Connecting with Rio and the World on Crowdbrite from the Hub Bay Area

From Rio to the Bay Area: Tools and Techniques for Global Collaboration

With the help of new software platforms, like Crowdbrite, citizen participation forums and workshops in the digital age are becoming opportunities for highly transparent community-based global interaction. The Bay2Rio+20 initiative is working to create interactive opportunities for people from all over the world to contribute to discussions that promote city-scale collaboration for sustainable development and policy innovation in the new Green Economy.


Tower Tariffs: The Winds of a Trade War with China?

Renewable energy trade conflicts with China are heating up and blowing strong. The latest action by the Commerce Department has set tariffs that could go as high as high as 73 percent on imports of utility-scale wind towers from China

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Can Computers Give Us the Wisdom We Need to Live Sustainably?

Extracting materials from beneath the ground that will eventually be depleted could certainly be the very definition of an unsustainable activity, especially considering the inevitable collateral damage that occurs.  When those materials are burned as fuel, giving off greenhouse gases that overwhelm our planetary system’s ability to absorb them, thereby putting our entire planet’s thermal … Continued

Bay Area Delegates at Rio+20 Launch Global Urban Innovation Exchange

While many delegates left the Rio+20 Earth Summit disappointed by failed negotiations at the United Nations level, a small group of international entrepreneurs and innovators developed a collaborative vision for how sustainable innovation can be implemented in our local communities with the launch of Global Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX Global).

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Environment and American Sovereignty

A leaked document, that was not supposed to see the light of day, exposes a grand scheme to essentially sell off large portions of this country’s property, rights and resources for the express purpose of increasing the profits of the corporations who appear to have a heavy hand in writing the agreement. I am speaking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a “trade agreement,” that essentially hands over the keys to our country to a number of foreign and multinational corporations entitling them to basically do whatever they want.


London’s Traffic Woes in Lead to the Olympics

While in London last week, I was surprised that there was no tangible excitement in the lead up to the Olympic Games. In fact, London residents described the international games with dread. I heard a few well-chosen comments about how traffic in the upcoming weeks would be “utter chaos.” Most of these complaints seem to be coming … Continued


Where the Jobs Are: How to Reach Full Employment in the U.S. by 2015

A closer look at the historical data highlights a bright spot in the employment landscape of the United States. Businesses and organizations that are solving society’s problems and making a positive impact on the world are the consistent engines of positive job growth.

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Denmark Will Be 100% Renewable By Mid-Century

Denmark’s Energy Strategy 2050 contains initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption 33% by 2020 and to achieve complete independence from fossil fuels by 2050. And unlike the US plan to achieve 80% renewables in electric generation, the Danish plan also includes the heating of buildings as well.

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Wind Power: Pros and Cons

When we think of wind power, we generally think of those large high tech towers with slowly spinning blades that have sprung recently up on hilltops in many areas of the country. But the fact is, wind is one of the oldest sources of power used by man. According to a recent report posted by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), renewables can contribute 80% of American electricity by the year 2050. Much of it will be provided by wind power.

Nearly seven in ten of the 1,603 sustainability experts surveyed identify ‘lack of political will’ to be the most significant barrier to progress on sustainable development.

Rio+20’s Legacy: Filling the Leadership Vacuum

The very fact that 50,000 people from across the world came together here for the Rio+20 Earth Summit because they are united in a belief that we can and must make accelerated progress towards sustainable development is significant.

Know our Ocean, Protect our Marine Treasures, Empower Ocean Citizens Side Event at Rio+20

Rio+20 Round-up: Bay2Rio+20 Delegation’s First Thoughts

The Bay2Rio+20 crew launched the Innovation Bus in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday as a means to engage with conference attendees in the areas of policy, design, entrepreneurship and urban planning looking to create a recipe for innovation in sustainable urban development.