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Of Interest
  • The Unsustainability of the Global Fishnet The Global Footprint of Fisheries

    Feb. 22, 2018 - From University of California - Santa Barbara - The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really.

    Fishing activity now covers at least 55% of the world's oceans - four times the land area covered by agriculture - and can now be monitored, in near real time, to the level of individual vessels. In fact, 70,000 vessels of the global fishing fleet traveled 460 million kilometers in 2016, equivalent to traveling to the moon and back 600 times.

    Click now for more of the story from Science News.

  • Plant-Based Diet Leads to Good Health The Power of Plant-Based Eating

    - A YouTube presentation by Dr. Joanne Kong on the benefits of plant eating,and the the dangers when we don’t.

    Removing animal consumption from our diet can not just save us, but our planet as well.

    Click now for the video.

  • The Delta Works Project The Holland Delta Works

    The Delta Works, consisting of 13 sections, together form the largest flood protection system in the world and are definitely worth a visit. This imposing project, also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, illustrates how the Dutch deal with water. Furthermore, they lie in a gorgeous environment with wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and many culinary spots.

    Click now for much more.

  • A Startup that "Grows" Clean Meat Bill Gates and Richard Branson
    Back Sustainable Eating

    August 23, 2017, - Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and other business giants to invest in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells amid rising consumer demand for protein that’s less reliant on feed, land and water.

  • Biophillic Cities What They Are and Where They Are

    The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching.

    Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning.

    The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

    Click now for more
    from Biophillic Cities.org.

  • Not Ivory Soap, But it Floats Rotterdam Builds Floating Dairy Farm

    March 5, 2017 - Rotterdam-based architects are coming up with plans to transform the city through the construction of a floating dairy farm which is expected to commence operation later this year.

    The Floating Farm project team is led by Peter van Wingerden, Carel de Vries and Johan Bosman of property development company Beladon who see it as a way of bringing food production very close to the consumer when there is limited available space on land to do so. The designers aim to bring people into closer contact with the natural value of agriculture and horticulture, livestock farming and a healthy diet.

    For more, including images, click now.

  • Canning For the Climate Tips on Minimizing Food Waste

    Making small changes on where you source your food, planting a container or backyard garden, and learning to preserve the seasonal harvest can reduce the amount of carbon your household emits. You can also help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing waste of food at home and cutting the transportation emissions of your food by buying local.

  • Cities 100 - Sectors, Cities and Solutions Cities 100 and What it All Means

    learn about the 100 solutions for climate actions in cities and the people behind the movement.

    Click now to put that information at your disposal.

  • Water from Desert Air New Solar-Powered
    Device Can Pull Water
    Straight From The Desert Air

    April 13, 2017 -You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.

  • Chefs Can Save the Bees Chefs and Restaurants Can Help Save the Bees

    Mar. 29, 2017 - Environment America gets that ”No Bees = No Food” is not a good idea.

  • A Moore’s Law to Reduce CO2What If There Were a Moore’s
    Law for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

    Mar. 24, 2017 - Researchers hope that a simple rule could help governments around the world achieve the goal of zero emissions.

Sustainability

Three Components of
a Sustainable Society

 

 

 

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  • Stop the Toxic PesticideMethyl Iodide!

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    Of Interest
    • Attainable Sustainable is Maintainable <---Self-reliance at Home--->

      The whole idea behind this site it that sustainability at some level is within our reach. Sure, we’ll all still have to buy things at the grocery store. And maybe some aspects of living a more self-reliant lifestyle just aren’t your cup of tea. But look around your home or your office. There’s so much room for improvement. And that’s what brought this website’s creators here.

      Click now for more about these ideas.

    • World Needs More Toilets -But?The World Needs Toilets That Don't Need Flushing

      Mar. 21, 2017 - The invention of the flush toilet, or water closet, in 1596 ended open defecation and transferred excreta outside of homes for the first time. This was certainly a good thing in the short term, but today the flush toilet probably stands as one of the most unsustainable innovations in human history.

    • An New Role for Discarded Plastics Netherlands: Plastic Roads to
      Be Made From Recycled Ocean Waste

      Sept 16, 2016 - After the floating farm, Rotterdam will be the first city in the world that plans to build roads using plastic waste rescued from the oceans. These are polymer blocks, reminiscent of Lego pieces with which we played as a kid, and presented as the ecological alternative to stop pouring concrete. t

    • Energy Genrating BacteriaBacteria Fed Synthetic
      Iron-containing Molecules
      Become Electrical Generators

      Feb. 9, 2017 -The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

    • Not a House - But a WaternestThe WaterNest: An
      Eco-Friendly Floating House

      April 2016 -Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit.

      The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful waterfront views. . 60 sqm of photovoltaic panels embedded in the rooftop provide up to 4 kWp of internal electricity…

    • Sustainable Design in the DesertMid-century Modernism & Sustainable
      Design Meet in Two Desert Home

      Two new residences in Palm Springs by o2 Architecture combine the best of mid-century modernism and 21st-century sustainable design. The team brought to life an unbuilt project originally designed by the modernist architect Al Beadle in the 1970s. They combined mid-century modernism and sustainable design to both this and the o2 House, located just a few steps away.

    • Utilities That Really Serve the Public What If Your Electric Utility
      Was a Benefit Corporation?

      Feb. 14, 2017 -In 2014, one electric utility in Vermont shuffled away from historic investor-owned electric utility trends. Green Mountain Power transformed itself into a B Corp, a designation that cements its commitment to sustainability, transparency and accountability. The certification, administered by nonprofit B Lab, mirrors legislation in most states allowing businesses to become “benefit corporations” that uphold similar goals.

    • Global Solutions to Global Problems Protecting Irreplaceable Assets

      October, 2016 -There is an effective way for you to help solve the world's most pressing environmental challenges, it's accessible, affordable and actionable, and it starts with preserving and restoring our most biodiverse ecosystems.

      BioIntegrity connects potential donors to environmental stewardship and restoration opportunities of global proportions.

      Click now for their website.

    • Denver's Community of Tomorrow Solar-Powered Houses Take
      Starring Role in Denver’s
      Community of Tomorrow

      Oct. 6, 2016 -Zero-emission electric vehicles charge along the street. People walk along LED-lighted sidewalks. A commuter train drops travelers off from the airport to enjoy dinner at a corner café. And the houses? They're entirely powered by sunshine.

    • What You Don't Know About Hemp The Miracle Superfood You’re Not Eating

      June 3, 2015- The benefits of hemp are boundless. The wonder food balances your hormones, nourishes your skin and hair, calms post-workout inflammation and relaxes your muscles. Once a mainstay crop in the U.S., it’s also embedded in history: The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp, and early American flags were made of the durable, plant-based fabric. In the early 1900s, one report declared 25,000 uses for hemp, everything from ropes and sails to linens and food.

      Click to read about this forgotten staple.

    • Protecting Earth? Try the App Apps Teach Preschoolers
      How to Protect the Planet

      January 22, 2015 -The time to get your child thinking about saving the planet is pretty much as soon as they’re aware that there’s a world outside their home. As kids begin to explore and ask questions, they start forming their ideas about their responsibility—or lack of it—toward the environment.

    Organics Map
    Campbell’s used a marketing spin to point out that seven out of the 10 cities are (conveniently) located in cold-weather markets where hot organic soup will be in high demand, but it’s also worth noting that half of the cities are listed among the richest cities in America—a reminder that financial restrictions limit access to organic foods.
    So did your city make the cut? Here are the top 10 most organic cities in America:
    Portland, OR San Francisco, CA
    Providence, RI Sacramento, CA
    Minneapolis, MN Boston, MA
    Seattle, WA Austin, TX
    Philadelphia, PA Washington, DC.




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    5 Gyres

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    Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal care products sold in around the world contain micro-plastic particles employed as exfoliants? These tiny plastic beads are washed directly down the drain and into our water systems, where they harm our waterways and the animals that live there. We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution, and need your help to ban these products from commerce completely.

    41pounds.org


    Reduce Your Junk Mail
    Reclaim your mailbox! - Stop junk mail — the impact of 41pounds.org
    stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment. Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming.
    Their nonprofit service covers your entire household for five years, saving...
    Note: There is a charge for this service.

    Time — No credit card offers to shred or unwanted catalogs.
    Trees — Keep 100+ million trees in forests, cooling the planet.
    Water — Protect 28 billion gallons of clean water.
    Climate — Junk mail produces more C02 than 9 million cars.
    Planet — We donate to your favorite charity when you sign up.

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    Aruba


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    It's one happy island, with an approach to sustainablilty. By 2020, Aruba's Smart Island Strategy will transition the island to 100 percent renewable energy, increase housing choices and neighborhood quality, strengthen social cohesion, reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility, reduce obesity and improve public health, improve water conservation, and diversify an expanding island economy.

     

     


    Azotic Technologies

    The future in sustainable nitrogen

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    Azotic Technologies specialises in natural nitrogen which helps address the problem of nitrogen pollution. Our technology provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix its own nitrogen from the air. It also promotes plant growth and increases vigour.



    Berkey Logo
    With approximately 700 brands of bottled water available in stores, it can be tempting for consumers to opt for packaged water instead of more environmentally-conscious choices. The perception of bottled water as being healthier to drink than tap water has also contributed to the high rates of pre-packaged water consumption. The truth is that the Environmental Protection Agency EPA sets extremely high standards for public drinking water systems, while bottled water remains largely unregulated...

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    Canon's Environment-friendly Approach


    Read all about Canon's environmental activities through the product life-cycle: Recycling, Design, Usage, Procurement, Logistcs and Manufacturing
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    Corporate Accountability International


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    Check out their 'Think Outside the Bottle' campaign, which will ween us off our destructve thirst for bottled water, when you can carry your own refillable container. It's much cheaper for you, and far better for the environment

    Davies & Company


    Davies
    A Comprehensive Website Created by a Consulting Forester to Provide Complete Forest and Forestry Information for Western Massachusetts and the World.

     


    Dow Chemical


    Sugar Cane
    The company will produce plastics from sugar cane, rivaling the petrochemical producers. It is building the world's largest faclity employing this methodology in Brazil, where sugar cane has long been a source for bio fuels.
    The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene, the world's most widely used plastic.

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    Earth Action Network (EAN)


    EAN
    A non-profit, environmental/social justice organization dedicated to promoting the healing of our society and our planet. It was founded in 1989.

     

     


    Earth Pledge


    Earth Pledge
    Promotes sustainable development by identifying and implementing innovative technologies that balance human and natural systems. delivering viable, replicable models to government, industry, and communities nationwide.

     

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    Ecovative Mushroom Packaging


    Ecovative Mushroom Packaging
    Performs like foam -a high-performance alternative to molded or fabricated EPS, EPP, EPE and more
    Renewable, natural, home-compostable -delight your customers with environmentally responsible packaging
    Cost competitive  -healthy for the planet and your budget

     


    Environmental Defense Fund


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    Thousands of species risk extinction from disappearing habitat, changing ecosystems and acidifying oceans. According to the IPCC, climate change will put some 20% to 30% of species globally at increasingly high risk of extinction, possibly by 2100.

     


    FinSix


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    The world's smallest laptop adaptor. Read the artilce.


    Florida Power & Light


    FPL
    Watch video on what FPL is doing for sustainability, and job growth in Florida.

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    Forestry Degree.NET

    Promoting Forest and Woodland Conservation

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    Forests and woodlands provide a great deal of economic value by filtering the water and air we breathe, providing habitat for creatures that are vital to the continued balance of the ecosystem, and providing the raw materials for wood and paper, which are integral to the manufacturing of many products. Conserving and maintaining healthy forests and woodlands is in the best interest of anyone working in the field of forestry, or any field that depends on forests, such as:
    • Forestry, agroforestry, and land management
    • Logging and timber industries
    • Construction

    Learn more by clicking on the logo.


    Genesis Farm


    Genesis Farm
    Attempts to address the basic issues of our time in concert with other people. It was founded to make this land and its facilities available to all people of good will. Here we raise serious questions about the global crises and evoke the rich spiritual insights that are already within the hearts of all people.


    Global Ecovillage Network


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    GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth. We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.


    GMZ Energy


    GMZ Energy
    GMZ Energy specializes in ThermoVoltaics; economically viable energy solutions based on direct heat to electricity conversion.
    It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency.

    Read all about it.

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    Google


    Google Environment
    Company Statement: Clean and affordable energy is a growing need for our company, so we’re excited about launching RE&D, a strategic initiative whose mission is to develop electricity from renewable sources cheaper than electricity produced from coal. Initially, this project to create renewable energy cheaper than coal will focus on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, and enhanced geothermal systems – but we’ll explore other potential breakthrough technologies too.

    GreenWave Reality


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    Consumer friendly lighting platform utilizes NXP’s JenNet-IP Internet-based wireless technology. Click the image for more on this new technology.


    Historic Eco-friendly Village


    Anna Maria Sustainable Village
    Mike and Lizzie Thrasher discovered the 100-year-old Island City of Anna Maria in 2005 on a vacation. Since then they have spent most of the past five years developing seven luxury vacation villas under the Pineapplefish name. They have also begun to invest in Pine Avenue – ‘Main Street’ for Anna Maria City, where they are looking to restore and renew some of the historic island cottages and group them into a Green Village. More by clicking on the logo

     

     

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    All About Sustainability

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    From IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard: To us it’s about taking care of people and the planet – from tackling the problem of children living in poverty to creating renewable energy. Our co-workers, suppliers and partners have been working on these issues and more for a while. You can see evidence of this work through innovative IKEA products and solutions, and through the way we do business. If we all take small actions, we can all contribute to big results.


    How Much Energy
    Does the Sun Generate?


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    The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma (state of matter) interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (about 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. Scientists calculate our Sun and solar system formed at the same time - a whopping 4.56 billion years ago. Sun's average distance from Earth is 150 million kilometers (93 million miles). Sun is made of gas. Sun will shine as it is for about another 3 to 5 billion years! It will then evolve into a Red Giant over a few more billion years. Scientists arrive at this estimate by calculating how fast the hydrogen in the Sun's core is being converted to helium. Approximately 37% of our Sun's hydrogen has been used since it formed four and a half billion years ago. Every second, the Sun produces 400 trillion watts, which is the same amount of energy as about a trillion 1 megaton bombs!

    That's a lot of enrgy we could be using.

    Just Food


    Just Food
    Is a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.

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    Luxe Living


    Luxe Living Building
    Sexy city views, rooftop yoga, and a luxury movie theater make the Allston Green District the hottest new rental complex in the city. Add in the fact that all the buildings will be LEED-certified and the appeal becomes that much greater.
    Boston was the first city in the nation to adopt Green Building Zoning in 2007, which called for reduced emissions from privately owned buildings; it also required all buildings of more than 50,000 square feet to adhere to the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards.
    Now Back Bay-based The Mount Vernon Company is leading the way for sustainable housing and living with the introduction of the Allston Green District. Working in cooperation with the city, the company is building and managing more than 500 sustainable studios, one-, and two-bedroom units, including 200 existing apartments in the district. Read more at

    Mother Nature Network


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    Get involved. Go to their website to see how you can have an impact on your community.


    MIT Technology Review


    MIT Tech Review
    Most Innovative Companies for 2011. Takes you to a list of top energy innovators, the technologies used, and why they were selected.

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    NextEra Energy


    Next Era
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    NextEra Energy, Inc. is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) as of April 2016..


    The Organic Consumers Association (OCA)


    OCA
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    is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.


    Pervious Concrete Pavement


    Perviuos Concrete It's a unique and effective means to address important environmental issues and support green, sustainable growth. By capturing stormwater and allowing it to seep into the ground, porous concrete is instrumental in recharging groundwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulations. Click the icon to read more. <

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    Planet Forward


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    Information to follow. But you can learn more about Planet Forward by clcking on the logo.

     

     


    Post Carbon Institute


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    Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.
    They provide individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century. They envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.

    Project Frog


    Project Frog
    High tech design, low tech assembly. While products may have improved in the last 100 years, the process to deliver a building is nearly identical. Project Frog's mission is to change all that.
    It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

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    Rocky Mountain Institute


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    Directs environmentally responsible investors to specialists who can offer guidance to the companies with the fitting profile.


    The Sahara Forest Project


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    Using what is in abundance to produce that which is not. Click on the icon for the full story along with some very informative videos.


    Sustainable Cities


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    Intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, wastewater management, and smart grid infrastructure are just a few of the technologies helping to steer today’s urbanization toward sustainability.
    The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are immense. In 2010, 82 percent of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90 percent. Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. Sustainable cities are looking at ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time.

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    Solar Electric Light Fund


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    SELF's mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development.
    Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

    Renewable Oil -

    for fuel, for food, for life™

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    Solazyme makes oil. Their unique technology transforms low-cost plant sugars into high-value renewable oils that our world so urgently needs. Read More


    Star Island Resort


    Stars Island
    - The Bahamas - Make your next vacation a green one at this carbon neutral, LEED certified resort. Their energy requirements are supplied by solar panels and wind . Truly a vacation without Eco guilt.

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    The Story of Stuff


    Stuff
    It's a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.


    Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    Because Every Planet Needs One
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    It is a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity.
    Click on the image for an interactive visit.
     
     

    The Global Challenge:

    Sustainably meeting the increasing demand for critical resources
    Synthtic Genomics Logo
    The world facies increasingly difficult challenges today. Population growth resulting in the growing demand for critical resources such as energy, clean water, food and medicine are taxing our fragile planet. To fulfill these needs we need disruptive technologies. We believe genomic advances offer the world viable, sustainable alternatives.
    Synthetic Genomics is creating genomic-driven commercial solutions to revolutionize many industries. Theystarted by focusing on energy, and imagine a future where science could be used to produce a variety of products, from synthetically derived vaccines to prevent human diseases to efficient cost effective ways to create clean drinking water.

    UPS Innovative Fleets & Facilities


    UPS Hybrid Truck
    From retrofitting aircraft with advanced technology and fuel-efficient engines that reduce noise...to developing a powerful computer network that efficiently dispatches their vehicles...to using alternative fuels to run them...these are just some of the ways UPS isensuring the long term viability of our company for our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
    UPS collaborates with manufacturers, government and non-profit organizations to promote sustainable product transportation. UPS is a charter member of the EPA Smartway Transport Program, a voluntary partnership to reduce freight and fleet sector energy consumption, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, UPS became the first shipping company to join the EPA's Climate Leaders program. Climate Leaders is an industry/government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.

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    WindAid


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    WindAid is a social entrepreneurship project that provides wind turbines to communities in Peru who are in need of electricity and light.
    Volunteers who join our WindAid placement program get to build and install a wind turbine in just five weeks. It is the financial contribution and work of the volunteers during the WindAid program that covers the cost of the wind turbine and installation such that the completed wind turbine is presented to the recipient community for free.

    Witrcity


    Wintricity
    Cell phones, game controllers, laptops, mobile robots, even electric vehicles capable of re-charging themselves without ever being plugged in! Flat screen TV’s and digital picture frames that hang on the wall—without requiring a wire and plug for power. Their technology will deliver power ranging from milliwatts to kilowatts.
    I't one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

    World Environment Day


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    The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

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    Worldwatch Institute


    WorldWatch Institute
    Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.

    Below is a graph provided by Biointegrity.net
    To learn more about them, click on the graph.
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    Sustainability News Stories

     
    • What a Self-Sustaining Home Can Do for You This Australian Home Harvests
      Its Own Food, Energy, And Water

      Apr. 6, 2018 - Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and lower energy bills. Sydney residents Geoff Carroll and Julie Young did just that by hiring RCplusC Architectural Workshop to renovate their 1980s terrace house into an environmentally friendly home that allows them to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

      Click now for more on this story
      from inhabitant, and view a slideshow.

    • How Many Humans Are Too Many? How Much Human Life Can the Planet Sustain?

      Mar. 24, 2018 -How much human life can planet Earth sustain? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with for hundreds of years. They have yet to agree on an answer.

      Thomas Malthus kicked off the debate in the early nineteenth century when he predicted imminent doom for the human race. He believed that the population of the earth was increasing at a geometric rate, while food production was increasing only at an arithmetic rate. Human population would soon outstrip their own ability to produce food, and there would be a catastrophe by the mid-nineteenth century.

      Click to read more from AboutMyPlanet.com.

    • Plant-Based Food Preservation This Plant-Based Coating Makes
      Fruits and Veggies Last Up To 4x Longer

      Mar. 23, 2018 -How do you preserve fruits and vegetables after harvest? Generally, you need cold temperatures. But what if there were an alternative to refrigeration? That question inspired Santa Barbara-based Apeel Sciences to create Edipeel, a post-harvest protection product made with edible extracts from plants. Inhabitat spoke with CEO and founder James Rogers about the product, which forms a micro-climate around each piece of food so it lasts around double the amount of time it would untreated — at least.

      Click to read more from Inhabitat.

    • Lab Meat Becomes a Reality Tyson Joins Bill Gates, Cargill
      to Invest in Lab-Meat Producer

      Jan. 29, 2018 - Tyson Foods is boosting its bet on meat that comes from the lab instead of the slaughterhouse.

      The company’s venture capital arm has invested in Memphis Meats Inc., a company that produces cultured meat without raising livestock or poultry, Tyson said in a statement on Monday. It didn’t announce the terms of the deal.

      Click now for more of the
      story from Bloomberg News.

    • Eating Meat Can Be Taxing Report: Countries Might Soon
      Tax Meat to Fight Climate Change

      Dec. 12, 2017 - Additional taxes could soon be imposed on meat products in an effort to combat climate change and obesity, according to research published Monday.

      The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return, an investor initiative that aims to bring awareness of the factory farming industry's impact on the environment and society, said that governments might soon begin imposing taxes on meat to curb those effects.

      Click to learn about this interesting approach.

    • India: Villages Beating Cities to the Punch Grids of the Future: Villages Embracing

      Nov. 10, 2017 - An article on the Grid of the Future where prosumers are both the producers and consumers of the power, talks about how people will be able to use decentralized microgrids and not be dependent on centralized grid infrastructure for their energy needs. But if you look at the villages in rural India, Bangladesh and Africa, they seem to be already doing that.

      Click for the Renewable Energy World story.

    • Can a Seed Bank Help Feed a Warming Planet? How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s
      War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

      Oct. 13, 2017 - Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable region known as the Fertile Crescent, the birthplace of farming.

      Click for the complete NY Times story.

    • The Smart City Revolution Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

      September 18, 2017 - In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado; a trio of companies announced the formation of the “Energy IoT and Smart City Technology Alliance,” which consists of Envision, Microsoft, Accenture and others; and Black and Veatch and CPS Energy hosted a webcast called “The Smart City Puzzle: The Role of Utilities in Next-Gen Communities.”

    • Damaged Coral Reef Makes Florida More Vulnerable Scientists: Damage to Coral Reef Has Made
      Florida More Vulnerable to Storm Surges

      Sept. 12, 2017 - As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef.

      Click to read the WashPo story.

    • A Tiny Country That Feeds the World The Netherlands Became an Agricultural
      Giant By Showing Farming's Future

      Sept.1 2017 - In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.

      From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.

      Click to read the Nat Geo story.

    • America's 10 Most Sustainable Cities Care to Venture a Guess Which Ones?

      August 15, 2017 - A new report on the most sustainable metropolitan areas in the U.S. shows that we still have a long way to go.

      In September 2015, leaders from around the world adopted Agenda 2030. This document outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — from reducing gender disparities to encouraging responsible land management — that countries would strive to reach. The first report of Sustainable Development Solutions Network was released in early August, and it ranked participating countries, including the United States, which came in 42nd among all the countries pursuing the SDGs.

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    • Sustainable Sturgeon To Help Keep Sturgeon Sustainable,
      Farm And Fishery Work Together

      July 31, 2017 - It’s the end of only the first week of the official Atlantic sturgeon fishing season on the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. But the two fishermen who supply Cornel Ceapa’s Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar company have already landed close to half of the season’s catch.

      This seems impressive, until you learn that the total quota for the river — the last legal wild caviar sturgeon fishery in the world — is only 350 fish per year: 175 males and 175 females. By comparison, on this same river, between 1880, when the fishery opened, and 1886, about 712 metric tons of sturgeon were harvested before it was closed for 10 years because of overfishing.

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    • Leave it to the Fins to Solve World Hunger Finnish Scientists Make Food From Electricity
      Slideshow Available

      July 28, 2017 - A team of researchers from Finland might have solved world hunger. The scientists just produced a single-cell protein from electricity and carbon dioxide, and it can be further developed for use as food or animal feed. Renewable energy sources such as solar can be used to produce the protein. The final product is a nutritious mix of more than 50 percent protein and 25 percent carbohydrates with the rest consisting of fats and nucleic acids.

    • Dealing With a Little Used Highway One City is Transforming a
      Highway Into a “Pop-Up Forest”

      July 28, 2017 - Many rust belt cities, including Pittsburgh, are “shrinking.” Some have lost so many people, that highways are unneeded, and cities are finding new uses for them.

      In Akron, Ohio, traffic from State Route 59, known as the Innerbelt, has been rerouted to side streets, and the highway itself is empty. It’s been shut down.

      Click to learn how
      the problem was handled.

    • Act Now on CO2 - or the Planet Gets It! Sucking Up CO2 Will
      Cost Hundreds of Trillions

      July 19, 2017 - Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday evening. By way of context, that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy.

    • The Magic of Kelp Farming Seaweed For Food and Fuel

      June 29, 2017 - As the world grows and the climate changes, there’s been fresh interest in seaweed – and a new breed of farmers are exploring how best to harness the humble plant’s benefits.

      Click to read the article
      from The Atlanticb>.

    • Boom Time for Urban Farming Yes, We Said "Urban Farming"

      May 27, 1017 - Last month, the USDA published an urban agriculture tool kit, which is a guide to programs at the department that can be useful to urban farmers. It’s things like funding for hoop houses (low-tech greenhouses) and micro-loans with streamlined applications.

      “People think of USDA—and they don’t think of urban agriculture,” says Elanor Starmer, administrator of the department’s Agricultural Marketing Service division. The guide was prompted by conversations with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other groups asking the USDA for help in addressing requests from urban farmers. “As urban agriculture has grown, we’ve come to understand that [we have] tools that are relevant and we want people to know what they are,” Starmer says.

    • Rotterdam's Sustainable Future - Despite Challenges?Awash in Carbon Emissions,Port of Rotterdam
      Aspires to Sustainable Future

      May 8, 2017, -As part of the European Union (EU), the Netherlands must shoulder its share of the EU’s commitment to cut emissions and thus pledged to reduce its emissions 30 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2025.

      To achieve these goals, Rotterdam, the Netherland’s second largest city, implemented a climate plan in 2007 known as the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI).

    • The Impossible Burger Despite Its Name,
      Plant-based Burger is Not Impossible

      May. 25, 2017 - By Katherine Martinko - The Impossible Burger is a feat of food science, a plant-based burger that supposedly replicates ground beef to a remarkable level of accuracy. It’s one of those interesting vegan inventions that writers like the author of this article cover enthusiastically for TreeHugger, but rarely have the opportunity to try in person (especially if you live in Canada where these cool things are not so widely available).

      Click now for the story from Treehugger.

    • Reinventing Rice for a Climate Transformed World Reinventing Rice for a World
      Transformed by Climate Change

      May 4, 2017, -UC Davis plant geneticist Pamela Ronald wants to create rice varieties that can survive in harsher conditions, including more frequent droughts. -Learn how.

    • Solar Device Can Pull Water out of Desert AirNew Solar-Powered Device
      Can Pull Water Straight
      from the Desert Air

      Apr. 13, 2017, -You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity.

      The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.

    • Dubai: The Improbable Green City The World's Most Improbable Green City

      April 4, 2017 - To plunge headlong into the audacity of Dubai—the sprawling efflorescence of concrete, glass, and steel that has sprung up over the past three decades on the scorched sands of Arabia—you could start by going skiing.

      Smack in the middle of the flat city, the slope looks like a silver spaceship impaled in the ground floor of the Mall of the Emirates. Inside, you can window-shop at Prada, Dior, and Alexander McQueen before pushing through the glass doors of Ski Dubai. Passing a mural of the Alps, you zip up your parka, pull on your gloves. You begin to marvel then at what air-conditioning can do, when pushed to its limits.

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      won't want to miss.

    • Look, Up In The Sky - It's a Farm!Hong Kong’s Skyline Farmers

      Mar. 13, 2017, -Andrew Tsui, examining a bumper crop of bok choy, butter lettuce, and mustard leaf, all grown here, at one of the most prestigious business addresses in the city. Spade in hand, Tsui scraped at the electric-green moss that had begun to sprout on the sides of the black plastic grow boxes—a result, he said, of the damp sea air off the harbor.

    • Don't Discard Those Shrimp ShellsEgyptian Scientists Turn Dried Shrimp
      Shells Into Eco-Friendly Plastic

      Mar. 3, 2017 -Plastic is a plague on this planet, but it doesn’t have to be. A group of Egyptian researchers is developing a kind of plastic won’t languish in landfills for hundreds of years – made with dried shrimp shells. Just six months into a two-year project, the team is already seeing some success

    • Bacteria-Fed Synthetic Iron as a Source of Energy Bacteria Fed Synthetic
      Iron-Containing Molecules

      Feb. 7, 2017, -The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

    • Vertical Forests to Fight Pollution Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest
      Buildings Coming to China

      Feb. 5, 2017 -China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.

      The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a combination of over 2,500 shrubs and plants. BioIntegrity connects potential donors to environmental stewardship and restoration opportunities of global proportions.

    • Measuring Sustainable Growth Getting the Measure of
      Sustainable Economic Growth

      Jan. 30, 2017, -The new Index of Sustainable Economic Growth shows there is a shift to strike a healthier balance between support for the economy, and care for essential social and environmental systems. But can it ever replace GDP as a measure of progress?

    • London Makes it Easier for Cyclists London's Mayor Will Spend $1
      Billion On Cycling Improvements

      Dec. 7, 2016, -London's mayor is serious about cycling. Sadiq Khan, who took office in 2016, has secured almost a billion dollars to spend on cycling over the next five years. That works out to almost $22 per person per year. Remarkably, this is double what bike-enthusiast Boris Johnson, the previous mayor, managed to spend.

    • What a Tomata! State-of-the-Art Tomato
      Farm Opens in Australia

      Oct. 6, 2016, -A high-tech sustainable tomato farm with its own desalination plant and 23,000 mirrors to harness the sun’s energy, has opened in South Australia.

    • Vertical Farming in KyotoVertical Farming in Kyoto:
      The Only Way is Up

      Sep. 19, 2016, -Inside the doors of the eerily high-tech facility it's business as usual, as masked workers glide around quietly but purposefully. They'll see 21,000 heads of lettuce shipped out across the length and breadth of Japan today, all delivered to supermarkets and restaurants within 24 hours of leaving the doors of this vertical farm.

      Click now for more reasons to look up.

    • The Urban Farming Revolution Urban Farming Is
      Revolutionizing Our Cities

      Aug. 27, 2016, -Incorporating food production into ever-expanding urban areas makes cities more livable and enhances the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.

    • Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Adopting a Circular Economy:
      The Biorefinery Concept

      Jan. 25, 2016, -As economic and political landscapes around the world drive industry to more sustainable and economically viable sources of fuel, producers are rapidly turning to alternative production processes and sources of energy. For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.

    • Lab-Grown Meat Can Save the Planet Lab-Grown Meat Is the Future of Food:
      Are You Ready to Take a Bite?

      Oct. 21, 2016 -Soon, your burger may come out of a test tube. Cultured meat—meat developed in a scientific lab rather than from slaughtered animals—is rapidly becoming the future of food, or protein, at least.

      Click now for more (plus a video).

    • Sustainable Brewing A Small, Solar-Powered Company
      in the Business of Beer

      Aug. 2, 2016 -Throwback Brewery: where great beer, solar and sustainable business practices collide. In 2010, co-Founders Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier opened their brewery in North Hampton, New Hampshire with the vision to create 100 percent locally-sourced beers, as well as to promote other aspects of sustainable business.

      Read this article by clicking now.
      (part of the Sustainabile Women Series)

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