April 25, 2014

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    Celebrate Water at EARTH DAY TEXAS 2014

    When Trammel Crow, Jr. launched his first Earth Day festival in Dallas, it seemed like a sweet idea: Take the kids downtown, check out some activities, visit some booths. Attending that day in 2011, I never expected that I would meet heavy hitters like Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe and “Dallas” icon Larry Hagman. From that first splash, the weekend event, now called Earth Day Texas, has become a 365-day a year non-profit organization that seeks to influence the way Texans think, live and work by elevating environmental awareness. Hosting the world’s largest Earth Day celebration this year on…

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    Good health is all about life balance

    So often we hear the cry about “work-life balance.”  People are stressed. They claim that they have no work-life balance – that it is all work and they have no time for anything else. In some cases, for brief periods of time, this may well be true. But for most of us, we are in the situation by choice. We have made a decision, conscious or unconscious, to walk the road we are walking. It has been our free choice. Often we cover up this choice, especially when it seems that life has become overwhelming, by blaming others: My boss…

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    What it takes to get to the top

    Leaders need vision, mentorship and perseverance to achieve success. Here’s how it’s done. If I could become anything, I would be the Bill Gates of my generation: a businessman, a philanthropist, a leader. But when I first swapped the medical profession for a business degree, my Dad repudiated my decision. It finally took his brother, an engineer that he had always looked up to, to convince him to see the value of my choice. Even with my father’s resistance, I knew that the business world was the place for me. My reasoning was simple. I wanted the knowledge to manage…

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    Tabacon: Pura vida in Costa Rica

    Too often, “sustainable” comes off sounding like “sacrifice.” Even environmentally aware people appreciate luxury, comfort, and convenience on vacation. What travel experiences offer the eco-conscious a way to indulge in the finer side of life? For an uncommon experience, green enthusiasts should visit Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Tabacon boasts luxury at its absolute best, even as it champions the values and principles of sustainability. Sitting at the base of Volcan Arenal in La Fortuna, Tabacon started one man’s search for water. In 1991, entrepreneur-architect Jaime Mikowski was looking for a place to bottle and…

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    What we’re concealing with our consumption

    One third of coral reefs, a third of sharks, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed toward oblivion, according to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book The Sixth Extinction. Unlike the natural forces behind the first five mass extinctions, we, mere humans, are causing this one. For decades, ecologists have catalogued the consequences of this staggering loss while social scientists have studied its behavioral determinants. But for all the research into the complexities of our over-consumption, here is one simple explanation: We are suffering from the failure to appreciate. ap·pre·ci·ate 1….

Sustainable Development

Clearing human hurdles to a sustainable economy
Posted by Anna Clark on Monday, March 31, 2014

Clearing human hurdles to a sustainable economyIt’s 2050. The roads are much less crowded, and engine growls have given way to bird song. The old zoning rules have been repealed and sprawl is no longer subsidized; developers now pay the full costs they impose on public infrastructure. Workers still go to ...
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8 articles that will make you rethink sustainability
Posted by Matt Polsky on Monday, March 31, 2014

8 articles that will make you rethink sustainabilityI've been reading some amazing stuff lately on a range of subjects.  While not quite beach reading - maybe for when you get back home - this annotated list of 8 articles includes short (except for #5) but powerful potential thought-shifters on or related to ...
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Can you survive the 5 tectonic shifts to the business landscape?
Posted by Anna Clark on Monday, March 31, 2014

Can you survive the 5 tectonic shifts to the business landscape?In his book "The Upside of Down," Thomas Homer-Dixon presents a theory of the crisis and renewal of societies. The Canadian author and complexity expert of the Balsillie School of International Affairs describes how five tectonic shifts could lead to synchronous failure in our systems. Without knowing ...
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Making the local-global connection
Posted by Matt Polsky on Monday, March 31, 2014

Making the local-global connection As my fellow “work-sharers” and I fulfill our weekly 3-hour stints at a community-supported farm, someone brings up the topic of sustainability. (This tends to happen during this type of social gardening.) While digging up garlic, I trialed: “Sustainability is the evolution of environmentalism.” Although ...
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