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'World's greenest PC' to debut in Europe next month - 16 Aug 2012 - Computing News. The Beginner’s Quick Guide To E-Books In Education | Edudemic - Next Mags. Top 10 Ways to Make Cities Greener. How To Keep Printing Costs As Low As Possible. Green Team. Latest news, sport and comment from the Guardian. Green Team. Green Team. Green Team. Green Team. SusTEACH Planning Tool. As a lecturer or academic designer, you may find the SusTEACH Planning Tool helpful when you are designing or planning the teaching and learning provision for new courses or modules1.

This tool is designed to help you: consider the likely carbon-based environmental impacts of particular course or module proposals at the early planning stages;plan the learning design and delivery of teaching in Higher Education (HE) to reduce environmental impacts;promote greater awareness of more sustainable Teaching Models and support HE policies to meet the challenges of carbon reduction.

The development of the SusTEACH Planning Tool is based on ideas about the design of the teaching, learning and asessment provision including: guidance; teaching content; library resources; learning activities; communication and collaboration; and assessment. For more details, see the background to the SusTEACH Planning Tool. SusTEACH Planning Tool | technologies. Kit-Catalogue : Maximising equipment sharing, re-use and sustainability.

CREATING VALUE – MCI LAUNCHES THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT « Less Conversation More Action. Posted on June 12, 2012 by Guy Bigwood I am very happy to see the launch of our MCI 2011 sustainability report. Entitled “Creating Value”, the report tells a story of business transformation and how MCI talent are progressively integrating sustainability into the day to day business of MCI. Learning from our readers, this year we have attempted to use some of the latest features in PDF to embed video and make it more interactive and readable. We have moved some of the more technical features to a separate document for advanced users. I am also pleased to say that the report was checked by GRI and received a commendable C-Level Application Check Certificate.

I cant say that writing a sustainability report for such a large global organisation is easy, but it does get easier through practice. Please have a look at the report and I would love to receive any feedback by answering a few questions in our short online survey More info on our CSR website. Like this: Like Loading... ICCA Scandinavian Chapter website. Sustainable Scandinavian Meetings Region. “Driven by a commitment to the transformation of the meetings industry towards sustainability, organisations from the five countries of the ICCA Scandinavian Chapter began a unique collaborative project to create a Sustainable Scandinavian Meetings Region.

The journey so far The project started in Gothenburg in March 2010 with a workshop to discuss the importance and need for greater sustainability in the meetings industry. The participants decided there was a need and opportunity to create a sustainable meetings region. In March 2011, in Reykjavik, ICCA members reconvened and decided that a formal agreement was required to secure member commitment to undertake actions, and to improve sustainability performance. The members also felt that a research project needed to be started to understand current performance and share best practice. Please contact Mr. The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer by Focus the Nation. The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer. An interactive e-book to complement and enhance our user's guide to energy in the 21st Century. Help combat energy illiteracy. Energy is one of the world's largest industries, and it's intimately intertwined with the global economy and environment. Solving our great global energy challenges should also mean solving our biggest environmental, social, health and economic challenges.

In short: we need, as a society, to become more energy literate. Consider it a user's manual or primer or resource guide. This campaign is to fund the interactive e-book version, which is really the logical evolution for any 21st Century education. There will be the basics of energy science -- all the stuff you've forgotten from high school. There will be interactive infographics and timelines and glossaries and "guest speakers. " Focus the Nation (the publisher) is the country’s leading clean energy youth empowerment organization. In rough terms, your money will go to: Carbon Footprint of E-Readers Higher Than Print. Written by Philip Proefrock on 04/06/12 Digital delivery of content for e-readers is a rapidly expanding market. Many assume that, because trees aren't being cut down and used to maufacture paper for books, e-readers (including the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and the like) are a greener way to read books and magazines. But a broader look at the use of these devices that includes the life-cycle of the e-readers themselves paints a much bleaker picture about how green they really are.

The article first looks at the carbon emissions for an average adult reader who reads 6.5 books per year. Paperback books have a footprint of 26 kilograms (over 57 pounds) of CO2, as compared to just under 70 grams (about 0.15 pounds) for the e-reader. But the tables are turned drastically when the carbon footprint of the reader is added in. But how many people still use 5-year old electronic devices? Link: The Millions via: Treehugger. Greenday network. 36 Global Warming Awareness Posters [PICS] With the ever-increasing temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere from as early as the late 19th century, nature is sending us signals to do something about global warming.

We humans have a tendency to neglect obvious signs and this is probably why warning messages of global warming are only surfacing in the recent years when we could have intervened a hundred years ago. On a lighter side , I’m glad that artists are doing their part and taking a stand to highlight the effects of global warning while using this as a platform to express their creativity. As people become more aware of the dangers and complications that will come from global warming, the demand for such awe-inducing posters will certainly rise.

From these art pieces, we can briefly appreciate the beauty and vulnerability of Mother Nature, and her impending wrath if we continue to disrespect Earth. Recommended Reading: 60 Creative Public Awareness Ads That Makes You Think Atlas Holding Our World (Image Credit: Karim Fakhoury) Green Day @Coventry University. Science in the news-letter #13. Hotel installs bicycle-powered television. Guests in the “Standing Hat” room at Cottage Lodge in the village of Brockenhurst, can now keep fit, watch their favourite programmes, and do their bit for the environment using the novel device. The room also features low-energy lighting, solar panels and a wood-burning stove to produce hot water, and a low-flow toilet and shower to reduce water use. The publicity also boasts that environmentally-friends paints and low-impact building materials were used throughout, while the room’s bed, bedside table, dressing table, wardrobe and mirror were crafted by a local tree surgeon from a single beech tree which fell in the village.

Christina Simons, the hotel’s owner, has spent nearly eight years turning it into a green retreat, but explained how the 360-year-old property has recycling in its heritage. “I focused on three things when constructing the room: reducing waste, minimising pollution and using resources with the lowest impact possible. Behind the scenes of a city: Trash in L.A.

The video, made by Mae Ryan for Los Angeles public radio KPCC, traces trash from a burger lunch to its ultimate fate in a landfill. It reminds me of those great, old Sesame Street videos where you got to see what goes on inside crayon factories and peanut butter processing plants. Which is to say that it is awesome. The process you see here, though, is L.A. -centric, which started me wondering: How much does the trash system differ from one place to another in the United States? Over the last couple years, as I researched my book on the electric system, I spent a lot of time learning about how different infrastructures developed in this country. I'd love to see more videos showing the same story in different places. Suggested by maeryan on Submitterator Video Link. Dry Your Hands Quickly and Efficiently with the Shake and Fold Technique. As the largest supplier of water efficiency products in the UK, Save Water Save Money working together with UK water companies and water experts from around the world have sourced innovative products which can help you reduce your water usage and therefore bills. The range of products offered varies depending on your water company but some of the most common include: FREE Cistern Displacement Devices These water saving devices are easy to fit and are placed in the toilet cistern and will save you approximately one litre of water every time you flush yet only 17% of suitable toilets in the UK are fitted with one*.

They can be used in close coupled toilets and toilets with separate cisternsbut we do not recommend their use if you already have a water efficient dual flush toilet. FREE Eco Shower heads An Eco showerhead is designed to save on your hot water bills while not compromising on the invigorating and relaxing feel of your showers. FREE Tap Inserts FREE Shower Regulator FREE LeakyLoo. Pollution-Absorbing Paint Cleaning Up the Air in Manila. Written by Megan Treacy on 23/04/12 Manila is one of the top five dirtiest cities when it comes to air pollution. Residents have high rates of asthma and air pollution is responsible for about 4,000 deaths a year. The city is trying to tackle the problem with an innovative solution -- paint. The city has begun using a paint called Boysen KNOxOUT that is able to filter out nitrogen oxides from the air. The scientists that developed the paint say that one square foot of the paint absorbs the same amount of pollution as a full-grown tree.

Via BBC. Infographic: The true cost of an iPhone. What are you willing to pay Apple's smartphones? This infographic, developed by Madeline Harris, outlines the true cost of an iPhone. This is a guest post by Greg Voakes. Few consumers realize the true cost that their consumer goods and electronics possess outside of the store. It's easy to rationalize the number on a price tag. There are a few things you can do as a consumer to minimize the overall costs of your electronics. The infographic below, developed by Madeline Harris, outlines some of the real costs of the iPhone. Created by Essential guide to carbon and energy management - 17 Apr 2012 - Computing Feature. The concept of green IT – to help reduce the energy consumption of an organisation’s IT infrastructure – should be familiar. However, beyond efficient datacentres and power-managed client estates, large companies are now turning to IT to manage energy consumption and report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the enterprise.

Computerised energy management is nothing new; it’s been applied to industrial machinery and building con­trols for years. But there is also a growing trend for elevating it above the level of individual plant or buildings to provide enterprise-wide consolidated energy and emission reporting and control. In the same way that consolidated financial management systems provide enterprise-level visibility of subsidiary accounts, so enterprise-scale energy management and emission-accounting software enables organisations to monitor, analyse and reduce energy consumption and emissions across commercial buildings and industrial plants.

The business case. Blogs. Behind the scenes of a sustainable EU Presidency « Less Conversation More Action. “To have success in sustainability – you just have to make it sufficiently hard for yourself that it becomes easy”. This was the advice from Kirsten Aggersborg, the director of the super sustainable Hotel Axel in Copenhagen. I think there is some real value to this observation, and this is no where more true than with the Danish Presidency of the European Union Council. By June 30, when the European Union Presidency 2012 Denmark concludes, the Danish Foreign Ministry Logistics team will have supported the organization of 100 meetings serving 15,000 total participants while meeting criteria of the ISO 20121 event sustainability management system. With a team of just 22 people, the logistics team delivered an EU Presidency at a fraction of the total cost of past Presidencies.

The €30million savings were an important result of the strategic meeting design and sustainable event management system Like this: Like Loading... 10 ways on how to save water this summer. Here is a picture to the right asking people not to dive due to a water drought but honestly having no water is no joke and effects almost everyone. Due to climate changes you will find that there is more water in some places and not as much in other places as shown in this picture as an example. How can i save water? Saving water is one of the biggest subjects for all waterboard associates especially as this can effect all of us. In the Plumbing industry the manufactures have all got targets to hit. For example shower heads are being specially made in the way we wash and the amount of water we use, toilet cisterns are using 5 litres rather than 7, 8 or even 9 litres of water.

There are always ways you can save water. 1. 2. 3. Use a rain water collector so you can water the plants and grass by keeping this high up as possible then by attaching a hose pipe. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Come and have a look at some toilet pictures, this will get you laughing. The iPad Beer App The Only App That Was Missing | MakeUseOf Geeky Fun. Campus round-up. Manchester/Manchester School of Architecture Lost underground Excavations for a long-forgotten underground railway in Manchester have been rediscovered. Martin Dodge, senior lecturer in human geography at the University of Manchester, and Richard Brook, senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, found a "void" underneath the city's Arndale shopping centre.

Consulting old plans, they concluded it was the beginning of a two-mile railway linking Manchester's Piccadilly and Victoria stations that had been approved by planners in the early 1970s but which the government had refused to fund. The architects' drawings for the scheme, unearthed by the academics, form part of an exhibition titled Infra_MANC put together by the researchers. • Newcastle University Coast through the year A book capturing the beauty of the North East of England's coastline through the eyes of local inhabitants has been launched by a university. University of Aberdeen University of Ulster. Cloud saves Isle of Man government £250,000 a year - 14 Mar 2012. Could your old PCs get new lease of life in the developing world? Mousescrolling.

Kit-Catalogue : Project Team. Cash boost for electric van man. How Green is Your Digitisation? Germany is Powering Cars on Food Scraps. Merv stapleton: RT @acljohn: #wdlih #green... Green Team. A bit about eco labels « Less Conversation More Action. World Electricity Mix Interactive -- National Geographic | technologies. Warrington college recognised for green efforts. The Green Grid › DataCenterMaturityModel. Suste Tech - Home. Sustainability explained through animation. Sustainability Calculator. StorC. Sa'ad on Low Carbon Systems & Policies. Print Edit :: Add-ons for Firefox | technologies.

Green Philosophy. Researchers develop new system to 'eliminate' batteries. People & Planet. Low-carbon-solutions-for-UK-manufacturing. Lancashire rivers assessed for green electricity future / Renewable energy / Energy saving news / Resources / UK Home. JISC Open to Change project. Harvard Thinks Green: Big Ideas from 6 All-Star Environment Profs. Green ICT. JISC Green ICT | Blog | The Four Phases of Print Cost Savings.

Green Team. Greening the Blue. Google Green. Google Green Scrapbook | technologies. Good Campus - energy and resource efficiency. Go Green Week 2011. Fashionably sustainable « Less Conversation More Action. Carbon Trust Empower™ Business Case for Sustainable Events. Action Tracker by We Are What We Do | technologies. 5 Tips on Cutting College Costs with PDFs | BestStuff. 2050 pathway. We Are What We Do. Ways to be Green.