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The Ghaf


The amazing Ghaf tree is an island of fertility, food  and a medicine explains Tatiana Abella ellaborationg on five years of studying it. The tree is protected now, named the National Union tree in UAE and given as a present to all interested in beauty, preservation, community development and sustainability.

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The Twelve Silos of Urban Sustainability

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

Jason Delambre examines the twelve infrastructural silos preventing movement from 20th century cities to 21st century sustainable cities. These twelve silos represent the existing challenges, but also, through their combined synergies, they are the keys to overcoming those challenges.

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Promoting Sustainability and Consciousness in Food

@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

David Gunawan presents his ideas on sustainability and healthy eating as a chef and founder of Farmer's Apprentice. He strives to find local, organic foods for his restaraunt by creating a healthy and viable relationship with farmers. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 31, 2014.

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Multidimensional Sustainability

@ VOL 127 ON JUL 29, 2015

"Truth is, sustainability can only ever be a wish, or a hypothesis. It can never be a definition of a product, or a design, or even a city and why? Because first to know whether or not something is sustainable it actually takes some time so we can observe whether or not that prediction holds true."

Architect, Planner, Researcher, Consultant … Idealist and Futurist, Naomi C. Hanakata from FUTURE CITIES LAB, ETH Zurich in Singapore explores the notions of sustainability and our shared future on earth, by first taking a step back from the now ever so ubiquitous and increasingly hollow word itself in an effort to persuade us to re-imagine the idea for a truly better future together. Hanakata touches on a multi dimensional sustainability index that would allow humanity to make decisions based on a more holistic and comprehensive idea of sustainability.

This presentation looks far forward and runs deep and positions us to better tackle the challenges of a shared future.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Friday, August 27th, 2015. 

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A Resilient City Through Environmental Sustainability

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Douglas Melnick is passionate about environmental sustainability. And for good reason, because San Antonio is getting hotter. Temperatures here have risen 2.5 degree Celsius since 1960, and these kinds of drastic changes have real implications for our city today and tomorrow. For example, our infrastructure was not designed for the inundation of flood waters and other
extreme weather conditions that are becoming more frequent. But we can build resilience into our communities with incremental steps like composting, which leads to less methane in the atmosphere, or riding a bike to work, which decreases carbon emissions. And he reminds us if we don’t have the public transportation or other sustainability programs we want to see, it’s up to us to advocate for them.
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Criminal Justice -OR- Sustainability?

@ VOL 29 ON MAY 22, 2016

Joshua Byrd has been on a criminal justice journey his whole life. Quite a bit of it was spent on one side of that journey: US Marines, Dept. of Defense, Georgia Sheriff Deputy, Superior Court of Fulton County (GA), North Carolina Dept. of Justice, United States EPA... The man knows what he talks about when he says there is a better way to approach crime in our country and in our cities. Listen in as Joshua talks "4-D" involvement and sustainability as a road to better criminal justice pratices. 

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Unraveling Sustainability

@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2016

Florence Micoud - She defined sustainability in a way that is real and understandable for everyone. She also described the language, the processes and tools that facilitate action so that we may work together for effective and desirable change.

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Inventions and Sustainability

@ VOL 42 ON MAR 07, 2017

A tale about a cup of coffee that sparked a business idea to save the world. Richard Hardiman will share his story about the invention of WasteShark, an autonomous drone that 'eats' the plastic choking our harbours and then 'regurgitates' it for recycling.

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Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability: Armenia's Challenges and Opportunities

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 28, 2018

Irina Ghaplanyan discusses Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability: Armenia's Challenges and Opportunities.