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Skipping back to the future

April 7, 2008


Oh no!, It’s back! Leigh has posted this image of another skip full of computer packaging polystyrene. As we’ve discussed before, the recyclers won’t take it as is no good to them until is part of a closed loop (ie they know exactly what is in it), the reuse stream is choked (although I grabbed […]

Green criteria in purchasing – an example

February 29, 2008


Here is another example of a tender document we responded to last week. This one from a quasi-governmental organisation in NZ (there’s lots of good example statements coming from the Govt3 programme).   xxx is committed to sustainable development, and will seek to procure sustainable products, works and services wherever possible. Ref Description Requirement Response […]

Green purchasing report: policy needs to state premium

December 19, 2007


As a precursor to the Green Purchasing Summit last month, EyeForProcurement conducted a survey of environmentally preferable purchasing. The report hides behind a registration wall here. Unfortunately the report does not give enough detail of methodology for many of the statistics to be very useful. Figures such as the percentages employing (or not) green purchasing […]

Spot the Greenwash

December 10, 2007


Here’s something else for the “low hanging curricula“. All students should be able to recognise these “Six Sins of Greenwashing” from Terrachoice (pdf, and podcast on Greenbiz radio). Green·wash (grēn’wŏsh’, -wôsh’) – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. We’ve […]

Best transformative resources for sustainability?

August 25, 2007


Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves is the Executive Director of the The Natural Edge Project. He sent us these open source education materials. Their whole system design suite gives a comprehensive introduction to whole system design approach as the basis for transformative action. Education for Sustainability has to be more than “bolt on” environmental papers in existing […]

Computing for Sustainability: Low hanging curricula

July 2, 2007


In Sustainability a “Pervasive Theme” or MIC (”Missing In Curriculum”)? we looked for sustainability in the computing curricula but didn’t find any there. Clearly it should be (well we think so). If the high hanging fruit is paradigm change (ala Blevis), and medium hanging fruit is cross curricula integration (upscaling rethinking school lunch) and courses […]

Willard’s 5 stages

June 15, 2007


Bob Willard identifies five stages of an organisations adoption of sustainability. I think these are very useful – it helps give context to problems and decisions. I’m re-looking at the skip and the Green RFP, wondering where my profession and organisations fit on this continuum. To skip to the bottom, it may be presumptuous to […]