself. It turns out it could, with a little systems thinking.
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Green Car Congress: Study finds “Green Routing” can cut car emissions without significantly slowing travel time

New research from the University at Buffalo (UB) suggests that drivers can cut their tailpipe emissions without significantly slowing travel time.

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e2e Offers New Biocomposite Materials

e2e Offers New Biocomposite Materials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wood, metals, and plastic are all beginning to give way to a new category of materials that combine the best properties of each along with advanced properties. Many of them come from renewable stock utilizing biomaterials as the raw ingredients.
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Institute for Future Insights: Some examples of how biomimicry could help us built a more sustainable world...

Institute for Future Insights: Some examples of how biomimicry could help us built a more sustainable world... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Humans have developed science in order to explain and control nature. We would have been smarter if instead we would have let nature inspire our scientific exploration... well, it's never too late... in fact, it's currently happening, and a completely new scientific domain is being built around it: biomimicry.

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3 Emerging Trends in Employee Engagement

3 Emerging Trends in Employee Engagement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two years ago, when the concept had just started to really gain traction, we reported the results of a survey conducted by Brighter Planet on engaging...
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Making 2012 the year resilience built

Making 2012 the year resilience built | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It's all too easy to feel that hope is lost. But with your help, we're determined to make 2012 the year that resilience built.

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