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10 Practices Showing That "Sustainability" is More Than Just a Buzzword! Sustainability is the buzzword that’s making the world a better place! You have probably realized that the way we manage our resources is gaining more space in the media and transforming our means of production and development. On the other hand, you may also have bought some products being advertised as sustainable and, later, discovered that certain stages of their production were contrary to this principle.

A sustainable world. Image credit: Gabe McIntyre; CC 2.0 You may wonder if sustainability is just another marketing ploy or whether it is being seriously practiced. Since landscape architecture harmonizes the relationship between nature and built space, you should also be looking for a response within this field to see if it is worth using sustainable methods to produce your space to live and work. 10. Large scale conservation project. 9.

Green roof. Credit: OODA architects Related Articles: 8. 7. Permeable paver demonstration. 6. Green wall at Cecil street. 5. 4. 3. 2. Cykelslangen. Global village. Poverty Complicated, Feeding Children isn't. rPe2jBQ. The Knowledge | HOW TO REBUILD OUR WORLD FROM SCRATCH. What our civilization needs is a billion-year plan. Artist’s concept of a Kardashev Type 2 civilization (credit: Chris Cold) Lt Col Garretson — one of the USAF’s most farsighted and original thinkers — has been at the forefront of USAF strategy on the long-term future in projects such as Blue Horizons (on KurzweilAI — see video), Energy Horizons, Space Solar Power, the AF Futures Game, the USAF Strategic Environmental Assessment, and the USAF RPA Flight Plan. Now in this exclusive to KurzweilAI, he pushes the boundary of long-term thinking about humanity’s survival out to the edge … and beyond. — Ed.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force or the U.S. government. It isn’t enough just to plan for two or 20, or even the fabled Chinese 100 year periods. We need to be thinking and planning on the order of billions of years. Artist’s impression of a red giant engulfing a Jupiter-type planet as it expands (credit: NASA) Beyond the solar system. DIY. Global Village Construction Set. Definition[edit] The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The name, GVCS, has been coined for the first time in 2008 - at a lecture at the University of Missouri, Columbia - see UM Presentation.

Media[edit] Key Features[edit] GVCS Machines[edit] See main article GVCS Machine OSE is developing 50 machines of the Global Village Construction Set via module-based design. The exact list of GVCS machines has evolved over time and is still subject to change. Documentation is found at different places for different target groups: See Also[edit] Sustainable development. The One Community Earthbag Construction Village (Pod 1) Open Source Hub.

Home Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Programme - Blekinge Institute of Technology. The Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) Programme is a 10-month transformational masters programme in Karlskrona, Sweden that focuses on advancing your knowledge, skills, and global networks, in order to build your capacity to be a strategic leader in the co-creation of thriving, sustainable societies. Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, one of the programme´s co-founders, on the essence of MSLS: Applications close on March 30th! Please click here for how to apply Advance your career in a meaningful way What do our students say? Listen to Larysa Metanchuk from Ukraine (Top), and/or Brendan Seale from Canada (Bottom). Check out our fantastic sustainability leaders from our 2015 class here What do leading experts in sustainability leadership say about MSLS?

"Humanity has grown so powerful, we are undermining the life support systems of the planet - air, water, soil, biodiversity. David Suzuki, founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. Sosmart_eu. Top Five Most Sustainable Cities in the World. From using renewable energy to cutting back on emissions, five cities across the globe are leading the way when it comes to implementing sustainable initiatives. Vancouver, Canada Consistently performing well in worldwide “livable city” rankings, Vancouver has an ambitious goal of becoming the “the greenest city in the world” by 2020. They already lead the world in hydroelectric power—making up 90 percent of its supply—as well as regularly tapping into renewables like wind, solar, and wave power. Thanks to mass transit, bike lanes (248 miles worth), ride sharing programs, and greenways, Vancouver has the lowest per capita carbon emissions of any major city on the continent.

As part of their 2020 goals, they aim to decrease emissions an additional 33 percent, while also enacting strict green building codes (all new developments must be carbon neutral) and improving the energy efficiency of existing structures by 20 percent. San Francisco, U.S. “Why do we do all this?” Oslo, Norway. Off-Grid Sustainable Housing : Timeless Earth Solutions. All housing and community spaces will be built as beautiful, clean, ‘living’, functional, efficient, sustainable and regenerative Several aspects of living successfully in community are addressed to provide workable options for our members: Zoning: In order to maintain a sense of freedom while maintaining a respect for the space and privacy of other members, zoning by use will be employed.

Although community involvement, participation and celebration is encouraged, so is respect for members’ desire for quiet, focus, contemplation, meditation and rest. Thus, separate zoning will be provided for the following. Private ZonesMeditation, contemplation and quiet zonesMusic, dancing and celebration zonesIndustrial zonesCommercial zonesRecreation and sports zonesEvent zonesResidental zonesSpiritual zonesResort/Retreat zonesHealing zone Bio-Architecture is a major feature we seek to incorporate in all our buildings regardless of design or material types. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries. This blog summaries a new Discussion Paper published by Oxfam. It does not represent Oxfam policy, but is intended to encourage public debate in the run-up to the UN conference on sustainable devolpment (Rio+20) in June. When crossing unknown territory, a compass can be pretty handy. Achieving sustainable development for nine billion people has to be high on the list of humanity’s great uncharted journeys. So here’s an idea for a global-scale compass to point us in the right direction (Fig 1). Fig 1. Source: Oxfam, inspired by Rockström et al (2009) What’s going on here?

Putting excessive stress on these critical processes could lead to tipping points of abrupt and irreversible environmental change, so Rockström et al proposed a set of boundaries for avoiding those danger zones. That’s a compelling approach to environmental sustainability, but humanity is glaringly absent from the picture. So how about combining planetary boundaries together with the concept of social boundaries? 1. 2. Sustainability Principles. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development.

David Suzuki Foundation | Solutions are in our nature. 7 Benefits to Bringing Nature Back to Cities. Nature scarcity in cities has been observed for centuries. Only recently have we detailed the acute symptoms of separation anxiety felt by urban society. Urban greening creates projects that simultaneously restore our health and invite plants and animals to reclaim their place among us. The first step to reconnecting to the natural world may be rethinking the appropriate daily dose. The Biophilic Cities Project, led by Tim Beatley at University of Virginia, proposes everyone would benefit from consuming his or her “minimum daily requirement of nature,” similar to caloric intake requirements.

The reconstructed nature pyramid dishes out portions from a bite-sized serving of walking to work under a street forest canopy, to annual banquets of vacations in awe-inspiring wilderness areas. Some leading cities are making a balanced nature diet part of their long-term planning by engaging residents in multi-use projects. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

. – Miles Becker | 17 February 2014 Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. Floating Islands to bring Agriculture & Industry to Haiti. Boston-based architect E. Kevin Schopfer in collaboration with Tangram 3DS (visualization) envisions”Harvest City” in Haiti as a floating agricultural / light industrial city off the shores of the island. Harvest City would be a vibrant fully functioning city of 30,000 residents which embraces three major concepts. 1. The creation of an artificial, floating, productive and livable land desperately needed for Haiti. 2. 3. In addition to accommodating city services, Harvest City has been designed with an integral program of economic capabilities. Source: Evolvo via Tangram 3DS. It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest.

Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking. Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart.

“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison. “Anyone and everyone,” says Harrison. Source: Take Part. World’s largest sustainable city developed in China. The world's largest sustainable city, extending about 30 square kilometers, with urban living conditions has been developed in South Asian country of China. Rising from wastelands in China, the globe's biggest eco-city of Tianjin is located 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast from Beijing that means less than an hour on the new high-speed train line. The city, designed to be around half the size of Manhattan Island in the United States, is slated to be enriched by the hottest energy-saving technologies.

Designed by Surbana Urban Planning Group, the city is planned to have an advanced light rail transit system and varied eco-landscapes ranging from a sun-powered solarscape to a greenery-clad earthscape for its estimated 350,000 residents. A sustainable city or eco-city is a preplanned city to produce their own energy, food and water in a way that does not cause detriment to the world in forms such as waste, water pollution or damage to the air. A solution to reverse Africa's growing deserts. I've often said that the most sophisticated "green" technology on the planet is the humble tree.

Trees sequester carbon, fix nitrogen into the soil, create organic compost, prevent erosion and encourage rain, while providing sustainable crops, shape, lumber and even fuel. The single most important activity on the planet (I believe) is planting trees, a fact backed up by the latest McKinsey study on abating the effects of global warming. But there is a problem. Reforestation efforts in denuded lands such as Africa, Mexico, India and China have never been taken seriously as a means to abate climate change because young saplings are very difficult to establish. They take a lot of water and require regular maintenance — two things that are in scarce supply in precisely the regions where they are needed most.

But what if there were a device that eliminated those risks? Dew is created at night when the tiny amount of moisture in the air condenses on semi-permeable surfaces like leaves. Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. Jnorman13. Technologies naturelles. Sustainable Future. Sustainable SOLUTIONS. Environment + Sustainability. Projet design surpopulation existant. SUSTENTABILIDAD. Sustainability & Development. Sustainability. Sustainable. Sustainability. SUSTAINABILITY. Sustainability. Sustainable communities & Permaculture. Sustainable Villages/ Resilient Communities. Sustainable Living. Justice / Sustainability Resources. Permaculture is the future. Permaculture. Permaculture. Agriculture urbaine & périurbaine.

Aquaculture. Aquaponics. Grow your own food. Another weird dream: organic farming if life goes to crap. Gardening. Farming & gardening. Urban farming. Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014. Leader: "Fruit and veg, fresh from the skyscraper" URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution.

But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide. In March, the world's largest vertical farm is set to open up shop in Scranton. Built by Green Spirit Farms (GSF) of New Buffalo, Michigan, it will only be a single storey covering 3.25 hectares, but with racks stacked six high it will house 17 million plants. And it is just one of a growing number. Vertical farms aim to avoid the problems inherent in growing food crops in drought-and-disease-prone fields many hundreds of kilometres from the population centres in which they will be consumed. The plant racks in a vertical farm can be fed nutrients by water-conserving, soil-free hydroponic systems and lit by LEDs that mimic sunlight. The Science of Vertical Farming: What is Vertical Farming? | Royal Institution of AustraliaRiAus - Australia’s national science hub | Bringing science to people and people to science.

Growing up - is vertical farming the future? Are high rise farms, vertical farming, and urban farming the solution to feeding our growing population? More and more architects, politicians and urban planners are latching on to the idea that something radical has to be done to feed the world’s rapidly growing cities in the coming decades.

And not just cities, what about the world’s increasing arid zones, and areas of depleted farming land? What about the pressures to control carbon emissions and reduce food miles? These questions have led us at Valcent Products in Cornwall to design VertiCrop – a vertical growing system which is now selling worldwide. Because VertiCrop is designed for controlled environment growing, plant growth can be fully optimised, meaning good quality produce, and more crop cycles per annum. So, if it is as good as it sounds, will VertiCrop become the standard means of production? It’s predicted that there will be 9bn of us on the planet by 2050, and the majority of those in cities.

THE FUTURE OF THE FOOD SUPPLY IN THE CITY REVISITED: IS VERTICAL FARMING (AT THE PRECIOUS HEART OF THE CITY) A GREENER AND ALTERNATIVE WAY TO PRODUCE FOOD? NOW, AFTER TRIALS AND ERRORS, THE IDEA IS ABOUT TO BE PROVEN. | URBAN 360º by Pablo Sánchez Chillón. “An indoor farmer doesn’t pray for rain”. Several studies confirm that, by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the Earth’s population will reside in urban centers (today’s rate is up to 60%). Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during that period, posing new challenges to sustainability and development.

An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid waste by poor management practices. Furthermore, the additional land available for cultivation is unevenly distributed, and much of it is suitable for growing only a few crops. The topic is not new. For further reading: Singapore’s Vertical Farms. 'Vertical farm' blossoms at meatpacking plant. The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | Vertical farming. La ferme du futur. Vertical farming. Des fermes verticales.

Vertical farm II. Studiomobile: seawater vertical farm. Vertical Farms. Safe Organic and/or natural products. Permaculture. PERMACULTURA | Hacia una cultura sostenible. Sustainability. Sustainability. Creating a Sustainable Civilization. Namibian desert beetle. High-Tech Supermarket Farm to Grow Food for Cities in The Netherlands. Building The Bionic City: The Ultimate Smart City. The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society. Inventory: Social Sustainability Initiatives online.

One Community Pod 2 Details - Straw Bale Ecobuild and Construction. Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities. I am the author of 'The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch' about the science and technology you'd need to reboot civilisation as quickly as possible after an apocalypse. AMA! : IAmA.