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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

January 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

January 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The Tradition of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture techniques were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of ancestral knowledge are common in many tribal communities. Sustainable farming helps tribes to get back to their roots while addressing these problems.[read more]

A New Map of the World's Ecosystems

January 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Eco Map Creation

A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey and ESRI allows us to gain a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. The web site can be used by everyone, from local officials to landscape architects and conservationists, to visualize complex ecological patterns.[read more]

Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: WWF Offers Free Tools

January 14, 2015 by Derek Wong

Business and Sustainability

Need some help driving your office’s green initiatives? WWF offers free downloadable tools including getting-started guides, spreadsheets, benchmarks, campaign poster templates for green initiatives on energy reduction, paper reduction, waste reduction, travel, procurement, and green team building. I find some of the tools very useful.[read more]

OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

January 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Waste and Clean Water Access

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean.[read more]

Chronicling the Rise of a Food Hub Network: Michigan State University Releases Case Study

January 14, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Network Development

A recently-released case study titled 'A Case Study in Building Effective Networks for Food System Change' from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, chronicles the creation, growth, and lessons learned of the two-and-a-half year old Michigan Food Hub Network.[read more]

Safe Drinking Water Act: A Journey From Disco To Desalinization

January 11, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Safe Drinking Water History

I was honored to be asked to speak during the solutions panel at the Safe Drinking Water Act Experts Forum in Washington, D.C., last month. This was a milestone event, as it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.[read more]

Women in Food: Giulia Stellari Brings Big Data to Small Farms

January 10, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Data and Farming

When Giulia Stellari was seven years old she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a sheep farmer in Australia. Even though she didn’t pursue this dream, she eventually got back in touch with her agricultural leanings in a very different capacity.[read more]

Simplicity: A Vital Part Of The Drought Solution

January 9, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Droughts and Problem Solving

As California continues to search for answers to combat what could be the region’s worst drought in 500 years, experts are starting to look more and more at “the box,” that is, more courses of action that are focused on the value of lower-tech, lower-cost solutions.[read more]

Cities of 2030, Today

January 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

When we look back in a decade and a half, our familiar surroundings will remind us of a familiar lesson–one just as clear today with a glance back to the turn of the century: most of what we need to build better cities is already here. The cities we can have in 2030 are the cities we could have had today.[read more]

Micro_Urban: The Ecological and Social Potential of Small-Scale Urban Spaces

January 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Small-Scale Urban Space

'Micro_urban' spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines, and our three dimensional gridded cities.[read more]