Category: Sustainability

Sustainability is a concept that captures our ability to keep something going, any sort of societal practice or practice that a business, industry, or community does.

In a general sense, renewable resources are sustainable, because they can be regenerated, but it is not sustainable to use them faster than they are able to regenerate. Using non-renewable resources, like fossil fuels, is also not sustainable.

A practice can also be unsustainable if it generates pollution or other problems that will eventually require it to be stopped. Sustainability is not just about environmental issues and supply and demand, but it also encompasses social issues–something can be unsustainable if it causes human suffering or problems for society.

Sustainability tales from the Klondike

You might expect the Yukon gold rush town of Dawson City to be the last place to look for innovations in sustainability. But its surprising resilience has lots to teach us about the nature of sustainable community. Read More >> MNN

Epistle to the Ecotopians

A final message of hope from Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (via Red Green & Blue) Epistle to the Ecotopians By Ernest Callenbach [This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.] To all…

New Solarize Community Guidebook

Solarize Your Community (Learn How from New Solarize Guidebook) (via Clean Technica)   Want to solarize your community? Like, really solarize it? The Solarize campaign in Portland, Oregon and its many spin-offs is a great example of how, and now…

The Importance of Bees

GUEST POST: Declining Bee Populations Present a Catch-22 Situation (via http://greenbuildingelements.com) Though many of us have an instinctual fear of them, bees have been playing a vital role in human civilization since ancient times. Even today bees are an absolutely crucial part…

Pedal Power

The Pedal Powered Business: Turning Human Power into Profit (via sustainablog) Pedal powered business – we’ve done that before.  From food delivery to recycling pick-up to musical tours, we’ve seen multiple examples of businesses that use bicycles as their sole…

Organic Solar Cells

Harvard Crowd-Sources Organic Solar Cell Research Project (via Clean Technica) A crowd-sourced solar cell research initiative at Harvard University called the Clean Energy Project is about to get a big boost: the initiative, which has relied on a network of…

Vertical Farming

Vertical, Hydroponic Farming the Future of Farming? (via Clean Technica)  This interesting piece below is on a topic we don’t cover much here on CleanTechnica — farming (in particular, vertical and hydroponic farming) — but it seems like a good…