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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...



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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.



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The entrepreneurs turning their business savvy to food waste

The entrepreneurs turning their business savvy to food waste | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Like-minded Americans have created business models for food at risk of not being bought or eaten. It's time the world tucked in...


"That amount of money has to whet the appetite of a lot of creative entrepreneurs out there," says Elise Golan, the director for sustainable development in the Office of the Chief Economist at the US Department of Agriculture.


Indeed it has. And these entrepreneurs get that the problem is the same one that's vexed human communities since ancient Rome shipped Egyptian wheat to feed hungry masses.


"A lot of it is a logistical problem," says Golan. "The new innovation is around logistics and information technology – how to efficiently create those networks of how you can get from point A to B more easily."


Entrepreneurs are coming in at every stage of the food cycle – when produce is sitting at the farm without a buyer, when it's at the store but doesn't meet the standards for getting past the door, when it's in the store but about to go bad, and even when it's in the consumer's refrigerator.



✿ FoodStar Partners

FoodStar works with the store to analyse the ordering and distribution process and helps to decide what products to bring out and when. Rudick gives the example of a store that has 20 boxes of cucumbers and needs to get rid of them quickly.


"They've got two to three days of shelf life. We'll say it's a flash sale and notify consumers through text messages and emails. The cucumbers will be 60% off normal price. The sale will last for an hour or two, and it'll be done and sold."



✿ Daily Table

...the Daily Table in Boston, where meals and basic groceries are sold at discounted prices. Staff will recover groceries that haven't been consumed and are about to be thrown away at supermarkets and food services. A trained chef will use them to cook grab-and-go meals designed by a nutrition task force...



✿ BluApple

Even if a food item makes it into a consumer's refrigerator, there's no guarantee it will be eaten. That's where BluApple comes in.


The blue apple-shaped contraption extends the life of fruits and vegetables..., "When produce is cheap, nobody cares. But produce is not cheap today,"...



 Food Cowboy

Extending a vegetable's shelf life can save money, but what happens when produce that's ready to be eaten can't find shelf space in a store?


When the produce on the truck is rejected, the food would not head to the closest bin. Instead, search for food bank or charity who could use it can be a good option...




"[Food waste] is a small but booming space to be in," says Dana Gunders, a staff scientist at NRDC. She says the amount of food that gets wasted has increased by 50% in the last 40 years. Fortunately start-ups, waste companies, governments, foundations and groups that care about climate change are getting involved.


"Is enough being done? The trajectory over the last two years gives me hope," says Gunders. "But I wouldn't say we're there yet."


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What is 'Downcycling'?

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Downcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of lesser quality and reduced functionality.


Downcycling aims to prevent wasting potentially useful materials, reduce consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution and water pollution.


Its goals are also lowering greenhouse gas emissions (though re-use of tainted toxic chemicals for other purposes can have the opposite effect) as compared to virgin production. A clear example of downcycling is plastic recycling, which turns the material into lower grade plastics.


The term downcycling was used by Reiner Pilz in an interview by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994...

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Items available for downcycling often require additional chemicals, energy, and other treatments in order to transform them into something usable.


Durable plastic products in particular require much additional treatment. Trash bins, tables, and chairs are also considered materials with a high energy cost to recycle.



When a product reaches a code seven, it is considered no longer recyclable.


This usually occurs when a substance is blended with other substances, such as different types of plastic with various recycling codes.Since these products can no longer be made into new ones, they will either have to be reused or discarded, typically in a landfill.



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Podcast: Are business schools failing to teach sustainability?

Podcast: Are business schools failing to teach sustainability? | GO Sustainable GO Versatile | Scoop.it


Business schools are key to mainstreaming sustainability but it's often absent, or seen as a bolt-on, to management training. Why is this and what can be done? Find out...


Are business schools equipping the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they'll need to face a number of urgent global challenges?


From climate change and resource scarcity to inequality, the business world is shifting rapidly and business leaders need to understand and tackle these in a transparent way. Yet business schools often fail to address sustainability at all, or address it only as a separate, niche add-on to the course.



In this podcast the panel of experts discuss, and disagree over, whether business schools are lagging behind on integrating sustainability in their curricula and explore what makes good business leaders able to respond to complex sustainability challenges.


They also discuss Nespresso's competition, which challenged MBA students to tackle a very practical sustainability problem.



On the panel

Polly Courtice, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

Yiannis Ioannou, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, London Business School.

David Grayson, director of the Doughty School for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management.

Jerome Perez head of sustainability, Nespresso



Key quotes

David Grayson: "There is a fight to be had in that we are not making progress fast enough or extensively enough and I would say to businesses that are already committed to the sustainability journey, you have got a substantial amount of power to influence executive education."



Polly Courtice: "We've been having this conversation between companies and business schools for 15 years now and still the speed of change has not been sufficient and I think it's partly to do with the way institutions' structures work and it's partly because it's perfectly possible to fill MBAs with people who ... aren't really asking for this stuff."



Yiannis Ioannou: "We don't really have examples of businesses that are 100% sustainable, so to the extent that executive education is used to disseminate best practices, frameworks on how to run a sustainable business, in all honesty ... we do not have enough social science research to rigorously support some of that prescriptive advice."



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How To Catch A Monkey!!

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1 Hollow out a coconut.

2 Carve a hole in the top and fill the nut with rice.
3 Find a likely location and wedge it firmly between two large boulders so the top half is clearly visible.
4 Fasten the nut with a chain to a stake in the ground.
5 The hole should be just large enough to allow a monkey to put an extended hand inside but not big enough to withdraw its fist when full of rice.
6 If it refuses to let go of the rice the monkey is trapped.
7 If it relaxes its grip and takes less it will be free and fed.
8 Can our species relax its grip and take only what we need?



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CROSSKIX II - the "RELAUNCH" ...

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CROSSKIX Footwear - a SUPERIOR alternative in Foam Composite shoes...


CROSSKIX - A Superior Alternative in Foam Composite Footwear. Not just another EVA shoe to slip on and casually wear, Crosskix is pioneering functional footwear in mold injected shoes with striking, aggressive, sexy, and sporty designs for multi-purpose uses. Durable enough for rigorous work-outs including Crossfit and Tuff Mudder but oh so comfortable for marathon runs and everyday casual wear.


And if you don't do any of the above, join the growing trend of Crosskix lifestyle and culture.



An excellent multi-purpose shoe!


Crosskix are 100% RECYCLABLE! 
Help Crosskix promote our GREEN program called "RECYKIX" and return your used pair for recycling. In return, we will offer you a 15% discount on your next purchase of any CROSSKIX product. 

 



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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. 



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The Power of Sustainable Thinking

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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...

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Convert Lawn into a Luscious Garden◉

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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!"



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‘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.



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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.



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Sustainability Issues Guide: THE SIGMA GUIDELINES - TOOLKIT

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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 << 

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

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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...


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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story!!

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<*> 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!


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Upcycling, Downcycling, and How to Tell the Difference

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Recycling is undoubtedly better than sending things to the landfill, but not all recycling is created alike.


Some materials are upcycled, others are simply recycled into very similar products, and some things are downcycled.


If you know what upcycling, recycling, and downcycling are and which materials are commonly involved in these processes, you can make your buying habits more sustainable and aim to get the lowest possible level of downcycling!


Upcycling is the process by which waste materials are used to provide new, high quality products...


Simple Recycling is exactly what you think of when you imagine recycling- a piece of material is broken down into parts and fashioned into something new of equal quality...


Downcycling is a type of recycling where the original product is broken down into parts and made into something new, but loses some of its original quality in the process and is often made into a product of lesser quality...



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❖ A practical guide(ˆ‿ˆԅ) to Green Manures


❖ Green manures

Green manures are fast-growing plants sown to cover bare soil. Often used in the vegetable garden, their foliage smothers weeds and their roots prevent soil erosion. When dug into the ground while still green, they return valuable nutrients to the soil and improve soil structure.


☎ Quick facts

Common name Green manures
Botanical name Various
Group Annuals or herbaceous perennials
Sowing time Late summer to early autumn
Digging-in time Usually the spring after sowing, but some can be left for 1-2 years
Height and spread Variable
Aspect Most need sun, some tolerate a little shade
Hardiness Hardy

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‘Green Manure’ doesn’t sound very pleasant but it does wonders for the health of the soil and subsequent plants. It is a crop that is grown mainly to benefit the soil rather than for food or ornament.

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AgroMultifunctionality I: Agriculture’s Multifunctionality, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility

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This paper investigates the question whether the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) could be used to replace or complement those of multifunctionality and sustainability in the agri-food sector.


It shows that the double role of citizens as tax payers and customers requests and allows us to directly link the problems of governance and stakeholder society in an intertemporal framework of total value maximisation and sustainable development. Thus, the concept of CSR provides a link between the views on agriculture’s multifunctionality and sustainability.


Moreover, the fact that some actors in a vertical market, such as the agri-food chain, can exercise market power and absorb tax money and resource rents enforces the need of a broader perspective which involves concern about addresses the social responsibilities and performance of all actors along this value chain.



> Multifunctionality and sustainability

> Corporate social responsibility – the role of business in society



> Agricultural policy and the agri-food chain in the light of CSR...



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Ecology and Society: Citizen Science as a Tool for Conservation in Residential Ecosystems

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Cooper, C. B., J. Dickinson, T. Phillips, and R. Bonney. 2007. Citizen science as a tool for conservation in residential ecosystems. Ecology and Society 12(2): 11.



Human activities, such as mining, forestry, and agriculture, strongly influence processes in natural systems.


Because conservation has focused on managing and protecting wildlands, research has focused on understanding the indirect influence of these human activities on wildlands.


Although a conservation focus on wildlands is critically important, the concept of residential area as an ecosystem is relatively new, and little is known about the potential of such areas to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.


As urban sprawl increases, it becomes urgent to construct a method to research and improve the impacts of management strategies for residential landscapes.


If the cumulative activities of individual property owners could help conserve biodiversity, then residential matrix management could become a critical piece of the conservation puzzle. “Citizen science” is a method of integrating public outreach and scientific data collection locally, regionally, and across large geographic scales.


By involving citizen participants directly in monitoring and active management of residential lands, citizen science can generate powerful matrix management efforts, defying the “tyranny of small decisions” and leading to positive, cumulative, and measurable impacts on biodiversity.

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The  authors proposed that citizen science, because it operates over such large scales by drawing on spatially dispersed participants, can be used to create a new frontier to advance the theory and practice of conservation in residential ecosystems.


Although human capacity to change the environment is responsible for accelerated losses of ecosystem attributes and functions, ironically, this capacity to implement change can also be tapped to address conservation problems in residential landscapes.


Residential areas offer a large, capable, and mostly untapped workforce that can assist in developing and tackling scientific questions and implementing, and subsequently monitoring, outcomes of management strategies at a scale impossible to achieve in a landscape not addressed by more traditional approaches to habitat restoration.


By incorporating efforts to evaluate how human cultural elements—from psychology to economics—interact to alter ecosystem processes, citizen science can push conservation biology in residential ecosystems from being a “science of discovery” to a “science of engagement” (Meffe 2001).

A methodology possessing the capacity to motivate and coordinate public conservation action is certainly needed to explore and potentially improve the wildlife value of residential landscapes, but is also a means of building capacity to coordinate human networks to face the consequences of overpopulation, disease pandemics, overconsumption of resources, and climate change.


As a conservation strategy, citizen science is flexible enough to operate at a variety of temporal and spatial scales, and it has huge potential to attack problems of continental significance.


The coordination of landowners in conservation research and restoration can advance conservation goals, as well as increase the likelihood of creating lasting, culturally transmitted changes in land-use practices that culminate in long-term improvements in environmental quality.


Combining the power of the Internet with a populace of trained citizen scientists can provide unprecedented opportunity to mobilize a community to address new environmental problems, almost like having the environmental equivalent of a “fire brigade” ready to act as the need arises.


This expansion of the citizen science model from monitoring, education, and research to adaptive management of residential habitat could greatly amplify the conservation impacts of projects that are already successful at recruiting and retaining participants at the continental scale.



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Circles of Sustainability

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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?



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

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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.



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A Green Finnish Flavour: World-class sustainable solutions ⚛

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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...



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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.



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Cute Concrete Planter

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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.



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

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FUSION : Sustainable Innovation and Design Services _ CfSD

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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



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How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa's drylands

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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.

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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.

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Resilience

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

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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.



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

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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

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