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I'm proud to say that Takt-etik (The company I work for) is now a « B Corp »

 

Why does it matter? To B the difference "B Corporations are a new type of corporation that use the power of business to create public benefit."

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The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Architecture + Urban Design + Sustainability = Getting back to the roots · Home ...

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Innovation & Sustainability at Geusseltbad Aquatic Complex, Netherlands

Innovation & Sustainability at Geusseltbad Aquatic Complex, Netherlands | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Masterminded by Slangen + Koenis, this swimming pool complex is the highlight and the heart of the district’s new sports complex in northeast Maastricht, near Geusselt Castle. 

Part of an ambitious modernization scheme, the project combines superb architecture with the highest environmental standards, implementing sustainable concepts and using cradle-to-cradle materials. Thanks to triple glazing, solar panels and geothermal energy, the power consumption could be curbed to one third of what one would expect for a building of this size and programmatic nature.


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Herman van den Bosch's curator insight, December 8, 2013 1:25 PM

Tja, de Maastrichtenaren klagen steen en been. Maar de deskundigologen op architectuur en duurzaamheidgebied zijn lyrisch. Een grote opsteker voor al die bibberende zwemmers: de CO2-uitstoot is dratisch gedaald.

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A 105-Year-Old Building Becomes a Top Performer

A 105-Year-Old Building Becomes a Top Performer | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The Bridge Building was built on the east bank of downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River in 1908. Today, it is the world’s highest-rated LEED Platinum Core & Shell building.
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Apple’s New Corporate Headquarters Will Feature One Of The World’s Largest Solar Arrays

Apple’s New Corporate Headquarters Will Feature One Of The World’s Largest Solar Arrays | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The company's new 176-acre campus will rely on 100 percent renewable energy, most of which will be generated on-site through photovoltaic panels and fuel cells.
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Living building chalenge: U-M students to retrofit historic home | Michigan

Living building chalenge: U-M students to retrofit historic home | Michigan | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The team hopes to retrofit the home to ultimately qualify for certification in the Living Building Challenge. “What would be the point of living if we built a bunch of hyper-efficient concrete boxes? We need to preserve the beauty and history of what’s already here,” said Grocoff.

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Mapping sustainability assessment tools to support sustainable water and sanitation service delivery

Mapping sustainability assessment tools to support sustainable water and sanitation service delivery | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Mapping sustainability assessment tools to support sustainable water and sanitation service delivery, 2013. 2013_WP6_SustainabilityAssessmentTools.pdf  (1,000.92 kB) Authors: Julia Boulenouar, Ryan...

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Biomimicry: Termite den = Office building

Biomimicry: Termite den = Office building | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Termite dens look otherworldly, but they are surprisingly comfortable places to live. While the temperature outside swings wildly throughout the day from lows in the 30s to highs over 100, the inside of a termite den holds steady at a comfortable (to a termite) 87 degrees.

 

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Singapore's first tidal turbine test-bed launched

Singapore's first tidal turbine test-bed launched | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Singapore's first tidal turbine test-bed was launched in Sentosa on Wednesday.

 

Designed, built and installed by a group of engineers from NTU, and in collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation, the system tests the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity.

Though tidal energy is a new field in Singapore, its key advantage as a renewable energy source is that tidal cycles are predictable, unlike conventional wind and solar energy, which are highly susceptible to weather fluctuations.

 

The system already produces energy to power the lights at Sentosa Boardwalk Turbine Exhibit.

 

In the coming year, it will further analyse how low-flow tidal energy can be used efficiently and made cheaper and more reliable.

 

The informative exhibition, which is part of the Sentosa Sustainability Plan, will have information about tidal energy and showcases a miniature tidal turbine prototype. The exhibition is open to public.

Dr Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo, research fellow at NTU’s Energy Research Institute, said: "This location (Sentosa Boardwalk) is a very good spot for tidal occurrence because it is channelled between two islands - Singapore and Sentosa, which causes an acceleration of the flow much like a funnel."

 

Mike Barclay, chief executive officer at Sentosa Development Corporation, said: “We do have some pretty good tides around Sentosa, quite strong tidal flows so we can extract energy from them, generate electricity and prove something that could be scaleable for Singapore as a whole, something that really works for us."


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Le marché ne sauvera pas les forêts tropicales - Reporterre

Le marché ne sauvera pas les forêts tropicales - Reporterre | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

La disparition des forêts tropicales se poursuit inexorablement, malgré les nombreuses initiatives promouvant des instruments de marché. Ceux-ci ont échoué. Enrayer la déforestation implique en fait de réduire la consommation et de changer le mode de développement.

 

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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:58 PM

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Ce n’est pas le lieu ici de décrire la complexité des causes de la déforestation tropicale, entre infrastructures routières, besoin de satisfaire la demande alimentaire, gouvernance défaillante… Mais le fait est que les rustines que représentent les approches addosées au marché ne sont pas une solution au problème.

La solution ne pourra passer que par une redéfinition de nos trajectoires de développement afin que la consommation par habitant diminue drastiquement (voire la démographie). Cette prise de conscience se heurte à des inerties là aussi puissantes, puisque la croissance économique reste dans nos esprits associée à plus de production de biens manufacturés.

Elle continuera aussi de nous poser des problèmes intellectuels puisque l’on ne peut blâmer, à titre d’illustration, l’expansion des plantations de palmier à huile sans faire également l’effort d’admettre qu’avec une croissance de la demande alimentaire, les mêmes terres seraient de toute façon défrichées et cultivées pour y répondre, quel que soit le type de culture."

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Trees 'shield vulnerable species from climate change'

Trees 'shield vulnerable species from climate change' | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Forests with dense canopies create a microclimate that protects a variety of cold-adapted plant species from warming air temperatures, a study has shown.

Researchers found plants that favoured cooler conditions fared better under dense canopies than in ones that were more open to the elements.

They added that these conditions could be a "critical mechanism" in the conservation of forest plant diversity.


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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 3, 2013 5:49 AM

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Co-author Keith Kirby, a woodland ecologist from the University of Oxford's Department of Plant Sciences, said the microclimate created by a dense forest canopy allowed some plants to remain within their comfort zone.

However, he warned: "The other thing we must remember is that this moderating characteristic only works as long as you have got the canopy there.

"At some stage, the trees themselves may die from disease, they may get felled or they themselves might succumb to the effects of climate change.

"Once that happens, what we might then see is that the ground flora might start to shift quite rapidly, so we might have things keeping relatively stable for quite a while but then we pass a tipping point once the canopy opens up."

After a prolonged post-war hiatus, traditional woodland management techniques - such as coppicing - are becoming popular once again.

But Dr Kirby told BBC News that this study's findings suggested that a more considered approach might be needed.

He observed: "This might be a case to say hold on a minute because if we start coppicing and opening up the canopies, we will also be exposing these plants to future climate change more.

"Maybe in the future we should be reducing the extent that we break up canopies.".......

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Sunny Climate For Solar Income Up North | Alternative Energy Stocks

Sunny Climate For Solar Income Up North | Alternative Energy Stocks | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

While solar is having its day in the sun in Hawaii, state incentives make the economics of photovolatics equally attractive in Vermont, a state not known for its sunny skies.

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How sustainability leadership drives innovation

How sustainability leadership drives innovation | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Measuring the innovation benefits provided by sustainability leadership has been difficult — But a new research report, published today by Deloitte, shows that it can be done.

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Webinar: Key Issues in Global Events Using ISO 20121 to Build Reputation

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Le développement durable en entreprise est profitable

Le développement durable en entreprise est profitable | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Le temps où la profitabilité et l'écoconception n'allaient pas de pair semble révolu : les produits issus de ce mode de production offrent une marge bénéficiaire unitaire plus...

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Stadiums Compete for Sustainability

Stadiums Compete  for Sustainability | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Every building, even stadiums, can be made more environmentally friendly; sometimes all it takes is a little bit of inspiration.
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How Living Infrastructure Will Save Our Cities

How Living Infrastructure Will Save Our Cities | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Super-typhoon Haiyan, the single most powerful storm ever recorded, is an unsettling harbinger of troubles to come.


Weather systems across the globe have gained intensity and force over the past few years due to our rapidly warming planet. New defenses are needed to protect our metropolitan centers, most of which are located within a stone's throw of the ocean. The solution: fight nature with nature.

Supplementing civil engineering projects with ecological defenses is only part of the overall solution to dealing with our rapidly changing environment. Early warning systems, effective evacuation strategies, education, and better building codes must be integrated into the larger scheme of of sustainable city development and planning if we plan on living anywhere near our growing oceans...


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Verizon LEED Stores Prototype Profile | U.S. Green Building Council

Verizon LEED Stores Prototype Profile | U.S. Green Building Council | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: Verizon LEED Stores Prototype Profile on www.usgbc.org
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Tactical Urbanism in Detroit Offers a Lesson for All

Tactical Urbanism in Detroit Offers a Lesson for All | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

a ‘tactical urbanism’ event at Freespace in San Francisco last week, which brought together six Detroit urban innovators. All of these entrepreneurs in Detroit are operating businesses despite a lack of resources and an unfriendly business and policy climate. They rely heavily on eachother by building an ecosystem that supports their efforts. 

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Sustainability's best offer presentations at Omega conference - Sustainable Industries

Sustainability's best offer presentations at Omega conference - Sustainable Industries | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Rhinebeck, NY-based Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) this past weekend hosted "Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World," a conference aimed at addressing sustainability issues from a "holistic perspective based on the interconnection between human behavior, economic and social systems, and the environment." 


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Regenerating the Grasslands of Patagonia

This partnership with Ovis 21, The Nature Conservancy and Patagonia, Inc. aims to restore natural grasslands across Patagonia through evolved grazing practic... (Knew @Patagonia were leaders for sustainability, but now working with @SavoryInstitute?
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Weaving Ecosystem Services into Impact Assessment | World Resources Institute

Weaving Ecosystem Services into Impact Assessment | World Resources Institute | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The services provided by ecosystems play a
vital role in human well-being. Although some
ecosystem services are easily recognized—
food, timber, and freshwater, for example—
others may be less apparent.

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New process recycles rare earth elements from wastewater

New process recycles rare earth elements from wastewater | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Rare earth elements are an integral part of many of today's electronic devices, serving as magnets, catalysts and superconductors. Unfortunately, these minerals are also ... well, rare, and thus very pricey.
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Electrify Your Bike with these Revolutionary Wheels - LifeEdited

Electrify Your Bike with these Revolutionary Wheels - LifeEdited | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A couple new products are offering the perfect solution: by slipping in a special wheel, they turn your existing bike into an e-bike.

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Flatpack solar-powered refugee housing is IKEA's latest design

Flatpack solar-powered refugee housing is IKEA's latest design | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
A team of IKEA designers have taken on a challenge a little different from their usual fun with flatpack philosophy.
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'Designing Recovery' Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities

'Designing Recovery' Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

“Designing Recovery,” a competition focused on the planning and rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities, has announced its three winning entries, bysustainable.to Architecture + Building, GOATstudio LLP, and Q4 Architects.

The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  Make It Right,  Architecture for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, and Dow Building Solutions, was envisioned to aid communities affected by devastating natural disasters.


“When examining all of the designs submitted we continually asked ourselves if this would be a house we would want to live in regardless of safety considerations,” explained Jury Chair, Michael Willis, FAIA, NOMA.  “The three designs that we chose all had the ideal combination of addressing disaster mitigation and actual livability.”


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Norwegian town Rjukan installs giant mirrors to reflect light into valley

Norwegian town Rjukan installs giant mirrors to reflect light into valley | Sustainability Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
A town in Norway has placed giant mirrors on top of the hills surrounding it, to beam light into the valley in the dark winter months.
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