Views from the Edge

Integrated Innovations

Small farms in Japan are struggling to survive, but two new farms are experimenting with solar panels and mushrooms growing underneath them. The farms, at two location in northeastern Japan, will produce a combined 4,000 kilowatts of solar power that will be sold to a local utility, while the mushroom farms will yield an annual 40 tones of cloud-ear mushrooms, a crop that is typically imported from China.

Transformative Change

In spite of the dire predictions about Trump's withdrawal from COP 21, American states, cities and business people are leading in spite of this vacuum, given it just makes economic sense, never mind for ecological (GHG reductions) and social sense (a better environment). To date, 20 US states and more than 50 of its largest cities, along with more than 60 of the biggest businesses in the US, have committed to emissions reduction goals.

Leaping Forward on Climate Change

A group of national organizations, including the Canadian Public Health Association issued an open letter to the Canadian government championing the swift and uncompromising implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Glean Growth.

In Memory of Bravery

My father, Milton Clarence James Dale, was a celebrated second world war hero, Distinguished Flying Cross, No. 166 Squadron. He flew Lancaster bombers, and I was surprised a few days before he died in hospital that he yelled, Ann, be quiet, I can't hear bomber command. How much we learn about our parents as people through death, as I realized how dramatically the war must have affected a 17 year old who lied about his age when he first joined the RAF, for him to such vivid memories as he died. My father was a bit of a curmedgeon, and one day he called me up, and began to tease me.

Pathway to Paris

“Art, I believe, has great potential for changing the way we discuss an issue as important as climate change. It makes something not only comprehensible for the mind but also physically tangible – turning thinking into doing.”

 – Olafur Eliasson

Building a Better World

We just discovered GAPFRAME, a new data visualization tool developed by the Sustainability Thought Leaders group. As a national and global normative framework, it is designed to help businesses and other stakeholders “work towards a better world in a concrete and measurable way”. It does so by translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) into relevant and measurable indicators for business.

Equality vs Equity

Equality vs. Equity

Image via Medium

Visualizing Sustainability

 "Real engagement often starts with an interesting and fantastic experience in nature or through art."

 — Tone Bjordam, Norwegian Visual Artist

The Good Society

Urban Bio Loop wants the construction industry to adopt the circular economy model and drop the "take, make, waste" model.