Retrofit Temperature Stabilization This involves three things. Thermal mass, insulation and ventilation. (see the new book "Comfort In Any Climate" for definitions of thermal mass and insulation). Retrofit with Earthship Biotecture | retrofit
TEDxBerlin - Bernard Lietaer - 11/30/09
Sustainable Measures - What is sustainability, anyway?
New (Dec 2011): “Sustainable Lens: A visual guide” published by NewSplash available through Amazon. How to convey the essence of sustainability in a few sketched lines? I’m wading through the net and my bookshelves to find examples of the genre. I’m looking for schematics of the notion of sustainability itself rather than the underlying science – greenhouse, carbon, meso climate process, ground water, etc for which there are a zillion diagrams. The list is not meant to be exhaustive, but if I’ve missed your favourite diagram, leave a link and I’ll add it to the list. Visualising sustainability « Computing for Sustainability
Carboun: Advocating Sustainability in the Middle East Guy El Khoury Despite the increasing global interest in renewable energy sources, electricity generation remains largely dependent on fossil fuels with approximately 70% of the world’s electricity currently being generated using coal, natural gas, and petroleum products. Coal, the most carbon intensive of the fossil fuels, accounts for the largest share of electricity generated globally, with 40% of all electricity generated. Such reliance on fossil fuels is coupled with a relatively low conversion efficiency from fossil fuels to electricity, which averages 35%.
The winners of the First Edition of the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons have been announced at the XIV International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Global Conference. The award, which honors the legacy of Elinor Ostrom reflects her own passion for research on the commons, collective action, and related institutions, as well as her legacy of mentoring young researchers and colleagues. The first recipients of the award include practitioner groups, senior scholars and young scholars. Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013 The Arctic Resilience Interim Report was released at the Kiruna Ministerial meeting on May 15. The 125 page report is a project of the Arctic Council and many RA members were involved with the report both as contributing and lead authors. Resilience Alliance - HOME
Ecology and Society
Home-Sustainability Perspectives - Sustainability 2030 I have found no better framing of our sustainability predicament that leads to an accurate understanding, the basis for authentic hope, and the possibility of constructive action than Donella Meadows' discussion (see the recent post) of love, hope and sustainability (Beyond the Limits: 1992). It is food for thought and a useful mental anchor, or at least perspective to remember, as we and the world move into 2013. In addition, Sweden's educating a nation campaign begun in 1990 with the launch of The Natural Step is an inspiring and instructive example of Donella's point. It may be worth contemplating them together as the basis for designing a global campaign in, say, 2014 (or sooner), such as, Educating the World for Sustainability (Regenerative) Decisions, Practice, and Success program! The Strategic Sustainability Institute 2030's New Year's resolution and challenge to the sustainability community for 2013 is catalyzing such an educational/action initiative globally.