Archive for November, 2008

Audio files available of Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist

Posted in Models by fedwards on November 28th, 2008

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist (featured in the documentary The Power of Community), travelled to Australia recently to speak about Cuba, food and fossil fuels – see the post “Event – Organic Cuba: Abandoning Fossil Fuels – Public meeting featuring Roberto Perez – 5 April“. A popular guest, Perez gave an inspiring talk at London Food Link’s Big Autumn Do in September 2008. He focused on how Cuba responded to peak oil and its transition to a more sustainable model of agriculture which included thriving urban agriculture projects throughout Havana.

His presentation was recorded and can be accessed at:
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Launch of the online toolkit Greening Grocery: Strategies for Sustainable Food Retailing

Posted in Models by fedwards on November 27th, 2008

The Food Trust has recently launched their online toolkit Greening Grocery: Strategies for Sustainable Food Retailing, a valuable resource for grocery store operators and policy makers who want to harness the financial benefits of sustainable building practices in order to increase the availability of fresh food in communities.  The toolkit is available at www.greeninggrocery.org.


Freight Systems: ChronoCity

Posted in Models, RDAG by Kate Archdeacon on November 26th, 2008

This information is part of research into case studies provided by Liz Boulton, Logistick, at the recent Sustainable Freight Seminar.

ChronoCity is a parcel-delivery service in Strasbourg that uses electric-powered handcarts for the routes through the inner-city, combining a consolidation hub with “clean” vehicle use.


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A different way of viewing cities – paper on simulated urbanism

Posted in Research by fedwards on November 26th, 2008

Not necessarily linked to sustainability as such, this research paper discusses the interesting aspect of exploring cities through online games, such as Grand Theft Auto. This alternative viewpoint does get raised in sustainability as a new perspective regarding urban planning as a way to redesign the city to become more sustainable. This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To view the full text click here.

Simulated urbanism and its effects on the negotiation of hyperreal cities
Rowland Atkinson and Paul Willis / Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania
Urban spaces have become blended even more seamlessly with their portrayal. Such representations are generated via a broad range of media which both influence and sculpt our sense of their constitution so that our sense of what the urban ‘is’ is inflected by a range of interpretations, atmospheres, inherited viewpoints, dialogues and scenarios derived from these media.

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Freight Systems: DHL Packstations

Posted in Models, RDAG by Kate Archdeacon on November 25th, 2008

This information is part of research into case studies provided by Liz Boulton, Logistick, at the recent Sustainable Freight Seminar.

DHL Packstations are a response to the changing needs of consumers. Recipients nominate where they would like to pick up parcels and over-sized letters, and retrieve the delivery from an automated booth after being notified by sms or email.

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Call for Proposals – “The Integration of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the Context of Climate Change, the Energy Crisis and Food Insecurity”

Posted in Events by fedwards on November 24th, 2008

What: This Conference is aimed at independent research organizations, universities, government agencies, policy-makers, public policy advocates, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and corporate representatives from developing and developed countries. All of these stakeholders are interested in looking critically at the ways in which research is – and can be – used to create change worldwide. This Scientific Meeting will endeavor not only to share research results, but also to identify future research prospects, challenges, issues and concerns. Moreover, the organizers of this Meeting would like to generate innovative thinking in agricultural and rural development and to identify elements of a longer term research agenda to fill critical gaps in knowledge on these issues – through rigorous, defensible data collection, analysis interpretation and communication. They also would like to develop research projects and networks in these fields involving researchers from both developed and developing countries: believing that partnerships among researchers are critical components of any meaningful effort to develop synergistic research and change agendas.
When: November 12-14, 2009
Where: Agadir (Morocco)
For more information: http://2009-international-conference.synthasite.com
Deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2009.


Freight Systems: Broadmead Freight Consolidation Scheme

Posted in Models, RDAG by Kate Archdeacon on November 24th, 2008

This information is part of research into case studies provided by Liz Boulton, Logistick, at the recent Sustainable Freight Seminar.

A successful pilot program has led to value-added service and efficiency measures, improving a freight-delivery system that already saves around 20,00km of vehicle travel.

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Research paper on Climate change, vulnerability and adaptation for south west Western Australia

Posted in Research by fedwards on November 24th, 2008

This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To read the full text click here.

Climate change, vulnerability and adaptation for south west Western Australia from 1975 to the present, by Luke Morgan / Climate Change Adaptation, RMIT Global Cities Institute.
Luke Morgan, Senior Policy Officer at the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food, writes, ‘Awareness and adaptation to climate change during the past 30 years has been emerging, with most sectors only responding in the last five to 10 years. Most past responses focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, but as the inevitability of climate change becomes clearer and world-wide attention shifts to adaptation, so too SWWA’s sectors are considering how to adapt.’

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Call for Contributors: Universities and Climate Change

Posted in Research by fedwards on November 21st, 2008

Climate change is a matter of global concern and specific sectors of society such as universities need to engage and be active in the search for regional and local solutions for what is a global problem. Despite the fact that many universities all around the world are undertaking remarkable efforts in tackling the challenges posed by climate change, few of such works are widely documented and disseminated. The book Universities and Climate Change will address this gap. It will be the world’s leading publication in the field and follow-up on “Climate 2008“.

The book will pursue three aims. Firstly, it will present a review of the approaches and methods to inform, communicate and educate university students and the public on climate change being used by universities around the world. Secondly, it will introduce initiatives, projects and communication strategies undertaken by universities with a view to informing different stakeholders and raising awareness on matters related to climate change. Finally, the book will document, promote and disseminate some of the on-going initiatives today all around the world, with an emphasis on replicable and inspiring projects being undertaken at and by
universities, aimed at encouraging a better understanding and a stronger personal involvement in climate change issues and inspiring more works in this field.
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Making Cities Work Better With DIYcity

Posted in Movements by johngeraci on November 20th, 2008

DIYcity is a newly-launched site that invites users to collaboratively figure out ways to make their cities more efficient, effective and livable with the use of web technologies.

The site is attracting urban planners, web programmers, city agency employees and more, all of whom collectively discuss issues confronting the cities they live in and devise ways to address them with open technologies common to the web.

DIYcity has local groups sprouting up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Sao Paulo Brazil, Copenhagen, and many more. The organization plans to host meetups simultaneously in many of these cities in December, to build and launch free web applications for use by residents.

Please check out the site and get involved. Everyone interested is welcome to join and participate in the conversation getting under way there.

http://diycity.org