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Sustainable Habitat Challenge

August 15, 2007


The Sustainable Habitat Challenge, or SHaC 09 is a national (New Zealand) challenge for tertiary organisations that aims to develop sustainable solutions. In short: teams of students and their lecturers will research, design and build a new sustainable house over a period of 18 months, to be finished in November 2009. Why am I telling […]

Sticks and Stones and Mining’s Sustainability Guidelines

July 30, 2007


It must be hard to represent the least sustainable of industries. The (US) National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) represents the extractive industries: NSSGA is the largest mining association by product volume in the world and represents the crushed stone, sand and gravel-or aggregate-industries. Our member companies produce more than 92 percent of the […]

Byte here for sustainability: rethinking school lunch

June 26, 2007


I have a theory. A person’s sustainability awareness decreases while they are in tertiary education. Why? Three reasons. 1. We’re not very good at modelling sustainable behaviour (yes the skip, but also try informally applying the Green League criteria to your own organisation – I did, it’s not pretty) 2. According to Erik Erickson’s eight […]

We could learn lots from teachgreenpsych

June 18, 2007


Thanks to Anelibrary I’ve been looking at this really nice set of resources Described as “Teaching Psychology for Sustainability: A Manual of Resources“, the creators state that their purpose in creating this site… is to provide a resource to help instructors begin integrating psychology and environmental issues in their courses. The site has a […]

“they all seem good”: need for a green computer RFP template

June 3, 2007


Short story: Green IT is rapidly reaching saturation. We are now at the stage of computing practitioners having to chose between green options. This is good but some guidelines are desperately needed. Longer story: Forrester‘s recently published research on green IT has been reported as “Green meets deaf ears in IT” and Green issues overlooked […]