GO Sustainable GO...
Follow
Find
7.0K views | +0 today
 
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
onto GO Sustainable GO Versatile
Scoop.it!

A Green Finnish Flavour: World-class sustainable solutions ⚛

A Green Finnish Flavour: World-class sustainable solutions ⚛ | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Finland is situated in the northern hemisphere, between the latitudes 60° and 70°.


The average temperature in Helsinki on the southern coast of Finland is approximately 6°C and the seasons vary from hot summers to cold and snowy winters.


Due to the harsh weather conditions in Finland, buildings are always built with care, and special attention is paid to energy efficiency.


On an international scale, populated areas in Finland are small and situated far from each other.


The relatively long distances result in longer trips to work and to run errands.


Building and maintenance costs for the infrastructure are also high, which is a challenge to productivity and efficiency in the markets.


The Finnish innovation environment Finland offers a first-class innovation and business environment.


Starting a business is easy and straight- forward, and highly educated people in the labour market enhance opportunities, as well as public research and development funding that is available for businesses.


Finland invests more than 3.4 percent of its GDP in research and development, which makes it one of the most research intensive countries in the world.


Public R&D programmes that have an essential role in the Finnish innovation system create significant links between small and large companies, universities and research institutes...



Content:

Finland – The place to innovate.


Sustainable Urban Development.


Eco-Viikki – Finland’s first ecologically designed neighbourhood.


Reclaimed harbours become an eco-efficient living environment.


Community development facilitating sustainability.


Off the grid, carbon neutral community.


Easy living and well-designed public transport, core goals in urban planning.


Towards a carbon neutral city.


Making the impossible possible.


Sustainable Buildings.


Energy-efficient houses in a cold climate.


Green concepts in snow-white surroundings.


A nature-friendly logistics centre runs on geoenergy.


Sustainable Solutions.


Strong expertise in interdisciplinary LED applications.


New swimming pool has more under the surface.


A cool city with a smart heating system.


Better data on buildings and their environmental impact.


Finnish sustainability concepts in international markets.


Revolutionizing the urban transport.



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1q0Lemr


more...
No comment yet.
GO Sustainable GO Versatile
Challenge the constraints of disadvantage, Widen you ken, Draw smiles on sad faces, GROW with vigour
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr from CHANGE and Ring the changes
Scoop.it!

Please allow me to introduce the : Wizard – UKCIP

Please allow me to introduce the : Wizard – UKCIP | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Whether you are new to climate change and looking find out more, or suspect that you will be affected by climate change and are looking for guidance on how to adapt, the Wizard can help you.

 

It will take you through a 5-step process that will enable you to...

 


Bonus:

http://www.ukcip.org.uk/tools/

more...
Mhd.Shadi Khudr's comment, March 31, 7:39 PM
Cheers
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Conservation for Our World of Nine Billion People: The End of Nostalgia and Apocaholism

Conservation for Our World of Nine Billion People: The End of Nostalgia and Apocaholism | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Podcast of An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Peter Karieva, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy


Duration: 01:14:45


<> About the Lecture

The expanding world human population, with its demands for food and energy is undeniably placing severe stress on the planet’s ecology and nature. 


While there are data to support warnings of impending doom, there are also data that suggest that smart decisions and choices could make a big difference. 


The right decisions and choices could help us get through the critical period of the next thirty years with a planet rich in nature, albeit, transformed nature.  


Dr. Karieva shared with us what he thinks needs to happen for this optimistic vision for the planet to become reality. 


Some of these ideas included expanding the tent to include those affected by conservation, strong alliances with the corporate sector and attention to our diverse and increasingly urban population. 



<> About the Speaker

http://bit.ly/1qeGZqu



Further>>>>>

http://bit.ly/1qeH3Xb

http://bit.ly/1BYPHiG



Image Adapted from: http://bit.ly/1lbS9wU


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

The Power of Sustainable Thinking

The Power of Sustainable Thinking | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Learn about TRIG Director Bob Doppelt's award winning books and listen to some of his presentations...

The future will be powered by sustainable thinking in business, organizations, governments and everyday life.


This revolutionary book tackles climate change, sustainability and life success by starting with your mind.


It provides proven? staged-based? methods for transforming thinking and behaviour, beginning first with the reader?s own cognitive patterns, then moving to how individuals can motivate other people to change, and finally to how teams and organizations can be motivated to change...

http://bit.ly/1yrHdMg



In depth:

http://bit.ly/1BbGTpj

http://bit.ly/1sNIXhu


Review:

http://bit.ly/1BbGZgF



Supportive:

http://sco.lt/6Bntlh



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1sRQPQX



more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr from CONVERSIONarium
Scoop.it!

Convert Lawn into a Luscious Garden◉

Convert Lawn into a Luscious Garden◉ | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


A lawn can be a picnic area and playground or an obligation and nuisance.


Lawns aren’t all bad, but if you want a luscious garden space, a previously established lawn can certainly pose a problem!


There are several ways to overcome a grassy lawn no matter your skill level, so don’t worry about whether or not you have a green thumb.


Consider your Options

Consider what type of garden you want...


Here’s a rundown on some options:

▩ Small flower bed...

▩ Small vegetable or herb garden...

▩ Medium sized edible garden...

▩ Full sized edible garden/ whole lawn...



Site Selection

Once you have figured out your goal it is a good idea to observe your land and establish the best location for your garden.


No matter what, you want the most sun possible. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of full sun each day...



Garden Building Methods

Now that you have a goal and a location, you should consider how you would like to build your garden. A basic overview of methods is listed below from the least amount of initial labor to the most:


Method A: Create a container garden...


Method B: Establish a garden bed by covering a desired area with cardboard and then planting medium...


Method C: Build raised beds...


Method D: Develop a garden site by digging up the existing lawn, disposing of the grass in your compost pile, and amending the soil underneath.



Let’s go over how to implement each method, starting with the least labor intensive.



>> Best practices for digging garden beds:

  • Lay out the area you want to garden.


  • Using a shovel, dig out the perimeter first to create a border for the project.


  • You’ll want to dig down at least a foot at first. As you dig remove the grass, shaking off excess dirt and then throwing the rest in the compost.


  • Once you have the grass removed, determine the paths between the beds and either plant a good cover plant that you can walk on like Corsican mint or cover with leaf mulch.


  • In between your new paths, dig down another foot or two to create your actual garden beds. You can use your shovel, a hoe, a pick axe, or a rototiller. If you don’t have access to a rototiller but want to use one, hardware stores often rent them out.


  • Mix in the same ratio of compost and worm castings listed above, 25% and 10% respectively. Then add some additional topsoil, as you will have removed quite a bit with the grass, and the same ratio of compost and worm castings.


  • Any plant should do very well in your new beds, particularly tomatoes and peppers.



"Personally I use a combination of Methods A and B, as I believe that produces the highest plant yields with the lowest amount of labor.


I often create a small to medium sized garden bed using Method B and use containers as a boundary.


Get creative and see what works best for you. Most of all enjoy your new garden and say goodbye to that grassy lawn!"



Supportive and in variation:

http://bit.ly/1p5Z7lH

http://bit.ly/1liWlpe

http://bit.ly/1nsoyiW

http://bit.ly/UjehZS

http://bit.ly/1zUIK1c

http://bit.ly/1wMXQ4u

http://bit.ly/1zUIQ94

http://bit.ly/WmBKL7



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1qtProW



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

‘Can you see the difference between wind pollinated and insect pollinated flowers?’- a lesson plan from the National Botanic Garden of Belgium

‘Can you see the difference between wind pollinated and insect pollinated flowers?’- a lesson plan from the National Botanic Garden of Belgium | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it

A new lesson plan to get children out of the classroom and thinking about pollination and biodiversity is now available online. 


‘Can you see the difference between wind pollinated and insect pollinated flowers?’ is a lesson that will get young people exercising their oral communication skills and discussing flower adaptations associated with pollination by wind and insects. 


Young people work together to learn to recognise flowers and their constituent parts and which adaptations are associated with the different methods of pollination.  


To complete the lesson young people must discuss their hypotheses and present their results to each other. In this way they will not only gain scientific knowledge but practice practical skills simultaneously.



Highly Useful:

http://bit.ly/1pfsVi5


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

AMEE >> Sustainability Scores and Free financial & environmental business risk insight

AMEE >> Sustainability Scores and Free financial & environmental business risk insight | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Free, unique insight on business risk and sustainability plus tools to assess your supply chain... 


Explore and track environmental and financial performance scores on every business  Environmental change is creating new risks that requires us to change.


With AMEE you can easily find, assess, monitor and manage business environmental and financial performance. 


CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Compliance Made Easy  Make your compliance fears disappear with our collaborative web based reporting tool. 


> Collaboration

Web-based collaboration to manage compliance efficiently across large organisations.


> Data Collection

Simple data entry for small businesses or large organisations with thousands of sites.


> Reporting

Automated calculation of total financial liability and reporting to the Environment Agency.


> Audit

Ready Document and data management for efficient and accurate compliance with audit requests.


> Monitoring

Intuitive, visual dashboards to monitor progress against compliance deadlines. 



If your company consumes more than 6,000MWh of energy you'll likely need to report to the Environment Agency.



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa's drylands

How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa's drylands | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


With EU-backed forces advancing across Mali, the need for European and other donors to accelerate the development process in Africa’s poorest regions appears ever more pressing.


For development experts a simple, yet unheralded solution exists - planting trees.



“Agroforestry is the future of agriculture in the drylands and sub-humid regions”, Dr Chris Reij of the World Resource Institute told a conference of EU officials in the European Parliament on Tuesday (29 January).


United Nations Drylands Ambassador Dennis Garrity said that the planting of trees such as gao, an indigenous form of acacia, had “improved the region’s ability to cope with drought shocks”, contributing towards more political stability over the past 20 to 30 years. But now the need for resilient measures was becoming increasingly urgent as the drylands struggled to cope with climate change, he added.


At a donor conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday, the EU pledged €50 million to support an African-led peace operation in Mali on top of earlier commitments of humanitarian and development assistance.


While humanitarian crises in the sub-Saharan regions are often linked to ethnic and religious tensions, Garrity said the principle causes were droughts, food insecurity, and poverty.

.

.

.


Tree of life

Garrity said the sub-Saharan regions should be a development priority, and that agroforestry could present an effective and holistic solution.


“We face a perfect storm of challenges. Holistic, comprehensive solutions are needed. The drylands must be the particular focus”, he said.

.

.

.


Resilience

Development experts stressed the need for sub-Saharan farmers to adopt resilient measures, based on indigenous practices.

.

.

.

We are convinced agroforestry is the future”, said Kristian Schmidt, Commission director of human and society development.


As well as the Evergreen project, the EU funds the plantation of fruit and nut trees in sub-Saharan Africa and research initiatives at the World Agroforestry Centre.


“We need resilience for every household so they don’t turn towards short-term solutions”, Schmidt said.



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/QV4ac2


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Sustainability Issues Guide: THE SIGMA GUIDELINES - TOOLKIT

Sustainability Issues Guide: THE SIGMA GUIDELINES - TOOLKIT | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


SIGMA - Sustainability issue explanations


Organisations working to become more sustainable will seek to ensure that relevant sustainability issues and stakeholder concerns are understood and acted on.


The following list is intended to provide brief introduction and basic explanation of common sustainability issues. Many of the issues listed are highly complex.


Where the issue is of particular relevance to your organisation or of concern to your stakeholders it is recommended you work with relevant stakeholders and organisations to understand the issue more fully and the range of perspectives about it.



The SIGMA Toolkit, consists of targeted tools and approaches to help with specific management challenges, and case studies explaining how organisations have used the SIGMA Guidelines and Toolkit to tackle real issues.



 >> This list should not be considered exhaustive or definitive << 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

What is essential for sustainable buildings when dealing with...

What is essential for sustainable buildings when dealing with... | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Price of properties, which is located near areas that are suffering from enormous noise pollution such as airports, highways, train lines, are very cheap.


Some people can't afford to buy a proper land and have to live within that worse condition of noise pollution.


Therefore, their health is being impacted by sounds. Besides materials, what are other sustainable solutions to help create a better life for people who suffer from that situation? (Orientation, design strategies, technologies, buffer range, theories?)


> Here is a variety of answers...


Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/QOXm03



more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr from Leadership, Management and EVOLVABILITY
Scoop.it!

Mothers For Sustainable Energy

Mothers For Sustainable Energy | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


This is a global coalition of mothers formed on behalf of children who cannot vote or make public policy.


The Mothers Project™ humbly accepts the leadership role as a unifying force for mom-created American grassroots organizations, beginning in our country and expanding throughout the globe.


The Mothers Project™ is based on knowledge gained from the scientific community as it informs the detrimental effects of fossil fuel and nuclear power production.


The Mothers Project™ is specifically troubled about effects relating to the physical, developmental and psychological health of children in all nations, from the womb to young adulthood.


The Mothers Project™ works across all segments of society and political parties to organize mothers in an effort to aid all those who have responsibility for the care of children, and whose primary concern is to protect them from harm. 


The information, resources and tools The Mothers Project™ offers shall enable the accomplishment of this goal; in the face of adversity created by the powerful forces of the fossil fuel and nuclear industry, which so often seem so determined to accomplish their goals without regard for those they may harm.



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/P0YImU


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Can The World's Volcanoes Be Used As Power Plants?

Can The World's Volcanoes Be Used As Power Plants? | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Sometimes, the solutions to the world’s most vexing problems are right under our noses. Or in the case of energy, right under our feet.


Geothermal energy, from the boiling bowels of our planet, holds warm promise for a renewable energy-powered future.


There’s scads of it, and unlike wind or solar energy, it’s available all hours of the day.


According to one oft-cited report that MIT submitted to the Department of Energy, 2% of the heat up to 6 miles below the U.S. could provide 2,500 times as much energy as the country uses.


The catch, of course, is--how do we get to it? Well, sometimes nature kindly brings it right to us...


One of the zanier sounding experiments (PDF) involving what’s known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems tech involves the Newberry Volcano in Bend, Oregon, artificial wells, and several million gallons of water.


AltaRock Energy and Davenport Newberry Holding, backed by Google, the DOE, and others, have been exploring ways to tap into thermal energy at the Pacific Northwest volcano...


Could A Volcano Power America?

http://bit.ly/Nu2YKA

http://bit.ly/1d01mV1



On Earth's internal heat energy:

http://bit.ly/1pbjFa0

http://bit.ly/1pbjUBX

http://bit.ly/1hBsJlK



How much energy in a volcanic eruption?

..."In all, Mount St. Helens released 24 megatons of thermal energy, 7 of which was a direct result of the blast. This is equivalent to 1,600 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima" (U.S. Geological Survey)...

http://bit.ly/1eS7PN8



Highly Supportive:

http://cnn.it/OwTQpK

http://bit.ly/Nu2Zy7

http://bit.ly/1gaYVzy

http://bit.ly/1hBsJlK

http://bit.ly/Nu3bNM



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1hzGhBt



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Make a Pegboard Wall Organizer

Make a Pegboard Wall Organizer | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it

 

Project: Pegboard Wall Organiser

 

Time: An afternoon Cost: 18.00 GBP (more or less)

 

Tools and Resources:
• One 2x4-foot pegboard*
• Two 4-foot 1x2 planks
• Wood screws and plastic drywall anchors
• Drill
• Level
• Tape measure
• Pencil
• Paint (we used some leftover Behr 510B-5 Jamaican Sea in semigloss)
• Paint tray and roller
• Assorted pegboard hooks

 

 

Mhd.Shadi Khudr's insight:

 

COOL

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Why Urban Forest ♣ Gardens ♣ are a great idea❦

Why Urban Forest ♣ Gardens ♣ are a great idea❦ | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


What is Edible Forest Gardening?

Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodlandlike patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.


You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden.


If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining. In many of the world's temperate-climate regions, your garden would soon start reverting to forest if you were to stop managing it.


We humans work hard to hold back succession—mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it.


Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land's natural tendency to grow trees?


By mimicking the structure and function of forest ecosystems we can gain a number of benefits.

http://bit.ly/1gwPPrV

.

.

.

Urban forest gardens and food forests are definitely a part of our future cities – they have to be.


We think every backyard should have a patch dedicated to perennial crops which interrelate as a stable and resilient system, while providing food, fruit and herbs for the household, hence our upcoming...

.

.

.

Edible forest gardens are becoming an increasingly popular way for permaculture projects to grow food. Forest gardens are modelled on natural woodland. Like natural woodland, they usually consist of three layers:

  • tree layer which contains fruit and nut trees
  • shrub layer for fruit and nut bushes 
  • ground layer for perennial vegetables and herbs.

http://bit.ly/1oTYB7I



The forest gardening vision leads us to explore forest ecology. Forest ecology is the basis for effective design and practice...



Further:

http://bit.ly/1npKUSB

http://bit.ly/1gwPPrV

http://bit.ly/1gwPWUa

http://bit.ly/1i9s4cV

http://bit.ly/1oTYB7I

http://bit.ly/1fXH4fy



Highly Supportive:

http://bit.ly/1cYWLCI



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/OqbTh2


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Circles of Sustainability

Circles of Sustainability | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it



Circles of Sustainability is a method for understanding and assessing sustainability, and for managing projects directed towards socially sustainable outcomes.


It is intended to handle 'seemingly intractable problems such as outlined in sustainable development debates.


The method is mostly used for cities and urban settlements.


Approaching urban sustainability from its relationship to the social

In its simplest version the ‘Circles of Sustainability’ approach suggests that social life should be understood holistically across an integrated series of domains—economics, ecology, politics, and culture.


In its most developed form it also offers an integrated method for deciding on the critical issues associated with responding to complex problems and then responding to them.


It takes a city, community or organization through the difficult process of deciding on the terms of its approach and guides the engagement.


It allows for an understanding of competing issues and tensions.


It then provides continuing feedback and monitoring in relation to implementation difficulties and successful outcomes. Finally it supports the reporting process.


The Approach

The approach provides a way of achieving sustainability and resilience that combines qualitative with quantitative indicators.


It sets up a conceptual and technology-supported framework for investigating problems faced by communities that is intended to be applicable across the very different contexts of a city, community, or organization, and sensitive to the need for negotiation from the local to the global.


It builds upon the strengths of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.



>>> The approach asks:

How are we best to understand and measure the sustainability of our cities, communities and organizations in all its dimensions—economic, ecological, political and cultural?


What should be measured and how?



Further Support:

http://bit.ly/1lzHGvU

http://bit.ly/YZYn9r

http://bit.ly/1u4ooy3

http://bit.ly/YZYn9r

http://bit.ly/1wMYcx3



more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr from How to survive in the "worst" apocalyptic conditions: The Survival Bible
Scoop.it!

Taku-Tanku >> The Fantabulous Tiny, Portable, Floating, Greener, Towable House Solution

Taku-Tanku >> The Fantabulous Tiny, Portable, Floating, Greener, Towable House Solution | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


TAKU-TANKU is a travelling little house. Carried by one or two persons or by a bicycle, by a car or potentially even by a boat, TAKU-TANKU is made out of water tanks and can travel through many landscapes to serve as companion and shelter but also as a sculpture that celebrates the vital role of water in our lives.



On the Subject:

http://bit.ly/1oKg7Al

http://bit.ly/1mn4WIl

http://read.bi/1qeEgNw



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

A Green Finnish Flavour: World-class sustainable solutions ⚛

A Green Finnish Flavour: World-class sustainable solutions ⚛ | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Finland is situated in the northern hemisphere, between the latitudes 60° and 70°.


The average temperature in Helsinki on the southern coast of Finland is approximately 6°C and the seasons vary from hot summers to cold and snowy winters.


Due to the harsh weather conditions in Finland, buildings are always built with care, and special attention is paid to energy efficiency.


On an international scale, populated areas in Finland are small and situated far from each other.


The relatively long distances result in longer trips to work and to run errands.


Building and maintenance costs for the infrastructure are also high, which is a challenge to productivity and efficiency in the markets.


The Finnish innovation environment Finland offers a first-class innovation and business environment.


Starting a business is easy and straight- forward, and highly educated people in the labour market enhance opportunities, as well as public research and development funding that is available for businesses.


Finland invests more than 3.4 percent of its GDP in research and development, which makes it one of the most research intensive countries in the world.


Public R&D programmes that have an essential role in the Finnish innovation system create significant links between small and large companies, universities and research institutes...



Content:

Finland – The place to innovate.


Sustainable Urban Development.


Eco-Viikki – Finland’s first ecologically designed neighbourhood.


Reclaimed harbours become an eco-efficient living environment.


Community development facilitating sustainability.


Off the grid, carbon neutral community.


Easy living and well-designed public transport, core goals in urban planning.


Towards a carbon neutral city.


Making the impossible possible.


Sustainable Buildings.


Energy-efficient houses in a cold climate.


Green concepts in snow-white surroundings.


A nature-friendly logistics centre runs on geoenergy.


Sustainable Solutions.


Strong expertise in interdisciplinary LED applications.


New swimming pool has more under the surface.


A cool city with a smart heating system.


Better data on buildings and their environmental impact.


Finnish sustainability concepts in international markets.


Revolutionizing the urban transport.



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1q0Lemr


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Cute Concrete Planter

Cute Concrete Planter | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


These cute concrete planters are an adorable addition to any home or garden!


The molds are made of recyclable materials and concrete mix is very inexpensive to buy.


You can switch up the plants in these planters to give these little guys a fresh new 'do.



more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr from CHANGE and Ring the changes
Scoop.it!

This Invention Will Change The World, Just Watch YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAY

This Invention Will Change The World, Just Watch YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAY | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


SOLAR ROADWAYS


more...
Mhd.Shadi Khudr's curator insight, May 30, 1:39 PM


Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on.
They melt snow and... cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways


Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

FUSION : Sustainable Innovation and Design Services _ CfSD

FUSION : Sustainable Innovation and Design Services _ CfSD | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it

Free consultancy support for SMEs and start-ups to help develop eco-innovative services, products, technologies and new business models...


FUSION is a European project working with partners in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and UK. FUSION partners are Enviu (NL), Voka (BE), CCI (FR), CD2E (FR), BSK (UK), Kent County Council (UK), University of Kent and WSX (UK).


FUSION support can help with:

  • development of new eco-innovative solutions
  • greening of existing services, products and technologies


FUSION support might include:

  • identifying new market opportunities
  • developing new service, product and technology concepts
  • identifying opportunities to reduce costs through environmental improvements
  • exploring other opportunities related to low carbon and material efficient services, products and technologies


FUSION support uniquely offers:

  • cross-border facilitation to encourage business development, knowledge transfer and partnership creation
  • links to other FUSION partners in UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium


Benefits of The Centre for Sustainable Design ®’s approach:

  • over 20 years experience in eco-innovation
  • industry focused
  • considerable experience of working with entrepreneurs
  • multi-disciplinary innovation skills
  • access to regional, national and international networks



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1jslksj


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Ecopedia: Green Design, News, and Tips for a Natural and Eco Friendly Lifestyle

Ecopedia: Green Design, News, and Tips for a Natural and Eco Friendly Lifestyle | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


When people ask us what we do, our response is simple – “We do good.”


Ecopedia is a resource for people who are looking to do good.  


People who are looking to make a positive impact on their environments, society, their planet, their own lives, the lives of others, you name it.


Our goal is to spread knowledge about alternative ways of living that are both efficient and sustainable.


 Our aim isn’t to be scientific and preach that you must be an environmentalist to be sustainable, but instead, we just hope to give people enough information to make the right decisions.


Ecopedia isn’t just a blog about the environment.  It’s an online destination where you can really get a glimpse of the opportunities we have as human beings, and the massive positive impact that we can create.


“I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.” – Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest living holocaust survivor

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story!!

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story!! | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


<*> The 'Whale Poop Hypothesis'

And that's when Smetacek proposed what he delicately called in his paper, the whales' extra nutritious "manuring mechanism." (Or, as it's come to be known, his "whale poop hypothesis.") It begins with this obvious observation: Whales poop. In fact, they poop mightily...


This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...


Robert Krulwich/NPR And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at the top eating more middle-sized creatures in the middle, that eat many, many, many little creatures at the bottom, like so: Robert Krulwich/NPR Which brings me to a curious exception — a real life mystery — discovered a few years ago.


A marine biologist, Victor Smetacek, was thinking about giant whales — blues, humpbacks and especially the ...



<*> Poop With 10 Million Times More Iron

Nicols' team analyzed 27 fecal samples from four species of baleen whales, reported New Scientist. "He found that on average whale faeces had 10 million times as much iron as Antarctic seawater." Basically, that's iron concentrate.


And strategically emitted — which would have to be up near the ocean surface, where the sun shines — that extra iron would create blooms of phytoplankton, which would then be eaten by krill, leading to a boost in the krill population, leading to ... yes ... bigger whale dinners!


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

6 Reasons Why Green Marketers Should Listen to their Mothers

6 Reasons Why Green Marketers Should Listen to their Mothers | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it



Can being green be sassy, sexy and fun? The website, Green and Clean Mom, seems to think so.


Mom bloggers have a fast-growing influence in the blogosphere and among consumers. And it’s easy to understand why, because moms are:

  1. Very opinionated
  2. Passionate about creating a better world for their children, which benefits us all
  3. Fond of telling everybody what they should do
  4. Eager to empower themselves and channel their inner mom-goddess
  5. Controllers of household finances
  6. Influencers of daily, home-based habits with far-reaching effects (what to eat, how to clean, how to live efficiently, how to save money etc.)


Unquestionably, green marketers have a lot to gain by reaching out to mom bloggers and leveraging their influence. But it’s important to remember: building these relationships requires smarts, sensitivity and lots of respect.


Unfortunately, lots of marketers get this last part wrong. To avoid being put in time out, always be transparent, avoid the pitch, and make sure you are providing the author with information you think is newsworthy to her audience. She’ll appreciate that.


As an example of the power and diversity found in blogging moms, I pulled this list from 10 Links a Day.


They list 10 popular blogs each day in a variety of categories. This one happened to be on green mom bloggers...


Do you know of  a blogging green mom that didn’t make the list? Please let us know below.



>> SOURCE:

http://bit.ly/1dNAR0a



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/P13lgW


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Green Growth or No Growth >> Nicely Selected podcast ... Highly Recommended

Green Growth or No Growth >> Nicely Selected podcast ... Highly Recommended | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


"We face serious environmental problems. People are looking for answers in a green economic future. But what would it look like?


IDEAS host Paul Kennedy moderates a debate at the University of Ottawa on the resolution: Be it resolved that building an environmentally sustainable society will require an end to economic growth.


Participants include Peter Victor, author of Managing Without Growth: Slower By Design, Not Disaster, Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth:

Economics for a Finite Planet; Richard Lipsey, one of Canada's pre-eminent economists, and Paul Ekins, author of Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: The Prospects for Green Growth....



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1fEvfL3


Mhd.Shadi Khudr's insight:


Significant


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

40 Tips to Go Green at Home

40 Tips to Go Green at Home | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Being environmentally-friendly is just good economics—in our home and budget, and with the earth God gave us.


There are many little things we can do in our homes to play a small part in reducing landfill waste, cleaning the air, and preserving the natural landscape.  But we double our efforts when we get our kids involved, helping them understand the why to our what.


When they get it, it’ll be second nature to them when they’re adults—and that much easier to pass it down to their children.


Here are some small, easy, green choices we can make in our homes.  Choose three that you’re not already doing, and make a point to do them this year. Perhaps they’ll become a habit.



>> 40 Easy Ways to Go Greener at Home—Besides Recycling >> 

1.  Plant an herb garden. 

2.  Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

3.  Create a homemade compost bin on the cheap.. 

4.  Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model. 

5.  Stop using disposable bags.  

6.  Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle + stop buying plastic disposable bottles.   

7.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. 

8.  Turn off lights when you leave the room. 

9.  Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light. 

10.  Drive the speed limit + combine all your errands for the week in 1 trip. 

11.  Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are closer... 

12.  Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market. 

13.  Turn off your computer completely at night. 

14.  Research whether you can sign up for green power. 

15.  Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver. 

16.  Put a stop to unsolicited mail. 

17.  Reuse scrap paper.  

18.  Conduct a quick energy audit of your home. 

19.  Subscribe to good eco-friendly blogs.  

20.  Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or Freecycle. 

21.  Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally. 

22.  Fix leaky faucets. 

23.  Make your own household cleaners.  

24.  Line dry your laundry. 

25.  Watch The Story of Stuff with your kids, and talk about the impact your household trash has on our landfills. 

26.  Learn with your kids about another country or culture. 

28.  Lower the temperature on your hot water heater. 

29.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances. 

30.  Repurpose something. It’s fun. 

31.  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.  32.  Switch to cloth diapers. 

33.  Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label. 

34.  Use a Diva Cup for your monthly cycles. 

35.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. 

36.  Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper. 

37.  Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and be utterly inspired. 

38.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage 

39.  Watch the myriad documentaries. 

40.  Donate to—and shop at—thrift stores.



You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, you’ll be supporting your local economy, and you’ll be saving money.



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1h0NTel


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

Research and Solutions: "Green" vs. Sustainability: From Semantics to Enlightenment

Research and Solutions: "Green" vs. Sustainability: From Semantics to Enlightenment | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


 When green-talk and green practice are promoted by fundamentally unsustainable companies or other uncaring institutions, they easily congeal into a deceptive ideology known as “greenwashing.”


The sustainability movement from the grassroots to the global level has been both enriched and hob- bled by the many different versions of sustainability articulated in scholarly and popular writings, town hall forums, and international conferences.


The latest expression of this cacophony is evidenced in the emergence of “green-talk” and the growing substitution of varieties of “greenness” for sustain- ability and sustainable development in everyday and media parlance.


This critical essay seeks to accom- plish two things: draw out the differences between the green label and sustainability, and situate this debate within a hierarchical sustainability rubric that allows us to meaningfully offer gradations on the sustainability continuum.


In so doing, we seek to illuminate the stakes involved in this conceptual debate and provide clarity about what these putative variations on sustainability imply for both theory and practice.


In an age of mounting finite resource scarcities, rapid climate change, and continuing global population growth, combined with the grow- ing clamor for Western-style economic development, the sustainability movement is not going to go away.


Sadly, the meaning of sustainability and sustainable development remains highly contested and subject to ongoing and fierce dispute. This state of affairs is evidenced by the growing shift away from the language of sustainability and its variants to the increasingly popular, and easier to swallow, term green...


 “In the green revolution we’re having, everyone’s a winner, nobody has to give up anything … That’s not a revolution. That’s a party.” __Thomas Friedman



Supportive:

http://bit.ly/1oJBtLP

http://bit.ly/1cSoaQU

http://bit.ly/1gOE4Qq

http://bit.ly/1gxgCaO

http://bit.ly/1nIlhHz

http://bit.ly/1jM3dPy

http://bit.ly/1bGw2dy



Post ImagE: http://bit.ly/1bGvuod


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Scoop.it!

♲ Four Ways You Can Recycle and Reuse Old Tires

♲ Four Ways You Can Recycle and Reuse Old Tires | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Learn ways to use tires that are worn out, including projects for building playground equipment to projects designed to secure your landscaping.


Tires are made from a material that does not bio-degrade easily.


It is because of this that it is important to recycle tires once their useful life as a tire has expired.


Fortunately there are many ways that you can recycle your own tires.


Tire Recycling Project #1 - Retaining Wall...


Tire Recycling Project #2 - Planters...


Tire Recycling Project #3 - Playground Material...


Tire Recycling Project #4 - Base for a Tetherball...



Post Image: http://bit.ly/1h0dBCF


more...
No comment yet.