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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 17, 2009


St. Augustine School Chicken Project

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JANE MARGOLIES

St. Augustine School Chicken Project

The 200 students at a parochial school in the South Bronx know more than many city kids do about where the food on their plates comes from.
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BRADFORD MCKEE

Brass Knuckles and Better Ideas

The National Association of Home Builders is upset about some new rules just put out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late November. Well, duh.
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EVE M. KAHN

Green Sleeves

Young freelance curators Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro have produced a thought-provoking and downright fun survey of how American designers are trying to keep clothes and textiles out of the waste stream and involve fewer sweatshops, less pesticides and more DIY in the supply chain.
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JONATHAN SCHULTZ

EyeWriter

Tony Quan, aka Tempt One, is bed-ridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He has no use of his arms or legs, cannot speak and breathes with respirator assistance. His mind, however, still burns with an artist's intractable desire for expression.
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JANE WITHERS

In Praise of Shadows

Historians list 22 inventors of incandescent lamps prior to Thomas Edison's commercially viable version. Yet despite the pace of technological change, surely debate surrounding lighting and energy should go beyond geeky discussions about technologies and bulbs? It should be a chance to explore new thinking not just about lighting and sustainability but about the quality of light, and to challenge the modern obsession with brightness that has held sway for over a century.
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JULIE LASKY

CO2 CUBES

While delegates from 200 nations meet in Copenhagen to defuse the time bomb of catastrophic climate change, a multimedia art installation floats on a barge near the Tycho Brahe Planetarium to remind participants and onlookers of how much damage is in the air.
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JENNIFER EHRENBERG

Chicago Welcomes You

How to redesign a resettlement process for immigrants who may never have seen a streetlight, cooked on a stove, used a toilet that isn't a hole in the ground or handled any type of currency.
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PACT Underwear

Report on PACT, an underwear company that embraces green manufacturing and donates a portion of its revenue to nonprofits.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 09, 2010

TED Long Beach

A gathering place for the country's leading entrepreneurs and social change agents, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) runs a conference in Long Beach, California, each February and a summer conference abroad (e.g., Oxford, England). TEDIndia launches in November 2009. The website offers networking opportunities as well as a chance to view videotaped presentations, which have been translated into scores of languages. Also supports a fellowship program.

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