Posts Tagged:Emissions

Good bicycle karma from Copenhagen

Yesterday, I visited Andreas Rohl’s free lecture on “Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” at SFU Harbour Centre. Andreas Rohl is Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program Manager and recently joined Urban Systems for a temporary term in their Metro Vancouver office. In his lecture, Andreas Rohl talked about how Copenhagen became a cycling…

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Sustainable ideas worth spreading

Yesterday, I visited the TED Global Talent Search event in Vancouver, an evening full of 22 inspiring and diverse talks that each only lasted for 3-6 minutes but had a great impact due to their powerful and exciting messages. This event was part of a global talent search in 14 towns on six continents for TED2013, the…

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Cities and communities are at the forefront of energy development in British Columbia

The GreenTech Exchange and the BC Women in Energy Network yesterday hosted a panel on “Community Energy Development: The Role of Small-Scale Energy Systems in Achieving a Clean Energy Future“. This event made clear that cities and communities in British Columbia are at the forefront on climate change, sustainability and clean energy development. In his…

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Next Generation Sustainability: UBC’s regenerative approach to sustainability

This weekend, I visited a panel discussion on “Next generation sustainability” at UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). Professor John Robinson, who was recently named Canada’s Environmental Scientist of the Year, talked about the concept of regenerative sustainability, UBC’s sustainability initiatives and CIRS’s contribution as a living laboratory for sustainability. Regenerative sustainability means…

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UBC’s CIRS: A truly green building!

UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) should not only be a place where students are taught sustainability but also a living laboratory for sustainability. During yesterday’s green walk through the building I got an amazing insight into what a truly green building can look like. And, actually also into what every new…

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BC’s controversial energy topics: Fracking, tar sands, pipelines and tankers

Last weekend, I have attended an Earth Day panel discussion at the Vancouver Public Library where British Columbia’s most controversial energy topics were discussed. As BC is situated between Alberta’s dirty tar sands in the North and the energy-hungry United States in the South, the negative effects of possible pipeline leaks, tanker accidents and other…

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Urban Mobility of the Future

We’re living in an urban age: 50% of the planet’s population today live in cities, consume 75% of energy and produce 80% of CO2 emissions. In 40 years, even 70% of the planet’s population are expected to live in cities. Due to this rapid growth and the innovative strength of urban areas, it will be decided in our…

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Three Ways to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

There were some interesting insights from a recent workshop SERI on “Macro-economic effects of sustainable energy consumption“. Based on Austria’s climate and energy targets for 2020, the effects of three central measures on the economy, environment and society were examined. It became clear that a massive, holistic effort is necessary and possible! Investment in renewable energy, increase…

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