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Innovative practices and technologies 

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Environmental sustainability means taking into account the long-term cumulative effects of all we do. Innovative practices and technologies explore ideas both to remediate damage, and to carry forward human civilization in a manner that allows the natural mechanisms of the Earth to be renewed. A lot of people are being wonderfully creative!

World Resources Institute - Find the latest reports and innovations that are making a difference.

Bee-Saving Paper - an innovative, biodegradable material that can be used for many purposes and works like an energy drink for bees to help them fly further.  Read about it here, see their short Youtube, and visit their website to learn more.

Sustainable Communities Review - The journal Sustainable Communities Review, merges traditional concerns for the environment with the social and cultural aspects of community life.  The Review features cutting-edge thinking in a reader-friendly style.

SOIL:  Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods - Learn how to nurture soil, how to take deadly human poop and make it into fertile soil.  SOIL is a Haitian resource recognized by The Nature Conservancy, The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, National Geographic, the BBC, and others!

CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) es un centro regional dedicado a la investigación y la enseñanza de posgrado en agricultura, manejo, conservación y uso sostenible de los recursos naturales. Sus miembros son Belice, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, República Dominicana, Venezuela, el Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) y el Estado de Acre en Brasil.

The Solar Ear!  Learn the story of the solar ear in Rotarian Howard Weinstein's presentation at the inaugural meeting of the Rotary Eclub for Social Innovation (RESI) .  Rotarian Howard tells the nitty-gritty behind what works and what doesn't in social entrepreneurial innovation.  This is how Rotarians implement sustainable solutions!

Excellent Development - Pioneers of Sand Dams.  Since 2002 we have enabled rural, dryland communities to build 988 sand dams in around the world.Sand dams transform lives. They provide a sustainable, clean, local source of water for rural communities, saving time and creating opportunities for farming, education and poverty alleviation. By breaking the cycle of dependence Sand Dams create choice; freeing people to realise their own potential.A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built across a seasonal river. They can store up to 30 million litres of water in sand. By trapping water within sand, it is protected from contamination and disease.  Sand dams are the most cost-effective method of capturing rain water in drylands.

Project Drawdown - A book and website presenting research and real-life solutions in a big picture context.  Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.  The goal is to reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world. 

The Cool Effect - This is a carbon credit program that highlights technologies and projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere that would not be possible without carbon credits.

The Vertical Farm - Growing crops in cities without soil and natural light, and 70% less water.

Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, University of California at Berkeley

Stanford Energy System Innovations - Eliminates 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually!

Grid Alternatives - an international nonprofit solar installer.

50 Breakthrough Technologies - Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Bee Keeping - Urban and Rural:  in Detroit, in  New York City,  in Austria, in New Zealand, and in Durham, NC

Building and Construction Using Renewal Resources - Rotarian John Glassford in Australia

The Climate Co-Lab, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition - Global business leaders uniting to support innovative practices and technologies.

Microgrid Technology Get Better Through "Talk" and Simplification  - MIT Clean Energy Prize

Mission Innovation - Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution

Interfaith Power & Light - Resources, Education and Success Stories

Farming for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé

The Sustainability Consortium, "Greening Global Supply Chains"

Mongolian government supports solar panels for Mongolian nomads.

WASRAG - Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group

The WaterSeer - a stand-alone system that extracts water from the air as a source of clean drinking water.

Food Plant Solutions RAG