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My bookmarks for July 25th through August 5th

by mel starrs on August 6, 2008

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These are my links for July 25th through August 5th:

  • New Infrastructure Levy will help communities thrive and give developers certainty – Housing and Planning minister Caroline Flint announced further details of the Government's plans for a groundbreaking Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) today, which will support local communities by raising funding for new schools, hospitals, transport schemes, libraries, parks and leisure centres.
  • Carbon Trust Professional Services Partnerships | Carbon Trust – The Carbon Trust incubator scheme, which accelerates the commercialisation of promising low-carbon businesses, has announced partnerships with business advisory firm Grant Thornton and law firm Mills & Reeve LLP, to provide corporate finance and legal advisory support to its incubator companies.
  • A Learning History of Low Carbon Innovation in Local Authorities – Looks like a fascinating blog: This Blog website charts a current history of how carbon reduction is coming about in Local Authorities in 2008. A handful of councils are known to have made great strides. Other councils are making changes too, but are less well known for it. What are their stories? And others are feeling blocked and disempowered from bringing about change. Why is this? What are the common themes and challenges?
  • Slow Travel: Where do you begin? – Ed Gillespie (of Futerra and the blog Slow Travel) takes Micheal O'Leary to task over the recent Times article. Hilarious (although MO'L has clearly lost his marbles).
  • How To Concentrate – via Brad Feld, a 1930 article on how to concentrate (or think, to put it another way). Good read, very GTD "When harassed by the three devils; hurry, worry, and fear, the mind never has a fair chance to center on anything"
  • Building a Greener Britain – via Mark Brinkley, an FMB report on Greening the Existing UK housing stock – specically looking at policy changes.36 page pdf to download.
  • Ethicability test – My love of online psychology tests grows. Are you a philosopher, judge, angel, teacher, enforcer or guardian? I'm a judge and my moral DNA type is PRS.
  • How to Save the World – I dip in and out of Dave's blog but recently found this gem: Seven Steps to Business Sustainability model. It's very robust. I would argue that you can think you are at stage 6 without going through 4 and 5 – a detrimental occurrence overall.
  • Government launches one-stop shop for adapting to climate change – Building – "We are already starting to see some visionary climate-resistant buildings around Britain. I want builders and designers to follow the lead of the innovators behind these buildings by factoring a changing climate into their plans."