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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:08 AM

"To create the pathway for fundamental change, it is therefore vital that we mainstream a credible vision of a prosperous future within planetary boundaries, but the sustainability movement has so far failed to do this." - so correct!

Antoine Moore's comment, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM
To me the most salient statement of this article was this: Standing back from the whole sustainability debate, the sense I have is that before we can come up with a credible future vision, we must firstly let go of our egoic need to be in control and be right. The paradox is that only by embracing uncertainty, will the way forward start to manifest." Business leaders have to become more comfortable with uncertainty and not knowing upfront the way forward which presumably might also suggest the possibility of not acting but rather sensing into the storyline unfolding in the field of one's experience.
Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2:25 PM

Even if a new and functional vision of the world were to come up, would they listen?

 

Would they see?

 

We're a species that is perfectly capable of adaptation and self-produced evolution.

 

How is it that these folks aren't changing themselves for the sake of their own long term (and short term, btw) beneft?

 

Where is the failure to connect?

 

And, more importantly, how do we actually change them, before it's too late for all of us?

 

Think about it.

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How 3D printing could revolutionise the solar energy industry

How 3D printing could revolutionise the solar energy industry | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

More efficient, less complex and cheaper, 3D solar cells can also capture more sunlight than conventional PV models


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CineversityTV's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:04 AM

when will this hit the market?

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Writing the Future

Writing the Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What does the future hold for the global economy? Will living standards rise worldwide, as today’s poor countries leapfrog technologies to catch up with richer countries? Or will prosperity slip through our fingers as greed and corruption lead us to deplete vital resources and degrade the natural environment on which human well-being depends? Humanity faces no greater challenge than to ensure a world of prosperity rather than a world that lies in ruins.


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Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm

Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tony’s Farm is the biggest organic food farm in Shanghai, which produces certified vegetables and fruits. But it's more than just a place for vegetable production. The vision is to integrate the consumer and therefore promote a natural lifestyle.

 

To link the activities of the working people with the visitors of the farm, playze developed a building complex, which combines the main reception, a lobby, (working also for the future hotel rooms) and a vip area, with the new offices and an existing warehouse, where the fruits and vegetables are being packed. The building provides transparency within the manufacturing process. Thus it supports the vision of integrating the visitor and helps to reinforce the consumer confidence in the products of the farm. At the same time the building design is driven by the concept of sustainability, combined with it's iconic qualities, it communicates and promotes the core concept of the Farm...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:41 PM

An interesting project that incorporates relevant social issues and educational opportunities within the context of a working farm...

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The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia

The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Located on a dense site next to ‘Sustainability Street’ at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability [CIRS] houses 200 researchers from private, public, and NGO sectors, who work together with the common mission of accelerating sustainability.

The 5,675m2 ‘living lab’ is organized around two four-story wings linked by a central atrium. The atrium serves as a building lobby and entry to a daylit auditorium, and as a social and educational space from which all of the project’s sustainable strategies are visible.

The CIRS building has embraced the ambitious sustainability goals of the Living Building Challenge, including those of net zero water consumption; waste water treatment on site; net zero energy consumption, and construction and operational carbon neutrality...
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Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery

Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This beautiful, family-owned winery on a 32-acre site in Geyserville, California is noted for its red wine offerings as well as its stunning surroundings and spectacular views, not to mention an architectural design that features green strategies and sustainability as key design elements.

Reflecting Stryker Sonoma's 'bold but thoughtful' philosophy, the design expresses this spirit with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic that references the rural characteristics of the site, creating continuity between the natural and built landscapes.

 

Designed by Sonoma-based firm Nielsen : Schuh Architects, the winery building incorporates sustainable strategies and passive design concepts at the 12,600 square foot working facility. An environmentally-responsive and site-inspired design serves the needs of the program with minimal development impact to the existing vineyards. The design also conveys the the winemaking processes that occur within it through the thoughtful application of local materials, the incorporation of varying levels of visual transparency, and an environmentally-sensitive site layout.

 

For more images and to learn more about this beautiful, sustainable destination in Northern California, check out the complete article at the link...


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The End of Economic Growth

Another impressive presentation by Richard Heinberg of why we have now entered the post-growth era and what will be the implications for our societies.


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Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg

Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Building a green home, while increasingly popular in recent years, isn't a completely new concept, and the House in Regensburg by Thomas Herzog, built in 1977, still resonates today as a unique and beautiful example of thoughtful, site-responsive architecture.

 

Elegant in its simplicity, the design employs key sustainable principles, including passive heating and cooling, appropriate material selection and responsive building form, all of which enable the structure to have minimal development impact while maintaining a high degree of efficiency- the result of an integrated approach to site, technology, and design.

Herzog's House in Regensburg is not only a beautiful example of modern design, but also...


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Jonathan Belisle's comment, September 28, 2012 3:23 PM
I really like this article. !
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How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Tags: infographic, food, agriculture, sustainability, urban, urban ecology, locavore, land use, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.


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Crissy Borton's comment, September 11, 2012 8:36 PM
Looking at purchasing a house in the next year or so and this is one thing we have been looking at. Although we don't want to raise our own meat we would like to grow everything else we eat.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:44 PM

Good visual representation of what it would take to be self sufficient.

Chris Scott's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:51 AM

If you need a backyard that is about 2 acres to live off the land imagine how big of a backyard you would need if you had a family of 8.

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The State of Sustainable Development According to Professionals

The State of Sustainable Development According to Professionals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A recent survey asks sustainable development professionals what they think about current progress. Here's what they said.

 

This report on "Global Expert Perspectives on the State of Sustainable Development" seems to me a bit too optimistic but has some interesting points to make nevertheless.


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In London, A Big Win For Green Building

In London, A Big Win For Green Building | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the London borough of Newham, where much of the Olympic Park is located, one of the greenest buildings in the world is on the rise at the Royal Docks.

The Crystal, as its known, was developed by Siemens — that global powerhouse in renewable energy tech, among other things — for the center of London’s new Green Enterprise District.

Conceived of as an ‘intelligent all electric’ building, it will serve as a showcase for innovative tech- from solar arrays (which cover the roof of the building) to heat pumps tied to geothermal wells (buried beneath the building site). 


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Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse

Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"This new study explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. I use a scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world."

 

Excellent new report from Irish think tank Feasta on the interconnectness between global energy insecurity, economic supply chains and the financial system. Worth reading full report.


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» IMF Backs “Green Economy” – Is it Good for Developing Countries? » Global Development: Views from the Center

» IMF Backs “Green Economy” – Is it Good for Developing Countries? » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde announced at a CGD event on Tuesday that the IMF would provide research and analytic support in three areas crucial to sustainable development: carbon pricing, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and green national accounting, that is, development of new measures of economic progress that take into account environmental costs and benefits not included in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). She also announced that she would be attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil next week, a first for an IMF head. (See here for Lawrence MacDonald’s summary and analysis of the speech.)

 

In comments after the speech, Nancy Birdsall singled out the IMF work on new ways to measure economic activity as having far-reaching consequences. I agree. Current measures too often count environmental destruction as a benefit—a forest only counts in GDP when it is cut down and turned into timber. Everybody knows we need a better yardstick. Lagarde’s speech is a welcome endorsement from the citadel of economic orthodoxy of the clear need for new and better measures

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Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens

Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Taipei just broke ground on a twisting skyscraper that is wrapped with a jungle of vertical gardens...

Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture, the 455,000-square-foot Agora Tower will have an orchard, a vegetable garden, space for aromatic and medicinal plants, and a compost and rainwater capture system.

Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for a “hyper-abundance of suspended gardens.” These will spill over with edible and decorative plants, enabling residents of 40 luxury apartments to harvest a great deal of their own food (except for protein.) Plus, the rainwater capture system alleviates pressure on the municipal water supply and gives the complex even greater independence.

Each 540 square meter apartment will have an interior green wall as well, ensuring optimum air quality and a great green aesthetics. A circular light funnel will push daylighting right down to the basement of the building, a solar roof will provide energy, and low E glass will mitigate excess solar gain and prevent thermal loss.

Complete with nanotechnology and a host of other high-tech features, this one-of-a-kind tower may well be the greenest of its kind when it is completed circa 2016....


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Pagina Uno's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:10 AM

Progettato per imitare la struttura elicoidale del DNA, le torri sono organizzate intorno ad un nucleo centrale che ha permesso la realizzare un "iper-abbondanza di giardini sospesi." Questi traboccano di piante commestibili e decorative, che consentono ai residenti dei 40 appartamenti di lusso di raccogliere una grande quantità di cibo. Inoltre, un sistema di raccolta delle acque piovane allevia il peso sulla rete idrica comunale e dà indipendenza al complesso.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, March 10, 2013 1:30 PM
This is a real fad now, skyscrapers that twist toward the sky like that, isn't it? I can't help but wonder about the legacy. Are we entering a new era where the species is losing its self consciousness, or have these architects simply not heard the old limerick about the heartbreak when the man who was threaded one way fell in love with the woman who was threaded the other way?
Backbone's curator insight, September 13, 7:54 AM

more constructions like this expected in near future !

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the cowshed collective brings sustainability to social farming

the cowshed collective brings sustainability to social farming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
a cowshed in ireland made entirely from locally available and salvaged materials creates startling effects of dappled light while working with an existing structure.

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, February 10, 2013 12:52 AM

beautiful and idyllic. would love to see more information about the costs!

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Japan as the new normal: Living in a constrained economy

Japan as the new normal: Living in a constrained economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A few nations and communities are already moving in the direction of a steady-state economy. Sweden, Denmark, Japan, and Germany have arguably reached a situation in which they do not depend on high rates of growth to provide for their people. This is not to say these countries have only smooth sailing ahead (Japan in particular is facing a painful adjustment, given its very high levels of government debt), but they are likely to fare better than other nations that have high domestic levels of economic inequality and that have gotten used to high growth rates.


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Infographic: Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities

Infographic:  Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New research shows that many businesses around the world won’t start planning until 2018. Is this too late?

Despite widespread warnings of resource scarcity over the next few decades, a significant proportion of global businesses are not prepared to address the predicted shortfall, according to new research by Carbon Trust.
The U.K.-based organization’s survey of 475 executives in the U.S., Brazil, China, Korea and the U.K. revealed while a majority acknowledged that their companies would have to charge more for their products and services as a result of resource constraints, 43 percent are not monitoring risks posed by incidents such as energy price increases and environmental disasters. Over 50 percent have not developed goals to reduce their company’s consumption of water, waste production or carbon emissions...

View the Carbon Trust infographic for more details on the survey.


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Duane Craig's curator insight, December 20, 2012 11:19 AM

And, the construction sector is woefully unprepared...

Jim Gramata's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:37 PM

The earth is bounded and its resources finite. Hopefully it will be a proactive and not reactive decision to do what is critical to the sustainability of the earth. Spread the word....

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[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape

[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

MAD has unveiled plans for a towering village of apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China. 

 

Inspired by the topographical layers of the landscape, the buildings will have organically shaped floor plates and will emerge from amongst the treetops on a site beside the Taiping Lake.


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François Lanthier's comment, November 19, 2012 4:48 PM
Love it! Where do you find all thins great information?
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From www.dezeen.com
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Cities: Drivers of Sustainable Human Development & Prosperity

Cities: Drivers of Sustainable Human Development & Prosperity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As we plan for the future of our planet, it is imperative that we consider the effects of development on both the environment and human populations. A city is only truly sustainable if it uses natural resources efficiently while still fully meeting the needs of its inhabitants and a decent standard of living.

 


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The Future of Food at CGI 2012

The sustainability of the global food system - an issue of global, multisectoral proportions that engages individual responsibility - was discussed yesterday by a diverse panel of policy makers, business and NGO leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative...

"Rethinking agriculture with sustainability in mind

One of the important questions about the sustainability of the food system is linked to the emergence of a global middle classes. There are inherent tensions between the growing demand for protein and energy and the degradation of ecosystems. Clay spoke about the need to invest in crops that have a low impact on the soil and the environment. According to him, one of the central questions of agricultural sustainability is “which crops produce more calories by acre of land, by liter of water?”Adesina spoke about how sees seafood as a key alternative to traditional protein sources, because it has less environmental implications than other forms of protein. “Our view”, he explained, “is that it’s going to take protected wild fisheries and agriculture to deal with this. We are very aware of the need to partner with organizations to make sure we protect fisheries, and to make sure we take full advantage of agriculture and its potential.” He further noted that governments must also sett standards, monitor closely, and have the ability to sanction.


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Sustainability

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...."Our global engineering team has chosen to focus our current efforts on integrating sustainability concepts into the engineering curriculum.  We chose to focus on this not only because of its importance, but also because it sustainability is an already recognized and widely accepted concept which is very much lacking from our curriculum.  We are also aware of other Universities in Canada where sustainability has been widely incorporated into the engineering curriculum."

AN : the U of WIndsor in Canada incorporates the concept of sustainability into its learning modules and training. The earlier the concept get incorporated into psyche of those who have a reasonable chance of implementing the concepts in building, design , planning etc , the better. Good definition and diagram of sustainability.

http://goo.gl/HF6Mt


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Sustainability @ Thomson Reuters – It’s good business

Sustainability @ Thomson Reuters – It’s good business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Our new website on sustainability offers insights, resources and news from across our business and from trusted partners..."

 

AN : it is exciting to see such a powerhouse media group as Thomson Reuters putting together a comprehensive website for information on sustainability....

 

"Welcome to our new website, Sustainability. We are bringing together resources from across the enterprise, combined with valuable partner content, into a single space to enable dialogue and support our customers in their efforts to find a more sustainable pathway for their businesses and communities.

"Focusing on sustainability – for ourselves and for our customers – is good business," says CEO Jim Smith. "This new Thomson Reuters website encompasses a broad range of issues, products and practices concerning the environment, economies, corporate citizenship and risk management. It is intended to serve and encourage sustainability initiatives across the global community of professionals."

Drawing on the expertise and information we have in this field, Sustainability is where knowledge – news, analysis, insight - can be found. Where new ideas can be explored and those important conversations can begin."

http://goo.gl/7JIOt


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August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day

August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Today, August 22, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


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Sustainability problems galore but precious few solutions

Sustainability problems galore but precious few solutions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the 250 high level participants at the University of Oxford's Resource conference are clear about why short termism is so dominant, there is no silver bullet that will save civilisation...

 

What seems to have been seriously lacking during this conference is the social dimension of the sustainability crisis. What will be collapse for some (the 99%) could be a bright "gated" green future for others (the 1%). The signs of a new class war we are seeing in the Great Depression will become more visible over time.


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Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits

Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Financial-market reform has fallen far short of securing the sector’s resilience, let alone driving investment in the technology, energy systems, infrastructure, and business models needed to develop a sustainable world economy."

 

Good article in Project Syndicate by sustainability expert Simon Zadek on the need to tackle the financial sector.


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