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ChallengesClimate ChangePlanetResilence

Planning for Climate Change on the Shores of the Great Lakes

by JAMES BRASUELL Two academic researchers explain the planning and landscape architecture opportunities offered by the “dramatic fluctuations” and “emergent shorelands” of the Great Lakes Coasts. Karen Lutsky and Sean Burkholder write about the impact of climate change on coastlines along the Great Lakes. The potential impacts of rising sea …

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Green EducationGreen LibrarySolutionsWater

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of …

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EcoPreneurEnergySolutions

Solpro Helios Smart: An everyday carry solar charger that fits in your pocket (Review)

© Solpro by Derek Markham Powerful enough to be practical, and small enough to be packable, this solar charger offers a lot of features in a tiny package. I’ve used and reviewed a number of solar chargers over the last couple of years, and by and large, most of the …

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Be GreenSustainable Development

World Environment Day 2015 to promote sustainable lifestyles

© Danicho by Margaret Badore Every year, the United Nations Environment Program honors World Environment Day on June 5 to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The UN Environment Program just announced the theme of this year’s event: sustainable lifestyles. The topic is a particularly powerful one, because …

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Green BuildingIndustry

Factory built of wood is energy-efficient, healthy, and beautiful

© Ema Peter Photography via Hemsworth Architecture by Lloyd Alter BC Passive House (BCPH) builds prefab panellized passive houses out of sustainably harvested wood, neatly tying up all of my obsessions in one package. They now do it in a factory that is a demonstration project exemplifying “their commitment to wood …

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CSR Green BusinessGreen Building

Sustainable Wineries Expand Use of Waterway Transportation in Rhône Valley, France

A regular fluvial transportation line for palletized wines has just opened between the Rhône Valley and Paris, France. A development agency wants to incite carriers to transport a part of their freight on this water route. Last January 11th, we clinked our glasses at the arrival of the barge …

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Eco-FinancingEcoPreneurEnergyFinancingSolutions

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement’s Newest Strategy: Alternative Endowments

University alumni are funding fossil fuel-free endowments to show that more money will flow when coal isn’t on the investment menu. If there’s one universal college experience, it’s that when you take off that graduation robe, you’d better turn your phone on silent. You’re about to start getting calls, mailings, …

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InternationalPlanetSustainable Development

SDSN Germany Issues Statement on G7

BONN – In a declaration on the upcoming G7 Summit in Germany, the German Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany) calls on the Federal Chancellor and her G7 counterparts to agree in June in Elmau on determined contributions to global sustainable development: In the G7 countries: overcome non-sustainable consumption and …

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EcoPreneurMaterialsRecycleSolutions

This Clever Packaging Turns Waste Into Educational Toys

by ADELE PETERS With a new design concept, old soda bottles become stackable blocks, toy trucks, and other useful educational tools. In a remote rural village in Kenya or Malawi, you won’t find a toy store, but you’ll probably find a shop selling soda. That fact inspired an idea: What if …

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EnvironmentPlanetSustainable Development

Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

The environmental impacts of China’s agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China. It’s well known that China is the largest producer and consumer of many crops …

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