Inspiring places: Heeley City Farm; A Community Resource

Heeley City Farm is a social enterprise that has been in operation since 1981 and provides sustainability, food and farming education to 1000s of school children and over 100,000 visitors each year. They offer training and volunteering opportunities to young people from all backgrounds across a spectrum of sustainability issues, including recycling, composting, food growing, … Continue reading “Inspiring places: Heeley City Farm; A Community Resource”

Inspiring places: Brighton Waste House- a living laboratory for ecological architectural design

The Brighton Waste House features the installation of 20,000 toothbrushes, 2 tonnes of denim jeans and 4,000 DVD cases and is one of the first permanent public buildings in Europe to be constructed from nearly 90% waste. 300 students studying construction trades, architecture and design had the opportunity to work on the project and experience … Continue reading “Inspiring places: Brighton Waste House- a living laboratory for ecological architectural design”

Inspiring places: The Centre for Alternative Technology- inspire, inform, enable

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) based in Mid Wales overlooks Snowdonia National Park and offers visitors the chance to explore 7 acres of interactive displays and organic gardens and enjoy the enchanting natural surroundings. CAT’s eco house demonstrates simple ideas and ways to make a household more sustainable through effective waste management, buying local … Continue reading “Inspiring places: The Centre for Alternative Technology- inspire, inform, enable”

Inspiring places: The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens

Cities account for the biggest share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and environmental impact, half the world’s population already lives in cities, and the number of city dwellers is rapidly growing. Extensive research has been carried out by Siemens in order to help cities identify and understand new urban challenges and highlight workable solutions. The … Continue reading “Inspiring places: The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens”

Philippines deployment

Kiru Balson, Building Futures Group, BRE shares her experiences during a 4 week deployment to the Philippines.