Google Project Sunroof

As the price of installing solar has gotten less expensive, more homeowners are turning to it as a possible option for decreasing their energy bill. We want to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone.

Project Sunroof puts Google’s expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.

When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis. Don’t worry, Project Sunroof doesn’t give the address to anybody else.

Access: http://google.com/get/sunroof

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Paper: Le prospettive integranti dell’educazione alla sostenibilità

Governance senza Governo/I diritti come requisiti di sistema /Disegno strategico e coerenza di obiettivi /Per non escludersi dal “gioco delle regole”/La qualità come ambiente di integrazione/Il Decennio UN dell’educazione allo sviluppo sostenibile /Le reti italiane del sistema educativo/L’integrazione delle educazioni

Dai temi legati alla dimensione sociale ed economica della sostenibilità emergono prospettive in chiave sistemica e relazionale che richiedono una forte integrazione nella componente culturale ed educativa della “cittadinanza terrestre in una comunità planetaria”. Fondamentali le modalità organizzative/relazionali adottate dagli attori chiamati alla elaborazione e alla gestione delle politiche e degli obiettivi di sviluppo nella loro dimensione locale e globale.

Ai singoli governi spetta il compito di avviare i processi di partecipazione pubblica non solo per migliorare la qualità delle loro decisioni, ma per risolvere i conflitti tra i vari interessi in gioco, e per accrescere la fiducia nelle istituzioni. Compito delle istituzioni territoriali diventa quello di garantire infrastrutture e condizioni che consentano a tutti gli attori di crescere e prosperare. Tutti i portatori di interesse possono essere invitati a definire obiettivi prioritari e ad assumersi responsabilità nell’applicare la Strategia e seguirne gli sviluppi.

Cittadini informati e consumatori consapevoli sono essenziali nel rendere possibile misure di sostenibilità attraverso le loro scelte ed azioni e le istituzioni dovrebbero supportare i processi di apprendimento e di responsabilizzazione in tutte le loro forme. L’educazione informale e non formale dovrebbero puntare a fornire maggiore comprensione dei legami tra questioni sociali, economiche e ambientali in contesti locali e globali. Nell’economia della conoscenza, la geometria variabile del modo di impiego delle conoscenze disponibili diventa una delle principali caratteristiche del modello di sviluppo rendendo decisiva la capacità di attrarre e implementare le innovazioni tecnologiche. A

rgomenti chiave della sostenibilità diventano: l’integrazione dei prodotti/servizi nei sistemi di gestione, l’integrazione di organizzazioni, l’integrazione dei modelli cognitivi e la costruzione di un sistema integrato di controlli. “Prospettive integranti” che aprono il campo ad una concezione della qualità in termini di “ambiente di integrazione”. Nel contesto del Decennio delle Nazioni Unite dell’educazione allo sviluppo sostenibile (DESS) è inserita la Strategia UNECE per l’Educazione allo Sviluppo Sostenibile, che si pone come quadro di riferimento e di orientamento per le politiche dei vari Paesi aderenti. Nonostante la maggior parte di tali Paesi disponga di un sistema educativo evoluto esistono ancora sfide da raccogliere per attuare concretamente l’ESS.  La Strategia UNECE precisa che l’ESS rafforza quell’approccio integrato che mette in relazione diverse tematiche da affrontare sia a livello locale che globale, come la cittadinanza attiva, la pace, la democrazia, i diritti umani, lo sviluppo equo e solidale, la tutela della salute, quella delle pari opportunità e quella culturale, la protezione dell’ambiente e la gestione sostenibile delle risorse naturali.

Obiettivo strategico della ESS è quello di porsi al centro dei processi di cambiamento, diffondersi nel territorio, creare nuova cittadinanza, essere anticipatrice, sperimentatrice, palestra per praticare futuri sostenibili. La natura partecipata dei percorsi di sviluppo (come quelli di Agenda 21 Locale) richiede la condivisione dei diritti e tra questi quello alla conoscenza. Le incertezze associate alla conoscenza tecnica attuale inducono a parlare di “epistemologia civica” per descrivere i modi in cui il pubblico partecipa alla costruzione della conoscenza, riconoscendo così il carattere culturale e politico di questo processo.  In ogni società esistono visioni condivise su ciò che rende credibile o meno un’affermazione (anche scientifica) ed i criteri per la riflessione nel merito delle singole questioni vengono affrontati e discussi nell’ambito della cosiddetta “etica applicata” che costituisce un contesto epistemologico strategico per il raccordo tra i contenuti teorici dei percorsi di educazione alla convivenza civile in materia di vita, salute, ambiente. In Italia, nella “scuola dell’autonomia e dei Piani dell’Offerta Formativa (POF) l’ESS – intesa nella sua accezione piena (non limitata unicamente alla dimensione ambientale) diventa non solo il punto di snodo nel rapporto con il territorio ma anche potenziale strumento di orientamento e di integrazione delle altre discipline.

Sustainable Living and Co-Housing Alicante

Project of cooperative housing creation, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact. It is a community designed and created by its own residents, in which cooperation between them is encouraged, with an understanding of well-being.

Currently, the current community property system does not allow for cooperation between residents, especially if they have some kind of reduced mobility, which means that these people are very lonely. As we age, we become sedentary and lonely, causing depression, premature aging, and other illnesses caused by this cause.

In the 80’s a group of young people in Denmark get together to decide the community in which they want to live, from there co-housing is created, where a group of people plan their future from buying the land together, plotting it and creating basic and affordable housing, where they encourage co-living and solidarity.

Eco-housing Alicante is a housing cooperative project, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact.

It is a type of collaborative housing that tries to overcome the alignment produced by the compartmentalization of current housing, in which no one knows their neighbors and in which there is no sense of community.

Its values are aligned with those of Christian Felber’s well-known Economics of the Common Good, and these are a foundation of basic principles that represent human values: trust, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, solidarity, generosity and compassion, among others.

These are modular single-family houses, of the passive solar type, using resources of the bio-climatic architecture combined with a much higher energy efficiency than traditional construction. These houses have very low energy consumption and offer a comfortable atmosphere all year round without the use of conventional heating. They would be designed as smart-houses, taking advantage of digital technologies at the service of the above-mentioned values.

There would be a specific common area for waste management, composting and a workshop for the re-use/recycling of various equipment. There is also a common laundry area, social club or living area. Playground, accessible children’s playground and adapted sports area.

This project is designed to be carried out, between the sea and the mountains, somewhere in the so-called region of Alacantí (Busot, El Campello, Aigues, Alicante, Agost, Jijona, Mutxamel, San Juan de Alicante, San vicente or Torremanzanas), accessible and with all the public services needed, from the circular economy, self-sufficiency, and the least environmental impact and the lowest environmental impact.

All this is seen from a social perspective of intergenerational coexistence, mutual support, accessibility for people with disabilities and/or dependency and solidarity, respecting the private spaces of each unit of coexistence.

Sustainable develpment goals reached

Susceptibility map of mass movements in the southern slope of Avila

The mass movements that originate on the southwestern flank of the Avila, as observed in the analysis of the risk carried out in this work, cause numerous economic losses since many neighborhoods in the area are very susceptible to this threat, in view of the urban expansion of the city that has caused many settlements

Constraints, triggers and erosive factors affecting mass movements in the mountainous south area of Ávila in Venezuela, are spatially analyzed through ArcGIS software 10.0 a synthetic methodology that performs the analysis of these factors in each movement type (rock falls, landslides, road slope and flows) and then synthesize on a single map areas with increased susceptibility.

The main cause of mass movements in this area relates to geological conditions which are reactivated by active seismicity, heavy rainfall, and artificial changes to the ground. Only in Caracas city has registered more than 500 landslides with important effects in the last 60 years.

While the study of the risk of mass movements is elaborate, (a dispersed event in space-time and with low intensity) is one of the most costly threats at a socio-economic level.

Most of the movements studied are mainly controlled by the slope and lithology, observing that most of the most frequent instabilities occur in the metamorphic rock of the San Julián and Esquistos las Brisas Complex type and in alluvial quaternary.

Slope, altitude and orientation vary depending on the type of movement. Observed for rock falls and slopes that go from 20º to 35º and altitudes from 740 m.a.s.l. to 1110 m.a.s.l. Northeast facing mostly for landslides and southeast to the southwest of rock falls.

On the other hand, for edge faults and debris flows it is very variable, with a much lower slope and altitude for flows (0 to 10º) and a higher one for landslides, with slopes of up to 40º of dip being observed. They coincide in the maximum orientation that goes from southeast to southwest and in the fact that they are movements controlled by the adjacent hydrographic networks.

It is recommended that Venezuelan authorities take a forecast of the most frequent climatic threats and keep a forecast and control of dry vs. wet periods as these are the most frequent triggers that cause mass movements. This can be done by expanding the meteorological stations since there is currently the Maiquetía airport station, whose climatic variation contrasts with that of the southern flank of Avila, and the Caracas Valley.

As far as vegetation control is concerned, a good spatial analysis is recommended to determine the current vegetation type and thus to take vegetation as a conditioning factor. It is known that from the end of 2015 to March 2016 the ENSO has hit the Ávila mountain range causing major droughts and fires, which are triggering factors for mass movements but due to a lack of spatial information could not be included in the present work.

In addition, if urban expansion were to be controlled, the most vulnerable communities could be organized and warned of the danger that exists in this study. The most susceptible neighbourhoods are Plan de Manzano, Macayapa, Blandín, Araguaney and La Cortada.

Periodic awareness campaigns and visits to such communities can maintain areas potentially susceptible to threats from movements of evicted or prevented masses depending on the level of probability.

Arrecife Energy Systems & the Wave’s Power

Wаvе Enеrgу аlѕо iѕ knоwn as ocean wave роwеr, iѕ аnоthеr tуре оf осеаn-bаѕеd rеnеwаblе еnеrgу ѕоurсе thаt uѕеѕ thе роwеr of thе wаvеѕ tо gеnеrаtе еlесtriсitу.

Thе Eаrth hаѕ nоt bееn саllеd the “Bluе Plаnt” without a gооd rеаѕоn. Nеаrlу thrее-ԛuаrtеrѕ оf thе рlаnt соvеrеd in wаtеr, ѕо it iѕ оnlу nаturаl thаt the search for a сlеаn, rеnеwаblе ѕоurсе оf еnеrgу ѕhоuld lеаd uѕ tо thе осеаnѕ аrоund uѕ. Using thе роtеntiаl еnеrgу ѕtоrеd in thе oceans аnd ѕеаѕ tо gеnеrаtе еlесtriсitу еnѕurеѕ thаt роwеr being рrоduсеd will bе роllutiоn frее.

We would like to introduce you Arrecife Energy Systems, they capture the wave’s power and transform it into electricity.

The Arrecife Project was born thanks to the research of the PhD Professor José Javier Doria in the field of fluid mechanics for more than 25 years.

What began as a study, finally became a long research that has had great results in other fields. Prof. Doria observed that the small living corals occupy vast expanses, forming a reef capable of absorbing much of the energy of the waves in an efficient way. This led to the idea of creating serially placed direct-action turbines, composed of many blades that simulate a coral reef.

Key Facts:

• First operating system through turbines.
• Obtains energy from waves, currents and tidal flows.
• It is a completely free source of energy. As long as we have waves we can capture their energy
• According to estimations, the benefits coming from the use of wave energy can be way higher than the ones derived from wind and sun.
• Waves concentrate a greater power compared to other renewable energy sources. Also, their power density is higher than the one coming from wind.

wave energy
Testing the prototype. Photo by The Arrecife Project

The problem

Fossil fuel, biomass, and waste burning power plants
In the United States, about 67% of total electricity generation in 2016 was produced from: fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), materials that come from plants (biomass), and municipal and industrial wastes.

Emissions that result from combustion of these fuels include:

• Carbon dioxide (CO2)
• Carbon monoxide (CO)
• Sulfur dioxide (SO2)
• Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
• Particulate matter (PM)
• Heavy metals such as mercury

Nearly all combustion byproducts have negative effects on the environment and human health:

• CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and it contributes to the greenhouse effect.
• SO2 causes acid rain, which is harmful to plants and to animals that live in water. SO2 also worsens respiratory illnesses and heart diseases, particularly in children and the elderly.

The Solution

ARRECIFE´S TECHNOLOGY, aims to simulate the natural behaviour of a coral reef, an ecosystem that functions as a natural barrier against waves.

Following the example of other successful systems such as hydraulic energy or wind energy, Arrecife works with turbines too. It is provided with cross flow turbines that get activated by the waves. The system opposes the strength of the waves creating resistance and absorbing large part of its energy.

Arrecife Energy Systems Team. Photo by The Arrecife Project

Helping people

The study, entitled “Health and Climate Benefits of Choosing Different Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Options“, demonstrates that energy efficiency and renewable energies can have important benefits for both climate and public health. Jonathan Buonocore, an associate researcher at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, added that this research shows that climate benefits and health benefits are on a par with others.

The implementation of wave energy aspires to contribute to the welfare of society, providing clean-energy jobs to millions of people and helping the world becoming a greener, more sustainable place.

Helping the planet

Environmentally friendly: Once the system is manufactured and the wave energy devices are installed, no polluting emissions are produced.

No danger of pollution: There is no risk of polluting the surroundings in case of a disaster, unlike it occurs when using fossil fuel plants.

Minimal visual pollution: Wave energy converters are installed either on the surface of the water or submerged in the water, minimising alterations in the landscape as much as possible.

Lazaro Project Association. An Eco-Friendly Option For Textile Waste

Circular economics is a recent economic model that has emerged as a response to the new needs of society and our planet.

These needs have arisen because of the continuous use of a linear economic model, which has been developing since the industrial revolution, with which it has reached a point where there are no longer enough resources to extract, and through which we are contaminating the planet more and more.

Circular  economy,  as  effective path and solution  to  these  problems,  proposes  a  series  of  changes, such  as  the  reuse  of  waste  to  manufacture  new  products  or  the  manufacture  of products  that  are  long  lasting  in  time  so  as  to generate  the  least  possible residues  in the slower and more moderate way.

Increasingly,  more  and  more  industries  are  getting  involved  with  the  cause  and are beginning to be involved in this change.

The Lazaro Project Association is a clear example of a circular economy model in the textile sector. This organization was founded in 1994 in Alicante, Spain. The objective of this initiative works through economic and social management, recycling and reuse of solid urban waste.

Key facts:

  • By 2017, the emission of almost 200,000 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere has been avoided.
  • Every kilogram of clothes that is reused and not incinerated avoids the emission of 3.17 kg of CO2.

The problem

European textile companies barely recycle a fifth of the clothing (20%) they generate. According to Greenpeace’s latest report, Fashion at the croos road, 80% of clothes consumed in the European Union have no outlet, either for a second life or to enter into recycling processes. The environmental consequences of this textile explosion cannot be resolved in the short term. This industry is the second most polluting in the world. Despite the fact that large companies have eliminated many hazardous chemical elements from their factories, their production accounts for 3% of the world’s carbon dioxide, some 850 million tons.

The Solution

4000 tons of textile waste turned into solidarity.

This activity is designed and managed as a production structure, whose process consists of the collection of textile waste, household goods and bulky items in different municipalities of the province of Alicante, for subsequent selection, reuse and sale in the various second-hand shops located in the cities of Alicante, Elche and Villajoyosa.

It is estimated that 12% is the one capable of taking to the end of the recovery cycle, 54% is the one that is recovered through other social entities, 18% is recycled with specialized entities and only 16% is disposed to incinerators.

From the outset, they have been clear that all the clothes people no longer wear could at all costs prevent them from ending up in a landfill. Not only that, but they also realized that textiles, along with other items destined for garbage, could become a way of promoting social projects.

Lázaro Project is framed in two fundamental axes: social and environmental work.

Helping people

The management of textile waste brings great social benefits. The Lazaro Project contributes to the creation of green jobs and the social economy by promoting the creation of inclusive, stable and quality jobs.

Helping the planet

The reuse and recycling of textiles favours efficient use of resources, environmental protection and the fight against climate change. They reduce waste in controlled landfills and incineration plants, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases. Every kilogram of clothing that is reused and not incinerated prevents the emission of 3,169 kg of CO2, according to data from the European Commission.

The 18,281 tons collected in Spain in 2017 therefore represents a saving of 57,934 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere. They are equivalent to the annual emission of 21,760 cars (circulating 15,000 km annually) or the annual carbon dioxide uptake of 432,349 trees.

Sahara Forest Project – From vision to reality

Sahara Forest Project is a company that sparked the idea of turning the Sahara desert into a green area with the establishment of farmland amidst a waterless desert. They have a brilliant idea in greening efforts using advanced technology and working with several organizations.

Why did this idea arise? As we know that the Sahara desert becomes the world’s widest desert which looks so arid and hot. Therefore, this organization wants to turn the Sahara desert into a farm field that can benefit the community. So Sahara Forest Project is not only a company but also the best solution for the greening program. In this case, people who are living in the Sahara desert area will not find it difficult to find vegetables and fruits because they will choose a garden in the middle of the desert.

sustainable farming system
Photo by Sahara Forest Project

 

Sahara Forest Project hopes that the project will give more advantages in the future and they are going to build more and more green area where they are growing some plants, vegetables, and trees for the better desert environment. No wonder if the Sahara Desert will look so green a few decades from now on. This is a big scale project that embraces some organizations that supports the technology and facilities needed.

This is a proper step so that people will not feel suffocated to live in the desert area because some of the areas will be green. This is also important for our future generation so they will have a better environment to live and a sustainable farming system based on local production. Perhaps, the Sahara desert will be the lungs of the world in the future and this becomes a prevention of global warming. When people are busy to make our environments polluted, the Sahara Forest Project will provide a solution to balance the environment condition so that people can survive for a long period of time.

Sahara Forest Project would be the best solution to convert the hot Sahara desert into a beautiful green forest which gives a lot of benefits to the communities. This is a good way to provide a better environment and to prevent it from Global warming.

Plastic Bank – Stop Ocean Plastic

Plastic Bank is one of the most popular programs that was first found in 2013 by David Katz & Shaun Frankson to give a solution to stop ocean plastic. Plastic Bank has a mission to stop Ocean Plastic by inviting many people to earn money by collecting some waste from the ocean to clean up the sea. Plastic Bank has a hope to get rid of plastic garbage from the ocean and save the sea species life from contamination.

As we know that our ocean today is no longer clean because of plastic bags which are floating on the sea and kill many sea species. Everybody must take responsibility to clean up the ocean from plastic garbage. In this case, Plastic Bank will try to facilitate the people to collect some garbage from the ocean and make some money from the waste.

Plastic pollution

Do you want to get some extra income while saving our environment too? Fortunately, you are able to join this Plastic Bank program and you can also invite others to do the same and earn some money from collecting some plastic waste. Nowadays, there are about one million people who support this program and you can even find this Plastic Bank solution on social media networks. This can be the best way to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean and find the value in the waste found where you can send the plastic garbage to collectors.

Plastic Bank is not only helping the environment, but they also save the life of sea species so that they can regenerate and have a better ecosystem. Now, it is our turn to be aware of our ocean condition for a better environment. In addition, it is also will be very beneficial for the human health and it also gives a beauty value and makes our world look wonderful again. Plastic Bank will never stop this program until the ocean is clean totally and they also invite people for not littering and care about the environment more.

We Care Solar – Portable Solar Suitcases

We Care Solar is a program that helps mothers give a birth in good healthcare facilities with better power and lighting to save newborn babies in the world. They intend to give better electricity in order to make sure that pregnant women will give a birth comfortably with enough lighting. As we know that most of developing countries do not have enough power, especially for the communities who live in villages or isolated areas.

So, We Care Solar gives the best solution to facilitate a good healthcare with better electricity and make it brighter so doctors will easily handle patients, especially women who are going to give a birth in local healthcare facilities. It is not easy to do medical checkup at night because there is no sufficient lighting. In this case, doctors also doubt whether he conduct a delivery well with this dark condition. Therefore, We Care Solar has the initiative to provide better lighting for the doctors who are going to conduct a delivery as well as support their medical tools which need power.

Teaching at Mphunzi by wecaresolar.org

In addition, We Care Solar also works with some leading healthcare organizations to provide better health treatment for many communities in rural areas so that the health works will be more effective, fast, and timely in servicing their patients.

How do they provide electricity? Simply, We Care Solar will provide Solar Suitcases for many healthcare facilities in some developing countries. In fact, any people can also give some donation if they want to give Solar Suitcase to a certain clinic in other different areas. Later on, the Solar Suitcase will be installed and then it will support some medical tools which need electricity.

Is this program effective enough? Of course, there are more than 2000 Solar Suitcases that have been installed in some healthcare facilities in many different locations. This program has already helped more than ten thousands health workers and 1,5 million mothers who gave a birth to newborn babies.

Ecological latrines in San Ildefonso Ixtahuacán – Guatemala

This project of Architects Without Borders is based on the development and experimentation of technology of ecological latrines and to contribute to the local counterpart technical support in the project.

With this project in the area they have been developing the work and improving the living conditions of the population. On the other hand, the economy is being reactivated with the fertilizer they generate and that improves the quality of farmland.

This project is associated with a whole training and supervision program. Prior to the construction and use of the ecological latrines, training is imparted to the families who will use them. They become familiar with them and learn the proper use of them. Once delivered to its beneficiaries, a complete monitoring and monitoring process is carried out to ensure good use and check the acceptance of latrines in the day-to-day community. This project also encourages the use of manure generated for the land or the sale of the area.

Another of the lines of work of this project is the investigation of the latrines themselves to improve them in every way. Ease of transport, construction savings, cost reduction, design improvement, search for alternative materials available in the community environment, etc.

In the end everything converges in being able to create something that can generate local wealth and the community advances in every sense, both social, economic, ecological and participatory.