The UK’s Environment Secretary, Mr Hilary Benn, leads a major think-tank seminar in Britain on sustainable development issues, including climate change, and building eco friendly sustainable towns and villages for the future
Mission Gaia is a strategy game focusing on sustainable development, in which players must find solutions to environmental, social and economic problems. The goal of the game is to make visitors aware of the urgent need for action if we are to leave a viable environment for future generations. The game was designed and produced by TRAM MÉDIA. To see other videos on this interactive experience: TRAM MÉDIA - Interactive multimedia immersion game and TRAM MÉDIA - Interactive multimedia screen or go directly to trammedia.ca/gaia.
The British Government could soon be investing 30-billion pounds a year into low carbon measures if it adopts recommendations made by its watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission.
The role of design in sustainable development
Oriol Pascual from Enviu Innovation Lab in Rotterdam describes several projects and initiatives that show the role of design in the creation of innovative solutions for environmental or social issues. In particular he focuses on his studio's work with regards to new sources of electricity production such as the generation of electricity through a dance floor. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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This is the first video in a series of videos following the sustainable green development of the Anna Maria Historic Green Village in Anna Maria, Florida. The Green Village is for commercial and retail use and shall be powered entirely by renewable green energy such as solar energy and ground source heat pumps. The whole concept of the Green Village is to be zero net energy – achieving platinum LEED certification.
Voiceover: On Anna Maria Island there's a quiet revolution that's merging history with state of the art green technology.
Mike: We came to Anna Maria in 2003 where we used to vacation for a week or two from our businesses in the UK.
Lizzie: Anna Maria Island is the fantastic combination of a beautiful, natural environment, a small community where people really still care for each other and just a great city code where we have old Florida style buildings. We have beautiful landscaping.
Mike: The Green Village is a collection of five commercial buildings which will be powered by solar energy and ground source heat pumps geothermics and it'll all be put together to drive the air conditioning, the water heaters, again the rain harvests all the water for irrigation and the toilet flushing. So the whole concept of the village is to be zero net energy.
Lizzie: So it's very cool technology, very smart technology and we're very excited because it's not expensive technology and it's also technology that will become cheaper and cheaper over time. What we want to do is show people now so that as it becomes very affordable more people will adopt it. Our mission is to share all this cool technology but also the sense that a small island community like this can be a very modern place. It's very historic but it can also look into the future and think 'how do we sustain ourselves in the long term?', 'how do we deal with waste?', 'how do we deal with water?', 'how do we deal with electricity?' All of the sorts of things we need to think about whether it's a commercial building or a home.
Voiceover: The historic Green Village potentially has global implications as leaders of industries and nations talk about alternative energy. The Thrashers are putting it to work on a small town main street on Florida's Gulf Coast.
This is the second video in a series of videos following the sustainable green development of the Anna Maria Historic Green Village in Anna Maria, Florida showing that phase one of the project is on track to be completed by mid April. The Green Village is for retail and commercial use and shall be powered entirely by renewable green energy such as solar energy and ground source heat pumps. The whole concept of the Green Village is to be zero net energy -- achieving platinum LEED certification.
Voiceover: As construction on the Anna Maria Island Historic Green Village continues the historic part of the project is actually bigger than you might think.
Lizzie: So the history of this house is that it was built in 1913, it was built for William Bean who was one of the original developers on the island.
Gene: That building was built out of blocks made on a block making machine where you made them one at a time and you could buy the block machine for $62.50 and go in to the block making business. If you look up in the ceiling as we tore the house apart the wood that was used in the ceiling was the form lumber that they used to make the foundation. When they were finished with the house I’m sure they didn't have a scrap of wood left. They used everything because they had nothing to work with.
Lizzie: The Sears Cottage was purchased by a family in 1935 from a catalogue. It was brought down here from Tampa on a boat, unloaded on the beach at the end of our street, transported up Pine Avenue by a pony and trap. It was lived in by a number of different people over the years and eventually it kinda fell in to disrepair really. A developer bought the land and was going to destroy it, was going to knock it down and build new buildings on it. But before they did that they said 'would we like it?', and we thought great! We lift it up and put it on little dolly wheels, wheeled it half a mile down the street and have just put it on the Historic Green Village here. And then the real work began. We've made it very energy efficient; it's one of the quietest buildings on Pine Avenue now because of the level of insulation on the windows. And it's just a really really beautiful space.
Voiceover: Part technology, part history. The Anna Maria Island Historic Green Village project is on track to complete phase one in mid April.
Interview with Daniel RODIK, Society for sustainable development design (or Društvo za oblikovanje održivog razvoja in croatian). A video of the project *******avenirclimat.info
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake speaks about children as the key to sustainable development at the 2012 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board.
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Ghadi's presentation-Master's degree of Sustainable Development.wmv