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Net Zero Buildings: Understanding and Strategies

Net Zero Buildings: Understanding and Strategies | Engineering | Scoop.it
Zero-energy buildings (ZEBs) have enormous potential to transform the way buildings use energy. Large private commercial property owners are interested in developing ZEBs to meet corporate goals. Federal governmetal agencies, along with many state and local entities, are starting to move toward zero-energy targets.
However, there's no established consensus on what constitutes a ZEB. We need a widely accepted definition - and process to measure achievement - so that governments, utilities, and private entitites can actually recognize and incentivize ZEBs.

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Mayesbrook Climate Change Park

Mayesbrook Climate Change Park | Engineering | Scoop.it
Restoration of the Mayes Brook in Mayesbrook Park, in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, was an opportunity to create an ecological and community focal point within a broader environmental regeneration project. It was designed to produce the UK’s first climate change adaptation public park. This restoration of an urban river within a barren park landscape is a good example of an approach that combines flood storage, biodiversity enhancement and adaptation to climate change within a city environment. This study explores some of the key benefits of the planned river restoration and the wider park ‘greenspace’ improvements, in terms of their impact on ecosystem services. The urban setting means that restoration and improvements contribute to ‘regulatory services’ (regulation of air and water quality, microclimate and flood risk) affecting the local community. Enhanced recreation and tourism (cultural services) are also likely to bring benefits, since many people in the borough lack gardens or ready access to other green spaces.

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Evidence based policy making for sustainable cities, the EU Urban Agenda, Nature Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure - Urbanagenda

Evidence based policy making for sustainable cities, the EU Urban Agenda, Nature Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure - Urbanagenda | Engineering | Scoop.it
On May 31 a conference was held in the Paushuize in Utrecht (NL) to strengthen the synergies between the Urban Agenda for the EU, the EU research agenda on Nature-based Solutions (Horizon 2020), and the potential for urban green infrastructure. The conference was hosted by the province and the city of Utrecht and the Dutch government, in close cooperation with the European Commission and organised within the framework of the Dutch EU Presidency. It brought together around 100 representatives of research institutes, knowledge networks, European, national and local governments, and other stakeholders.

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An Urban Farmer in the City

Throughout her young adult life, Amanda Morse has worked entirely in the nonprofit food sector. When she moved to Portland, Oregon, she was ready to apply he...

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Agriculture-minded retirement community keeps greenthumbed residents happily occupied

Agriculture-minded retirement community keeps greenthumbed residents happily occupied | Engineering | Scoop.it
Offering its residents much more than a small plot for planting, Homefarm is a conceptual retirement development with full-on urban farming operations.

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Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield? | Ensia

Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield? | Ensia | Engineering | Scoop.it
The benefits of city-based agriculture go far beyond nutrition.
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Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level | ArchDaily

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level | ArchDaily | Engineering | Scoop.it
Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio's proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate ...

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Wild! Can you see this in cities of the future?

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Concrete over your lawns to save the planet, says Bob Flowerdew - Telegraph

Concrete over your lawns to save the planet, says Bob Flowerdew  - Telegraph | Engineering | Scoop.it
One of Britain's leading organic gardeners has stunned horticulturalists by urging people to tear up their lawns. (Bob Flowerdew's column in Amateur Gardening has made the national press today. Will you be ripping out your lawn?

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Belvedere College uses its rooftop to start an urban farm

Belvedere College uses its rooftop to start an urban farm | Engineering | Scoop.it
Potatoes, wheatgrass, fish and bees among the growing projects
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How to Build a Responsible Supply Chain

How to Build a Responsible Supply Chain | Engineering | Scoop.it
“ By improving environmental, social and governance performance throughout the supply chain, companies can reduce costs and increase productivity.”
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Qué es una ciudad DOT y su desarrollo urbano sostenible

Qué es una ciudad DOT y su desarrollo urbano sostenible | Engineering | Scoop.it
Cómo desarrollar una ciudad para sus habitantes. Estándar DOT la planificación urbanística de ciudades sostenibles en base a las personas.

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Volvo smart helmet system could help save lives

Volvo smart helmet system could help save lives | Engineering | Scoop.it
An all Swedish trio of Volvo, POC Sports and Ericsson have teamed up to produce “an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists”, with the connected tech set for an official unveiling at CES 2015 in January. The premise of the Volvo Cars’ City Safety system is fairly straightforward: a POC produced helmet, containing Bluetooth,…

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Premise of the smart helmet system a helmet, containing Bluetooth, connects to a smartphone app and broadcasts a cyclist's position, albeit only Volvo XC90 cars will have connectivity with the system built in as standard, allowing drivers to be warned of a cyclist’s proximity

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El 'cachondeo' del precio de la luz: el Gobierno dice que baja el 5%, mientras el INE que sube un 4,4%

El 'cachondeo' del precio de la luz: el Gobierno dice que baja el 5%, mientras el INE que sube un 4,4% | Engineering | Scoop.it
El precio de la luz se ha convertido en un auténtico circo en el que el propio Gobierno entra en contradicción. No es serio que una estadística como ésta, tan importante para el consumidor, como para el Gobierno por su claro uso electoralista, no sea lo suficientemente clara. 

 

Empieza el año calentito con el precio de la electricidad. A las supuestas subidas o no subidas de lo que llevamos de año, este lunes se ha conocido el dato del Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) en el que resalta que el precio de la electricidad ha subido un 4,4%. Concretamente, el índice del precio de la electricidad ha pasado de los 105,99 a los 110,69 puntos. 

 

Este dato choca directamente con el que el Gobierno ha querido mostrar en los últimos meses. “El precio de la luz va a caer este año más fuerte que lo que lo hizo en 2013″, ha dicho en reiteradas ocasiones el ministro José Manuel Soria.

 

Incluso, el propio Soria ha citado en varias entrevistas los datos del INE. Lo hizo en RTVE y en el programa El Objetivo de La Sexta. El ministro daba por válido el dato del INE. 

 

Pero claro, ahora que le lleva la contraria, el dato del INE no vale. El Ministerio ha tardado unas horas en desmentir al Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Estima que la caída del precio en un consumidor medio ha sido del 5% en 2014 respecto a 2013. El Ministerio dice que la diferencia es debida a dos factores que alteran el procedimiento de cálculo del precio de la electricidad.

 

En primer lugar, Industria señala que el INE no ha contabilizado las devoluciones efectuadas a cuenta de los primeros meses del año -cuando el precio real fue inferior al calculado por el Gobierno y la factura tuvo que ser ajustada- en su mes correspondiente, sino que los concentró en junio.

 

“Por tanto el efecto de no contabilizar los descuentos en su mes correspondiente y concentrarlos en el mes de junio supone más de 5 puntos porcentuales de diferencia en la media del año”, explica Industria.

 

Además, señala que los datos del ministerio se refieren a un consumidor medio “que representa la familia más frecuente en España”, mientras que el INE recoge a todos los consumidores, incluidas viviendas vacías, segundas residencias y clientes con potencias variadas.

 

“La diferencia que supone usar un consumidor medio frente a la muestra del INE es de más de tres puntos porcentuales para el conjunto del año”, afirma el comunicado de Industria.

 

Ahora, el consumidor ¿a quién cree?, de ¿quién se fía? Lo que está claro es que la Unión Europea se queda con el dato del INE, y se trata de una noticia pésima para el Gobierno ya que se le habría disparado el precio de la electricidad en 2014. 

 

El Gobierno debería abogar por un único cálculo del precio de la electricidad que arroje más transparencia al mercado. 


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ECOIMPULSO's curator insight, January 21, 2015 2:31 PM

La verdad es que hay que reconocer que el cambio de tarifas ha sido un éxito del gobierno y las eléctricas para que los consumidores no sepamos por donde nos vienen dadas.......... ahora ya ni siquiera sabemos el precio de la luz.

 

La solución, desde luego, es cambiarse a una cooperativa energética fuera del oligopolio, formas parte de ella, no te engañan.

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Cities Alive - Green Building Envelope

Cities Alive - Green Building Envelope | Engineering | Scoop.it
In ever denser cities the space for green infrastructure, such as parks and green recreational spots, is being depleted. What is often considered as “green architectural decoration” is, however, an important element in our built environment and should not be underestimated.

Can retrofitting cityscapes with vegetation improve the health and well-being of urban citizens? Can we use green facades to capture renewable energy and drive sustainability?

Experts from eight Arup skill networks across the globe cross-examine these questions with a view to shape better cities. The comprehensive research considers whether green building envelopes can have a special role to play in improving our cities for their inhabitants.

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Nature-based solutions for cities: A new tool for sustainable urban land development?

Nature-based solutions for cities: A new tool for sustainable urban land development? | Engineering | Scoop.it
Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are living solutions inspired and supported by the use of natural processes and structures, and are designed to address various environmental challenges in an efficient and adaptable manner, while simultaneously providing economic, social, and environmental benefits (European Commission, 2015). The core idea of NBS is to use the benefits of ecosystem services to prevent a system from crossing a certain threshold/tipping point, such as critical air temperatures, water shortages. or water levels that could lead to dangerous flooding. These interventions create net positive effects, e.g., clean air (Nowak et al., 2014), cooler air temperatures (Baró et al., 2014; Kain et al., 2016), and flood or coastal protection (Wright & Scott, 2011).  Types of NBS relevant to cities include: ecosystem restoration, greening of grey surfaces (e.g., green rooftops, green walls or greened brownfields), and integrated broad scale climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, e.g., afforestation, natural flood control, constructed wetlands and, potentially, geoengineering.

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Entering Unknown Territory: The Importance Of System Thinkers in Sustainability

Entering Unknown Territory: The Importance Of System Thinkers in Sustainability | Engineering | Scoop.it

May 21, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business - Guardian Professional

 THE IMPORTANCE OF SYSTEM THINKER IN SUSTAINABILITY. True collaboration is hard work but a small group of systems thinkers, mappers and innovators could make all the difference..

The reason systems experts are so valuable is that they not only understand the inter-connection of issues, important in itself, but also recognise the power of group dynamics and of finding ways to encourage groups with competing interests to find common ground....

...we need to recognise we don't really understand any more the complexity of the current system, or how it dynamically evolves over time. We also have no prototypes for an alternative system so have no clear sense of where we are exactly aiming for.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/systems-experts-scale-and-speed-sustainability


 The most widely accepted definition of “sustainable development” appeared the 1987 report of UN’s World Commission on Environment and Development, titled Our Common Future. It said: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


InterPress Service, November 28, 2014
▶ IS THE IDEA OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BASED ON A FALSE CONSENSUS. The term sustainable development rapidly gained wide-scale acceptance, with the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development just one of the many (inter)governmental or top-down bodies that have set up in the past three decades to include environmental goals in planning and policy.. The idea of sustainable development is based on a false consensus. Once this term and its underlying situations are properly deconstructed, Demaria tells IPS, “we discover that sustainable development is still all about development. And that is where the problem lies.”
 http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/11/down-with-sustainable-development-long-live-convivial-degrowth/


                            VIDEO REPORT - RICHARD WOLFF

                                 July 25, 2013 Democracy Now

DETROIT A "SPECTACULAR FAILURE" OF A SYSTEM THAT REDISTRIBUTES PAY FROM BOTTOM TO TOP

Detroit’s bankruptcy "is an example of a failed economic system," says economist Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics at University of Massachusetts. "There are so many other cities in Detroit’s situation, that if the courts decide that it is legal to take away the pension that has been promised to and paid for by these workers, you have [legalized] theft. It is class war, redistributing income from the bottom to the top." ... http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/richard_wolff_detroit_a_spectacular_failure

 

May 22, 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business - Guardian Professional
-▶ WHY GOOGLE AND SONY ARE TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS  http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/google-sony-nature-inspire-leaders

 

Guardian Sustainable Business, January 13, 2014
-▶ SUSTAINABILITY IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL COMPANIES ADMIT ENVIRONMENTAL COST. While companies' impact on the environment remains ignored the question of how society deals with the consequence of this damage will remain unanswered  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/sustainability-companies-environmental-cost

 

New Politics, March 2014
-▶ THE MYTHS OF "GREEN CAPITALISM" http://newpol.org/content/myths-%E2%80%9Cgreen-capitalism%E2%80%9D


 

                                    BEYOND GDP:  VIDEO REPORT

               The Search For A New Economic System - With Meaning

                                            http://sco.lt/8HZxrN

 

 July 26, 2013 CSRWire Talkback
-▶ ORDER WITHIN CHAOS: A NEW BUSINESS PARADIGM INSPIRED BY NATURE  http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/949-order-within-chaos-a-new-business-paradigm-inspired-by-nature

 

Forbes, September 07, 2011
-▶ SOCIAL POWER AND THE COMING CORPORATE REVOLUTION http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2011/09/07/social-power-and-the-coming-corporate-revolution/

 

World Economic Forum:
-▶ CONNECTED WORLD - TRANSFORMING TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND SUPPLY CHAINS http://www.weforum.org/news/high-tech-solutions-will-revolutionize-travel-and-transportation


-▶ URBAN NATURE: HOW TO FOSTER BIODIVERSITY IN WORLD'S CITIES http://sco.lt/9DryBV


 

-▶ ECO-SPIRITUALITY: TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE  http://sco.lt/7tcgQj

 

May 10, 2013 Forbes
-▶ WHY CSR? THE BENEFITS OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL MOVE YOU TO ACT http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2013/05/18/why-csr-the-benefits-of-corporate-social-responsibility-will-move-you-to-act/

 

-▶ NATURE'S CEO: MARK TERCEK SAYS CONSERVATION IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS http://sco.lt/6TQC8X

 

May 14, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
-▶ SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION:  WHY BRANDS SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/sustainable-consumption-brands-take-lead

 

-▶ INNOVATION FOR A COMPLEX WORLD = PROMOTING THE WELL BEING OF HUMANITY http://sco.lt/5Z51bV

 

 The Natural Eye Project

-▶ AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

-▶ CHANGE IS UPON US AND CHANGE WE MUST | The Natural Eye Project http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/change-is-upon-us-and-change-we-must/

 

 

 


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World's 8 Most Inspiring Urban Farms

World's 8 Most Inspiring Urban Farms | Engineering | Scoop.it
With all the media surrounding industrial agriculture and its corresponding technologies -- GMO crops, toxic pesticides, deadly fertilizers -- it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that many p...

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Denver implements urban farming program, allowing residents to sell produce in front yard stands

Denver implements urban farming program, allowing residents to sell produce in front yard stands | Engineering | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) Passionate about health and the great outdoors, Coloradans are insistent on producing more food locally, a move that would greatly reduce carbon footprints, provide more transparency and supply communities with fresh produce...

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Bucket crops: Mississippi man takes container gardening to another level - Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bucket crops: Mississippi man takes container gardening to another level - Memphis Commercial Appeal | Engineering | Scoop.it
Willie Anderson has crafted a vast vegetable garden, one bucket at a time.

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Seoul gets greener with rooftop gardening

Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to ...

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Little Crop Circles's curator insight, October 23, 2015 9:19 PM

With a family member from Seoul this is great to see happening. 

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Growing Together is an innovative urban farm based across multiple sites in West London.

Cultivate London is an innovative urban farm based across multiple sites in West London. We produce a range of premium quality herbs and vegetables as well as potted plants for your home and garden.


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Amazon o el éxito del caos organizado

Amazon o el éxito del caos organizado | Engineering | Scoop.it
“ Los pedidos del nuevo servicio ultrarrápido se gestionan en un almacén de 2.000 metros cuadrados en la capital”
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Remourban elige a Smarkia plataforma para monitorizar y analizar datos de generación y consumo de cualquier tipo de energía: edificios, viviendas y vehículos eléctricos.

Remourban elige a Smarkia plataforma para monitorizar y analizar datos de generación y consumo de cualquier tipo de energía: edificios, viviendas y vehículos eléctricos. | Engineering | Scoop.it
La herramienta permite monitorizar y analizar datos de generación y consumo de cualquier tipo de energía: edificios, viviendas y vehículos eléctricos.

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What's the future of wearable tech looking like for 2015?

What's the future of wearable tech looking like for 2015? | Engineering | Scoop.it
2014 saw many advances for the Pebble smartwatch, But where does this new product line of wearable devices head off to in 2015?

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4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers | Engineering | Scoop.it

What Argodesign presented in response was "a provocation"—four wearable concepts that would not just track your heartbeat or put your email on your wrist, but give you what Rolston calls "superpowers."

He points to the modern smartphone as his evidence. It’s already given us the opportunity to fly through space (through maps or video conferencing), travel through time (through our photos or social networks), and increase our intelligence (through omnipresent Internet access). To him, wearables will just be "more literal extensions" of these powers. They’ll offer us everything from more coordination to improved hearing. And it’s the quest for these powers that will drive user adoption....


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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 29, 2014 2:36 AM

Professionally speaking, solutions in search of a problem, questionable use cases, but hey may be you have a different opinion?

Moolahonly's curator insight, May 12, 2015 1:08 PM

These are the types of wearable devices we would like help get funding on our crowdfunding platform http://bit.ly/1Fgh78d ;

Ensil's curator insight, May 12, 2015 2:16 PM

It's great and refreshing to see a post on wearables that doesn't involve a watch or wristband!