_Home
_News
_Ecological Engineering
_Case Studies
_About IEES
_Activities of IEES





Lost Password?
Winners of "Reinventing the toilet" challenge
Thursday, 16 August 2012
In a move to promote new and affordable dry toilets, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a challenge to universities one year ago. 22 universities took part. The aim was to design toilets that can "capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, and transform human waste into useful resources, such as energy and water, at an affordable price". In a press release of August 14, 2012, the winners were named.
Read more...
 
Mukura Forest an almost lost treasure
Sunday, 22 January 2012
deforestation_mukura.jpgBattle against many oddities by an IEES-related organisation.

The Mukura Forest is located within the Albertine Rift Region in Rwanda's  Western Province, within the Congo-Nile crest. It  used to be part of a continuous mountain forest  from Nyungwe to the Volcanos Park. Today, this ancient forest range with  areas of endemic species in  Africa and the world is split in four  important protected areas in Rwanda from south to north : the Nyungwe, Mukura and Gishwati forests and the Volcano Park.
Read more...
 
New Book: Sustainable Urban Environments
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
cda_displayimage.jpgThe urban environment – buildings, cities and infrastructure – represents one of the most important contributors to climate change, while at the same time holding the key to a more sustainable way of living. The transformation from traditional to sustainable systems requires interdisciplinary knowledge of the re-design, construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment.

The new book "Sustainable Urban Environments - an Ecosystem Approach" is edited by Ellen van Bueren, Hein van Bohemen, Laure Itard and Henk Visscher.

See http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-94-007-1293-5 for more details.
 
Room for Urban Agriculture in Rotterdam
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
roomfor_small.jpgSince 2007 a group of citizens in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) has been active under the name Eetbaar Rotterdam (Edible Rotterdam). Coming from different disciplines this expert group has been stimulating and initiating urban agriculture in Rotterdam, because they believe urban agriculture can greatly benefit the city.

This independent research was recently presented to a wide range of local and regional actors. The English summary of this highly interesting work is available here:

http://www.cityfarmer.info/2011/06/27/room-for-urban-agriculture-in-rotterdam/
 
Interesting TEDx Talk on Aquaponics
Friday, 16 September 2011
ted-talk_c_price.jpgIn a TEDx talk on Aquaponics of March 2011, Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply. 
Read more...
 
Cool design: The Phyto-Purification Bathroom
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
phyto_pur_br.jpgJun Yasumotos Phyto-Purification Bathroom is a nice design draft of a very small, very local, very closed-cycle, ecologically engineered private bathroom system. The aim of it was, to "bring to public knowledge this kind of water recycling process and eventually start a debate over the possibility to integrate it inside our houses", he writes.

Read more...
 
Comment on: Can nuclear power be part of the solution?
Friday, 08 April 2011
In its recent edition, The Solutions Journal asks this question in the context of the Fukushima disaster (Vol. 2, Issue 3, Apr 05, 2011 ).

The authors R. Costanza, C. Cleveland, B. Cooperstein and I. Kubiszewski argue that the external costs of the nuclear need to be reflected in the prices for electricity generated by all power plants. Costs for the risk of accidents, the safe disposal of waste and for climate impacts. They conclude that the market mechanism will help to find out "whether nuclear power plants, or some subset of nuclear power plants, should be part of the energy solution".

Read more...
 
New centre for sustainable water management services
Friday, 25 February 2011
cewas_logo.jpg




cewas will be officially inaugurated in Willisau, close to Lucerne (Switzerland), on 18 of May 2011. The centre aims to combine advanced education and support to start up a business. It builds up SMEs that can offer expertise in the field of sustainable sanitation and integrated water management on a national and international level.
Read more...
 
Fish production in the "city of the future"?
Monday, 27 December 2010
Closing water, nutrient and energy cycles within cities by urban farms for fish and vegetable production

By A. Graber, A. Schoenborn* and R. Junge
*Corresponding author: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Classroom aquaponic systemThe potential of urban farming to help feed future generations is more and more recognized today. Rooftop- or backyard gardening, small and medium-scale aquaponic facilities run near waste heat sources, urban community gardening or even multi-stories farming in urban areas are going mainstream (again).

In this article we are introducing some of the work in this field that has been done at the Institute of Natural Resource Science (INRS) of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Waedenswil, Switzerland.




Read more...
 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 Next > End >>

Results 11 - 20 of 40
News from IEES