Since I started working in the environmental sphere, I’ve been involved with numerous organisations in different capacities.
– A few of them I’ve been instrumental in setting up and getting them off the ground – these are listed under Key Connections.
– Others, I’ve been on the board or worked with them on particular projects or initiatives – these are listed under Close Connections.
– And the final group are organisations I like – these are listed under Connected.
80% of all product related environmental impacts happen at the design phase. That's key to Giraffe's work...
[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's the fourth year of the Chilling Facts campaign, which I helped conceive. Run by the Environmental Investigation Agency's (EIA's), the initiative aims to reduce the climate change impacts of supermarket refrigeration...
Not me! My son is planning a sky dive to support Haller. He will be free falling at 130 miles per hour from 10,000 feet...
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.
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’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.
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. They were very enthusiastic about what Rene had to say. The visit coincided with Louise Piper stepping down as the Director of Haller (but staying as a Trustee). She is being replaced by Kevin Sloan, who has worked for many years in the British Diplomatic Service. The other significant Haller development is a much needed revamp of the website – it’s now worth looking at! It was designed by Green Chameleon in Bristol, who also did the E for Good website
It’s the fourth year of the Chilling Facts campaign, which I helped conceive. Run by the Environmental Investigation Agency’s (EIA’s), the initiative aims to reduce the climate change impacts of supermarket refrigeration. We’re encouraging them to move away from HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) to more climate-friendly alternatives. This year’s, results from UK retailers have shown a 44% increase in the number of stores using climate-friendly technology since last year’s report. And we’ve started looking at European retailers too. Click here for pdf copy of the report and here’s a summary.