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With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are turning to cargo container homes for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. There are plenty of benefits of to the so-called shipping container architecture model. In other parts of the world, places like Odessa, Ukraine already have the the biggest shopping mall in all of Europe which uses stacked shipping containers to form alleys throughout the 170 acre site.

Next: More Awesome Shipping Container Homes. Sweden's Mini House 2.0 offers speed, sustainability and style in spades. Earthship Biotecture Green Buildings. Biomimicry. Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi. BiomimicryNews.com - Biomimicry News. Biomimicry 3.8. Biomimétisme: la vraie nature de l'économie collaborative ? Et si l’économie collaborative était au fond inspirée de la Nature ?

C’est en tout cas l’avis de Gaëtan Dartevelle, co-fondateur de Biomimicry Europa et directeur de Greenloop. Interview On ne présente plus le biomimétisme, principe vulgarisé à la fin des années 90 par la biologiste américaine Janine Benyus selon lequel la Nature dans la diversité de ses formes, procédés et stratégies peut être une source d’enrichissement et d’innovation pour nos propres systèmes humains.

Du scratch de nos baskets – invention inspirée de la Badiane- au train Japonais -réplique du bec profilé du martin-pêcheur- nombreuses sont les innovations de notre environnement quotidien qui utilisent une intelligence forgée par plusieurs millions d’années d’évolution. Les systèmes d’échanges n’y dérogent pas. L’association Nature et Business peut porter ses fruits et permettre une plus grande efficience et résilience de notre système productif.

Ce deal va même plus loin. Forêt de Meerdal, Belgique Crédit photo: Center for Biologically Inspired Design at Georgia Tech. Eco Toilets - Earthrise. Gelareh Darabi is attending a lively party at a temporary camp in Haiti's Cite Soleil. The reason for the celebration – the unveiling of a new, environmentally-friendly toilet, which will also be used to create much-needed compost for the adjacent community garden. In many of Haiti's camps, hundreds of residents are obliged to share a single toilet, so it is no wonder that this new innovation is welcomed. The slums and camps of Haiti, as is the case in most developing countries, have woefully inadequate sewage systems which means that human waste spills onto the streets and into the water system. As well as being a sanitation problem, it is also a huge environmental problem. If not properly treated, human sewage can play havoc with ecosystems, destroying lakes and rivers by depleting oxygen.

This is the case in Haiti, where rivers and canals are full of algae. SOIL, a Haiti-based charity, is addressing the problem at its root by building eco-friendly toilets that are easy to maintain. How do incinerating toilets work? Q: I recently got the grand, envy-inducing tour of the super fancy new boathouse my brother-in-law built on his waterfront property … a Sunset magazine-worthy affair if there ever was one. Given that it’s somewhat of a perilous hike up a steep embankment to the main house — and the commode — I asked him how he handled trips to the little boy’s room. “I’ve got that covered,” he explained as he led me around to the side of the boathouse and revealed a somewhat high-tech looking john.

“I got myself an incinerating toilet. If you need to use it, let me know and I’ll explain how it works.” Well, nature never called during my visit to the boathouse, but I am still curious about how exactly an incinerating toilet operates. Are there any eco-advantages of one compared to, let’s say, a composting toilet? A: Personally, I’ve “experienced” an incinerating toilet on only one occasion and, well, it was rather intimidating. So there you have it … incinerating toilets 101. . — Matt Photo: Ecojohn. Biomimicry Institute - Home. The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.

The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry. Today, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute focuses on three areas: Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, AskNature.org.Hosting our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action! Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board. Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry - Sustainability Leaders Network.

By Agnieszka Rawa and Amalia Souza; photo by Clemens Kalischer (c) 2009 An open-source curriculum by Sustainability Leaders Network designed to strengthen and inform the biomimicry movement among educators and learners locally and around the world. The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone. – Janine Benyus, leading biomimicry scholar What is biomimicry?

Biomimicry is a growing discipline that studies nature’s systems and then imitates these designs and processes to sustainably solve current challenges. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of biomimicry. Why teach biomimicry? About this curriculum This course offers an introduction to biomimicry and how to learn from nature. I know all of the statistics of destruction, but I have chosen to come to this out of love, because I love this place. Course goals Through this course, teachers and learners alike will: Course reading I. II. Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Genius. While looking for her just-published book in a bookstore, biologist Janine M. Benyus was asked by the clerk what it was about. She responded instinctually, head swimming with all the ideas she had worked with while writing.

“It’s about looking to nature for inspiration for new inventions,” she blurted. “It’s learning to live gracefully on this planet by consciously emulating life’s genius. It’s not really technology or biology; it’s the technology of biology. It’s making a fibre like a spider, or lassoing the sun’s energy like a leaf.” The store clerk’s response was one Benyus says she will never forget: “Look lady, you’ve got Nature and you’ve got Technology; you’ve got to choose one.”

Though he was talking about the way the store categorized publications, Benyus says the clerk’s statement made her realize that “the deep, deep separation between those two ideas in our culture was why biomimicry was squirming to be born”. And this work is attracting appreciation. Biomimicry thinking. Implementing Biomimicry and Sustainable Design with an Emphasis on the Application of Ecological Principles - Curricular Unit. Curricular Unit: Implementing Biomimicry and Sustainable Design with an Emphasis on the Application of Ecological Principles This unit provides students with an opportunity to study ecological relationships with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. Students appreciate the complexity and balance that supports the exchange of energy and matter within food webs. Species adaptations are examined. Students then apply these natural relationships to the study of biomimicry and sustainable design.

They study the flight patterns of birds and relate their functional design to aeronautical engineering. Wendy H. Green Screen: Exotic Plants Crawl Up Living Exterior Walls. Talk about tree cover – you could almost miss this whole home while walking by on the street, buried as it is under dense layers of climbing greenery that wrap up and around on three of four sides (as well as the roof). For architects Samyn and Partners and their botanical specialist Patrick Blanc, this project was a complex balance between aesthetics, privacy, and engineering.

It was not simple, for instance, to create a waterproof membrane and the necessary irrigation and fertilization systems to support a heavy coat of plant life. The foliage curves to enclose more private spaces within the home, including master and children bedrooms and bathrooms. The one open face is left stark and bare, glazed from floor to ceiling with only thin metal supports spanning to carry large sheets of glass. As illustrated in plan and section, this area contains living and dining rooms as well as a kitchen, all opening toward the outdoors. Recommends — Building Ecology. Document Actions Up one level In the following pages you will find organizations, publications and other links that BuildingEcology.com highly recommends. Be sure to also visit specific topics for additional resources. Strongly Recommended Resource: "Best Practice Approaches for Characterizing, Communicating, and Incorporating Scientific Uncertainty in Climate Decision Making" For those still interested in providing their students with resources regarding climate change science and uncertainty, there is a report from the U.S.

Gabor Doka's LCA Hotlist Links about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), collected and annotated by G. Ed Mazria's architecture2030.org Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect with a long and distinguished career. Nature Reports Climate Change Nature Reports Climate Change provides you with free, up-to-date, authoritative information on current climate change research, comprising news, in-depth features, research highlights, commentaries and reviews.

Our month on rethinking real estate: Why I’m proud to be a SWIMBY. You’re passing a field and you see a large hoarding bearing the words ‘New Homes Coming Soon’. What feelings do those words inspire? Delight to see ‘economic activity’ underway? Thrilled that ‘place-making’ is happening? Or a sense of despair, impotence and violation?

In Greek mythology, King Minos of Crete makes a deal with the King of Athens. As the much of world enters a construction frenzy to build its way out of an economic collapse, and ‘New Homes Coming Soon’ signs spring up everywhere, I am reminded of the tale of the Minotaur. Of course we need homes, employment space and facilities, but is the current approach, what John Thackara (who we’ll be talking to later this month) calls ‘The Real Estate Industrial Complex’, really the only one? At the heart of the current explosion is one core crazy idea: that the best way to repair the damage done by an economic crisis caused by an unsustainable housing bubble is to create an unsustainable housing bubble.

“We are urging a rethink. PETA Plans to Fly Drones That Would 'Stalk Hunters' People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is actively shopping for a drone that would "stalk hunters," the organization said Monday. [READ: Drones to Monitor Endangered Animals in Africa] The group says it will "soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves" and that it is "shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds. " The group says it will not weaponize the drones, but will use them to film potentially illegal hunting activity and turn it over to law enforcement. [PHOTOS: The Expansion of the Drone] "The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives," PETA President Ingrid E.

Newkirk said in a statement. They are currently considering purchasing the CineStar Octocopter, which is capable of carrying a DSLR camera for up to 5 minutes. [READ: Drone Wars in America] More News: Biodiversität und Klima - Forschungszentrum | Herzlich Willkommen. Israel named world's 2nd-best cleantech innovator - Israel Environment, Ynetnews. Cleantech Group, World Wildlife Fund release first-ever global cleantech innovation ranking. Denmark, Israel and Sweden dominate top-three slots Going green, going strong: Israel is among the top-three nations worldwide that provide the best conditions for clean technology startup companies, a recent ranking by the CleanTech Group stated. Topping the list was Denmark, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and the United States. "Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012," is a first-of-its-kind ranking, complied by the CleanTech Group and the World Wildlife Fund.

It listed the top 38 countries worldwide to offer clean energy projects the most favorable conditions. The report explored clean energy opportunities in each of the 38 countries. The evaluation was based on a 15-indicators scale, which reviewed the creation and commercialization of cleantech start-ups according their potential in relation to their economic size, and innovation projections for the next 10 years. Could a circular economy provide a solution to our current linear system?

This short animated video by the Ellen MacArthur Trust looks at the demise of our linear economic system. Presently, our economies depend heavily on fossil energies to create vast volumes of material products with shortened lifespans. A clear distinction is made between the linear decline of this system compared to the sustainable management of our resources as a circular system. Whilst most of the world strives to own the latest gadgets and electronics, this video introduces the notion of a circular economy, where it is in the interest of manufacturers to build the highest quality products.

In this scenario, we don't own many of our products, we hire them from manufacturers. As they own the product, they may also be more inclined to recycled parts from older, now defunct machinery which overal could lead to a reduction in our individual and collective consumption. Prepare yourself for transition with Permaculture. TriplePundit: A Media Platform for the Triple Bottom Line. IPCC Working Group I. 2013 Global Cleantech 100 Report Download. Welcome to the Global Cleantech 100 | Guardian Sustainable Business.

The fifth annual Global Cleantech 100 provides a snapshot of the most exciting, innovative and potentially significant cleantech companies. This year, 9,125 total nominations were whittled down to a final 100 via a three stage process. Nominations came from worldwide experts as well as "passive" nominations derived from analysing market data, taking votes of confidence in a company's ability to achieve high growth and high-market impact from market transactions, and major customer and partnership announcements. These nominations made a longlist of 5,864 companies (up 13% on last year). A weighting and filter system was applied to score each company against a complex set of criteria, which produced a shortlist of 300 companies. The shortlist was then presented to a panel of 90 experts (listed below), which voted for the final 100.

The result is a list that represents the breadth of cleantech innovation companies. Coming_clean_2012. Are We Causing Earth Changes? Open Source Ecology. Plastic-Eating Fungi Found In The Amazon May Solve World's Waste Problem. Discoveries - Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts. Ecofriendly. Bioplastics. Coffee as Biofuel: Good to the Last Drop. Education for Sustainable Living | Center for Ecoliteracy.

Project Green Challenge : Home. Solar Installation, Solar Power Energy Systems, Solar Panels, Solar Living - Real Goods. Ecosia - La recherche verte. More good uses for coffee grounds. Trees used to create recyclable, efficient solar cell. Bilaterals.org | Home. Farmlandgrab.org | Home. Thrivable » Catalyzing a World that Thrives. Clean, Free Energy. Kiss the Grid Goodbye: Power Your Home with a Bloom Box! The Jevons Paradox - Our Energy Futures.

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