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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)

  • •  Your Daily Coffee Consumption Has a Big Climate Cost
    Here’s How to Rreduce it by 77%

    Jan. 7, 2021(ZME Science)-Coffee, our essential ally for many rough mornings, has a hidden environmental cost that is contributing to the world’s climate crisis, a new study showed. Still, there are plenty of ways to address this challenge that could bring coffee’s emissions down up to 77%, from shipping the beans with cargo ships to using more renewable energy in the process.


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  • • It's Veganuary: Start the New Year Off Right
    Here's How You Can Do Your
    Bit for the Planet this Month

    (ZME Science), Jan. 5, 2021, -It’s the start of the new year and you probably set yourself a list of goals to meet through the next 12 months, from doing more exercise to learning a new language. Veganuary, a global NGO, is encouraging people to take on a specific goal – adopting a plant-based lifestyle throughout the entire month of January.

    The organizers have been running the campaign since 2014, and the number of people that take on the challenge has kept on growing. So far, more than 440,000 from around the world have registered this year, breaking last year’s record of 400,000. Still, they predict even more people will join, likely reaching 500,000.

    The Vegan Society, a UK charity promoting a plant-based lifestyle, defines veganism as a “way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”. This is mean it’s not just about diet, it’s a much broader concept that ties into different lifestyle choices.


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  • • Termites on the Menu
    Protecting South Africa’s Edible Insects

    (Deutsche Welle), Dec 30, 2020, -Standing underneath a big mango tree in Mopye, a village in north eastern South Africa, Martin Boima is snacking on crunchy dried termites. He’s been eating the insects, known locally as "makeke," since he was a little boy, coaxing them out of their mounds with long strips of grass and drying or frying them.

    Today he is handing out homemade termite protein bars, available in cheese or chocolate flavor, to an excited village crowd. It is part of a series of taste tests he is running through his new insect-based foods business.

    He is joined by Bronwyn Egan, a zoologist from the South African University of Limpopo, who shares his fascination for edible insects -on a culinary and an academic level. For the last two years, she has worked closely with Boima and other locals, collecting both their knowledge of nutritious critters, as well as actual specimens.


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  • • An Eco-conscious Urban Park Renovation
    The Sustainable Outdoors

    (INHABITAT), Dec. 24, 2020 - Community gathering spaces for indoor and outdoor use are central to the idea of shared land. As such, parks should be structured to maximize these benefits, though sometimes this comes at the cost of the surrounding landscape. However, the new Urban Park and Environmental Interpretation Center in construction for the Portuguese city of Oliveira de Azeméis offers over roughly 12 acres of public-use area designed with special consideration for the ecosystem.


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  • • Making Aquaculture a More Sustainable Food Source
    Remove Fish From the Equation

    (The Conversation ), By Pallab Sarker, Dec. 14, 2020 -Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the world’s fastest-growing food production sector. But the key ingredients in commercial fish feed – fishmeal and fish oil – come from an unsustainable source: small fish, such as anchovies and herring, near the base of ocean food webs.

    My colleagues and I have developed a high-performing, fish-free aquaculture feed that replaces these traditional ingredients with several types of microalgae – abundant single-celled organisms that form the very bottom of the food chain in fresh and saltwater ecosystems around the world. To test this approach, we developed our feed for Nile tilapia – the world’s second-most-farmed fish, exceeded only by carp.


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  • • The New Denmark Vertical Farm
    The Shape Of Things to Come?

    (ZME Science), Dec. 13, 2020 -When you look at a lush, green, delicious plant, you probably tend to think it comes from a fertile land somewhere in the world. Well, that might no longer be the only option out there. A vertical farm just opened up in an old warehouse without windows in Copenhagen and it expects to produce 1,000 tons of produce per year by 2021, showing that vertical farms really do have a solid future.

    They won’t see the light of day or have access to soil, but hundreds of tons of lettuce, herbs, and kale (among other produce) will soon be coming out of the vertical farm. The advantage of the vertical farm is that it takes less space than a conventional crop, helping to meet the world’s food demand and producing food locally instead of importing it.


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  • • Sustainable Batteries For A Circular & Climate Neutral Economy
    That Would Make It a Green Deal

    (CleanTechnica), Dec. 13, 2020 -The European Commission proposes to modernize EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan. Batteries that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle are key for the goals of the European Green Deal and contribute to the zero pollution ambition set in it. They promote competitive sustainability and are necessary for green transport, clean energy, and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal addresses the social, economic, and environmental issues related to all types of batteries.

    Batteries placed on the EU market should become sustainable, high-performing and safe all along their entire life cycle. This means batteries that are produced with the lowest possible environmental impact, using materials obtained in full respect of human rights as well as social and ecological standards. Batteries have to be long-lasting and safe, and at the end of their life, they should be repurposed, remanufactured or recycled, feeding valuable materials back into the economy.


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  • • Does Factory-Farmed Salmon Make Sense?
    There is a Carbon-Emissions
    Price to be Paid

    (The Guardian), Dec. 7, 2020 -The state of Maine once had one of North America’s great wild Atlantic salmon runs, now destroyed by polluting paper, textile, and saw mills and the construction of hundreds of dams.

    It was replaced with open-pen salmon farming, but that created new problems. Now a new kind of salmon farming – inland rather than offshore – is supposed to solve all those problems and more, providing jobs and putting an end to escaped fish polluting the remaining wild stocks.


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  • • Lab-Grown Meat Going On Sale For First Time
    Singapore Approves Chicken
    Cells Grown in Bioreactors

    (The Guardian), Dec. 1, 2020 -Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time. The development has been hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry.

    The “chicken bites”, produced by the US company Eat Just, have passed a safety review by the Singapore Food Agency and the approval could open the door to a future when all meat is produced without the killing of livestock, the company said.

    Dozens of firms are developing cultivated chicken, beef and pork, with a view to slashing the impact of industrial livestock production on the climate and nature crises, as well as providing cleaner, drug-free and cruelty-free meat.


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  • • Ford Plans 30-Acre Walkable Community
    Ford Encourages People
    to Do the Walking

    (CleanTechnica), Nov. 29, 2020 -Yes, we’re talking about Ford the automaker, and a massive mixed-use, multimodal development project centered around a train station.

    Many automakers have been dabbling in micromobility and autonomous vehicles as they try to prepare for the transport transformations of the 21st century rather than crumble underneath them. But a 30-acre walkable community centered around a train station is something else.

    Naturally, Ford is working with others on this project, but it is the project lead. It puts the Michigan Central Station at its core. Renovation of this station is a years-long project, but one that must be exciting and breathing new life into people in the area, as the station has been closed since 1988! Michigan Central will also be a hub for innovation and a new economy.


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  • • Dreamy Eco-Retreat for Sale
    Solar Sustainable
    Living At Its Best

    (CleanTechnica), By Joel Goldblatt, Nov. 22, 2020 -As an early pioneer in the renewable energy field since 1985, I had a vision to create a solar powered, secluded mountain retreat designed for sustainable living that would unite technology and ecology, resilience, and beauty. After researching the location possibilities, I chose Angel Fire, New Mexico, in the southern Rockies.

    The property I selected is at 9,000’ elevation and is set amidst tall pine, aspen, and fir trees. It faces the Moreno Valley with views up to the highest point in New Mexico, which is Wheeler Peak at 13,160 feet.


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    and some beautiful images.
  • • Turning Rotting Veggies Into Renewable Energy
    This Is What the Dyson
    Award-Winning Invention Can Do

    (GIZMODO), Nov. 18, 2020 - Apparently, rotting vegetables can be good for something other than fertilizer. Instead of literally going to waste, they can be upcycled to create a material that absorbs stray ultraviolet rays and turn it into renewable energy.

    The material is called AuREUS and is the brainchild of Carvey Ehren Maigue, a 27-year-old engineering student from Mapúa University in the Philippines. For the invention, Maigue is also this year’s recipient of the James Dyson Award in the sustainability category. Basically, crop waste—including certain rotting fruits and veggies—contains luminescent particles.

    Maigue figured out a way to suspend those particles in a resin substrate. When ultraviolet rays come in contact with the material, those particles then absorb and re-emit visible light along the edges—the same principles that generate the aurora borealis. The main difference is that Maigue placed photovoltaic cells along the edges of the material, which then turns the captured energy into DC electricity.


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  • • Coral Planted Off Florida As Part of NFL Environment Project
    NFL Green Aims to Use the
    Big Game in Tampa as a
    Way to Promote Sustainability.

    (Tampa Bay Times), Nov. 11, 2020 -Three miles off Miami, some of the special operations veterans got seasick.

    Waves chopped at the surface. The water swelled to 5 feet.

    Scientists had briefed the military divers and prepared to join them underwater. The mission?

    Sea-floor gardening.

    The divers lugged crates of coral — not plants, but animals made of polyps — and cement. Roughly 30 feet down, they affixed the corals, a bit bigger than a softball, in an area where disease has devastated Florida’s reefs. The plantings took the shape of a football field.


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  • • Helping People Do Laundry Sustainably
    Oxwash Partners With EAV
    Solutions To Reach That Goal

    (CleanTechnica), Oct. 30, 2020 Oxwash is a laundry and dry cleaning startup that brands itself as “space age,” with the goal of disrupting the traditional laundry service. It is making progress on that goal through its new partnership with EAV Solutions. Through this partnership, EAV bikes will be added to Oxwash’s existing fleet of electric cargo bikes.

    The EAV 2Cubed bike, a zero-emissions cargo bike with a capacity of 2.0m³, will enable Oxwash riders to deliver higher volumes of laundry. This partnership comes as demand for Oxwash in London is growing rapidly. Oxwash found that the agility, visibility, and enclosed cab of the EAV quadricycles create the perfect features for Oxwash as it expands its team of riders.


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  • • Heard of the Impossible Burger?
    Impossible Milk is Not Impossible
    Impossible Milk Could Be Coming
    Soon to Your Cereal Bowl

    (CNN BUSINESS), Oct. 21, 2020 -Impossible Foods, the company known for making plant-based meat designed to taste, cook and look like real meat, may soon get into milk.

    An Impossible milk, which is still in development, would be nothing like soy or other plant-based milks, promised CEO Pat Brown. Instead, the company wants the beverage to taste like the real thing. Any such drink is a long way from shelves, if it ever makes it to the market.

    The company announced on Tuesday that it is planning to double its research and development team over the next 12 months in order to help it develop more plant-based products, like milk, and work on other initiatives. It has raised $700 million this year, and will use some of that to fund the hiring spree.

    Click now for a sip.

  • • Low-Carbon Waterfront Community
    For China’s “Most Livable City”
    Global Design Firm
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Has
    Unveiled Designs for Jiuzhou Bay

    (INHABITAT), Oct. 20, 2020 -Jiuzhou Bay, a new 5.6 million-square-foot mixed-use neighborhood in coastal Zhuhai, which was recently named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Selected from a shortlist of 10 global design firms, SOM’s proposal targets a low-carbon scheme that makes use of the region’s abundant natural resources — the sea and the sun — to generate renewable energy and reduce the development’s environmental footprint.

    Located in China’s southern Guangdong province in the Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai is a burgeoning tech hub with a reputation that has been recently elevated by a connection to the international finance and tourism centers Hong Kong and Macau via the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world. The new development will be a beacon for sustainable growth in the tech-heavy region that the architects say may soon rival Silicon Valley. The proposed Jiuzhou Bay development will include state-of-the-art office spaces, residences, retail and infrastructure, such as a robust transportation hub that offers connections to land, sea and rail across more than 40 acres.


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  • • The Benefits of Restoring Seagrasses
    They Can Bring Coastal
    Bays Back to Life

    (The Conversation), Oct. 20, 2020 -A century ago Virginia’s coastal lagoons were a natural paradise. Fishing boats bobbed on the waves as geese flocked overhead. Beneath the surface, miles of seagrass gently swayed in the surf, making the seabed look like a vast underwater prairie.

    More than 70 species of seagrasses grow in shallow waters around the world, on every continent except Antarctica. In Virginia, beds of eelgrass (Zostera marina) provided habitat for bay scallops and food for birds, and kept barrier islands from washing away. Eelgrass was so common that people who lived near the shore packed and baled it to use as insulation for homes, schools and hospitals.

    In the 1930s, however, pandemic plant disease and repeated hurricanes eliminated the eelgrass along Virginia’s eastern shore. The once-vibrant seafloor became barren mud, leading to a loss of “wildfowl, the cream of salt-water fishing, most of the clams and crabs, and all of the bay scallops,” sportsman and publisher Eugene V. Connett wrote in 1947.


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  • • Is a Vegan Diet Better for the Environment?
    Answer: A Definte Maybe

    (greener ideal), Oct. 25, 2020 -While many people were slowly transitioning to the vegetarian lifestyle, the vegan way of life was introduced as being healthier and beneficial to the environment.


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  • • We Need to Stop Abusing This Planet
    What the Plague Can Teach Us

    (National Geographic), By Robert Kunzig-Oct. 13, 2020 -My job at National Geographic magazine is to think about the global environment. When the pandemic hit, I was on a ship in Antarctica. Our April issue, devoted to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, was on its way to subscribers. What will Earth look like, it asked, on the 100th anniversary in 2070? Back in Washington for a few days, utterly disoriented by 2020, I picked up The Plague, the 1947 novel by Albert Camus. It was flying out of bookstores, the Guardian reported.

    The parallels were indeed a little eerie. “They went on doing business, they planned trips, they had opinions,” Camus wrote about the early days of denial in Oran, Algeria. “How would they have given a thought to anything like plague, which rules out any future … ?”

    But our future hasn’t been ruled out. It has just gotten more bewildering—and wide open.

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  • • 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
    It Could Help Solve the Climate
    Change Crisis and Save Species

    (Science News)-Sept. 4, 2020 -Earth faces two interrelated crises: accelerating loss of biodiversity and climate change. Both are worsened by human development of natural lands that would otherwise allow species to flourish and would store atmosphere-warming carbon, stabilizing the climate.

    A new study argues that nations can help avert the biodiversity and climate crises by preserving the roughly 50% of land that remains relatively undeveloped. The researchers dub that conserved area a “Global Safety Net,” mapping out regions that can meet critical conservation and climate goals in a study published September 4 in Science Advances.

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  • • 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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  • • The Future of Farming
    The Netherlands Has
    Become an Agricultural Giant

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

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


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    and some fabulous photos.
  • • Ovo Vegetarian: Not Quite Vegan But Almost
    It's Mostly Vegetarian

    (greener ideal), Nov. 7, 2020 -Ovo-vegetarians are people who follow a vegetarian diet that also includes eggs and egg products such as mayonnaise.

    The ethical motivation for choosing ovo-vegetarianism, i.e., excluding dairy products from the diet, is usually based on the fact that the dairy industry resorts to extreme cruelty to sustain itself. Animals raised and maintained for milk are often kept in highly congested spaces that result in several animals dying or living with painful ailments.

    These animals are forced to be pregnant for as long as possible to procure milk from them, which means that the calves born out of these pregnancies don’t get access to their mother’s milk.


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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.

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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 c• 5 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.

41pounds.org


Reduce Your Junk Mail
Reclaim your mailbox! - Stop junk mail — the impact of 41pounds.org
stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment.

Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming.
 

Aruba

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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


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

Davies & Company


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

 

Dow Chemical


Sugar Cane
The company will produce plastics from sugar cane, rivaling the petrochemical producers. It is building the world's largest faclity employing this methodology in Brazil, where sugar cane has long been a source for bio fuels.

The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene, the world's most widely used plastic.

Earth Action Network (EAN)


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

Earth Pledge


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

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


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

 

FinSix


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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


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 t• Anna 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

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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)

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.
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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


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

The Sahara Forest Project


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

Solar Electric Light Fund


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SELF's mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development.

Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.
 

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.

The Story of Stuff


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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.

WindAid


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WindAid is a social entrepreneurship project that provides wind turbines to communities in Peru who are in need of electricity and light.

Volunteers who join our WindAid placement program get to build and install a wind turbine in just five weeks. It is the financial contribution and work of the volunteers during the WindAid program that covers the cost of the wind turbine and installation such that the completed wind turbine is presented to the recipient community for free.

Witrcity


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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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