Blog Posts - Sustainability



Influential conservation ecology papers of 2016

As I have done for the last three years (2015, 2014, 2013), here’s another retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2016 as assessed by experts in F1000 Prime. Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity — ...
by Conservation Bytes on Dec 15, 2016

Bid for £513m for NW London CCGs to be submitted to implement STP

Just after the Kilburn Times LINK published a story about the potential impact of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on Brent, the NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group held an extraordinary Governing Body meeting at lunchtime today. T...
by wembleymatters on Dec 14, 2016

A Mayor for Sussex and Surrey?

At a time when Brighton & Hove Council is once again threatening the budget for youth provision in our city, and coming several years after West Sussex took a similar approach, it is encouraging to read that the Mayor of … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 10, 2016

NW London STP: 'Change is needed - but not like this'

From Brent Patient Voice LINKThis was the theme elaborated by Dr Julia Simon, former NHS high-flyer, when she addressed a packed and lively BPV public meeting last Thursday 1st December at the Learie Constantine Centre, NW10.BPV Chair, Robin Sharp,...
by wembleymatters on Dec 9, 2016

Extraordinary Brent CCG meeting on Wednesday to further controversial health plans

There is an Extraordinary Meeting of the Governing Body of the Brent Clinical Commissioning Group at noon-1.30pm on Wednesday 14th December at the Boardroom Wembley Centre for  Health and Care.  The meeting is open to the public and 30 minu...
by wembleymatters on Dec 8, 2016

How soil is lost

‘Common as dirt’ is, so I am told, an expression that has many international equivalents. What could be more easily obtainable than earth? And for most of us, it is indeed common. After all, soil is one of the reasons why humanity is where it is.
by Make Wealth History on Dec 7, 2016

Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils show Brent how to campaign on the STP

 It is just not possible for me to go to every vital meeting that I advertise on Wembley Matters so I am posting this account from the Hammersmith and Fulham website of their public meeting on the NW London Sustainability and Transformation Plan...
by wembleymatters on Dec 3, 2016

Transformed for the very First time?

A few days ago I was sent a press release from NHS England which suggests that something of a breakthrough is happening. It began “We need an NHS ready for the future, with no one falling between the cracks. To do this, … Continue reading &...
by IanChisnall on Aug 31, 2016

A one-planet Switzerland by 2050?

As you may know, Switzerland has an unusual tradition of direct democracy, with citizens able to propose laws and policies and put them to a referendum. It can be abused, and bad ideas turn up as well as good ones, so it would be wrong to idealise th...
by Make Wealth History on Aug 25, 2016

The restorative power of the cactus

There are all sorts of innovative technologies and companies in Chris Goodall’s book The Switch, but there’s one in particular that I caught my attention: Tropical Power. They’ve developed an intriguing energy system that is based o...
by Make Wealth History on Aug 23, 2016

Building of the week: WISE

I mentioned on Monday that I’d been to the Centre for Alternative Technology last week on holiday. Since CAT’s founding in 1974 they have trialed all kinds of building techniques, including passive solar and natural materials. The earlier...
by Make Wealth History on Aug 19, 2016

Three insect food pioneers

Last week I wrote about if and how ordinary consumers could ever be persuaded to eat insects – a potential protein source for a growing global population. There are any number of articles written every year about how insects are a food of the f...
by Make Wealth History on Aug 2, 2016

In praise of pulses

Having grown up in Madagascar, I have plenty of time for pulses. You could buy a dozen varieties on the local markets, all lined up in baskets and sold by the tin-full. There was a wide range of colours and sizes, and some multi-coloured ones that we...
by Make Wealth History on Aug 1, 2016

Two ways to make a solar wall

We know about putting solar energy on our roofs. It’s less common to see vertical surfaces used to capture the energy of the sun, but the south facing wall of a large building is a huge solar opportunity. It doesn’t need any sophisticated...
by Make Wealth History on Jul 27, 2016

DESIGN A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE: How making mindful, conscious choices can help us live better

“Treat Nature well, and Nature will treat you well. Hurt or destroy Nature, and Nature will soon destroy you.” – Aldous Huxley, Island Contrary to […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www...
by The Mindful Word on Jul 26, 2016

Sustainability and Ethical Environmental practices

Sustainability and ethical environmental practices are highly important in the marketplace. Customers want to know that your company is doing all it can to reduce your carbon footprint and employ safe environmental practices. There are many ways that...
by My Green Living Ideas on Jul 23, 2016

How to get people to eat insects

The bravest man in history was the first to try a raw oyster, according to the minstrel in the Wizard of Id. Plenty of other foods are similarly weird, or must have been at some point. Not so very long ago, raw fish would have been frowned upon in Br...
by Make Wealth History on Jul 21, 2016

CTBUH Names 2016 Tall Building Award Recipients

This year’s winners and finalists employ inventive solutions to challenges related to sustainability, seismicity, wind forces, mixed functionality, and a vibrant urban habitat. Read CTBUH Names 2016 Tall Building Award Recipients on Facility Execut...
by FacilityBlog on Jun 30, 2016

Sacramento Kings, Johnson Controls Team Up At Golden 1 Center

Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings' new entertainment and sports venue, will be operationally smarter, safer, and more sustainable to enhance the fan experience. Read Sacramento Kings, Johnson Controls Team Up At Golden 1 Center on Facility Execut...
by FacilityBlog on Jun 29, 2016

Landmark Skyscraper Will Be San Francisco’s First Hybrid Electric Building

Advanced energy storage system will improve efficiency, lower costs, and deliver cleaner power for landmark skyscraper One Maritime Plaza. Read Landmark Skyscraper Will Be San Francisco’s First Hybrid Electric Building on Facility Executive - Creat...
by FacilityBlog on Jun 28, 2016


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