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The film GROW! by Anthony-Masterson: You decide

Ever wonder who’s going to be growing our food….

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Fall is Here: Top Tips for Great Fall Gardens

Fall Garden

Top Tips for Great Fall Gardens – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

With tomatoes, peppers and melons now hitting their late summer stride, it’s easy to forget that autumn and early winter can be as abundant as spring and summer. Those who seize the opportunity for a second season of growth will find the planning and planting well worthwhile. The steps to a bountiful fall garden are simple. Choose crops suited to fall growing conditions….Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/fall-garden-zm0z11zmat.aspx#ixzz1XrzQpj6n

Question of Ethics and Integrity: The blacklisting of Rio Tinto – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Picture: Papuans protest against Freeport and Rio Tinto’s Grasberg mine outside of Freeport’s office in Jakarta [EPA]

[This is the first of four pieces examining Rio Tinto and mining in Indonesia’s West Papua province]

Investing in conflict-affected and high-risk areas is a growing concern for responsible businesses and investors. Often times companies based in developed countries operate in lesser-developed, foreign markets, where governance standards are lax, corruption is high and business practices are poor.

These pieces focus on one specific Anglo-Australian company that operates in West Papua, one of the poorest provinces of Indonesia. The risks for the company include the potential to contribute to environmental and social damage in a foreign market. The risks for investors include financing a company that does not get its risk management right. This is the story of how the Norwegian Pension Fund blacklisted Rio Tinto.

An ancient copper mine located near Huelva in southernmost Spain changed hands in 1873. A group of opportunistic Anglo-German investors, equipped with modern techniques that favored mining aboveground, acquired it from the Spanish government. The mine’s copper had stained the surrounding water to such an extent that the indigenes named the river Rio Tinto – literally meaning “red river”.

The mine at Rio Tinto had supplied the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, and the Roman Empire. Its copper had paid for Carthage’s numerous wars on Rome and  read more  The blacklisting of Rio Tinto – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Incredible functional design ideas using Wood Pallets

If you think old wood pallets are garbage, you should really think again. The Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association has launched a campaign to encourage people to recycle and reuse wood packaging material.  For more information contact  CWPCA at CanadianPallets.com

Make a conscious decision to be sustainable and make it fun….Live Happy, Healthy and Green

+Pool: A Floating Public Pool in the New York River

+Pool from GYLo on Vimeo.

The Floating pool in New York City River that filters water….breaking the rules LHHG style

Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-a-floating-pool-in-the-river-for-everyone

Addition Source: http://www.treehugger.com

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.

This rendering shows details of the Clean Energy Public Docking Station project. Here, solar panels would power public outlets and wireless connections and the supporting structure would offer seating and work spaces.

Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/yerba-buena-street-life-plan.html?slide=11&c=y&paused=true#ixzz1VghJelL2

Ethanol Gas a Renewable Fuel

cellulose ethanol production

cellulose ethanol production

Ethanol or ethyl alcohol, already found in gas sold in the US,  is a distill product not considered a biofuel.  This fuel is produced from plants such as corn, grains (wheat and barley), which are abundant in this country.   The non-toxic, water-soluble and biodegradable renewable fuel reduces the amount of harmful carbon dioxide (C02) emissions, a greenhouse gas, by 29% when mixed with petroleum based fuels.   Ethanol is one sustainable solution to make sure our earth is here for generations to come and reduce the dependency on foreign oil.

LHHG suggested Article (Open Letter):

Renewable Fuels Association wrote a open letter to express its willingness to work toward bettering our environment by partnering with other entities.  Thanks Renewable Fuels Association for stepping up to the plate!   An excerpt of the article, “We agree with President Obama that we need to make room for new ethanol and renewable fuel technologies by walking away from our addiction and continued subsidizing of oil.  We look forward to continuing the very constructive relationship this industry has had with the Obama Administration to grow this industry and foster the kind of innovation needed to meet our country’s energy needs.”  Read more of this article “RFA Responds to President Obama on Ethanol” by Renewable Fuels Association, on the website ethanolrfa.org

Meet Brightfarms the Future of Urban Farming

Brighfarms design, finances, builds and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms at supermarkets, eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain.

Examples of Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities

LHHG recognizes that “we” all ready have sustainable communities throughout the world that are in great need of repair. LHHG don’t believe in building anything else until we take ownership and help the people who work hard at keeping their communities from becoming “disenfranchised.”

LHHG Article Suggestion:
How Sustainable Communities Work by Jennifer Horton on the website howstuffworks.com. This article outlines three sustainable communities Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Missouri, Los Angeles Ecovillage, California, and Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, New Zealand.   Communities

A Sydney Living Healthy, Happy and Green Morning

Martin Place was given a dramatic Living Healthy, Happy and Green makeover on Thursday August 4th, 2011.  One of Sydney’s most urban settings was transformed into an authentic native bush site to launch the inaugural “Be Natural Landcare” grant program.

Transformation captured with a combination of time-lapse photography and handheld shooting with a Canon 5D.