Browsing Archive: November, 2013

OASIS Project: an urban farm at a church

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, November 28, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 
OASIS PROJECT: The goal is to create an urban farm at a church

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was looking for a mission.
N.C. A&T (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University) was seeking real-world experience for its horticulture students.
UNCG professor Marianne LeGreco wanted to expand the Warnersville Farmers Market.
The Guilford County Department of Public Health wanted to bring fresh food to one of the city’s worst food deserts.
Matthew King...

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The ultimate guide to green walls!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Environment 

The Ultimate Guide To Living Green Walls

 by Sean Heffernan, for

Living green walls. You may have heard of them and thought they were no more than the latest design fad. However in truth, the concept dates back to the 1930′s and they are science fiction made fact!
No longer just of interest to architectural companies trying to win design awards, they are gaining attention from businesses of all sizes looking to improve their green credentials. This ultimate guide will introduce ...

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Overfishing, the EU, me, you, all of us... (short animated film)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, In : Environment 

The issue of overfishing – An animated film that will open your eyes
Despite an increased awareness of overfishing, the majority of people still know very little about the scale of the destruction being wrought on the oceans. This film presents an unquestionable case for why overfishing needs to end and shows that there is still an opportunity for change.
(Thank you,

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8 Must-See Environmental & Food Documentaries

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 

These eight documentaries explore issues concerning the environment, ecosystem and our societal role in it all. You can watch most of them online. I’d love to have your opinion afterwards!

No Impact Man: The Documentary
This documentary can be accessed through Netflix Instant for a pretty reasonable price and is really worth watching. The documentary follows a New York family as husband and writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a mission to generat...

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Pando | sustainable communities. A world-wide network for sustainable community development!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Environment is an online community with a professional focus, where researchers, academics, and public and private-sector practitioners share knowledge, network, and collaborate on sustainability solutions that can be enacted at the community level - such as green building, reduction and recycling of local waste, water management, participatory democracy, land use, and much more. 

Pando is a collaboration between:

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A certified community forest enterprise in Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 
This video tells the story of Ixtlán de Juárez, an indigenous community in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The community is operating its own forestry company and was awarded FSC certification in 2011. The video celebrates the success of the community and shows the benefits brought by FSC.
Certification has built confidence within the community and improved workers conditions with regard to salaries, social security and safety. Ixtlán has also developed impact assessment plans and enhanced th...

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Success stories from the EU's "The World you Like" Challenge!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, November 10, 2013, In : Environment 

Across Europe, there are many initiatives on the ground contributing to a world we like, with a climate we like. They are truly inspirational and having a real impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is time to reward them. 

The World You Like Challenge wants creative and innovative minds from across the EU to put their low-carbon initiatives to the test and inspire others to follow suit.

The Challenge was launched in February 2013 and the winners have just been announced! Here are tw...

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How Google Earth helped find Mozambique's lost forest of Mount Mabu

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 

Deep within the heart of the African nation of Mozambique, there stands a mountain.
Unknown to scientists and mostly undisturbed by humans since, well, since perhaps the dawn of our species, this mysterious mountain, clothed in dense green virgin rainforest, rises up from a golden ocean of savannah.
In addition to the ecological isolation by the surrounding savannah, the mountain is isolated due to political events; the civil war that ravaged parts of Mozambique from 1977 to 1992 also helped ...

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