Sustainable Systems Updates

Sustainable Businesses in Eco-Smart Developments

Different bodies of theory and practice - to a certain extent different movements - are weaving together to form the emerging field of Sustainable Economic Development (SED). New paradigms for how to do business form the core of SED.  The new paradigms take five basic...

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Climate Strategy

On Earth Eve, April 21, 2013, 350.org organized hundreds of showings of DO THE MATH, a movie based on Bill McKibbon's DO THE MATH tour, which in turn was based on his popular DO THE MATH article in Rolling Stone last summer.  Now the movie is playing on computers,...

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Climate Change – The Long View

Some years ago, climatologist Michael Mann published a study that led to the hockey stick graph that showed that the Earth’s overall temperature spiked in the last century. Now, a new study shows that this spike in temperatures is unprecedented going back more than a...

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The Climate Movement Is Finally Back

The Climate Movement is finally back because many forces are converging. Super Storm Sandy crashed home what Climate Change can mean in the most public way, but the mid-west drought and the Colorado and New Mexico fires meant that people all over the country...

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In Praise of Something from Texas

According to EcoWatch, the 2012 Long Term System Assessment of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) contains a very surprising finding.  In this biannual report to the Texas legislature on energy transmission needs, ERCOT found that wind and solar are...

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Bad Summer for Climate Change Deniers

It’s been a bad Summer for Climate Change deniers. Hot July First off, July turned out to be the hottest month in the continental U.S. in the 118 years that records have been kept, averaging  77.6 degrees,  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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A Tale of Two Capitalisms

The essential question for this time is:  Of two capitalisms, Which capitalism? The Old Capitalism “Vulture Capitalists” are being seriously questioned for buying up companies, dismembering them, firing their workforces, selling off pieces of the companies, and...

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Capitalism at Risk

The Harvard Business Review published a very interesting article recently that analyzed the threats that capitalism faces. The article goes on to recommend that businesses become activists to address these threats.

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The True Size of the Green Economy

On July 13, 2011, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, together with the Battelle Technology Partnership released Sizing the Clean Economy, a report that tracks"green" jobs in the clean technology industry cluster. The study defines the clean or green sector...

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