Since September 2011, I have been focused on setting up E for Good and campaigning on e-waste. However, there is some other news too – covered
here. Please also look at news from previous years:
I was one of a dozen 'opinion formers' invited to a dinner at Sainsbury's HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford - former newsreader - shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury's board...
[caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Michael Pawlyn"][/caption] I'm a great fan of Michael Pawlyn - from Exploration Architecture. I love his ideas and thinking...
Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting. After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities - with on-board films and other sponsorship activities...
It started with bubbles and canapés and culminated with the London Gay Men's Chorus, who were all dressed in black and looked a bit scary, until they opened their mouths! The 10th Anniversary celebration of The Funding Network was held at Mansion House. Haller was one of five charities selected to make a presentation - it focused on small-scale ideas for urban slum gardens...
I've just moved house - just over the border from Somerset to Dorset. Loads of boxes to unpack and things to do...
In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.
80% of all product related environmental impacts happen at the design phase. That’s key to Giraffe’s work. Melinda Watson and I, with our E for Good hats on, went to talk to Rob Holdway and Celena Fernandez about e-waste issues. We discovered that we had a lot in common. Rob was involved in creating the WEEE man, which was a good start for me because I think it’s an iconic sculpture – now based at the Eden Project – and representing an average person’s lifetime of e-waste.
My second speaking engagement in Istanbul. I was invited to speak at Green Business Turkey 2012. The brilliant thing about this is that the event showed that many Turkish businesses are showing a real interest in sustainability issues. With over 500 delegates it was an ambitious event, aiming to help the audience understand what environmental pressures they’d be facing and how to turn potential threats into opportunities. Fellow speakers included Jeremy Leggett from Solar Century and Jo Confino, Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business.
I sit on the Advisory board of Second Nature – their mission is making sustainability ‘second nature’ for the organisations they work with. Charles Perry and Mark Griffiths are the company’s founders – and they have a lot of experience between them, with particular emphasis on business strategy and expertise in energy, built-environment, clean tech and climate change. They’ve also been working with Tesco, saving the company a massive million pounds per superstore!
I was one of a dozen ‘opinion formers’ invited to a dinner at Sainsbury’s HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford – former newsreader – shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury’s board. The focus of the evening was Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability plan and the idea was to review Sainsbury’s corporate responsibility values. See Blog I’ve written on Sainsburys and consumer choice.
I’m a great fan of Michael Pawlyn – from Exploration Architecture. I love his ideas and thinking. And so was keen to attend his Lignacite lecture at the Royal College of Physicians. Michael’s key theme is ‘biomimicry’ and his most recent book is ‘Biomimicry in Architecture‘ . And his speech was full of examples of how nature can provide us with sustainable solutions. The objectives, he says are to:
– Aim for radical increases in resource efficiency
– Shift from linear to closed loop systems
– Shift from a fossil-fuel economy to a solar economy.
One of the main projects that Michael’s working on is the Sahara Forest Project, which is a pioneering scheme aiming to turn the desert green. It includes a pilot project using seawater greenhouses and concentrated solar power.