social responsibility

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

  Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected and tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way, or a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone

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Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of them are killed by

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

https://vimeo.com/121906128 Project H is a non-profit organization based in California that encourages creativity among young people in the community. Working with a group of designers and architects,

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

Today is World Sparrow Day, and all around the planet, people are celebrating these sweet little birds and appreciating their vital work as insect controllers and plant-pollinators. My husband and I

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O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

The stadium is the largest dedicated rugby arena in the world, and the second largest stadium in Britain, behind Wembley. It's home to the England Rugby Team, and this fully-functional phone was

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Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

World Sparrow Day was initiated in 2010, and is an annual awareness-raising campaign that celebrates sparrows and emphasized the need to protect these little birds, as well as their habitat. All around

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Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

The collapse of a cement factory in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and may have trapped as many as 100 people, according to local police. Reuters reports that that factory, run by a subsidiary

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Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent

Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent

The incredible Snetberger Music Talent Center in Felsoors, Hungary, has become something of a national treasure in the country. Comprised of a series of studios and apartment buildings, the center is

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

https://vimeo.com/93551810 Alchemy of Waste is all about "building a waste-not wonderland". It's a collaborative, multi-media project that integrates upcycled materials into an interdisciplinary

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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully vegan

James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully vegan

Known for directing films such as Avatar and Titanic, James Cameron has another blockbuster of a project on the horizon: a fully vegan elementary school. Muse School in Calabasas, California, will offer

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old

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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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Uber sued for negligence after New Delhi rape incident

Uber sued for negligence after New Delhi rape incident

  Uber, the trendy California-based private rideshare company, is being sued for negligence following an alleged rape in New Delhi last December. The victim, who is going by the moniker "Jane Doe"

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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

After the State of the Union and the touting of the abundance of natural resources, you'd probably think our natural gas game in the U.S. is strong. Meanwhile, the big environmental organizations are

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

  In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area.

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of

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Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available

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Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Some of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans have gathered together for a sweet reason- ethically sourced chocolate. The Harry Potter Alliance, an actual group of Hogwarts enthusiasts formed in 2005,

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and

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New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking due to health and

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