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Jeremy Rifkin - The Empathic Civilisation

Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation

This presentation was featured as part of Authors@Google. AtGoolgeTalks is a series of presentations by invited speakers sponsored by Google given at various Google offices throughout the world. The Empathic Civilization is the first book to explore how empathetic consciousness restructures the ways we organize our personal lives, approach knowledge, pursue science and technology, conduct...

Bjarke Ingels at Rebuild21 – Sustainable and Livable Cities

Bjarke Ingels, Radical architect & Founder of BIG at Rebuild21 in August 2011: Sustainable cities of the future Radical architect Bjarke Ingels shares his vision on how we can create more
 inspiring, livable and yet sustainable cities for a more urban 21st century. Packed with examples Bjarke Ingels stresses the importance of Hedonistic Sustainability –...

Farming the City

Produced by CITIES (www.citiesthemagazine.com), Farming the City is a collection of examples of Urban Agriculture. These examples were first shown at the Farming the City exhibition in Amsterdam earlier this year. You can get personally involved in “Farming the City” by registering at www.farmingthecity.net. Open publication – Free publishing – More urban

Vancouver Green Buildings Dialogue

These videos are a recording of a dialogue organized by Carbon Talks that took place on Nov.15, 2010. This dialogue was about Carbon Neutral Buildings and featured David Ramslie, Sustainability Development Program Manager for the City of Vancouver. Carbon Talks is a new initiative of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, in collaboration with SFU’s...

Buildings are Essential to Solving the Climate Crisis

Buildings are also the least cost carbon abatement solution available. Watch this informative trailer on the global Common Carbon Metric joint innitiative by the World Green Building Council and the UNEP SBCI (United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Building & Construction Initiative).

Vancouver City Hall Greenest City Lunch and Learn

Following up on a previous post (Vancouver – Greenest City in the World by 2020!?): This series of videos are recordings of two information session brought to the staff of the City of Vancouver on the “Greenest City 2020” initiative and implementation plans. This initiative focuses on ten goals to make Vancouver the greenest City...

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes

“While Streetfilms was in Copenhagen for the Velo-City 2010 conference, of course we wanted to showcase its biking greatness.  But we were also looking to take a different perspective then all the myriad other videos out there.  Since there were an abundance of advocates, planners, and city transportation officials attending from the U.S. and Canada,...

Vancouver – Greenest City in the World by 2020!?

Some days ago I was at the Vancouver Pecha Kucha Special Edition: Walk the Talk, Green Your City at the Queen Elisabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC and seats 2,929 people at maximum capacity. It was a sold out event and the...

Common Carbon Metric -Protocol for Measuring Energy Use and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Building Operations

This latest brochure by UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative on Common Carbon Metric was recently published: Common Carbon Metric -Protocol for Measuring Energy Use and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Building Operations- Version for pilot testing- 2010. “The purpose of this proposal for a Common Carbon Metric & Protocol is to support greenhouse gas...

European Parliament Adopts Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Recast

On 18 May 2010 a recast of The Directive on energy performance of buildings (2002/91/EC) was adopted in order to strengthen the energy performance requirements and to clarify and streamline some of its provisions. (the Directive is expected to be published in the Official Journal in June). These are some of the milestones: 16 Dec....

Rumble in the Lumberyard: FSC vs SFI

There is a major battle going on in the woods, in the courts and in the halls of the US Green Building Council, as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) tries to get LEED changed to accept their certification. … (read more here from treehugger.com)

White Box Technologies Announces the Establishment of a Center for Open Source Building Simulations

White Box Technologies announced its intention to establish a non-profit Center for Open Source Building Energy Simulations (COSBES). White Box Technologies is an international firm pooling together significant expertise of experienced engineers, architects, building physicists, and building modelers. With offices in 4 states we bring together high levels of expertise in: Building energy simulation (EnergyPlus,...