1. Part I: What is green infrastructure?

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    Green infrastructure is the natural vegetation and vegetative technologies that collectively provide society with a broad array of products and services for healthy living. This short video series was produced for Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. http://www.greeninfrastructureontario.org/green-infrastructure-city-video-series

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    • How Do We Living Sustainably in Cities?

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      Peter Harris, founder of A Rocha International, answers a question about living sustainably in cities and urban environments.

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      • Democratizing the Green City

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        For more information: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/events/2014/03/greencity.html Everyone agrees that our future lies in cities and that these cities need to be greener and more sustainable. But zoom in on any given project and over and over the same problem presents itself: too often green progress reinforces social inequality. Greening an area—either by reducing pollution or increasing livability—raises a place’s economic value; those who cannot afford to stay find themselves forced out. Is it possible to break this link between environmental improvement and social displacement? Life in cities cannot continue without it, but democracy in cities cannot survive the increasing polarization of inequality—sometimes called eco-apartheid—that this tendency is likely to produce. Our spring discussion series seeks to deepen our understanding of the causes of—and potential solutions to—this problem. What are the social politics surrounding discourses of sustainability and how can they be made more democratic? The complex nature of the issue and its impact necessitates a broad, interdisciplinary conversation; by bringing together scholars and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities, and design disciplines, we aim to inject social justice into the discussion on green cities through critical, engaged debate, asking how cities can be made more green while critically interrogating the discussion itself.

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          http://leipzig.degrowth.org The Fourth International Conference on Degrowth will take place in the German city of Leipzig from September 2-6, 2014. The focus of the 2014 conference is on concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of economic growth. The conference will give room for scientific debates, exchange between activists and economic pioneers as well as artistic approaches to the subject. Both scientific insights and concrete projects and policies will be presented, experimented with and discussed. It is part of an international cycle of events: so far, there have been conferences on degrowth in Paris 2008, in Barcelona 2010 and in Venice and Montreal 2012. Why degrowth? Many analyses from various scientific disciplines imply that a growth-based economic and social system cannot have a future: Despite a growing number of technological solutions for “Green Growth”, inequality and the destruction of nature are significantly on the rise. It is high time to develop economic and social models that are independent of growth and can provide for a good life for everybody.

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          • Life Cycle Design takes over the world!

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            eTool created this video as part of our submission to the Weapons of Mass Creation competition for the Green Cities Conference being held in March 2014. eTool's Business Development Director, Alex Bruce, does a convincing "eco-friendly" Dr Evil in his quest to have Life Cycle Design achieve world domination.

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            • IBM People For Smarter Cities: Bicycle Phone Charger

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              Learn more smart ideas at http://www.people4smartercities.com Jules from Paris invents a bicycle phone charger system that uses a dynamo attached to a bike and allows cyclists around the world to recharge their phones via their own leg power. Not bad the arm, not bad! I don't do things halfway! I will let you close the door OK You can't do anything anymore. It doesn't stop me from thinking though. That's a good thing for once. What have you been thinking about? As you know I love cycling. And I spend my life on my phone, cycling and taking pictures so my battery always runs down. So I'm going to show you what I've done: I've tried to invent a system that allows me to charge my phone with the strength of my legs. I had several ideas. My first idea was to use small turbines that would be attached to your handlebars with your phone in the middle. The strentgh of the wind sends electricity that allows you to charge your phone. But the only turbines I could find were too big and not good enough. After I abandoned that idea, I had the idea of a solar captor. But I needed a really large one because a small one wasn't enough to recharge my phone. So I went back to my first idea of a dynamo. In principle, the dynamo is a thing that is stuck on a bike. The idea would be to recharge the phone with it. For the moment I've made a prototype, not very pretty but it works. So I just take out my phone, plug it into my handlebars and as soon as I start to pedal,it starts charging. That's not stupid! Well no it's not stupid! Have you told people about it? For the moment it's my own project. The idea would be to design a small object that fits in your pocket that everyone can use. For the moment I created it for my bike, but I think about my wife and neighbours, who have different bikes. It can also work in other countries. You never find the right plugs. With this, you can rent a bike abroad, plug in your phone and it is always charged, it's wonderful! That's good! Yeah, it's good! I would be the first one to buy it! I can't wait to have it in my pocket! Thanks Jules! You're welcome! I can't wait to have it in my pocket!

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              • IBM People For Smarter Cities: Sustainable Furniture

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                Learn more smart ideas at http://www.people4smartercities.com East London Furniture builds sustainable furniture from 100% recycled materials, such as used pallets thrown away on the side of the road. They take something that exists and make it better, making East London better. RUEBEN: There's so much value in what people discard, I mean we've managed to run a business for 2 years on what people throw away. Hi, I'm Christian. And I'm Reuben. And we're East London Furniture. CHRISTIAN: Our concept is based in resourcefulness, reuse and sustainability. We make furniture from materials we find on the streets of East London. We use 100% recycled materials and found objects. So, we use a lot of pallets, predominantly wood. REUBEN: Upcycling is taking something that exists and making it better. In a way, we take things that exist but then take them completely apart and build entirely new things from them. CHRISTIAN: Basically it started - I needed a coffee table for my house. I was on the way to the hardware shop to buy some wood, on the way there I saw a bunch of pallets on the side of the road and I'm like, why would I not just use this wood? It's sitting on the street, it's free, it's closer than the hardware shop. So I dragged it back home, pulled it apart with a simple saw and a drill, made a coffee table. There was a problem with lots of empty appearing around London so meanwhile are a group that take empty shops and give them to short term projects to have a go at an idea So they give us a space in Whitechapel. We worked there for 3 months and from that opportunity, we were able to grow this business. JESSICA: We met Christian in 2010 with a space we had in Whitechapel at the time, which is in East London. Christian came into the shop, at the time I think he was unemployed and he was looking to fill his time while he was looking for a permanent job and started to build bits of furniture in the space by using empty pallets that he found on the streets nearby. It's an exciting concept and it's one that we're really happy to be involved with and to have had a positive impact in helping it get started. In the last 18 months, we've created roughly 220 pieces of furniture from about 500 pallets. We make tables, benches, stools. We've done cafes where we've done all the bar services. Any application of wood, we'll sort of try. Jaguar Shoes is quite an amazing bar in Shoreditch, every 2 months they completely renovate the interior so they ask artists or designers to collaborate with them normally it's sort of the walls, the wallpaper, but we're furniture makers, so we asked them if we could take out all the furniture and put in our own furniture. They said they've actually been getting more business because we've generated a different environment in that space, which I think they've really liked. JESSICA: East London Furniture has got started from just a real seed of an idea, and has managed to get that going to such a positive, massive impact that it is today. And I just would love to see that inspire other people to give something a try that they've been thinking about doing for ages. Making furniture from rubbish (maybe it's a bad idea) but how do you know, unless you have a go? That's the key, I think: Just to do it. If it's a good idea, it will grow.

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                • Go Green with Public Lighting

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                  Adelaide City Council's Go Green with Public Lighting Program.

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                  • Co-Housing University First Video

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                    I wanted to create a video that describes the idea I had of a Co-Housing University. You can find out more at my blog http://co-housing-university.blogspot.com/

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                    • The Equilibrium Project

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                      Today’s economy is dominated by a corporate model that exploits human beings and the planet. Everything we need to create just, equitable and sustainable alternatives already exists. The Equilibrium Project establishes an organization that provides everything communities need to upgrade their obsolete infrastructures and shift away from exploitation-based support systems. The Equilibrium Project ignites and then drives a redesign revolution.

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