Just came back from a busy week in Helsinki, Stockholm (sort of), Tampere etc. There’s so much to read/write about the political/economic issues right now (as in what the hell are they doing with $700bn!?!) and yet I feel like I haven’t done enough reading to process it… so, I go back to the interesting “fun” reads on the environment:)
Great interview in Discover magazine with “the King of Green Architecture”
William McDonough aims to create buildings that produce oxygen, sequester carbon, and produce more power than they use.
There’s a visionary in action. McDonough touches on a lot of great ideas and innovations where business meets environment. I’ve touched on some of these before, but things like green roofs, microgeneration (producing own energy on the building), sustainable product design, limiting chemical input in textiles and reverse supply chain (i.e. take-back systems for products so that the “used” product goes back into the manufactuing cycle).
In June I wrote about my experience at the Net Impact conference in Geneva and how Simon Zadek‘s words really grabbed me: “the world you’re about to inherent is nothing like the world we live and work in now”. Seems true no? Our financial system is being redeveloped (or hopefully!), the balance of powers (as in political and economic) is shifting and our environment is surely changing… Where will we be in all of this? Our generation is inheriting a complex and dynamic system of international players that we will have to reform again….
And hopefully, we’ll make some smart choices along the way. Listening to gurus like McDonough will be a good starting point.