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David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

Whether common ground is defined as a foundation for mutual understanding, interest, agreement, relationship or discussion, it can easily be defined by famed British architect David Chipperfield as this

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, “conflict minerals” are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a

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6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

Transforming Arms into Tools, Mozambique Since 1995, The Christian Council of Mozambique has managed a program that offers tools (such as bicycles, sewing machines and hoes) to those who bring in their

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Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates helped to invent the personal computer and now, through his philanthropic foundation, he plans to help reinvent the toilet. On Tuesday, the billionaire awarded the California Institute of

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Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop protestors took advantage of the massive crowds descending upon London's Olympic Park Sunday, and used a building overlooking the park to show a video criticizing Adidas for its alleged worker

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Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

The team of developers at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, know that urban landscapes are full of potential for innovation. But initiatives aimed at change and progress can often find themselves

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White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

Today the White House is hosting a conference on the greening of sports. U.S. sports are a multi-billion dollar industry, and a more responsible approach to sustainability within the four major leagues

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Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

We live in a world where it's clear that traditional humanitarian aid creates dependency rather than sustainable independence, and the people who should have a say when it comes to their own lives often

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Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

In just a few short days, a small group of entrepreneurial designers and engineers has raised over $50,000 to fund Who Gives a Crap, a business that will offer sustainable, comfortable toilet paper and

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Colombia’s New Sports Center Is a Green Forest Full of Hope for the Local Community

Colombia’s New Sports Center Is a Green Forest Full of Hope for the Local Community

The modular construction is a collection of fabricated shapes, such as a polyhedron of 12 surfaces, that make up a larger lattice within the top canopy. According to reports, the center is situated within

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‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

Do you know where to turn if you have an idea that will make society better? We are many who dream of change in our society, but turning those dreams into reality might prove to be a tricky deal. Soramist

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Grow Dat Youth Farm Brings Fresh Food and Jobs to New Orleans

Grow Dat Youth Farm Brings Fresh Food and Jobs to New Orleans

The Grow Dat Program is a social entrepreneurship that includes many local organizations, including the Tulane City Center and Clean Plate Projects. The urban agriculture project is important logistically

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Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

The city of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, produces massive amounts of solid waste on a daily basis. In order to manage this constant flow of trash, the municipal government provides

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HWKN’s Aging in Africa Will Be a Sustainable Retirement Village in Côte d’Ivoire

HWKN’s Aging in Africa Will Be a Sustainable Retirement Village in Côte d’Ivoire

The Aging in Africa Project, designed by architecture firm HWKN for the Foundation Saint Joseph d’Arimathie, aims to be the first retirement community in Africa dedicated entirely to caring for those

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Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Look out of your window. Can you see many trees or vegetation? If so, then you may be living in one of the more affulent parts of your city. That or you live in the countryside. Tim DeChant, of Per

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Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Yesterday Africa’s first bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant opened in central Mozambique. The partnership between Novozymes and CleanStar Mozambique, NDZiLO, will provide cleaner, safer and cheaper cooking

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Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis

Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis

In the face of stringent budget cuts and economic instability in Greece, a new movement of agricultural workers are taking matters into their own hands. Dubbed “The Potato Movement,” tens of

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Typographic “O” Footrest Is Made Entirely from Recycled Cardboard

Typographic “O” Footrest Is Made Entirely from Recycled Cardboard

The 3-in-1 recycled cardboard chair was a hard act to follow, but Sanserif Creatius has done it again with this curved typographic footrest. Inspired by the letter “O”, the stool/footrest is

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Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Each photograph comes complete with information about the harvest of the food. The Vienna-based photographer details the exact location, time of year, and cultivation method used for each produce. He also

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Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

A Carbon Trust survey of 2,800 18-25 year-olds in six countries has yielded some pretty startling results: 88% of respondents in China would “be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was

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Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as

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Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass,

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is

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Obama May Wait Until After Election to Rule on Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

Obama May Wait Until After Election to Rule on Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

Rules introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants may not receive presidential approval until the U.S. is in a less turbulent political

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New Report Finds 3.7 Million U.S. Residents at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

New Report Finds 3.7 Million U.S. Residents at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

A new report from Climate Central presents troubling data to suggest that rising sea levels, a result of global warning, could cause significant areas of the U.S. coastline to be flooded by the end of the

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Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

If you've listened to the news or checked Facebook in the last few days, you've probably heard of - or watched - the record-breaking viral video called Kony 2012, which was produced and directed by the

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Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the world do not have a stove to cook on and must walk miles just to gather enough wood to cook meals for their families. The Paradigm Project is seeking to end that constant

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INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he's also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson embarked on a

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POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

Apple has been in hot water ever since a long and detailed New York Times report came out highlighting abuses and environmental hazards during the manufacture of its products in China. From chronically

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