Announcing: the all-new Ecocities Emerging

Link to webpage version of this newsletter http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs072/1100594   Greetings! How do we approach urban planning and resource management in ways that preserve health and the environment while meeting our basic needs? The Ecocity represents an urban ideal that simultaneously envisions and plans for co-benefits and synergies between its various …

Friday Video: Brazil – Dragon Dreaming

With Brazil elections upcoming, it is heartening to see young community leaders engaged in moving Brazil forward, making connections as diverse as book clubs, vermiculture and entrepreneur hubs – all interrelated and serving  to improve quality of life. Pedro Arujo Mendes teaches a method called “Dragon Dreaming” to make environmentally …

How Measuring The Economy Differently Could Increase Gender Equality

Every three months, the government takes the temperature of the economy by releasing Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, figures. GDP goes up: the economy is supposedly healthy. GDP goes down: there’s a bug (or an all-out contagion, as during the Great Recession). But GDP — which adds up the value …

Small Chinese cities steer away from GDP

More than 70 Chinese smaller cities and counties have dropped gross domestic product as a performance metric for government officials, in an effort to shift the focus to environmental protection and reducing poverty. The move, which follows a directive issued by top leaders last year, is among the first concrete …

But What About the Futuristic Me?

By Dr. Gilbert Lancelot Raiford, Ethical Markets Advisory Board Member Presented at the World Future Society Conference, Orlando, FL, July 11-14, 2004 Whether because of myopia or “benign neglect”, futurists have blatantly shied away from discussing one of the most serious social problems this nation faces – that of a …

SECURING FOREST RIGHTS, COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

      SECURING FOREST RIGHTS, COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE   Community Forests: An Undervalued Approach to Climate Change Mitigation  WRI’s Land and Resource Rights project, in partnership with the Rights and Resources Initiative, released a groundbreaking new report, Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forests Rights Mitigates Climate …

EESI Expands Residential Energy Efficiency Initiative with New Grant

EESI Expands Residential Energy Efficiency Initiative with New Grant             For more information, contact: Amaury Laporte at (202) 662-1884 or [email protected] Friday, July 25, 2014–The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is proud to announce the expansion of its on-bill financing initiative into a national effort …

Quality of Life Indicators in Context – July 2014

Focus on US Employment —  July 2014 Update By Hazel Henderson Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by a healthy 288.000 in June, good news after the 2.8% drop in GDP-growth for Q1. The 224,000 jobs added in May followed April’s 304,000. Upward revisions: to 203,000 from the 192,000 reported for …