1. Painting Plastic without Primer: GM Suppliers See Efficiency, Environmental Benefits

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    Beyond Now - General Motor's blog General Motors is introducing a flame treatment technology that lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts like instrument and door panels without using primers that contain solvents and can foul the air. The use of solvents in paint primers is an industry-wide challenge. We’re committed to reducing emissions throughout our operations and supply chain, so we manage solvents through recycling, energy conversion and superheating the gases to break them down. However, these efforts are costly. The new flame treatment uses an energy-efficient, robotic system that creates a molecular change in the surface of the plastic, allowing paint to bond with it. “Once I understood the potential of this process, we worked to connect the right GM engineers and our suppliers,” said John Bradburn, GM’s manager of waste-reduction efforts. “As we strive to design all of our vehicles for the environment, we can create requirements for our suppliers. In this case we were able to provide the enabling technology, making it easier for all of us.” The process is used on the Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, and Volt. Using it on the Cruze alone, GM suppliers: •Reduced solid and liquid waste (filters, cleaners, solvents and coatings) from 48 tons a year to less than one. •Decreased air pollutants from 810 tons a year to 80 tons a year. •Eliminated landfill waste like paint sludge and painted scrap material from 25 tons to nearly zero. It’s also faster than having to spray primer and the capital expense pays itself off in less than four months. “As engineers and technology developers, we have the capability to improve the environmental footprint of the manufacturing process,” said Russell Brynolf, president of FTS Technologies, the company that manufactures the flame treatment technology. “Technology drives us forward and it’s encouraging to see companies like GM willing to change a process.” GM16337

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    • Cultivate & Cloughjordan -Davie's T2R Interview

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      Davie tell us about his work in Cultivate, living in the new Ecovillage in Cloughjordan and his experiences of the learning partnership, Transition to Resilience.

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      • PROTO/E/CO/LOGICS/Day02 - Ed Keller: Agents of Revolutionary Time

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        The conference organized by Croatian architects Alisa Andrasek and Bruno Juricic moves to transcend simplistic visions of contemporary ecology Proto/e/co/logics: speculative materialism in architecture, a summer symposium curated by Croatian architects Alisa Andrasek and Bruno Juricic, and staged in the beautiful setting of the Rovinj archipelago on the Istrian coast, aimed to 'tease out speculative directions for architecture beyond innocent and reductive approaches to ecology.' The focus for Andrasek, co-founder of biothing in London, and Juricic, was on architects finding an agency within nature, 'a condition that is already artificial', embracing the complexity of society. Recent tendencies have indeed taken a unique set of positions, driven by mathematical and computational abstractions, as the duo observe, transforming the ways in which architects consider the 'matter-information relationship'. Now that matter itself is perceived as an active agent, and 'greenwashing' is so common, what kind of architectural speculation strategies in relation to 'denaturalised material ecology' - bearing in mind nature's modes of behavior from generative beauty to utter disequilibrium - are desirable? http://mlaus.net

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        • Oscillospore

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          Spores, made from beeswax and pigment overtake an oscilloscope control from Los Alamos, NM, home of the atomic bomb, in a plea for a mushroom to develop that can biodegrade nuclear waste. Part of my installation, Partitions of Unity. Sound Design by Anthony Obr Please go to my website, LisaCvonKoch, for pictures of the exhibition.

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          • Design Futures HotHouse Conference - Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

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            Design practice (in all its disciplines, including architecture) is at a crossroads. Notwithstanding the introduction of ‘sustainability’ in design education and in commerce, design dominantly still serves the unsustainable. To move toward ‘sustainment’ as project and process, radical and effective action is needed. For this to happen a dynamic, global change community of focused thinkers, activists and leaders has to be created. This intensive ‘HotHouse’ event went beyond current options, exploring the creation of this community and to act as a catalyst for its creation. The HotHouse was led by Professor Tony Fry (Griffith University, QCA, Brisbane) with four team leaders: Professor Cameron Tonkinwise (Parsons/New School, New York); Professor Lisa Norton (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Mr Duncan Fairfax (Goldsmiths/University of London) and Dr Abby Lopes (University of Western Sydney). The HotHouse was hosted by Griffith University, Queensland College of Art and this video was filmed by LiveLab (livelab.com.au)

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            • The Green H LLP

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              • Greening Your Laundry with Andrea

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                • Sieben Linden - Martin's T2R Interview

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                  Martin speaks about how Sieben Linden started, his role in that and how he and Sieben Linden relate to this learning partnership and its future.

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                  • Damanhur - Formica's T2R Interview

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                    Formica tells us about her life in Damanhur and how they hope to host the T2R journey in the future

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                    • East Lansing Food Co-op TV Ep. 1

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                      East Lansing Food Co-op General Manager David Finet discusses the value of food co-ops as a local alternative to the business as usual attitude prevalent in today's food industry. The theory behind co-ops, supporting local growers/producers, and community projects are all covered in this introductory primer to what a food co-op is, and how the East Lansing Food Cooperative is working toward providing the Greater Lansing Area with sustainable food alternatives.

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