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An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

The Coolest Music Community You Aren't A Part Of... Yet

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Google Plus is a nascent but growing music discovery platform

I had the recent pleasure of becoming friends with Daria Musk after meeting her at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. The first singer-songwriter to use Google Plus as a discovery platform, she's built a massive global following using the nascent social network. With the help of G+'s "Hangout" feature, Daria has created a bespoke concert platform which, from a technical standpoint, was initially......read more

Honest Buildings: Social Media for Green Architecture

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Startup web platform looks to foster community and competition in green building

Making greener building choices just got a whole lot easier. Honest Buildings, which just launched in beta, is an online ecosystem for green real estate, a place where building owners, service providers, and occupants can exchange information, offerings, and needs. At the site, you can search an address in any of 5,570 cities, and get ratings on the building's walkability, energy use, and LEED......read more

Favela Painting

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Artists give Rio community a radiant makeover.

In Santa Marta, a hillside favela in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, two artists from Holland are using a massive art intervention to transform the community. Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn originally came to Brazil in 2005 to shoot a documentary on the vibrant favela music scene. They never left. The two stayed in Rio to form Favela Painting, an organization dedicated to creating "striking......read more

Made by Hand

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Community Shop opens its doors at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs.

Commune Design and the ACE Hotel & Swim Club, just announced the opening their second Community Shop - this one in Palm Springs, California. Featuring only “handmade products by real people,” the Community Shop carries items made by artisans and craftsmen in America. The shop stocks goods from Heath Ceramics, Kathryn Bentley, Tanya Aguiniga, Free City, Greybull Nation, Robert Lewis,......read more

My Emissions Exchange

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Online carbon trading community pays users cash for cutting emissions.

When the Wilsons, a typical family living in Harrisburg, PA received a notice in the mail that their energy rates would be jumping up 30% (or more) in 2010 they got good and mad... and then they installed solar panels. Their install costs were $56,000, $36,000 of which was paid for by a federal tax credit combined with a hefty State rebate. The remaining $20,000 they had to finance on their own,......read more

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