Archivi tag: sustainability principles

The RESTORE Challenge.

Join us for the mid-term (un)conference in Bolzano, March 14th, 2019.

Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently, the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

The RESTORE Action affects a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of
design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing and satisfaction inside and outside buildings, and in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

In 2015, world leaders at an historic UN Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Main goal of the event is to analyse through a multidisciplinary collaboration and using an edutainment approach how the RESTORE Action is aligned or may be better aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and can effectively contribute to their achievement.

This event is based upon work from COST Action RESTORE CA16114, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

Organisation: Eurac Research – Bolzano, Italy
Credits: 5 LFA (Living Future Accredited professional) CEU hours
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: Bolzano, NOI Techpark, Via A. Volta 13, 39100
Participation free of charge, places are limited.
Registration here.

Download full program here.

10 pics for a big change.

When one image is better than 100 words. Is it possible to create a human experience where we don’t destroy the planet? These are 10 provoking images showing what we are really doing to the planet. Thanks to Collective Evolution for archiving them as (I hope) a memento. 2015_07_29-02 2015_07_29-03 2015_07_29-04 2015_07_29-05 2015_07_29-06 2015_07_29-07 2015_07_29-08 2015_07_29-09 2015_07_29-10 2015_07_29-112015_07_29-12 CECollective Evolution (CE) inspires us to begin expanding our way of thinking so we can take conscious steps towards creating BIG change on the planet. CE believes in creating change by thinking outside the box. CE aims to challenge the current status quo by shaking up how we currently think about the world []

Highlights from LF15.

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Janine Benyus, The Biomimicry Institute

Home again, after three days as a “sponge” in Seattle, absorbing a fascinating mix of technical knowledge, sustainability principles and visions of the future. A Living Future, like the name of the ninth annual “unconference” organized by the International Living Future Institute. Architects, landscape architects, engineers, ecologists, manufacturers, and other professionals focused on sustainability in the built environment from all over the world gathered to discuss how a sense of place and community (this year’s theme) can play a role in restorative design.

Here are my highlights.

The Living Product Challenge (LPC), ILFI’s new certification protocol seems to be the most complete, powerful and holistic standard to reduce a product’s footprint throughout the manufacturing process. Like LBC, the Living Product Challenge includes seven “petals”: beauty, energy, equity, health and happiness, materials, place, and water. The introduction by Kathryn Langstaff, LPC manager at ILFI showed all its potential.

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The development of ILFI continues: as described by Jason F. McLennan, ILFI’s CEO and president, seven new certified projects this year, like the Bullitt Center in Seattle and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Center in Pittsburgh, the first LBC certified project in China, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Offices in Beijing and others. There are now 25 certified projects but above all 250 registered projects in 12 states and five countries.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh (PA)

U.S. Green Building Council has started accepting the energy and water imperatives from LBC as an alternative compliance path (ACP), as said by Scot Horst, responsible for all product research, development, implementation and execution at USGBC. In other words, projects meeting these two requirements in the LBC will be technically equivalent in LEED.

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Jason F. McLennan, the International Living Future Institute

Flooring materials company Mohawk has been awarded by Amanda Sturgeon, Executive Director of ILFI, with 2015 Manufacturer’s Award due to its 19 different Declare certified products. Declare is like a nutrition label for the building industry, requiring companies to disclose all the ingredients of their products. It marks the horizon of the construction market, requiring total transparency from manufacturers.

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