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Of Interest

  • America's Ten 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.

    Click to learn more.

  • What is Regenerative Agriculture?
    Why Regenerative Agriculture?
    Glad You Asked

    Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

    Click now for more
    from Regeneration International.

  • Beers That Won't 'Ail' the Planet
    After a Long Day Of Fighting Climate
    Change, This Grain Is Ready For a Beer

    - National Beer Day is the day that brew-loving Americans raise a glass (or several) to commemorate when the sale of beer was legalized in the United States after 13 years of Prohibition. In honor of that occasion, we've picked six eco-friendly beers from our favorite sustainability-minded American brewing companies for you to enjoy. We promise they will make you hoppy!

    Click now to sip on this story.

  • 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 Project

    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.

  • 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 CO2
    What 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.

  • Lab Grown Meat - Good or Bad Thing?
    Critical Questions on Laboratory- Created Animal Product Alternatives

    -Most recently, significant investment has been made in the research and development of non-plant based products in an attempt to mimic animal-based products, ranging from animal tissue grown from animal cell cultures with animal serum, to proteins produced by genetically engineered algae and yeast.

    The makers of this new wave of products claim to minimize the environmental impact of industrial factory farming by replacing animal products with synthetic products; but these engineered substances may also be resource intensive in their use of energy and water, as well as using feedstocks, like sugar and methane, and chemicals. The new animal replacement products are being marketed or promoted as “clean meat,” “animal-free,”“plant-based” or “climate-friendly,” but with questionable substantiation.

    Click now to learn more on this
    subject from Friends of the Earth.

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Of Interest

  • 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.

  • 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 Bacteria
    Bacteria 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 Waternest
    The 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 Desert
    Mid-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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Sustainabilty News Stories

  • Can We Make Offices More Sustainable?
    How to Make Your Office More Sustainable

    Sept. 12, 2018 -Going green at home? It’s probably pretty easy—a recycling bin, re-usable bags for the grocery store, even skipping straws when you’re ordering out.

    But greening at the office? That might be harder, especially if you have people who have a different devotion to how much they want to go green.

    However, there are ways that you can use going green to improve your office’s eco-system and also to encourage people you work with to function as a superstar green team.

    Click now to read the story from
    Greener Ideal, including an infographic.

  • Zero Waste Vacations? Who’d a Thunk It?
    Natural Habitat Adventures Launches World’s
    First Zero-Waste Vacations

    Sept. 11, 2018 -In a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading a zero-waste vacation package. The groundbreaking trip will take place in summer 2019, when 14 travelers will visit Yellowstone National Park from July 6-12. The Safari America: Yellowstone Country adventurers will explore the sustainable travel industry as well as refusing, recycling, composting, upcycling and reusing at least 99 percent of all waste produced during the trip. Natural Habitat Adventures hopes to avoid landfill contributions or incineration, fitting all waste into a single small container by the trip’s end.

    Click now to read the story from
    inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Does Fido Have What it Takes for a Sustainable Lifestyle?
    This Sustainable Dog House Has a Green Roof
    and Solar-Powered Fan To Keep Cool

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Green design has touched every aspect of our world, and now even our little furry friends can play their part in living a sustainable lifestyle. Californian firm Studio Schicketanz has designed a sustainable dog house made with eco-friendly materials that boasts some pretty incredible features. The timber canine cottage has a side green-carpeted ramp that leads up to the green roof, which is installed with a motion-activated water faucet and irrigation system.

    Click to read more from
    Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Can Plant Microbes Feed the World and More?
    How Plant Microbes Could Feed
    the World and Save Endangered Species

    Sept. 6, 2018 -One fine Hawaiian day in 2015, Geoff Zahn and Anthony Amend set off on an eight-hour hike. They climbed a jungle mountain on the island of Oahu, swatting mosquitoes and skirting wallows of wild pigs. The two headed to the site where a patch of critically endangered Phyllostegia kaalaensis had been planted a few months earlier. What they found was dispiriting.

    But there is good news coming out of this story.

    Click now for a little
    encouragement from Science News.

  • Think You Know What ‘Meat Is - Think Again
    What is Meat? (And who gets to decide that?)

    Aug. 29, 2018 -These days, even people who would never consider going vegetarian full-time seek out and enjoy meals that are plant-based. After all, meals packed with veggies, beans and whole grains are good for you, better for the planet, and often cheaper. And for those people who still eat animals, it's true that a steak, roast chicken, or pork ribs — like any food — is more enjoyable when eaten less frequently. There is a growing number of omnivores who eat plenty of veggie meals, too.

    Click now to read the
    article from Mother Nature Network.

  • Sustainably-Produced Beer is What the World Needs
    Eco-minded Melbourne Brewery Breaks The Mold For Sustainable Beer Production

    Aug.29, 2018 -One innovative Melbourne-based brewery is going the distance when it comes to eco-friendly beer production. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands district, the design of the newly-opened Urban Alley Brewery incorporates a sustainable end-to-end production cycle to create its frothy cold brew without harming the environment. The innovative system includes a number of eco-friendly practices, such as an on site bio-waste plant and biodegradable can holders.

    Click now to read the
    story from inhabitat.

  • Have a Fresh Look at Sustainable Singapore
    Singapore, the City in a Garden, Sets an
    Example For a Green Planet

    Aug. 15, 2018 -Singapore has transformed itself from a hub of pollution to an environmental dream-city in the past 50 years. From afar, the country’s landscape looks like any other modern city with abounding skyscrapers etched into its skyline. On the inside however, a green heart has grown at the center of the city, spreading into the minds of its people and up the walls of its buildings. This heart was initiated by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew — often called ‘Chief Gardener’ — who pushed his imperative of a clean and green Singapore until it became reality.

    Click now to read the story
    from inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Award Winning: Biodegradables to Produce Electricity
    High School Student Generates Electricity Using Biodegradable Resources

    Aug. 9, 2018 -In Macdonald Chirara’s community in Zimbabwe, people often face electricity shortages and they use firewood as a source of energy. This practice can add to increased rates of deforestation and contribute to global climate change. Chirara wants to offer an alternative way to produce electricity for his community.

    To solve this problem, he created a biogas digester setup, which converts organic waste into electricity. The technology uses readily available resources such as animal waste and a local invasive plant to produce biogas.

    Click now to read the
    story from Science News.

  • The Net-Zero Lightbox is Also a Magnificent Home
    The Net-Zero Lightbox 23 Boasts
    Sustainable Features and Stunning Views

    Aug. 7, 2018 - Portland residents in search of an energy-efficient home need look no further than Lightbox 23, the new net-zero project from Lightbox Portland and Steelhead Architecture. A speculative development project in northeast Portland, Lightbox 23 has two units and numerous sustainable features, including super-insulated walls, high-performance ventilation systems, and two 10-kW solar arrays.

    But sustainability isn’t the project’s only draw – it also boasts beautiful design and stunning views of Mt. St. Helens’ and Mt. Adams’ snow-capped peaks.

    Click now for the story from
    inHabitat, including a slideshow.

  • This Company is Going Meat-Free
    Inside WeWork’s Decision to Go Meat-Free

    Aug. 6, 2018 -On business trips in the past, Brian Alward, an account director on the enterprise sales team at WeWork, typically ate meat. On a trip two weeks ago, he chose a caprese sandwich instead of a burger at an airport bar and later a veggie wrap instead of a pork burrito.

    The choices were driven by his employer: In mid-July, WeWork announced that it would no longer reimburse employees for meat eaten on business trips. The co-working giant also said that it would stop serving meat at events, including “Summer Camp,” its weekend-long music festival-slash-camp experience for employees and members. Small self-serve kiosks in some WeWork buildings that used to serve beef jerky took it off the menu. “We have made a commitment to be a meat-free organization,” WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey wrote in an email sent to all staff.

    Click now for more from
    Fast Company.

  • Good Architecture Can Significantly Reduce Water Usage
    These Bold, Eco-Friendly
    Bathrooms Reduce Water Usage by 80%

    Aug. 5, 2018 -Hong Kong-based design practice Ida&Billy Architects have completed an unusually eye-catching bathroom redesign for a Guangzhou shopping mall that boasts striking looks and sustainable elements. Crafted with human comfort in mind, these renovated toilets at the TaiKoo Hui mixed-use development are almost a destination in themselves due to the colorful patterned aesthetic, sculptural clean lines and adherence to green design principles. In addition to the use of recycled materials and gray water recycling systems, the eco-friendly bathrooms also feature air-purifying indoor plants.

    Click now for more from
    Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Ok to Eat Insects? Or is it Just Not Cricket?
    Eating Crickets Can be Good for your
    Gut, According to New Clinical Trial

    Aug. 3, 2018 -Valerie Stull was 12 when she ate her first insect.

    “I was on a trip with my parents in Central America and we were served fried ants,” she says. “I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in my mouth, I was really surprised because it tasted like food — and it was good!”

    Today, Stull, a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, is the lead author of a new pilot clinical trial published in the journal Scientific Reports that looks at what eating crickets does to the human microbiome.

    Click now to read more
    from Environmental News Network.

  • Clean Water from Advanced Solar Thermal Desalination
    Advanced Solar Thermal Desalination Projects Announced

    June 29, 2018 -Access to clean water is a growing problem for many cities and municipalities around the world. One answer is to build systems to remove the salt from seawater to provide a source of clean drinking water ( desalination). These systems typically require a lot of electricity. In many cases these same areas are remote and electricity is either expensive, unreliable or not available at all.

    While solar pv systems can provide a source of electricity for desalination plants there is maybe a better option that offers a higher conversion efficiency. This other option is solar thermal desalination.

    Click now to learn more from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Pakistan Knows How to Build a Tree Population
    The Billion Tree Project
    In Pakistan is a Success

    July 20, 2018 -The Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been a success. About 730 million trees were regrown using various forestry measures for regeneration, and three hundred million seedlings were planted using about 40 different species in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Also, nine million eucalyptus trees were planted in Heroshah in 2015-2016 by 16,000 laborers. They are a fast-growing species, so they can provide benefits to landscapes which have been stripped resulting in problems with erosion.“We are 100% confident that the figure about the billion trees is correct,” said Kamran Hussain, a manager of the Pakistani branch of the World Wildlife Fund.

    Click now to learn more
    from CleanTechnica.

  • A Greener Way to Produce Concrete?
    Researchers Use Coal Waste
    to Create Sustainable Concrete

    July 12, 2018 -Washington State University researchers have created a sustainable alternative to traditional concrete using coal fly ash, a waste product of coal-based electricity generation.

    The advance tackles two major environmental problems at once by making use of coal production waste and by significantly reducing the environmental impact of concrete production.

    Click now for the the story
    from Environmental News Network.

  • Think About the Planet Before Preparing Your Next Lunch
    Eight Ways to Green Your Lunch Habits

    July 2, 2018 -Orson Wells said it, "Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch."

    In a food system that thrives on processing, packaging and profiting, transforming your lunch into a midday green meal makes a powerful statement — and a difference. So go on, make a difference with your fork and dig in.

    Click now for more from Mother Nature Network.

  • There is a Business Case to be Made for Sustainability
    How Bloomberg is Proving
    the Business Case For Sustainability

    July 2, 2018 -Bloomberg strives to decouple company growth from environmental impact, while increasing the efficiency and resiliency of our operations in a changing world.

    Finding innovative ways to power our business with renewable energy, lower our emissions and reduce waste, among other efforts to promote sustainability, has improved operating margins, minimized risk, lessened our environmental impact and saved money. Since 2008, Bloomberg has avoided 834,209 metric tonnes of CO?e emissions — the equivalent of more than 4.5 years of Bloomberg’s carbon emissions — and avoided $103 million in operating costs. Through our efforts, Bloomberg is proving the business case for sustainability.

    Click now for more of the
    story from EarthShare.

  • Don’t Throw Away Those Shipping Containers Just Yet
    Architect Turns Four Shipping Containers Into an Affordable And Eco-Friendly Home

    July 2, 2018 -Architectural firm Matt Elkan Architect has unveiled a beautiful home on Australia’s south coast, with a unique twist: it’s made out of four shipping containers. In addition to constructing the home out of repurposed containers, the firm included a number of sustainable features in order to make the shipping container house as environmentally friendly as possible.

    Click now for the story
    and a slideshow from Inhabitat.

  • Farming is Not Just For Farms Anymore
    The LEED Gold-seeking Edible
    Academy Teaches Urban Farming in NYC

    June 29, 2018- New York-based architecture firm Cooper Robertson recently completed the latest addition to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx — the Edible Academy, a new LEED Gold-seeking facility that will teach the greater community about sustainable agriculture, healthy eating and the environment.

    Created as an expansion of the New York Botanical Garden’s Children’s Gardening Program founded in 1956, the $28 million state-of-the-art development covers three acres on the grounds of the existing Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden. The facilities offer a wide array of programming as well as many sustainable features such as vegetated green roofs, composting toilets and geothermal heating and cooling.

    Click now for more of this story from
    Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Sustainability in Aspen Colorado
    Solar-Powered Mountain Home Is a Sustainable
    Prototype For Aspen Development

    June 22, 2018 - Like in many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. And, as companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to the inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen.

    Click now to read more and
    view a slideshow from Inhabitat.

  • Is That Real Blood on Your Veggie Burger?
    Major UK Supermarket to Introduce
    Vegan Burger Which ‘drips blood.’

    June 19, 2018- Sainsburys, a UK supermarket, recently made plans to put fake meats in chilled sections alongside the real thing in 400 of their stores, due to the rising numbers of UK vegans (3.5 million), and ‘flexitarians’ (22 million) that want to buy more plant based foods.

    This is a big move in the UK as vegan and vegetarian food is normally sold in separate sections within these stores

    The burgers, which are not designed to taste like beef, but have their own meaty texture, come with beetroot juice, which ‘drips like blood’ out of the burger.

    Click now for more from Greener Ideal.

  • The Sustainable Bronx Community Garden
    Bronx Community Garden Transformed
    With Sustainable Improvements

    June 18, 2018 - A newly renovated community garden has officially opened in the Bronx. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth, a venture of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement, a rain garden, and a shade structure designed to support solar panels. The 13,000-square foot-garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city, get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds, and enjoy the colors of native plants

    Click now to read more on this
    from Inhabitat, and view a slideshow.

  • The Impossible Burger is No Longer Impossible
    Would This Bleeding Veggie
    Burger Get You to Skip the Meat?

    June 15, 2018 -Few things have as big an impact on our environment as the food we eat. Agriculture accounts for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. And beef production, in particular, uses copious amounts of water, when compared with other foods. So, some environmentally conscious meat lovers have been working in the lab, to create a vegan burger that bleeds like beef, without all the downsides.

    They’re serving these so-called Impossible Burgers at select restaurants around the country, so we went to check it out at a Pittsburgh burger place, Burgatory, at the Waterfront.

    Click now for more on
    this story from Allegheny Front.

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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.

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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...

Canon's Environment-friendly Approach

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Corporate Accountability International

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


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


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



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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.



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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.


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.


Innovate Us

(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.


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


IKEA - 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.


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.



Luxe Living

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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

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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

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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)

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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.

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.

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

Rocky Mountain Institute

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

The Story of Stuff

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

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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.


Synthetic Genomics -The Global Challenge:

Sustainably meeting the increasing demand for critical resources

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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.


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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.

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.

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.

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Solar Electric Light Fund

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.


Star Island Resort

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- 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.



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.


UPS Innovative Fleets & Facilities

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From retrofitting aircraft with advanced technology and fuel-efficient engines that reduce developing a powerful computer network that efficiently dispatches their 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.


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.

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Worldwatch Institute

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Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.
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To learn more about them, click on the graph.
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