Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

A Drop of Innovation Please…

Posted: June 23, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment

When I was looking for new innovations and news in the field of Green Business – I use the GreenBiz.com homepage for those purposes – I came across this article: 10 Perspectives on the Future of Water.

One of the links the article provided was the homepage of the ‘The Future we Create’ with the current virtual conference of the future of water.

The talk which caught my eyes the most was the statement of Guy Horowitz of TaKaDu who talks about the ‘innovation or investment gap’ in the water industry.

He talks about the urgent requirement of investments and innovation in the water infrastructure, because spending on water is not visible and not perceived as important yet and revenues are spent for other projects. (more…)

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How to give Goliaths a hard time

Posted: June 22, 2011 by maxsc21 in environment

In my last post I told you about all the business Goliaths hanging around, sometimes capturing whole markets. They usually are excellent in certain aspects – only for that reason they could become a Goliath. But in most cases they are annoying clients as well as rivals with their unappealing dominance.

In this post I will tell you how exactly even the tiniest David-Companies can succeed in their seemingly hopeless fight against superiority. But due to the fact that this is my last post of the Bloglink Odyssey announced in post two I will seek to end up this entry telling you a story about Flying Childers, the lovely 18thcentury racehorse. If you think “What the hell is he doing?” please read my second post again.

But first things first: The biblical myth of David versus Goliath teaches us that you cannot challenge the giant by using the same weapons that he does. So the economical David will also make use of tricks to survive; he will have to find ways to get around the threat – but he would never dare to provoke the colossus in his core area. (more…)

Intelligence in Buildings

Posted: June 15, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment

In my last post I wrote about Masdar – a very intelligent and sustainable city with a sophisticated energy system without CO2 emissions. Very smart thing.
The imagination every city in this world would take Masdar as a prototype and would develop a similar system, would be really awesome, but we have to admit – as amazing it seems, as unrealistic it is.
But let’s start in a smaller portion. Many firms like IBM specialized in the field of Intelligent Building Management and construct skyscraper with an integrated IT systems to “Improve facilities & real estate asset reliability & performance to reduce energy, lower maintenance & management costs & extend asset life to help create a smarter building.”

But it isn’t that easy, to write down a certain definition of what smart buildings are about. So the Greenbang blog published a very informative article about how different organizations define it and what it makes so smart. (more…)

Masdar?!?

Posted: June 9, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment
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Since the temperatures in Germany climb higher and higher, everybody digs out its old bicycle from the dark corners of the basement.
As soon as you can avoid the stinky surrounding of the s- and u-bahn (because people tend to sweat in summer) you’re even up to suffer some sportive activity.
But in the area where I come from, it’s not always possible to take your bike for all occasions, because driving 30 km per day isn’t that unusual. Since public transportation isn’t that common there, I was wondering, where it is actually more sustainable to live? City or rural area? Flat or house?

While I read a lot of very intelligent essays and reports concerning this topic, I figured out, enough other people think and argue about it.
So there’s sufficient material to read about it out there in the endless spheres of the web.
But I still wanted to keep this track and came across MASDAR. (more…)

Dancing under green leaves

Posted: June 6, 2011 by lisabu00 in environment
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Last weekend I was walking through the streets of Berlin. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and people with sunglasses and flower skirts were passing by as I was heading to another open air festival this season on a Sunday afternoon.
After managing the endless line of guests we entered a dirty, but charming place with little docks and bridges to the small water channel, comfortable deck-chairs and a cute bar, which reminds of Caribbean beaches and cocktail shakers. Crowds of people are already dancing in front of the DJ and raise the dust of the scruffy floor until everybody is slightly covered with a fine film of dirt. But nobody cares. For most of them, that’s what it means to enjoy summer in Berlin. The atmosphere is great, the weather is awesome, the music is overwhelming and the people are nice.
A lot of fun for just a little effort.
But when I saw the cigarettes stubs and bear bottles swimming in the brown water next to us, I was wondering how ecologically friendly those events are and if it might be possible to transact it with a greener touch. (more…)

Children’s Chocolate

Posted: May 24, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment, politics
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Everybody is praising the globalisation and its huge advantages and opportunities. Nobody doubts it’s not like that.

But who is the sufferer in this shiny development?

Who does not benefit of the possibility of worldwide trade and communication?

I read a article these days in ’Die Zeit’ concerning the ingredients of food and the truth about them. In order to give customers a platform for complains about certain substances in products, the German government is planning to implement a forum called ’Wahrheit und Klarheit’(Truth and clarity). Comments will be reviewed by professionals and in case of importance, complains will be transmitted to the company which is asked to give at least a public response.

But is it enough just to look at the ingredients of chocolate and co?

Shouldn’t we look where the ingredients come from and how they came together?

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Green Travelling

Posted: May 18, 2011 by lisabu00 in environment
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Since I’m living in Berlin I feel the urgent need for holidays. As much as I love living and studying here, as hard is it not to adopt the stress and the hectic rush from the city. Working, studying and going out without letting a possibility pass by can make you forget yourself.

So now imagine – you’re lying in a hammock, the sun is shining but palm leaves cover your face softly with shadow. You listen to the sound of waves gently rushing to the beach and a delicious shake of fruits and rum refreshes your body. You’re relaxed and calm and the only thing your mind is concerned about is the question of the next drink.

Sounds good, isn’t it?

Since my general idea was to show interesting aspects of green businesses, I chose to discuss the topic of Green Tourism in this fourth post. (more…)

When I was a kid …
(I haven’t thought I would write a story starting like this before I turn 50)
… being cool and ‘IN’ was a pretty big thing.
In primary school, you were cool, if you had the newest Gameboy or the flashiest shoes.
In secondary school you were cool if you had the most hours of absence or a driving licence and in the best case – a car.
After school, you were cool if you threw the biggest parties, could drink like a rockstar or had the dirtiest sex. (more…)

From Food to Franchise

Posted: May 3, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment
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Even I was really surprised. It didn’t take me a minute to choose my recent topic.
Normally I would sign the latest posts of my blog partners without changing a word. Finding the best fitting topic for yourself can become an endless procedure and often ends with a not really satisfying result.
But fortunately, it was different this time and my thanks applies to our great Dr. B.

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Green Computers

Posted: April 27, 2011 by lisabu00 in environment
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As long as I can think, my mommy has taught me to sort my waste, not to turn on the light while the sun is shining or not to shower three times a day.

She always told me, we have to be aware of what we use and how much of it, because we have to share it with all the other people of the planet.

That made a lot of sense to me and I adapted all these habits without asking for the big story behind it…

…until one day in winter. (more…)