LEED changed our awareness of the unwanted side-effects of building design, construction and operations. Reduction of harm was the standard. That approach has, in many ways, transformed the marketplace, but is it still enough? What is an appropriate goal for the future?
Under the guidance of regenerative design principles, it is possible to design projects in harmony with their ecosystem. Projects that improve their environment, are impact-free, and anticipate future needs. ... Read more about Regenerative Design Trajectory
Water is valuable, but clean water that people can drink has greater value. Some regions have an abundance of clean water, and others have do not – a geographic factor. In other places pressure on natural ecosystems that generate water are placing great stress on ecosystems, often overwhelming them. The production of clean water is a result of the protection and stewardship of natural ecosystems, but also the result of efficient and effective management. And, on that basis geospatial technologies have a large role to play.... Read more about What is the Geospatial Community Doing to Put Clean Water in More Places Around the World?
Mobile Phone and Internet Use Grows Robustly The use of mobile telephones and the Internet continues to grow worldwide, and the two technologies are increasingly becoming integrated through advances like Internet-ready “smart” phones. In 2009, mobile phone subscriptions hit the 4.6 billion mark, doubling in less than four years. Their use has increased worldwide at over 21 percent annually over the past five years, and subscriptions are projected to reach 5 billion in 2010. ... Read more about Mobile Phone And Internet Use Grows Robustly
The bicycle has many attractions as a form of personal transportation. It alleviates congestion, lowers air pollution, reduces obesity, increases physical fitness, does not emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide, and is priced within the reach of the billions of people who cannot afford a car. Bicycles increase mobility while reducing congestion and the area of land paved over. Six bicycles can typically fit into the road space used by one car. For parking, the advantage is even greater, with 20 bicycles occupying the space required to park a car. ... Read more about The Return Of The Bicycle
Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).Global investment in green power was led by wind and solar in 2008, and reached a record level of US$112 billion and remained broadly stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, explains IEA’s ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2010.’ Many car companies are adding hybrid and all-electric vehicles to their fleets, and 5 million such vehicles could be on