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NRDC Reports on the Financial Payback from Green Infrastructure

NRDC Reports on the Financial Payback from Green Infrastructure

Based upon case studies from Philadelphia and elsewhere, environmentalists with the National Resources Defense Council report that green infrastructure can save billions of dollars for municipalities throughout the US: In Philadelphia alone, we estimate a potential for $376 million in private investment, if innovative finance approaches are applied to harness the power of the market. […]

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USDA Releases New Planting Map

USDA Releases New Planting Map

This post has a little something for the geeks among us, the home gardeners and environmentalists:  the USDA has released its new plant hardiness zones map.  It is on the agency website in interactive form.  It is the first update in over 20 years.  For the geeks, it is an interactive app, for the home […]

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How the Internet Transforms Cities (& Could Save them $Billions)

How the Internet Transforms Cities (& Could Save them $Billions)

Fast Company reports on how the Internet and associated “smart infrastructure” are making a profound change in US cities–transforming them from inert structures to “virtual organisms:” With a little help from what’s called the Internet of Things, engineers are transforming cities from passive conduits for water into dynamic systems that store and manage it like […]

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If You Don’t Wash Your Levi’s, They Will Turn Green

If You Don’t Wash Your Levi’s, They Will Turn Green

While this is probably literally true, yesterday’s New York Times had a story about the efforts of the Levi Strauss company to adopt “green” practices to dramatically reduce water usage involved with making and wearing its signature blue jeans: [A] typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, Levi […]

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Can We Prosper in a Slow-Growth World?

Can We Prosper in a Slow-Growth World?

Die Welt reports that German researchers are looking at new ways of measuring economic well-being to discern if it is possible to continue to live well in a slow-growing economy: A prerequisite for change is an “expanded definition of prosperity,” the study [by social scientist Meinhard Miegel titled Von der Konsum- zur Wohlstandskultur (“From a […]

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Here Comes the Sun. . . .

Here Comes the Sun. . . .

According to Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric, solar power will become affordable a lot faster than most people think: “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to […]

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