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A few days ago two Brazilian students, Maurício Tavares and João Paulo Berenguer, launched a project to support homeless people in their home city, Salvador. The project, “Acorda, Cidadão” (Wake Up, Citizen) along with “Levanta-te e Anda” (Get up and Walk) promotes and helps homeless people to find an occupation and, at the same time,...

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With summer time approaching it’s important to think about our current bee population and what we can do to promote the protection of bee friendly environments. The bee population has been rapidly declining to frighteningly low levels which takes its toll on the agricultural industries as farmers rely on the pollinating role of bees. How...

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Cities have always served as a center for culture, economic activity, social interaction and integration. Cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago provide iconic views to the citizens who live there as well as to outsiders from other countries looking for a visual definition of an American urban landscape. For industrial cities, there is...

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Several decades ago, sustainable agriculture was a fringe movement. Increasingly, sustainable business practices are moving into the mainstream. This is great for human and environmental health. But, it also means that the sustainable food marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive. So, if you are developing a business plan centered around sustainable foods, consider the tips below....

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A great deal of research has focused on the importance of developing healthy environmental attitudes and behaviors in early learning years. Global warming, waste disposal, pollution: the environmental problems of today are real and cannot be ignored. There is a persistent and troubling lack of environmental knowledge among Americans today. A vast majority of the...

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When we talk about “sustainability” our attention is now better served in the discussion of micro-communities and how long-term ecological practices can make bigger impacts on multiple, smaller scales. Micro-communities with sustainability plans that have been fully tailored to their residents, climate, landscape, size, and culture are far better served in the long-run than by...

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When you objectively look at your city – the design, the people, the leaders – are you satisfied with what you see? Or do imagine what changes can be made to improve the health and lives of those in your community? This is what two men, Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette set out to solve...

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Community gardens are popping up all over the world, with several organizations leading the charge. At a rudimentary level, urban gardens aim to provide people the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables, while promoting healthier dietary choices and uniting neighborhoods through a common ground. A simple internet search can guide an eager green-thumb...

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Until recently I have not been one who has spent time with people with learning disabilities, Down syndrome persons, autistic persons or people who are challenged in some way. In the United States and in many places around the world these people are not very well integrated into the workplace. Unless one goes and intentionally...

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You are what you eat. This has been a common saying among health enthusiasts for years. But how often do you question where your food comes from, how it was grown, or who was involved in its process? The bigger question is whether or not you even care. With a food system poisoned by GMOs, agricultural...

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