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Welcome to Figures of Progress

Big Data is empowering and driving 21st Century leaders, whether in business, city government, or even sports. This year, we’re expanding Figures of Progress and inviting you to take part in learning and doing. Join us as we continue the dialogue and explore how big data is being harnessed to change our world.

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DO: Help Your City

Become More Sustainable

GOOD and IBM have teamed up to bring you Figures of Progress to explore how data is empowering and driving 21st Century leaders, whether in business or city government. This year, we’re expanding Figures of Progress and inviting you to take part in learning and doing. Join us as we continue the dialogue and explore how big data is being harnessed to change our world.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. produced 250 million tons of waste in 2011. Waste production is down 6 million tons (that’s about 2.5%) from its peak in 2007, and there is a long way to go to make our cities sustainable.

The good news is that cities are taking notice and implementing sustainability efforts for residents like city-wide composting and easily accessible bicycle shares. Take a look below for ideas of what some cities are doing:

  • Several cities including Portland and San Francisco are reducing landfill waste through composting programs, where your compostables get collected alongside household and recycling waste on your weekly trash day.
  • Instead of using tap water for watering plants and lawns and washing cars, check to see if your city offers discounted rain barrels to residents. Many cities in Illinois have paired with The Conservation Foundation to supply rain barrels for residents to collect and reuse rainwater.
  • And perhaps one of the easiest ways to help your city become more sustainable is to take public transportation or use a car or bike sharing service like ZipCar or Citi Bike, which reduces emissions and can save you money on transportation costs.

Whether you have a passion for zero waste to landfill or would simply like to explore how your city could be more sustainable, check out local organizations and your city’s website to find out how you can get involved.

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