Tag Archives: sustainability

Edenkeeper Talks Walden Pond and Spirituality

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Throughout Thoreau’s philosophy one can see a sort of neo-Taoism, specifically a way of understanding “higher” thought, spiritual and otherwise, through his reverance of nature: “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious […]

Imagining the Zero Waste City of Tomorrow

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Around the world, cities are committed to becoming Zero Waste communities by adopting new principles and changing the way they manage waste. And they are finding that eliminating waste is not only environmentally beneficial but also economically advantageous.   The San Francisco Experience In the US, the city of San Francisco, California is leading the charge to become a […]

Local Chicago Restaurant Produces Almost No Waste

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I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins, cups, tray liners, etc., that one finds in the front of quick service establishments, a trash can – and a dumpster – seem […]

Build Your Own Sustainable, Bamboo Bicycle

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Bamboo is an incredible material- suitable for building or distilling high-test fuels, the fast-growing plant could be the cornerstone of a more sustainable future. It also makes for a sikk-looking bicycle frame. That’s what the guys at Bamboobee believe, at least- and they build some of the best-looking bamboo bicycle frames on the market. Recently, […]

Minneapolis Forms Partnership With Utilities

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The city of Minneapolis, MN has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan, including these ambitious targets: generating 10 percent of energy from local renewable energy sources, cutting energy use by 17 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025. To meet those goals, the city is taking the unprecedented step of forming a real […]

Binhai Eco City Plan Transforms Chinese Coast

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Founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm, the New York-based HAO design firm has developed a comprehensive, eco-conscious city planning scheme that would transform the Chinese coastal town of Binhai, Tianjin into one of the world’s most sustainable cities. The 49.2 acre project was designed as part of features a museum campus, an exhibition […]

Florida Anti-sustainability Laws v. Robin Speronis

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Robin Speronis lives in a modest home in Cape Coral, Florida- and she’s living in a way that many environmentalists and preppers would call ideal: 100% completely removed from the city’s electrical grid. Despite having no access to Cape Coral’s electrical grid and no city water running to her home, Speronis is happy. The city […]

Eco Victory! Sweden is Recycling 99% of its Waste

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With serious implications to the health, well being, and (as anyone who’s ever lived through a garbage workers’ strike will attest to) general sanity of a city’s population at stake, solid waste disposal is a critical part of urban planning. As we start to strain the limitations of state and city government infrastructures in the […]