Information and communication technologies for environmental sustainability Information and Communication Technologies for Environmental Sustainability (ICT Ensure) is a general term referring to the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within the field of environmental sustainability. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are acting as integrating and enabling technologies for the economy and they have a profound impact on our society. Recent changes in ICT use globally have impacted the environment negatively (in terms of waste and energy consumption etc) but also have the potential to support environmental sustainability activities , such as the targets set within the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 7 (MDG7) to “ensure environmental sustainability”. New technologies provide utilities for knowledge acquisition and awareness, early evaluation of new knowledge, reaching agreements and communication of progress in the interest of the human welfare. Application areas Further reading See also
Post-scarcity economy This would require a sophisticated system of resource recycling, in conjunction with advanced productive technology that enables conditions of material abundance, such as automated systems capable of converting raw materials into finished goods[not verified in body], which in turn enable the free distribution of most or all economic output and the common ownership of the means of production used therefor. The scarcity model Scarcity is the fundamental economic assumption of having seemingly unlimited human needs and wants in a world of limited resources. Society has insufficient productive resources to fulfill all human wants and needs. However, in classical Marxian economics, scarcity is said to be peripheral. Post-scarcity economics Jacque Fresco proposed a global socioeconomic system using a resource-based economy instead of a money-based economic system. This idea has some overlap with a communist economic system, although one does not imply the other. Means 
Weekend Series Permaculture Design Course in Columbus, Ohio | relocalize.net Post Carbon Institute promotes the strategy of - building strong local communities to increase resilience. what is relocalization? Relocalization is a strategy to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and culture. The main goals of relocalization are to increase community energy security, to strengthen local economies, and to improve environmental conditions and social equity. In 2009 Post Carbon Institute partnered with the international Transition movement to support and inspire community led responses around the relocalization strategy. what is transition? A Transition initiative is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. Transiton US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States.
Fleeing Vesuvius: The psychological roots of resource over-consumption Here is my updated chapter from Fleeing Vesuvius The psychological roots of resource over-consumption Humans have an innate need for status and for novelty in their lives. Unfortunately, the modern world has adopted very energy- and resource-intensive ways of meeting those needs. Other ways are going to have to be found as part of the move to a more sustainable world. Most people associate the word “sustainability” with changes to the supply side of our modern way of life such as using energy from solar flows rather than fossil fuels, recycling, green tech and greater efficiency. When addressing ‘demand-side drivers’, we must begin at the source: the human brain. This essay outlines two fundamental ways in which the evolutionarily derived reward pathways of our brains are influencing our modern overconsumption. Status Evolution has honed and culled ‘what worked’ by combining the substrate of life with eons’ worth of iterations. Mating success is a key driver in the natural world. Novelty
Appropedia Consilience: The Blog - Consilience: The Blog - Deconstruction: Vital side of sustainable development Deconstruction: Vital side of sustainabledevelopment Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 9:35AM Introduction by Grant: This guest blog is by Toni Renee "TR" Vierra of eco-Organize in Napa, California. She is a green building advisor, educator, radio host and active green building organization leader. Most often we address the construction side of sustainable development but neglect the "deconstruction" side of infill development. Building Green from the Ground Upby eco-organize LLC As we look toward a future with mandatory Green Building Ordinances in California and elsewhere, one critical construction component is often overlooked - - site preparation. Toni Renee Vierra, LEED-AP,is Founder and President of eco-Organize LLC. eco-Organize provides green building and business advice to property owners and the building community.
MIT's artificial leaf is ten times more efficient than the real thing Speaking at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in California, MIT professor Daniel Nocera claims to have created an artificial leaf, made from stable and inexpensive materials, which mimics nature's photosynthesis process. The device is an advanced solar cell, no bigger than a typical playing card, which is left floating in a pool of water. Then, much like a natural leaf, it uses sunlight to split the water into its two core components, oxygen and hydrogen, which are stored in a fuel cell to be used when producing electricity. Nocera's leaf is stable -- operating continuously for at least 45 hours without a drop in activity in preliminary tests -- and made of widely available, inexpensive materials -- like silicon, electronics and chemical catalysts. It's also powerful, as much as ten times more efficient at carrying out photosynthesis than a natural leaf. Those are impressive claims, but they're also not just pie-in-the-sky, conceptual thoughts.
Shared Resources Green at City Scale | GOVERNING Over the past decade, green building has moved out of the fringe and into the mainstream. LEED Gold and Platinum buildings are becoming commonplace in both public and private buildings. Now Portland, Oregon, is going one step further. As part of an evolving "eco-district" policy, city leaders aim to move beyond the design of individual structures to focus on greening entire neighborhoods. The idea is to pool resources among buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy- and water-use efficiency. "Green buildings are pretty far along, but if you really want green cities, you have to look at whole systems," says Eric Ridenour, an associate with SERA Architects. At first glance, the eco-district framework, outlined in an eight-page city document, reads like a rehash of Sustainability 101: yet another plan to create green jobs, encourage smart growth and catalyze renewable energy development. Portland isn't the only city scaling up its green-building practices.
Save The Arctic | Greenpeace Aspects of a Natural Economy I still feel much of what I’ve written is not accessible to the general public. This post will focus on an easily understandable overview of what defines a natural economy (NE). It may not include everything, but it will cover the most essential aspects. Semi-Automatic Little Allocation: Provides information on minimums to fulfill a given demand. Rockström Restriction: Rigorous constraints to prevent over-exploitation (using resources faster than they can be replenished). Voluntary (but not free-for-all): The luxuries produced are chosen by people, but assistance is provided on intelligent provision, and overexploitation is prevented. Pre-emption and Prioritization: Products are assigned priorities to deal with trade-offs. Inclusive: A natural economy recognizes that no one should be condemned. Provision for all: All people will be provided the necessities of life. Communitization: Sharing means there is more for everyone. Pacifism in Practice: Creativity Welcome: Society is a Superorganism: