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This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste

This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
RegenVillages, which is a spin-off company of Stanford University, is working on a pilot development of 25 homes in Almere, Netherlands, beginning this summer, with the aim of integrating local energy production (using biogas, solar, geothermal, and other modalities), along with intensive food production methods (vertical farming, aquaponics and aeroponics, permaculture, and others) and 'closed-loop' waste-to-resource systems, along with intelligent water and energy management systems. 

"We're really looking at a global scale. We are redefining residential real-estate development by creating these regenerative neighborhoods, looking at first these greenfield pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean energy, and mitigate more waste than if we just left that land to grow organic food or do permaculture there." - James Ehrlich, CEO of ReGen Villages

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 5, 8:17 AM

Getting ready for the #population boom and working with limited #resources.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 6, 9:57 PM
Intriguing idea that could lead to food and resource self-sufficiency for many areas of the world. Hopefully, this concept will spur our local, state, and federal government to get serious about self-sufficiency.  We should be able to care for ourselves without being dependent on unfriendly governments to supply us with raw materials and fuel.
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The true cost of water

The true cost of water | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

The market’s perverse water pricing creates opportunities for businesses that look beyond the market and consider the true cost of H20.

The environmental and social costs of global business water use add up to around $1.9 trillion per year, according to new research.

Some of these external water costs already are being internalized and hitting bottom lines: Just last year, the worst drought in the United States in 50 years sent commodity prices skyrocketing. Companies, especially those in the food, beverage and apparel sectors whose margins and supply chains are tightly linked to agricultural commodities, can use the true cost of water to get ahead of the trend of external costs increasingly being internalized through regulations, pricing or shortages...


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Understanding the true costs of resources, and accounting for these costs, is critical to realistically reaching the goal of Zero Footprint.

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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

GREAT VIDEO


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Well done.  Only two errors that I detected:

 

1. "We can't keep doubling population" but fortunately we are no longer doubling.  The growth rate has been declining for 30 years, and it will reach 0 growth in another 60 years, with about 9-10 billion.  We *currently* have 7 billion, and it is basically impossible to stop all growth immediately because there would be a severe shortage of children while we wait decades for enough people to die of old age.   And furthermore, population is not the main problem anyway - irresponsible use of resources by a small percentage of the population (the so-called "developed" world) is the real problem.  Blaming population growth while excusing our excessive waste only compounds the problem.

 

2. "Adapt to the end of economic growth as we've known it."  I agree, actually, but sustainable economic growth that factors in the true and complete cost of things is the answer.  We can grow smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while reducing or use of non-renewable resources, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy and 100% recycling of all resources as soon as possible.  Doing all that will require lots of effort, which means lots of economic activity.

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Samantha Fuller's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:03 PM

This videos main point is fossil fuel, but all the things we are using fossil fuels for are growing into climate change problems. The whole world is dependent on fossil fuels. Try to think of one thing that wasn't made using fossil fuels or doesn't use fossil fuels. All these new inventions we have are still running on fossil fuels. The manufactors are adding to much co2 in the air causing tempertures to rise. What we need to do is learn to live without fossil fuels. Changing our energy sourse will change our whole economy. 

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Eco Act (@eco_act on Twitter)'s curator insight, January 21, 2015 6:38 AM

A good watch during lunch break ;)

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Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture

Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
Using salvaged stuff not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable.


According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the U.S. each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles—a sobering statistic.


Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.

 

Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such as old growth lumber.

 

Visit the link for some prescient products and projects using recycled materials for architectural purposes.


Using recycled materials in building is not completely mainstream in the field of architecture. These examples show that being ecologically conscious doesn't have to impact the design and aesthetic of building projects and products.


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We need to find uses for 100% of our "waste" and resources that end up in architectural structures will tend to stick around longer before being recycled yet again.

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Gash Tb's curator insight, September 23, 2013 12:08 AM

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Amber Harsnett's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:09 AM

I love this look of this building! It looks so organic and natural

Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:41 AM

La démarche requiert une structuration des filières de tri, collecte et recyclage sur les matériaux clefs, à une échelle industrielle et régionale si l'on veut généraliser l'emploi des matériaux recyclés et avoir un impact positif significatif sur plusieurs critères de développement durable qu'on pourrait associer au projet.

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9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities

9 Essential Green Elements for the Development of Sustainable Cities | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Many cities are coming to the realization that creating a smart and sustainable city means ultimately attaining a high level of economic efficiency, a high quality of life, a highly desirable place in which to live and do business, and a meaningful commitment to environmental responsibility.

But what really makes for a green or sustainable city?  And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?


LEED buildings and even LEED neighborhoods are surely a good thing, but they are not a sufficient thing to declare a municipality sustainable.  This is an overview of the essential elements (there are many more, but these are the most basic):

Committing to greenBuilding greenBuying greenPowering greenConserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapesProtecting green:  both water quality and water quantityLocating green:  creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use communityMoving green:  diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility(Not) wasting green:  getting to zero on the production of waste

 

Read the complete article for more on the green elements listed above...


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100% Green is not fooling around.

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Jim Gramata's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:59 AM

Nine basic concepts to achieve healthy sustainable buildings and cities. Piece of cake.

Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:05 PM

Exactly :)