Posted by: gnse | September 19, 2014


Keywords: MIPS (Material Input per Service Unit); resource consumption; natural resources; Material Intensity Analysis; dematerialization; Material Footprint, micro economy; value chain; sustainable production and consumption (SCP)

The concept Material Input per Service Unit (MIPS) was developed 20 years ago as a measure for the overall natural resource use of products and services. The material intensity analysis is used to calculate the material footprint of any economic activities in production and consumption. Environmental assessment has developed extensive databases for life cycle inventories, which can additionally be adopted for material intensity analysis. Based on practical experience in measuring material footprints on the micro level, this paper presents the current state of research and methodology development: it shows the international discussions on the importance of accounting methodologies to measure progress in resource efficiency. The MIPS approach is presented and its micro level application for assessing value chains, supporting business management, and operationalizing sustainability strategies is discussed. Linkages to output-oriented Life Cycle Assessment as well as to Material Flow Analysis (MFA) at the macro level are pointed out. Finally we come to the conclusion that the MIPS approach provides relevant knowledge on resource and energy input at the micro level for fact-based decision-making in science, policy, business, and consumption.

Complete article: MIPS_resources-03-00544
Posted by: gnse | September 18, 2014

Multimedia CVs

Multimedia CVs are an incredibly powerful tool for people to use to showcase their talents, help them stand out from the crowd and demonstrate ingenuity, skill and creativity to prospective employers. They are particularly useful for people who may never have worked or who have been away from the labour market for long spells and for whom a traditional CV can be quite daunting.

Peoples Voice Media from the UK supports the Multimedia CVs – read more about it!

Posted by: gnse | September 18, 2014

France: Citizen’s Transition Day

In France, next September 27th is Citizen’s Transition Day.
150+ local events are being organized.
See the map here:

Posted by: gnse | September 12, 2014

PLASTIC STATE OF MIND (Empire State of Mind Parody)

 See and share the Video (Empire State of Mind Parody)  

Shoulda brought your own bag
Yeah but you forgot it though
You were busy dreamin of ice cream and
all that cookie dough

Your life is wrapped in plastic
Convenience is your motto
But plastic addiction’s worse
than they want you to know

BP’s oil spill
Almost like we did it –
We use one million grocery-bags
every single minute

Recycling them’s a joke yo
That baggie don’t go anywhere
It turns to little pieces
and then it spreads over everywhere

Into your food supply
Into your blood supply
Not to mention birds and fish and
Cuties you don’t wanna die

Just look at baby Sammy
Dioxins in its milky way,
cuz even her breast milk it’s got

OK now you get it
How you gonna stop it though
Banning Single Use Plastic Bags
is the way to go!

Join other states and cities
Kick the nasty habit
Tell your representatives
Ban single-use bags made from

Fossil product all your crap’s made of
There’s one thing we can do
Ban bags made of plastic
Skip the bag, the cup and spork dude
Convenience will kill you
Ban single use plastic toxic bags

Sustainably we go forth and save our cities
Bringing your own bag and forks and bottles should be easy
But corporations selling toxins bought the government
Stand together for yourself, your kids, the planet sayin’

Yeah, yeah,
Ban single-use bags made of

Fossil product all your crap’s made of
There’s one thing we can do
Ban bags made of plastic

Bring your own don’t you forget dude
And let your reps know too
Ban single use plastic toxic bags!

Posted by: gnse | September 9, 2014

World Congress on Education

November 10-12, 2014
Venue: Marriott Hotel London Heathrow London, UK (

The World Congress on Education (WCE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The WCE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of WCE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The WCE-2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performanceevaluation.

The topics in WCE-2014 include but are not confined to the following areas:

*Accessible World
– Aging and Disability – Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) – Assessment and Early intervention – Baby Boomers – Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Community – Cognitive Disabilities – Curriculum Adaptation and Modification – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Developmental – Disabilities Disability and Diversity – E-Accessibility – Human Rights/Disability Rights – Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy) – Learning Disabilities – Living In(ter)dependently – Support Services – Postsecondary Education – Public Health, Diversity and Disability – Resiliency Across the Lifespan – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – Study Skills Development – Sustainable Environment – Climate Change

*Adult Education
– Competitive Skills – Continuing Education – Higher Education – Adult education – Vocational Education – Transferring Disciplines

*Art Education
– Music Education – Writing Education – Imaginative Education – Language Education – History

*Business Education
– Educational Administration – Human Resource Development – Academic Advising and Counselling – Education Policy and Leadership – Industrial Cooperation  – Life-long Learning Experiences – Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning  – Work Employability – Educational Institution Government Partnership  – Patent Registration and Technology Transfer – University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management
– Accreditation and Quality Assurance – Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions – Copyright  – Digital Libraries and Repositories – Digital Rights Management – Evaluation and Assessment – E-content Management and Development – E-content Management and Development. Open Content – e-Portfolios – Grading Methods  – Knowledge Management – Quality processes at National and International level – Security and Data Protection – Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies  – User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development
– Acoustics in Education Environment – APD/Listening – Counsellor Education – Courses, Tutorials and Labs – Curriculum Design – ESL/TESL – Bullying – Social Networking – Study Abroad Programmes – Faculty Development – Distance Learning: Assessment, Methods and Technologies   Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education   *Educational Foundations – Early Childhood Education – Elementary Education – Geographical Education – Health Education – Home Education – Rural Education – Science Education – Secondary Education – Second life Educators – Social Studies Education – Special Education

*Interaction and Cultural Models of Disability
– Adaptive Transportation – Augmented and Alternative Communication – Gerontechnology – Healthcare Specialists – Hospitality and Tourism – Labor Market Integration – Medical Experts – Sport, Fitness and Leisure – Special Educational Centres – Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery – Social Workers – Student and Adults with Disabilities – Usability and Ergonomics

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment
– Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring – e-Testing and new Test Theories – Supervising and Managing Student Projects – Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning – Educating the Educators – Immersive Learning – Blended Learning – Computer-Aided Assessment – Metrics and Performance Measurement – Assessment Software Tools – Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research
– Education, Research and Globalization – Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, …) – Women and Minorities in Science and Technology – Indigenous and Diversity Issues – Government Policy issues – Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects – Digital Divide – Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet – Ethical issues in Education – Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism

*Other Areas of Education

Posted by: gnse | September 5, 2014

Who cares?

WHO CARES? is a 93-minute feature film shot in seven countries: USA, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Switzerland and Germany. The production crew shot in 20 locations in just 40 days, an incredible feat given the schedules of all the social entrepreneurs profiled. The movie also features animation with scenes recorded in three different languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish).

WHO CARES? carries a very empowering message for individuals: anyone can be a changemaker, regardless of leadership or marketable skills. It starts with having a vision for society while seeking accomplishment in one’s life through contributions to improving the lives of others.

Posted by: gnse | August 29, 2014

Community building by time credits

Video: Partnering with Spice – Grow your network

Spice has developed Time Credits as a tool for building stronger communities and co-produced services, where people are active participants. We value everyone’s time as equal and believe that everyone has something to give.

With a national network comprising hundreds of community organisations, local government institutions, housing associations and private businesses, Time Credits link people to each other, to services, to policy and to enterprise.

For each hour that people give to their community they earn one Time Credit. They can then spend their Time Credits on a range of activities provided by our network of partners.

Spice is currently running programmes across the UK with local councils, community development organisations, housing associations, health and social care providers and schools. We support these organisations to set up the Time Credit system, developing ways for individuals to earn and spend Time Credits and we also support a national network of partners who accept Time Credits.

Spice was recently named one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’ by The Observer in association with Nesta, shortlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Healthcare Innovation Awards’ 2013 and runner up in Ben and Jerry’s ‘Join Our Core’ social enterprise competition.

Posted by: gnse | July 2, 2014

New handbook available “Educating Buildings”

Educating Buildings – Learning Sustainability Through Displayed Design
Handbook for Planners, Clients, Occupants
NUSO-Verlag 2013, 144 pages,
ISBN 978-3-932378-06-5

Consumption and sustainability are complex issues—they cannot be reduced to the choice of consumer goods or to “green consumption.” Doing so would neglect the multifaceted embeddedness of consumer acts and the multidimensionality of sustainability. To understand patterns of consumption and move them toward sustainability means dealing with this double complexity. A coherent reference framework is therefore needed, to enable locating and correlating research questions, theories, and findings. Such a framework should provide a basis for interdisciplinary understanding, mutual acknowledgment, and collaborative knowledge creation. Therefore, it needs to be the result of an integrative approach; otherwise it would not allow a wide variety of disciplines to work with it. This article presents such a framework, developed in the course of an interdisciplinary process in a research program. In this process, the researchers of the focal topic asked four questions: 1) How can consumption be conceptualized? 2) How can consumption and sustainability be related? 3) How can sustainable consumption be assessed? and 4) How can changes to individual consumption be motivated? The article condenses the researchers’ overall answers to these questions into four complementary core statements capturing the key elements of the reference framework and concludes by sketching the framework’s benefits for future research.

Read the full article by Antonietta Di Giulio, Daniel Fischer, Martina Schäfer and Birgit Blättel-Mink here!

Posted by: gnse | June 11, 2014

Development in the Ecological Age

The article of Charles Eisenstein , Development in the Ecological Age, is on economic development, touching on how the economic development the system imposes on “emerging markets” mirrors, and is grounded on, parallel forms of equally damaging educational, psychological, medical, and spiritual development.

A “fundamental transformation of global capitalism” is needed in order to tackle climate change, the Prince of Wales has said. Read the complete article in The Telegraph .

Posted by: gnse | June 10, 2014

The Wall of Sound

A world tour recording artists along the way, all playing on the same songs! The Wall of sounds  wants to break the wall that separate people’s creativity. Music is a universal language, see for yourself 🙂

Posted by: gnse | May 26, 2014

Water challenge:

For one day

Fill one bucket of water for each person in your household. Then turn off your water at the meter.
Can you get through the day with this amount of water to use for drinking, cooking and washing?
You could use the dirty water for toilet flushing.
How did it go? Were you OK with having a wash instead of a shower?

This is one of the Transition Street Challenge you can try!

Posted by: gnse | May 26, 2014

What is SRI?

The System of Rice Intensification, known as SRI — le Système de Riziculture Intensive in French and la Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo Arrocero (SICA) in Spanish — is an agro-ecological methodology for increasing the productivity of irrigated rice by changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients.

The benefits of SRI have been demonstrated in over 50 countries. They include: 20%-100% or more increased yields, up to a 90% reduction in required seed, and up to 50% water savings. SRI principles and practices have been adapted for rainfed rice as well as for other crops (such as wheat, sugarcane and teff, among others), with yield increases and associated economic benefits.

For more information please visit:

Posted by: gnse | May 26, 2014


How to sell

Posted by: gnse | May 19, 2014

1st sustainability conference in Belgium

Ghent/BELGIUM, 16th-18th May 2014

The first sustainability conference held in Belgium:

Posted by: gnse | May 6, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously

See the fictive documentary!

Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.
Watch new episodes Sundays at 10PM ET/PT, only on SHOWTIME.

Subscribe to the Years of Living Dangerously channel for more:

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It’s the biggest story of our time. Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY takes you directly to the heart of the matter in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: gnse | May 6, 2014

What is the Transition Streets Challenge?

The Transition Streets Challenge is an exciting street level program bringing neighbours together to explore ways of reducing their environmental impact while building a more connected neighbourhood. Although it is called the Transition Streets Challenge, groups aren’t restricted to one street but can include people from neighbouring streets (hopefully within easy walking distance). As one of the participants said “my community isn’t necessarily the people who are on the other end of my street, but those around me, the people I bump into, who have chickens or lemons or a vacuum cleaner to share.”

It was created by Transition Newcastle (Australia). They hope that the Transition Streets Challenge will:

  1. Encourage households to become more sustainable
  2. Bring neighbours together and to build strong local connections that will lead to ongoing action
  3. Engage households not already moving towards sustainable lifestyles.
  4. Help streets discover what they can do together that they can’t do alone
  5. Promote broader community education and Engagement.

Read more here!

Posted by: gnse | May 5, 2014

End Ecocide!

Posted by: gnse | May 5, 2014

Harvesting Dew Droplets with Minimal Technology








A simple and affordable strategy to harvest water (up to 25 potable gallons per day) from naturally condensing dew droplets may finally be upon us. Designer Arturo Vittori is responding to the needs of millions of people in regions where clean, safe water is not readily available. People in some parts of Ethiopia spend a whopping 40 billion hours per year searching for safe, potable water.

The beauty of this design is in it’s simplicity. A woven lattice work of juncus stalks with a polypropylene mesh stretched on the inside aide in the collection of condensed water. Literally bringing potable water to people “out of thin air”. If you’re interested read more in this article from the Smithsonian.

This article was found here at Local Practice.

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