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Paul Morrell, OBE explores a range of challenges facing the built environment professions and the need for adaptability at a time of marked institutional, technological and social evolution.
Paul will argue that the built environment professions need to break the habits of a lifetime and collaborate on reforms in sector structure, education, policy and accountability to improve efficiency as well as the offer to clients and society.
Many of our institutions, including most of the built environment professions, were constituted in Victorian times, and those founded since then have followed the same principles.
Todays world is, however, very different with changes in business practice, the impact of information technology, the blurring of lines between the professions and ;trade, and an educated and discriminating public increasingly questioning the trust that can be placed in all institutions - and, too often, with good cause.
Paul Morrell, chair of the Edge Commission on Collaboration for Change in the built environment professions asks whether institutions can find something in their past that can be updated to differentiate them in a way that is relevant and valuable in the future.
We are demanding more and more from our buildings. The built environment will be relied upon to support better health for residents and occupiers, as well as being a key element of transitioning to a low carbon economy. However, there is a performance gap and an aspiration gap between what buildings promise to deliver, and the health, well-being and environmental footprint evident after they open their doors. There is a systematic failure of the professions to account for this gap.
Ilarion challenges us to live sustainability and in the context of everything you do.
Ruth Ann Barrett of EarthSayers.tv joins with Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut) of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways to seek funding for the development of WisdomKeepers.tv, a Web-based search engine or gateway to curated video content advancing the Indigenous voices of sustainability as well as those of our citizens, from all walks of life, who address environmental, social, cultural and economic issues as part of their work on behalf of Mother Earth, her children, and the next seven generations to come. This video is an excerpt from a taping by Tom Hopkins of SustainableTV at the EarthDay 2012 event sponsored by the Earth and Spirit Council of Portland, Oregon. Ilarion challenges us to live sustainability.
Dr. Ken Wilson, Executive Director of The Christensen Fund, describes the private foundation's focus on biocultural diversity.
Excerpt of an interview with Larry Merculieff (Aleut) from the Native Perspectives on Sustainability project (www.nativeperspectives.net). Merculieff critiques the use and meaning of the term "sustainability," and he speaks to the potential for human beings to draw upon our inherent intelligence to live in alignment with all of creation. Also included in the series, Native Perspectives on Sustainability, produced by David Hall of Portland State University.
2015 is a landmark year for the United Nations. It’s the 70th year since its founding in 1945, after the most destructive war in history. Without its efforts over the last seven decades, today’s world would be worse off in terms of social justice, human rights, and peace, no matter how qualified those ideals may seem to be currently. But, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the year also looks to be significant in another area: sustainability.
Ecolab's Christophe Beck at 2014 World Water Summit published on March 26, 2015 by 3BL Media.
Water scarcity is a major challenge for communities around the world. For businesses, it is increasingly a constraint to growth. Insufficient access to clean water can significantly disrupt operations, increase costs and curtail growth. Failure to manage water-related risks can result in reduced revenues, higher operating costs, and lower investor confidence that can restrict access to capital, or result in higher financing rates or higher insurance premiums. It can also have significant implications on local communities. Published on Mar 26, 2015 by 3BL Media
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Global Water Summit 2015, April 27-28 in Athens, Greece.
Categories are Water Supply and Stewardship.
BSR Conference 2014: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation talks about the "burning patience" and his personal narrative and path to the Ford Foundation. Published on Nov 11, 2014
Interview with Marjella Alma, CEO, eRevalue | GRI
Big challenge is breaking though silos and moving to a collaborative economy.
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Deepa Senapathi talks about a study investigating the impact of over 80 years of land-cover change on insect pollinator communities in Britain and explains how results show expansion of single habitat types, such as arable land, may be detrimental for pollinators but diverse, mixed habitats including urban environments may benefit species diversity. Published on Apr 1, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro talks about how HUD helps rebuild communities after natural disasters. After Hurricane Sandy, HUD shifted from just helping communities rebuild the way they were before, to showing communities how to rebuild to be resilient for the future. "Our hope is that through the investments that we're making now and the example that these communities that are participating in Rebuild By Design in the National Disaster Resilience Competition the example that they're setting will set best practices that are then adopted by states throughout our country," said Secretary Castro. Published on Mar 16, 2015
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