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New Balance newSKY 101

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Minimal runner sports an eco-friendly upper made of 95% recycled PET plastic $89.99

As most joggers are by now aware, there's a burgeoning movement readers of runners eschewing super-cushioned shoes for "minimal" ones inspired by running barefoot. Boston-based New Balance is helping lead the movement with its popular NB Minimus line, which provided the design foundation for the pared-down newSKY collection. The difference? The newSKY line is informed by sustainable design......read more

Program Partners Shelter Pooches with Joggers

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The Running Buddies Enrichment Program connects runners with furry trail mates

There are good ideas, and then there are ideas so great you can't believe no one ever thought of them before. The Running Buddies Enrichment Program belongs to the latter group. Launched by Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an animal shelter, the program pairs joggers with a dog that’s waiting to be adopted. The idea is to promote good mental and physical health for pooches and people......read more

Dirty Projectors "Impregnable Question"

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Final clip from 2012's 'Swing Lo Magellan' follows a long-distance runner in Yellowstone National Park

For Dirty Projectors' sixth and final video from last year's Swing Lo Magellan, director Adam Newport-Berra shot on location in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (pre-government shutdown). The director, who also worked on the NYC band's similarly woodsy "Stillness Is the Move" video, casted his brother Alex as a long-distance runner in the video the Swing Lo track "Impregnable Question,"......read more

Running on Empty

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By filmmaker Ross Ching.

This one may seem a little LA-centric at first. But it's really kind of global. Inspired by Matt Logue’s wonderful Empty L.A. photo book, filmmaker Ross Ching asked “What if tomorrow everyone’s car disappeared?," then set out to create a time-lapse video that envisions an L.A. without automobiles. The outcome is beautiful. To learn about the process behind the video, click......read more

Running On Empty (Revisited)

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Imagining a car-less Los Angeles

Last year, director Ross Ching's original "Running on Empty" video set the internet on fire for its beautiful, haunting depiction of a Los Angeles without cars. With "Carmageddon" looming in LA a couple weeks ago, Ching decided to re-edit the video with new music, coloring and opening shots. Here is the result. The track is "Often a Bird" by Belgian composer Wim Mertens. More info on......read more

Cloud Cult, "Running With the Wolves"

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Another animation win from Eric Power

Cloud Cult is as much a music project as an experiment in green living. From his organic farm in Minnesota, Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa heads up Earthology Records, a DIY music company through which all of the band's activities take place. That includes CD replication (Earthology developed the first 100% postconsumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S.), t-shirt printing......read more

Inmates Running Sustainable Businesses

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Instead of Stamping License Plates

From our partners at Collectively. In 2003, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni of Evergreen State College, and Dan Pacholke, the Superintendent of a state prison, Cedar Creek Corrections, met at a sustainability conference. An impromptu conversation between them led to a program that not only supported true inmate rehabilitation, but also was fiscally responsible for prison facilities. They formed......read more

Why Climate Scientists Are Pissed

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We're running out of time, ClimateWorks report argues

In spite of political apathy in Washington — and a disturbing lack of recent concern from the general public — climate scientists keep calling for urgent steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. A new, 19-page report from SF's ClimateWorks Foundation lays out the issue in understandable terms, offering a clear explanation why scientists......read more

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