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Green Energy Around The World: A Collection of Infographics

Green Energy Around The World: A Collection of Infographics | scatol8® | Scoop.it

INFOGRAPHICS: Green Energy Around The World - Following on from the popularity of a post from last year, we have put together another fine collection of infographics that show the state of the renewable energy industry here in the UK, in Europe and around the world.

Read on and enjoy!


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Université et recherche : en attendant le changement. - Globe - France Culture

Université et recherche : en attendant le changement. - Globe - France Culture | scatol8® | Scoop.it
C'est l'un des problème de la LRU (loi instaurant l'autonomie des universités sous N. Sarkozy) : tel le carrosse de Cendrillon en citrouille, la LRU a transformé du jour au lendemain des enseignants-chercheurs Présidents et VP d'universités en cadres dirigeants de sociétés. Ils ne sont bien sûr pas élus sur leur goût pour le management, auquel ils sont d'ailleurs bien peu formés ; et ils ne peuvent s'appuyer sur un 'staff' correspondant. Cette inadéquation douloureuse a été rendue visible dans l'espace médiatique par la lettre des 14 présidents d'universités demandant à la Ministre de reprendre en direct la GRH et la paye de tous leurs personnels. Circonstance aggravante : l'Etat a profité de cette autonomie de gestion pour diminuer ses dotations budgétaires. Moralité : l'effet pervers de l'autonomie version Valérie Pécresse (ministre du secteur sous le quinquenat précédent) , c'est la casse des universités non accompagnées dans la mise en oeuvre de l'autonomie ('aide toi le ciel t'aidera, si tu dévisses, tant pis pour toi').


Quelle évaluation ?

En France, les enseignants-chercheurs sont confrontés à la pesanteur bureaucratique de l'évaluation et de la réponse aux appels d'offre distribuant le financement de la recherche. L'une et l'autre sont inspirés par le new public management (NPM). Les difficultés similaires au Royaume-Uni et en République Fédérale d'Allemagne indiquent que le NPM est problématique en soi. L'hybridation avec la bureaucratie typiquement française (celle des 'grands organismes de recherche', une quasi exclusivité hexagonale - comme les 'grandes écoles' d'ailleurs) génère cependant une forme problématique propre. Un certain nombre de chercheurs progressistes, ou modernistes, ou sociaux-démocrates, ou réformistes - selon l'angle - font le pari qu'il y a moyen de décliner dans le paysage sup-recherche français des pratiques d'évaluation socialement utiles et professionnellement réussies - à rebours de l'utilisation dite 'libérale' qui met les individus en concurrence, méprise la coopération, met l'intérêt au centre et les Centres (labos) à la périphérie.
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Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower

Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower | scatol8® | Scoop.it

Facebook is building a new 300,000-square-foot data center in Lulea, Sweden to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In a joint venture with Fortis Construction, Portland, Ore., and NCC Construction Sweden, Stockholm, DPR Construction was awarded a $121-million contract to construct the data-center complex.

This project will be the Redwood City, Calif., general contractor’s first foray outside North America.


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How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub

How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub | scatol8® | Scoop.it
The city of Nantes, the fifth largest in France, is a place of rich history dating back at least as far as the second century.  Economically, Nantes was long a port and shipbuilding center of considerable significance. 
But the shipping and shipbuilding industry in western Europe began a serious decline in the 1960s and 70s, and the last major shipbuilding facility in Nantes closed in 1986. 
The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant. That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability. Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.

The EU’s annual green designation was created by the European Commission in the last decade, with Stockholm selected as the first honoree, for 2010. The prestigious competition involves a lengthy application process and is judged on the basis of twelve overlapping environmental criteria:

Response to climate change
Transportation
Urban green spaces
Land use
Nature and biodiversity
Air quality
Noise pollution
Waste reduction and management
Water consumption
Wastewater treatment
Green municipal management
Dissemination of best practices

The 2013 award for Nantes included specific praise for the city’s efforts regarding climate, transportation, water, and biodiversity...
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Nantes is the fifth largest city in France and in it's earlier life was a hub for shipping and ship building. The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant.  That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability.  Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.

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Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects

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Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved.

DGNB is a new green building certification system expected to become the scale for sustainability in Europe. DGNB-Certification focuses on three equally weighted parameters: Environmental-, Social- and economical sustainability, for a holistic evaluation of built projects.

In total, the project will have 24 single family homes, built around a shared courtyard to encourage community and shared resources. Passive solar design with optimized window and shade placement allows for passive cooling and heating. Energy efficient design, including a tight thermal envelope with energy saving systems reduces power consumption, while rooftop photovoltaics produce electricity. Green roofs protect the home and provide further insulation. A close connection with nature and gardens encourages residents to live off the land.

As Lendager Architects told us about the project, “We wanted to answer the questions of how we can build without affecting the environment, how we can build without using new materials, how we can build houses that produce more energy than they use, and how sharing becomes a natural part of the daily life.”
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