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  • What Forests Can Do for You
    Tropical Forest Functions

    We present a graph from Biointegrity.net that shows the eight climate functions of a tropical forest.

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  • Waste to Energy
    Waste to Energy
    Municipal Solid Waste,(MSW)

    It’s often called garbage, used to produce energy at waste-to-energy plants and at landfills in the United States.

    MSW contains:biomass, or biogenic (plant or animal products), materials such as paper, cardboard, food waste, grass clippings, leaves, wood, leather products nonbiomass combustible materials such as plastics and other synthetic materials made from petroleum noncombustible materials such as glass and metals.

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  • Greenest Cities Quiz
    Dedicated to Saving
    All Life on Earth

     With eco-minded government officials and residents, even a concrete jungle can be green. Discover which cities are really looking out for the planet.

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  • World Wildlife Day
    Take the Greenest Cities Quiz

     On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

    The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

    The day will be celebrated in 2020 under the theme "Sustaining all life on Earth", encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world's biodiversity. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 14 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments on alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life both on land and below water to halt biodiversity loss.

  • Earth Overshoot Day
    Was August 22, 2020

     Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

    To include the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic this year, Global Footprint Network combined the most reliable data and formed the most reasonable assumptions to assess humanity’s current resource situation.

    Changes in carbon emissions, forest harvest, food demand, and other factors that could impact global biocapacity or the Ecological Footprint from January 1 to Earth Overshoot Day were evaluated. The main drivers were the carbon Footprint (reduced 14.5% from 2019) and the forest product Footprint (reduced 8.4% from 2019). Check out the highlights and/or the detailed research report explaining how the date of this event was calculated.

    Click for details (including a 7 min. video).

• Sustainability News
• Of Sustainability Interest
• Organic Eating
• Carbon Footprint Reduction
• Sustainable Developement Goals
• Institute For Advanced
Sustainability Studies
  • Sustainability Excellence Awards
    3rd Annual Awards for
    Excellence in Sustainability

    American Planning Assoc. The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

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  • Where Sustainability Happens
    Sources of Sustainability

     A list of the sustainability companies and places that you should know about…

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  • Great Environmental “APEEL”
    Sources of Sustainability

    Apeel Sciences We use our natural plant-based technologies to protect crops and harvested produce, helping to eliminate food spoilage and reduce reliance on chemicals.

    Our Purpose

    Accomplishing our mission means we will waste less food, water and energy, helping to preserve our natural ecosystems while creating economic opportunities for the 500 million small family farms worldwide.

    Our Vision

    In the future, less food will be wasted, we will use smarter, more natural methods for growing and protecting crops, and there will be an abundance of fresh food for everyone.

    Click for a website with much APEEL.

  • Greening of the Desert Video
    The Greening of the Desert

     The farm has been surrounded by nearby fire, in the midst of historic, ongoing drought and heat, for months. You are, no doubt, familiar.

    Australia's drought fires are expected to continue into February or March. But Geoff's farm is doing pretty well. Largely because of these permaculture strategies:
    °Capture and store all rainwater
    °Plant fortifying trees and vegetation
    °Contour lands to direct moisture flows
    °Countour and enrich soils for soakage
    °Use soil ecosystem as the main moisture-storage facility

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  • IKEA's Sustainable Products
    From IKEA to to Your Home

    IKEA has become a household name because you can buy just about everything you need for your home there. Not only does this company make every piece of furniture you could want, IKEA actually makes many amazing sustainable products.

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Sustainability News (6 months worth)

  • Making Eco-Friendly Leather Alternatives
    Fungi Now Has a New Purpose

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 8, 2020, These renewable, sustainable materials hold great promise for the future, researchers conclude.

    Fungi-derived leather substitutes are an emerging class of ethically and environmentally responsible fabrics that are increasingly meeting consumer aesthetic and functional expectations and winning favor as an alternative to bovine and synthetic leathers.

    Leather is one of the more common materials in the world. It’s used for anything from shoes and jackets to seat coverings — but it’s becoming somewhat less desirable in recent years. Leather, a co-product of meat production, is ethically questionable (as it involves the slaughtering of animals) and it’s bad for the environment: in addition to the deforestation and grazing required for livestock, there’s also the greenhouse gas emissions and the use of hazardous substances in the tanning process.

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  • People Don't Always Reject Plant-Based Foods
    When Offered More Plant-Based Foods,
    People Eat More Plant-Based Foods

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 4, 2020, At one cafeteria, increasing the number of vegetarian choices increased the proportion of plant-based purchases by 40-80% without affecting overall food sales.

    For researchers, vegetarianism is particularly interesting because it’s not only healthy, but it’s also good for the planet. A UN report even suggests that even if we transition to renewable energy, we still need to reduce the amount of meat in our diets to limit the worst impacts of climate change. But in order to do that, we need pubs, restaurants, and cafeterias to provide more options — or so a new study suggests.

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  • What Protecting Half The Planet Could Achieve
  • Ask What Seaweed Can Do For Fashion
    Seaweed As an Eco-Textile
    For Sustainable Fashion

    INHABITAT, Aug. 31, 2020 -Sustainable fashion is on the rise, with materials from plastic water bottles to vegan apple leather becoming more and more common in the industry every day. Recent design graduate Jasmine Linington is taking sustainable fashion a step further with a new couture collection that uses seaweed-derived textiles. The eco-friendly and thoughtful clothing displays the versatility of this ocean resource through seaweed fibers, dyes and embellishments.

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  • The Drop Box Home
    Designed to Be Dropped in Any Setting

    INHABITAT, Aug. 21, 2020 -The Drop Box N-240 collection offers transportable, modular suites made from sustainable materials.

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  • Don't Just Talk Like a Vegan - Walk Like One
    New Pantone Collection
    of Natural, Vegan Shoes

    INHABITAT, Aug. 20, 2020 -Brazilian sustainable sneaker company Cariuma has released its newest collection of completely vegan and natural footwear. All styles in the fall Pantone collection are made of organic cotton canvas and raw natural rubber gathered through ethical tapping. Released on August 12, the new vegan shoes come after a similar Color of the Year collaboration that sold out on pre-order after just one week and gained a waitlist of 5,000 hopeful customers.

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  • A Sustainable Solution to Amsterdam’s Housing Shortage
    Look to Solar-powered Brink Tower

    Aug. 10, 2020,(INHABITAT)-Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has won an international competition with the design for the Brink Tower, a new mixed-use skyscraper that will connect Amsterdam’s Van Der Pek neighborhood with the Overhoeks.

    Designed as a solution to the shortage of high-quality housing for young professionals, international students and young couples in the city, the eye-catching tower will include approximately 400 new residences and offer a variety of shared green spaces to encourage a sense of community. Sustainability has also driven the design of the sleek high-rise, which aims to achieve an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) score of less than zero through the addition of solar panels and energy-efficient systems.

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  • The Island With the Greatest Plant Diversity?
    The Answer Is New Guinea

    Aug. 6, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)-New Guinea, an island located in the Pacific Ocean measuring around 787,000 square kilometers, is the island with the greatest plant diversity in the world. It’s home to more than 13,500 species of plants, two-thirds of which are endemic, according to a new comprehensive study.

    The island has fascinated naturalists for centuries. It is home to the best-preserved ecosystems on the planet and to several ecological gradients (transitions between different types of ecosystems), from mangroves to tropical alpine grassland. Nevertheless, there has been no attempt so far to critically catalog the entire vascular plant diversity of the island.

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  • Jobs, Justice and Sustainability for the Ohio Valley
    The Plan to ‘Reimagine Appalachia’

    July 29, 2020,(Allegheny Front)-A coalition of progressive policy and environmental groups has released a “blueprint” that provides a framework for how Ohio Valley communities could reap the benefits of federal action to address climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The plan, titled Reimagine Appalachia envisions a future economy for the traditionally extraction-based economies of Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania that builds on the region’s other natural resources, creates well-paying jobs and positions the Ohio Valley at the forefront of addressing climate change.

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  • A Coffee Shop With a RePurpose
    Coffee Shop Built
    From Repurposed Materials

    July 28, 2020,(INHABITAT)-When Julianna Astrid posted about the DIY coffee shop that her dad, Ed, built in his backyard, her social media blew up with supportive comments. The impressive backyard cafe uses only repurposed construction materials, combined with various pieces from swap meets, antique stores and thrift stores.

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  • Are UN Sustainability Goals Working?
    Or Are They a Smoke-
    screen For Environmental Destruction

    July 7, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, supposed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development, are actually failing to protect biodiversity, according to a new study, which argued that the SDG is a smokescreen for further environmental destruction.

    Approved in 2015 by the UN, the SDG is a framework of broad-based and independent 17 goals, 169 targets, and 247 indicators that replaced the expired Millennium Development Goals. They were designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

    However, a study by researchers from University of Queensland, National University of Singapore, the University of Melbourne and found a significant mismatch between the SDGs and real progress towards biodiversity conservation.

  • To Bee or Not to Bee Pollinators, That Is
    Bubble-blowing Drones May One
    Day Aid Artificial Pollination

    June 22, 2020,(Science News) -Drones that blow pollen-laden bubbles onto blossoms could someday help farmers pollinate their crops.

    Rather than relying on bees and other pollinating insects — which are dwindling worldwide as a result of climate change (SN: 7/9/15), pesticide use and other factors — farmers can spray or swab pollen onto crops themselves. But machine-blown plumes can waste many grains of pollen, and manually brushing pollen onto plants is labor-intensive.

    Materials chemist Eijiro Miyako of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi imagines outsourcing pollination to automatous drones that deliver pollen grains to individual flowers. His original idea involved a pollen-coated drone rubbing grains onto flowers, but that treatment damaged the blossoms. Then, while blowing bubbles with his son, Miyako realized that bubbles might be a gentler means of delivery.

  • We Need to Be Careful How Much We Consume
    The Bane of Sustainability

    June 21, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Any transition towards a sustainable world can only be effective if societal changes complement technological advancements, according to a new study. Nevertheless, this will be difficult as societies, economies and cultures push for more consumption and economic growth.

    Researchers led by University of New South Wales sustainability scientist Tommy Wiedmann looked at the existing academic discussions on the link between wealth, economy and associated impacts, summarizing the available evidence and identifying possible solution approaches.

    “Recent scientists’ warnings have done a great job at describing the many perils our natural world is facing through crises in climate, biodiversity and food systems,” said Wiedemman. “However, none of these warnings has explicitly considered the role of growth-oriented economies and the pursuit of affluence.”

  • The 10 Most Sustainable Face Masks
    Learn What They Are

    June 15, 2020,(GoodOnYou.eco) -The first half of 2020 has sent the world into a spiral of widespread panic, and for good reason. From devastating bushfires in Australia, to flooding and locusts in East Africa, to a plague of hornets in the States… not to mention, you know, the global pandemic. In response, health authorities across the world have made a point of highlighting the effectiveness (or not) of face masks for each new seemingly apocalyptic situation we find ourselves in. We knew it was about time to track down the 10 most sustainable face masks.

    For most of us, mask-wearing is either mandatory, encouraged, or the socially responsible thing to do. But there’s no doubt mask wearing has its downsides! Beyond possible discomfort there are environmental impacts to consider, and then there’s the all important question of how we look: there’s no denying our identity is tied up in what we wear—face coverings included. So if you’re going to wear a mask, why not choose a reusable mask that reduces environmental impact and makes a (sustainable) fashion statement at the same time?

    Click now for the sustainable list.

  • Sustainable Office Building In India
    It's Made of Recycled Shipping Containers

    June 15, 2020,( INHABITAT ) -Sustainability and cost-effectiveness were top requirements when a green concrete manufacturing company in Bangalore, India approached Balan and Nambisan Architects. The clients were looking to keep an element of eco-friendliness and recycling at the center of the design. As such, the architects found shipping containers to be the obvious choice for construction.

    Shipping containers presented a versatile, cost-effective option that still had the potential to make a statement both in the local community and in the sustainable design world.

    Click now for the story and slideshow.

  • Sea Otter Recovery is a Mixed Bag
    Bringing Sea Otters Back
    to the Pacific Coast Pays Off
    , But Not For Everyone

    June 11, 2020,(Science News) -Sea otters are staging a comeback along Canada’s North Pacific coast, but not everyone is happy about it.

    The disappearance of otters, once trapped for their fur, allowed their food supplies — sea urchins, crabs and clams — to flourish. Now, otters threaten to deplete these profitable invertebrate fisheries, which have sustained coastal indigenous communities. But a new analysis shows that the benefits of bringing back otters may outweigh those costs, researchers report June 11 in Science.

  • Brazil Restaurant Raises Environmental Awareness
    Organic Vegan Restaurant Named
    to Raise Awareness For Deforestation

    June 9, 2020,(INHABITAT) -Recently opened in the Brazilian city of São Paulo and designed by local architecture and design practice VAGA, the Cajuí Restaurant offers a menu of vegan, organic and natural ingredients supplied by small farmers from different regions of Brazil. Cajuí was named after the native species of cashew found in the Cerrado biome grasslands in central Brazil.

    Lesser known yet right next door to the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado biome encompasses almost 800,000 square miles of savannas and grasslands — roughly the size of Alaska and California put together — and is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth.

    It is home to 5% of the planet’s biodiversity, and many of the country’s indigenous people who live there rely on the ecosystem’s resources for sustainable livelihoods. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), deforestation in the Cerrado is responsible for an estimated 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year; this is the same amount that 53 million cars would emit in one year.

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  • A Dreamy Mexican Eco-Villa
    This Dreamy Eco Villa Runs
    Exclusively On Solar And Wind Energy

    June 8, 2020,(INHABITAT) -Located inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Casa Bautista is a private oasis hidden in the coastal rainforest and completely powered by solar and wind energy.

    The reserve area can be found less than 40 miles from the center of tourist-friendly Tulum. It was established as a natural reserve in 1986 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site shortly after. This region is known for its natural limestone cenotes, archaeological ruins and, thanks to the healthy coral reef just off the coast, incredible snorkeling.

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  • Cooling Homes in an Eco-Friendly Way
    10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Do It

    greener ideal, June 5, 2020 -Summertime is here, and you’re ready for sun and fun. Wait — was that an audible groan from the “Great, here comes the insane AC bills” crowd? It’s not amusing when you see your utility bills creep upward, and all that energy use doesn’t do the planet any favors.

    What are some Eco-friendly ways you can keep your home cool this summer? Here are ten ideas that will help you save money and the planet without getting too steamy.

    Click now to see them.

  • A California Winery Is the World's Most Sustainable
    Silver Oak Becomes World’s
    Most Sustainable Winery

    June 2, 2020 (INHABITAT)- After a devastating fire ravaged the Silver Oak Winery in California’s Napa Valley nearly 15 years ago, the owners turned tragedy into opportunity when they rebuilt the facility to target the most stringent sustainability standards in the world. After achieving LEED Platinum certification, the redesigned winery has now also earned Living Building Challenge (LBC) Sustainability Certification from the International Living Future Institute — making it the world’s first LBC-certified winery. Sagan Piechota Architecture led the redesign of the Silver Oak Winery with sustainable services provided by international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

    Founded in the early 1970s, the family-owned Silver Oak Winery now covers 105 acres of land in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and is dedicated to producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is the largest building globally to achieve Living Building Challenge certification and meets requirements of all seven LBC performance petals including site/place, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty.

    Click now for the story and slideshow.

  • Sanitary Pads Can Be Sustainable
    The Best Eco-
    Friendly Sanitary Brands

    May 28, 2020,(Vogue.uk) -As we continue into 2020, reusables like eco coffee cups and water bottles are becoming part of our everyday lives (or at least, we’re getting there). Thankfully for women, attention has now turned to sanitary products. From washable applicators to reusable discs and menstrual cups, manufacturers behind menstrual products are finding ever more innovative ways to lessen their impact on the environment.

    Not only are they inventive, but they’re a worthy investment, too. Considering that the average woman has her period for 2535 days of her life, buying a product that you can clean and reuse seems pretty practical. In the UK, an estimated 1.5 billion sanitary items are flushed down the toilet each year.

    Click now for the sustainable list.

  • Almond Farmers Coax Life From Drying Spanish Soil
    Almond Growing Can the Soil Healthier

    (Reuters)-May 27, 2020 ZUJAR, Spain, In one of the driest corners of Europe, Manuel Barnes has watched the soil become healthier since he started growing almonds using techniques aimed at bringing new life to the land.

    Barnes and his neighbors in southern Spain are turning to pre-industrial methods they hope will avert the risk of their land turning into desert to grow crops that command higher prices from increasingly environmentally-aware consumers.

    Part of a growing international movement to harness the power of the soil to combat climate change, they leave grassy plants to wither in the fields, forming fertilizer that protects the soil, and have reduced tilling.

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  • Cuba Is Boosting Climate Resilience In Agriculture
    All the More Reason
    for Trump to Hate Them

    May 22, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-In a post by the Environmental Defense Fund, the organization shares that Cuba is boosting climate resilience in agriculture and explains three things that the small island country could show us.

    The writer, Katherine Angier, interviewed a farmer, Fernando Funes, who explained to Angier that, “Everything here is about working with nature.” Fernando’s farm is just outside of Havana, where Angier writes that, “we admired the diverse assortment of crops, chickens strutting through a grove of trees, and colorful rows of beehives.”

    In general, when one thinks of Cuba, one thinks of communism, poverty, and hurricanes. Guantanamo Bay and terrorism may also come into our minds. What doesn’t come to mind is the picture Angier painted in her article.

  • Those Bumble Bees Just Can't Get Enough Pollen
    Pollen-deprived Bumblebees
    May Speed Up Plant
    Blooming By Biting Leaves

    May 21, 2020 (Science News)- Here’s a bumblebee tip that might get a slowpoke plant to bloom early. Just bite its leaves.

    At least three species of bumblebees use their mouthparts to snip little confetti bits out of plant foliage, researchers report in the May 22 Science. This foliage biting gets more common when there’s a pollen shortage, says Consuelo De Moraes, a chemical ecologist and entomologist at ETH Zurich.

    Experiments show that mustard and tomato plants nibbled by Bombus terrestris bees bloomed earlier than unbitten plants by days, or even weeks, say De Moraes and her colleagues. So for the bumblebees, accelerating bloom times could be a lifesaver. When trying to found colonies in early spring, the bees rely on flower pollen as a protein source for raising their young.

  • Plant-based Meat Industry is Booming in the Pandemic
    The Pandemic and Plant-based Meat

    May 8, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - As a meat shortage looms over the US, one particular industry is reaping the benefits: plant-based alternatives.

    Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger, and other meat-alternative products are enjoying what seems to be the start of a golden period, as demand is increasing all around the US — and outside of it.

    First, the California-based Impossible Foods announced that their burger alternatives will be sold at 1,700 Kroger-owned grocery stores, all around the US — from only 150 grocery stores, previously. They did this as demand for the Impossible Burger has “skyrocketed”

  • Five Sustainable Plastic Alternatives
    5 Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics

    May 6, 2020 (Deutsche Welle)- The world is drowning in plastics that are often non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. But a new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.

    1.3 billion plastic bottles are sold daily around the world. And that's just the tip of the fossil-based plastic iceberg. Plastic preserves our food. It's in the nylon and polyester we wear, and it protects medical staff from the coronavirus.

    Petroleum-based plastics dominate the market because they're durable, light-weight and cheap, but most of them can't be recycled or reused.

  • Making Wastewater Drinkable Again
    Rice Engineers: Make
    Wastewater Drinkable Again

    Apr. 28, 2020 (ENN Network) -Delivering water to city dwellers can become far more efficient, according to Rice University researchers who say it should involve a healthy level of recycled wastewater.

    Using Houston as a model, researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering have developed a plan that could reduce the need for surface water (from rivers, reservoirs or wells) by 28% by recycling wastewater to make it drinkable once again.

    While the cost of energy needed for future advanced purification systems would be significant, they say the savings realized by supplementing fresh water shipped from a distance with the “direct potable reuse” of municipal wastewater would more than make up for the expense.

    And the water would be better to boot.

    Click now for the story and a graphic.

  • A More Sustainable Way to Farm Rice
    Could Changing Rice Farming
    Practices Be a Climate Solution?

    Apr. 23, 2020 (Civil Eats) - Rice farming isn’t perfect. In fact, global rice production accounts for at least 10% of agricultural emissions. It’s responsible for producing large quantities of methane—a greenhouse gas that’s 24 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But, as it turns out, that’s more a factor of quantity than it is about growing method. Rice provides one fifth of the world’s calories, and research shows that, per calorie, it actually has one of the lowest emissions footprints compared to meat, fruit, vegetables, wheat, and corn.

    Now, there is growing attention to practices that further reduce the climate impact of rice. And, given that it is the fourth largest crop grown in the world, those changes could amount to a significant climate solution.

    Click now to see how.

  • Don't Just Wish For a Pavilion - Make it From Recyclables
    Glowing Wishing Pavilion Made With
    5,000 Recycled Plastic Bricks

    Apr. 13, 2020 (inhabitat) - To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival of 2019, Hong Kong-based studio Daydreamers Design crafted a glowing lantern-inspired pavilion that also raises awareness of environmental issues. Dubbed the Wishing Pavilion, the temporary installation was constructed from 5,000 bricks made of recycled high-density polyethylene, the same type of plastic commonly used in water bottles. Manufactured in seven colors, the plastic bricks created a gradient evocative of a flame, an effect enhanced by the use of sound effects, music and LED lights at night.

    Commissioned by the Government of Hong Kong, it served as the anchor pavilion for the “Mid-Autumn Lantern Displays 2019” at the Victoria Park Soccer Pitch No. 1, Causeway Bay from September 13 to September 27, 2019. The pavilion’s 5,000 recycled plastic bricks are arranged to form a rounded, lantern-like structure stretching 18 meters in diameter and 6 meters tall, with no foundation work needed. The modular design allowed the designers to swiftly assemble the pavilion in just 12 days

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  • Solar Powered Hotel Opens in Indian Wine Country
    Solar Powered Hotel Opens
    In Indian Wine-Growing Region

    Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) Mumbai-based firm Sanjay Puri Architects has just completed work on a beautiful hotel in northern India known for wine production. Built on a base of locally-sourced natural stone, the Aria Hotel is a stunning design carefully stacked onto the landscape that boasts several passive and active features to make it incredibly energy efficient.

    Located in the ancient city of Nashik in the northern Indian region of Maharashtra, the beautiful hotel is located right on the banks of the Godavari River. The idyllic location includes the river on one side and rising hills on the other, providing guests with a beautiful area to reconnect with nature.

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  • Do We Still Need to Use Animal Hides for Leather?
    Making Leather from Mexican Cacti

    Mar. 27, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -Whether from cows, sheep or goats, animal skins have long been used for leather. Now a Mexican duo has come up with a plant-based alternative using a humble cactus.

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  • Try Teff -The Healthy Sustainable Superfood
    Teff: The Healthy
    Sustainable Superfood

    Mar. 26, 2020 (greener ideal) - Teff chips and snacks are increasingly becoming a popular healthy food option. The reason? The main ingredient, teff, is nutrient-dense and gluten-free.

    The tiny grain, native of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and a few other Eastern Africa countries, is seeing a renaissance of its kind in the west. Given its numerous health benefits, sustainability, and versatility, it’s not difficult to see why.

    However, you may be wondering: What is teff, and how come I’ve never heard about it? Well, worry, not. You’re in the right place. We’ll tell you all about teff, and the health and sustainability qualities that make it a superfood.

  • Brushing Your Teeth Sustainably
    Everloop’s Sustainable Toothbrush
    With Replaceable Bamboo Bristles

    Mar. 26, 2020 (inhabitat) -Mexico City-based NOS has come out with a design to address one of the many causes of plastic pollution that consumers tend to overlook: toothbrushes. The company’s Everloop toothbrush combines a reusable, recycled plastic handle with replaceable bristles made from compostable bamboo.

    The sheer number of plastic toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year is a much larger problem than most people realize. Most dentists, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend replacing toothbrushes every three or four months or whenever the bristles begin to fray. Seeing as there are over 300 million people living in the United States, that means there are about 1 billion plastic toothbrushes tossed into the garbage every year in this country alone.

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  • It's an Art Lab, and It Will Be Net-Zero Energy
    Solar-powered Harvard ArtLab
    to Meet Net-Zero Energy Targets

    Mar. 13, 2020 (inhabitat) -Harvard University has added yet another sustainable building to its campus — the Harvard Artlab, a contemporary art space projected to meet net-zero energy targets. Designed by Berlin-based architecture studio Barkow Leibinger in collaboration with Boston-based Sasaki Associates, the 9,000-square-foot facility was created for students, teachers, visiting artists and the wider community. Rooftop photovoltaic panels power the building, which features a steel frame clad in transparent insulated glass and lightweight, high-insulating polycarbonate panels for easy assembly and disassembly.

    Located on Harvard University’s Allston campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Artlab is an adaptable space with a design that takes inspiration from its industrial surroundings. The boxy one-story building features a pinwheel-like plan centered on a common “Hub” space. A series of large sliding partitions can expand or close off the Hub to cultivate interactivity and enable a wide range of performances and exhibitions. The surrounding spaces house recording studios and sound-editing stations, as well as rooms for rehearsal, improvisation and other performances.

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  • Healthy Eating Habits for Life
    Learn the 11 Secrets

    (greener ideal), -Oct. 10, 2020, If you’ve felt like healthy eating habits are out of reach, you’re not alone. A lot of the time we know the basics of eating well, but we fail to implement them.

    With that said, we’ve found eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or restrictive!

    These simple tips will help you feel your best and still enjoy your favorite foods!

    Click now to see all eleven.

  • A Miniature Fuel Cell That Works on Urine
    Urine Turned Into Sustainable
    Power Source For Electronic Devices

    April 18, 2016,(ScienceDaily) -Researchers at the University of Bath have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power.

    In the near future this device could provide a means of generating much needed electricity to remote areas at very little cost, each device costs just £1-£2. With growing global pressures to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, microbial fuel cells could be an exciting alternative.

  • Does the World Have Enough Wood For Sustainability?
    Forest SOS: Earth's
    Green Lungs Disappear

    Jan. 5, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -According to the latest figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global forest production hit record levels in 2018. Up 11% on the year before.

    "We see an increasing demand for almost all of our products," says Göran Örlander, strategist at Södra, Sweden's largest association of forest owners. "The most obvious demand is for biofuels at the moment. Everybody wants to have biofuels to replace fossil fuels."

    The idea is that burning wood becomes close to carbon neutral if the forests from where it is taken are replenished at the same rate as they are felled for fuel.

  • Here are 13 of the World’s Best New Green Hotels
    13 of the World’s Best
    New Green Hotels

    Feb. 12, 2020 (National Geographic) —as the scope of sustainable travel has grown, remote ecolodges have inspired new ways to tread lightly and care for local communities and the environment. The paradigm now embraces geothermal energy, upcycled furniture, and sourcing food directly from farms, initiatives found in lodgings that range from safari camps to urban hot spots.

    Big players in the hospitality world—such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, with the new LEED Gold-designed Lodge at Gulf State Park—are catching up with pioneers such as the award-winning Cayuga Collection, often using their scale to sway guests and staff to focus on responsible travel. Whether you’re headed to the backcountry or the big city, these new accommodations offer overnights that put sustainability in style.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • How Can We Travel More Sustainably?
    Be a More Sustainable Traveler

    Jan. 2, 2020 (New York Times)-When thinking about how to reduce our individual carbon footprints, one of the simplest ways to cut back on emissions is to fly less often. But for those who want to see the world, there are ways to make trips more sustainable, including where you go, what you pack and how you decide to get there.

    As a general rule, the shorter the distance from home you travel, the lower your carbon footprint. But if you want to go farther, some destinations are more sustainable than others.

    Finding local adventures, such as walking in unexplored corners of your neighborhood or visiting museums in your city, is among the greenest forms of travel. If you want to venture just a little farther, consider driving a few hours to a beach or forest. Even a small adventure can feel a world away.

  • How to Tackle the Population Problem
    Tackling the Population Problem

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)-Every day we add 227,000 more people to the planet — and the UN predicts that human population will surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. As the world's population grows, so do its demands for water, land, trees and fossil fuels — all of which come at a steep price for already endangered plants and animals.

    Unsustainable population growth and lack of access to reproductive health care also puts pressure on human communities, exacerbating food and water shortages, reducing resilience in the face of climate change, and making it harder for the most vulnerable communities to rise out of intergenerational poverty.

    We can reduce our own population and consumption to an ecologically sustainable level in ways that promote human rights; decrease poverty and overcrowding; raise our standard of living; and allow plants, animals and ecosystems to thrive.

  • Myco Composite Packing Material
    It's C2C Gold Certified

    (EVOCATIVE DESIGN) —Patented from biomaterials utilizing mycelium as a self-assembling biological binder for hemp agricultural product.

    Among its features: Flame Resistance, Biodegradability and Water Resistance.

  • Can We Collect Water From the Atmosphere?
    Lighting the Way to
    Harvest Water From Air

    July 29, 2018 (Phys.org)- A low-cost method for collecting water from the atmosphere could be used to provide potable water to dry, inland regions.

    Commonly available salts and sunlight can harvest water vapor from the air to provide potable water to arid and land-locked regions of the world.

    Many parts of the world, such as the sub-Saharan countries of Africa, have little or no access to surface water or ground-water supplies and often have to rely on the transportation of fresh water over long distances, which is costly and inefficient.

  • What Menu of the Future?
    Insects, Weeds, and
    Bleeding Veggie Burgers

    National Geographic Peer into the future of what we eat, and you will encounter many questions about what will happen to our meals. As the world’s population climbs above 9 billion by mid-century, our food needs will grow by 70%.

    How do we meet them without mowing down every forest or without resorting to industrial agriculture, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has cited as the most significant contributor to climate change? How do we maintain soil health, and keep it from washing away, so that crops can thrive? These questions get into murky territory. But here’s one thing that’s clear: Dinner in 50 years won’t look much like dinner today.

    Click now for the story

  • The Benefits of Vertical Farming
    Agriculture Reimagined

    (From intelligentgrowthsolutions.com)

    Grow Local, Globally,
    Better Quality,
    Saving Natural Resources,
    Declining Cost

    Click now for detailed explanations.

  • How to Make Your Bathroom EcoConscious
    Guide to an Environmentally
    -Friendly Bathroom

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1, 2018 - The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    The article focuses on nine points to bring your bathroom up to eco-friendly standards.

  • 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 'Ale' 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.

  • 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.

  • Landscaping’s Price in Water Usage
    Outdoor Water Use
    in the United States

    WaterSense The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30% of that is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens.

    Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day.

    Other residential outdoor uses include:
    washing automobiles, maintaining swimming pools, and cleaning sidewalks and driveways.

    Click now to read more.

  • Drinking Straws: Bamboo Can Replace Plastic
    A Sustainable Way
    to Make Drinking Straws

    Life Without Plastic-1 billion plastic, petroleum-based, non-biodegradable straws are used every day worldwide.

    These bamboo drinking straws are a fun and eco-friendly alternative to plastic that can be used with any beverage. The straws are made from real whole bamboo stalks – nothing re-compressed or processed. They are washable and reusable. Use a jar of warm water with soap to shake them clean, or clean with a pipe cleaner.

    A purchase of bamboo straws is a vote for sustainable materials. The straws come packaged in a bag that is made from plants that is compostable in commercial facilities, with a tag made from paper. Each straw is 10 inches in length. The straws can last for years and years when properly cared for.

  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library
    The Biodiversity Heritage Library

    Feb. 5, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE)—The world’s “largest open-access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives” has made 55 million pages of literature and at least 150,000 illustrations open for the public to enjoy.

    Do you like life, science, cool art, or all three? Then the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BIH) has a treat for you. The BIH pools together diagrams, sketches, studies, and data pertaining to life on Earth from hundreds of thousands of journals and libraries, some of them from as far back as the 15th century. You can see it all, and download it all, without paying a dime.

  • Something Good Out of Plastic Waste
    Turning Plastic Waste Into Green Energy

    Oct. 15, 2018,(The Conversation) -In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from reality. Plastics, in particular, contain mainly carbon and hydrogen, with similar energy content to conventional fuels such as diesel.

    Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – although with the way people discard them, you probably wouldn’t know it. It’s possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy and chemicals for industry, using a process called “cold plasma pyrolysis”.

    Click now to learn more.

  • France Really Wants to Go Green
    France Passes Green Rooftop Law

    March 31, 2020,(AENews) -France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers.

    Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least partially covered in either solar panels or plants. Environmental activists had originally called for all for all rooftops to be 100% green, but the Government limited the scope of the law to include commercial buildings only. In an effort to make it less onerous for businesses, the rooftops will also only have to be partially green. But better than nothing!

  • The Disney Conservation Fund
    Protecting The Magic
    of Nature Together

    -Disney Conservation is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community inspired to protect the magic of nature together. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $100 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.

    Disney Conservation Team Wildlife leads best-in-class scientific programs to conserve wildlife in Disney’s backyard and beyond, connects people to build a network for nature, and cares for the planet through everyday actions.

    Click now for more.

  • Thirst For Power: Watch the Documentary
    Thirst For Power: - The Documentary

    — Shown at several environmentally-focused film festivals in 2019.

    Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The film explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources.

    The documentary is adapted from Dr. Michael E. Webber’s book Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, both the book and the documentary identify a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

  • 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.

  • Yes, It's Cricket to Eat Insects
    A Sustainable Method
    to Get Your Protein

    (EXO)- They make nutrient-dense real food bars, combining cricket flour protein, minimally processed. A healthful snack for pre or post exercise.

    Click now learn more, and
    maybe get some for yourself.

  • Five Zero-Waste Cities?
    Cities Working Towards Zero Waste

    Oct. 12, 2019  (TIME)- Communities around the country are looking to recover the lost value in their waste streams. This is not limited to paper and plastics, but rather a comprehensive analysis of the most prominent landfill-bound items (including food waste and other organic materials). By implementing initiatives such as landfill bans, source separation incentives, and mandatory composting, these cities have been able to impact their waste diversion rates.

    Click now to see what they are.

  • The ™Apeel of Working With Nature
    Technology by nature

    Apeel Sciences- We’ve finally arrived at a new frontier where we can use natural materials and design principles to produce food in a way that works with nature — rather than against it. And it turns out, plants provide all the ingredients we need to keep produce at its best from vine to kitchen. Watch how Apeel keeps produce fresh at ambient temperatures.

    Click now to learn how your
    vegetables can have more appeal.

  • The World’s Most Environment Friendly Airports
    The World’s Most
    Environmentally Friendly Airports

    Airport Technology -Airports are going green in response to increasing pressure regarding the aviation industry’s environmental impact. We locate the world’s most environmentally friendly airports and find out what elements of their design help them to offset carbon emissions.

    The aviation sector is facing increasing pressure to clean up its act when it comes to climate change, but gas-guzzling airplanes aren’t the only culprits. As airports expand, so too does their carbon footprint, with more energy required to power new terminals, ground transport vehicles and the creation of infrastructure. Building capacity for additional aircraft can also create a backlash amongst environmentalists – see, for example, the frenzy over a potential third runway at the UK’s Heathrow Airport.

    Click now for more.

  • Reduce Your Lawn and Plant Native Species
    The Importance of Lawn Reduction

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) -Traditional American landscaping focuses on maintaining a manicured green lawn. However, native trees, shrubs, ground cover, prairie or meadow patches, flower beds, and attractively mulched areas are better environmental choices, for people and wildlife

    Click now to read more.

  • 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.

    Click for a story you
    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.

  • The 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.

  • Save the Earth - Cut Food Waste
    9 Food Waste Solutions That Are
    Basically Habits to Save the Earth

    Nov. 22, 2018 -The food waste problem has been in existence ever since technology allows us to produce more food than we actually need; and like many other environmental issues, it can’t be solved until every one of us gets involved.

    However, while the bad news is that we have created a real problem, the good news is it’s totally solvable and preventable with minimal efforts from the end consumers.

    Click to examine the
    facts from Greener Ideal.

  • 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…

  • Making Bathrooms Environmentally-Friendly
    Environmentally-Friendly Bathrooms

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1 2018 -The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    Covered in this story:
    Shower over Bath
    Improve the Shower Head
    Flick the Lights
    Automatic Faucets
    Flushed Out
    Alternative Heat

  • 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.

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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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Where Sustainabilty Lives

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5 Gyres

Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal c5 Gyres Logoare 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.


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.


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By 2020, Aruba's Smart Island Strategy will transition the island to 100% 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.
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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.

Canon's Environment-friendly Approach

Read all about Canon's environmental activities through the product life-cycle:

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

Davies & Company

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.

Earth Action Network (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

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
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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.

Florida Power & Light

Just click on the logo to watch a video on what FPL is doing for sustainability, and job growth in Florida.



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

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.
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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

Its' 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

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 tAnna Maria Sustainable Villagehe 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

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.

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.

You can see evidence of this work through innovative IOur co-workers, suppliers and partners have been working on these issues and more for a while. KEA products and solutions, and through the way we do business. If we all take small actions, we can all contribute to big results.
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Just Food

Just Food
It's s 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

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 2019. 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
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)

It's 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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Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. It is the premier engagement tool for GW’s many sustainability initiatives.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno formed Planet Forward in 2009 to empower new voices and lead a global conversation on the planet’s future.

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.
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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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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.
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Rocky Mountain Institute

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.

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

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.

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% of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90%. 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.

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.

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.

UPS Innovative Fleets & Facilities

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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 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.
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.

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.

World Environment Day

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The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. This 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.

Worldwatch Institute

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

We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution, and need your help to ban these products from commerce completely.
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Below is a graph provided by Biointegrity.net

To learn more about them, click on the graph.

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