sustainable development

An approach to developing anything that recognizes the need to meet the challenges of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Why Fair Trade Matters to Working Women Everywhere

Fair Trade Certified farms empower women, not only through labor protections required by the Fair Trade standards, but also through opportunities for education,…
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Solar Cogeneration Start-up Adds Cooling Capability to Its Heat and Electricity Portfolio

The Silicon Valley start-up is now on the path to commercializing its solar CPV-thermal co-generation system that provides cooling as well as electricity…
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White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

Todd Park, White House Chief Technology Officer, announced today at NYC's TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, the creation of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. A…
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Lots of Dinero Still on the Table: SBA’s $1B Impact Investment Fund

By G. Nagesh Rao How many of you knew about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  “Impact Investment Initiative”? Are any of you…
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3 Events to Follow at Rio+20

In case you haven’t noticed (which would be almost impossible with all the email, blog and listeserv overload), the world is frantically preparing…

Launch: Beyond Waste Innovation Challenge

Launch is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership between NASA, USAID, US State Department, and Nike to use the "power of prizes" to encourage startups…
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Retail Construction Starts will Stay at Record Lows until Debt Maturities are Resolved

By Elaine Misonzhnik The recent opening of Taubman Centers’ new mall in Salt Lake City might have marked a nice symbolic moment for the…
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Brazil and India’s Financial Wealth Grows While Their Natural Capital Plummets

In terms of GDP per capita, Brazil and India's wealth grew 34% and 120%, respectively, from 1990-2008. According to a new, alternative Inclusive…
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Sustainable Cities: Meeting the Challenge of Rapid Urbanization the Focus of “Planet Under Pressure 2012″

The interrelated social, environmental and economic challenges associated with rapid, growing urbanization is bringing some 3,000 experts from around the world together in…
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First Wind: Hawaii’s Winds of Renewable Energy

First Wind has received $236 million in financing for a 69MW wind project in Hawaii.
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Can “Green Gamification” Save the World?

Green gamification -- using games to engage stakeholders and solve intractable problems -- are all the rage. In Gaming the Environment for Positive…
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Brazil’s Growth Offers Wealth and Worry in The Northeast

WIth Brazil’s global clout comes increased focus on its role as the world’s breadbasket and whether the increasing strain on its land is…
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Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions

When most people think of tourism, they probably don't think about an industry that can contribute to global solutions for the difficult challenges…
The old conservation model isn't working to save the planet. Here's a provocative look at how integrating preservation and development can make it more effective. Photo Credit: K. Moore

A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We…
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Building a Sustainable Future Requires More than Science

Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth’s worsening emergencies of climate change, species’ extinction and resource overconsumption not because…