Recent Case Studies

Increasing efficiency in trucks
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-09-24 00:49:12 UTC
Engineers all over the country are developing more aerodynamic truck concepts. The trucking industry in the United States, burns up 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel each year. Today, heavy trucks average around 5.5 miles per gallon, whereas the 1982 average …
Drip irrigation by Jain
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-08-28 07:31:18 UTC
Drip irrigation is today’s need because Water – nature’s gift to mankind is not unlimited and free forever. World water resources are fast diminishing. Not only in developing countries but also in California (USA), Spain and many other places. A detailed …
Smarter cities
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-08-11 01:17:46 UTC
By combining all electronic data of water, transportation, energy consumption etcetera one can save energy in spots it is not needed at the moment, steer people away from potential flood area’s before the rain is falling. The idea is to share ideas and …
Developments in Carbon footprinting of products
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-07-17 05:31:53 UTC
Many European countries have launched environmental information initiatives > In the UK, PAS 2050 was launched in 2008, to provide a method for assessing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint) of goods and services. Tesco, the retailer …
Paper recycling; in Italy
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-06-06 03:07:21 UTC
Comieco started in 1985 as an association of environment‐friendly paper mills and paper and board manufacturers; today it gathers over 3,500 italian companies. Thanks to the virtuous cycle established between the institutions, companies, and citizens …
MVRDV's Pigflats an alternative for sustainable farming?
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-05-06 03:25:47 UTC
Meat production is one of the bigger emitters of carbon. We either need to change our consumption pattern or we need to find way to do sustainable farming. MVRDV did a study about 10 years ago to get a discussion going. Recently, in the Netherlands this …
Charting our water future; solutions in 4 case studies
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-04-02 02:40:39 UTC
Economic frameworks to inform decision-making Growing competition for scarce water resources is a growing business risk, a major economic threat, and a challenge for the sustainability of communities and the ecosystems upon which they rely. It …
World Community Grid solving world problems by sharing computing capacity
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-03-29 08:38:10 UTC
The World Community Grid, powered by IBM, is designed to harness the unused computing power of the world’s PCs and laptops for research on critical humanitarian issues like cancer, AIDS and muscular dystrophy or find solution for clean energy or nutritious …
World's biggest clothing and footware manufacturers work on global eco-label
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-03-02 00:53:40 UTC
“Some of the world’s biggest clothing and footwear manufacturers and retailers are working on a scheme to allow shirts, trousers and shoes sold globally to be labelled with tags depicting to what degree the items’ production and usage would impact the environment. …
Debate March 21st in London: Can a Big Society Bring Prosperity?
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-03-01 05:24:03 UTC
Monday 21 March at 7.00 p.m. Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth, debates with a proponent of the Big Society (Jesse Norman, MP, to be confirmed). Does prosperity require higher levels of investment – in ecological and social goods, in …


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