The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 launched in early July finds growing food insecurity, deterioration of the natural environment, and persistent inequalities remain. Now, due to Covid-19, the world is facing unprecedented challenges.
Our current situation means our focus should be (and is) on meeting immediate needs. And this may continue for a while. However, we should not lose sight of our long-term ambitions.
For many nations, gross domestic product is the primary measure of a society’s success. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan gauges achievement by a different standard: gross national happiness (GNH).The Royal Government of Bhutan’s GNH index measures a “holistic and sustainable approach to development,”…
The fresh fruit and vegetable sector has been a frontrunner in the field of sustainability and social compliance. Fresh is often a central theme in retail. At the Fruitnet conference World of Fresh Ideas at Fruit Logistica 2020, sustainable sourcing of fresh products was one of the main subjects. Environmental and social compliance are essential for suppliers. Most supermarkets and many larger import companies in Europe ask for at least one sustainable and one social certification from the SIFAV Basket of Standards.
In this episode we chat to Heba Elhanafy, an urban planner, researcher, and developer who has worked on city issues in Egypt and various countries across the MENA region. We talk about her shift from architecture to urban planning in pursuit of her mission to make cities more sustainable places for people to live. She shares what she now knows about making a difference and the greater need for design thinking in how we build and develop cities and communities. Heba also talks to us about charter cities and how they could enhance people’s living standards, fuel economic growth, and ultimately help their communities navigate crises such as COVID19—through improved governance.
A small town in the Northern part of Denmark sets a high standard for efficient district heating and presents a sustainable and efficient solution distributing clean and efficient energy to around 2,000 private households in the town of Aabybro.In 1986 the plant Aabybro Fjernvarme (Aabybro District Heating Plant) switched from oil to wood chips based heating and in April 2016 a brand new energy efficient plant was inaugurated. The plant is established as a co-operative, where the customers are also the owners of the plant.
Innovation is quickly and inevitably changing the way we think and provide infrastructure services. In many sectors, technology is disrupting processes and market structures. The ability to harness solar power at home has the potential to turn consumers of electricity into providers, or “prosumers”. Solar-powered self-driving vehicles are blurring the boundaries between the energy and the transport sectors and is likely to significantly impact citizen mobility in the near future. In the water sector, however, despite the application of many of these new technologies, there are divergent views about the extent to which they have the potential to disrupt the sector.
There is no cost for these events, but we do ask that you register in advance. Upcoming Webinars Oh the Veggies You’ll Grow! What to Plant Now in Dallas Tuesday, July 14 Noon to 1 p.m. online Dr. Kara Casy, Director of Urban Agriculture at El Cento and Darciea Houston, nutrition and wellness consultant Looking to improve your health while growing fruits and vegetables? We can show you how to garden in your window, on your porch or balcony or in your back yard. Join us for tips on growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables at home, on a budget!
Green investment good for economy and homeowners- AceOn Energy The managing director of pioneering renewable energy company AceOn Energy has welcomed the Chancellor’s £3billion ‘green investment’ funding programme to help the economy recover from the impact of lockdown. Announcement Rishi Sunak MP today announced a plan to create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.