Posts Tagged ‘triple bottom line’

Introduction to Climate Change and solutions to mitigate it

By Sanjay on May 21, 2011 | Category: Business Models,climate change,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , | No Comments

Climate Change is a fact of life today and figuring out ways to mitigate it are paramount to the survival of our way of life. The concept of the triple bottom line talks about – Profit, People and Planet. In the context of Global Warming caused by Green House Gas emissions it is important to understand that the first priority needs to be the Planet. Only by ensuring that the Environment that we live in is secure can we ensure that we will have a home to live on that will continue to sustain us and our future generations. This video from PBS’s NOVA series on science talks introduces the concept of Climate Change and Global Warming and talks about the latest work being done to mitigate it.

Ecuador Bamboo Initiative

By admin on April 24, 2011 | Category: Bamboo,Sustainable Construction,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

Bosque en ColombiaThis article is an introduction to the project to promote the use of sustainable bamboo construction in Ecuador especially in the eastern region of the country with the aim of providing earthquake resistant and cost effective construction of houses for the large metropolitan region of Guayaquil. Bamboo especially the species Guadua Angustifolia has a long hostory going back to pre Colombian times of being used as the traditional construction material. There is an opportunity to bring back some of these techniques to solve the problems related to urban sprawl with a large section of the population living in shanty towns without access to basic facilities. This initiative is an important case study to consider the possible solutions for other cities around the world that are dealing with similar problems.

Handbook of Sustainable Bamboo construction

By admin on April 20, 2011 | Category: Bamboo,climate change,Sustainable Construction | Tags: , , | 3 Comments

Bamboo frameThis handbook has been put together by the Asian Urban Disaster Mitigation Program (AUDMP) of ADPC Bangkok with the purpose of educating people on the affordable alternatives to construction available using bamboo in countries such as Bangladesh where annual flooding has become a part of life and is expected to be a greater problem going forward due to the impact of climate change.

 This handbook also serves as a great introduction to someone who is new to Bamboo construction and provides information that would get them up to speed on the possabilities of using Bamboo in construction.

Microfinance and Climate Change

By Sanjay on September 20, 2010 | Category: Microfinance,Social Entrepreneurship,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , , , | No Comments

The Microfinance industry has received much publicity since Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh won the Nobel  Peace Prize  in 2006. The focus of the industry since its inception has been providing credit to people at the base of the pyramid who do not have access through traditional financial institutions.

However as countries such as Bangladesh are facing an uncertain future due to rising sea levels, it is heartening to see that the focus of microfinance has shifted to include not just financial sustainability but the concept of the triple bottom line with a focus on – Planet, People and Profit.

This report talks about the impact of climate change on the populations served by the microfinance industry and what types of solutions exist to combat the effects at the household, microfinance institution and community level.

Bamboo construction technology transfer

By admin on September 20, 2010 | Category: Bamboo,Business Models,ecological agriculture,Sustainable Construction,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments

Bamboo Construction Technology for Housing and the impact that the particular needs of a target group have on successful application of foreign developed technologies is discussed in this paper. Countries around the world face a huge problem in the housing situation particularly qualitative housing that is adequate according to the needs of the population. The role of bamboo in house construction has been substantial everywhere it grows naturally, but the technologies, originating from family tradition, are still very basic and temporary. Bamboo has many advantages which can be further developed if countries invest in research on improving bamboo construction technology for housing.

Making use of experiences gained in other countries and introducing new, more durable and sustainable, bamboo technologies may very well contribute to a solution of the housing problem globally. In consultation with the Eindhoven University of Technology and INBAR research on technology transfer of two bamboo construction technologies from Ecuador and Costa Rica to selected villages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh, was formulated. The aim of this research project was to determine the opportunities and constraints of the application of the two selected technologies in the CHT. The main question that has been answered through this research project is: “What are the opportunities and constraints of applying two bamboo construction technologies for housing from Ecuador and Costa Rica in selected rural villages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, emphasising the particular housing needs of the target group?”. An analytical framework for studies on technology and socio-economic development is used in order to find the answer to this main question. In this model an attempt is made to integrate all factors on international, national, sector, and technology level that are of importance when introducing a new technology.

The status quo thinking about Bamboo

By admin on September 20, 2010 | Category: Bamboo,climate change,Sustainable Construction,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , , , | No Comments

This is an important work of research for the single reason that it shows how mainstream engineering academics are still caught in their preference for steel and concrete for construction. Their only argument against Bamboo seems to be the lack of their own industry’s standards to determine its strength and effectiveness. It is a shallow circular argument which basically goes as follows – we do not care enough about Bamboo to make standards to test it and since no standards exist it must not be a very useful for construction!

Kudos to the author Derek R Mitch from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College for showing the need for the engineering fraternity to take Bamboo more seriously. His research was done in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. It was defended on March 21, 2009 and approved by the Thesis Director, Dr. Kent Harries, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. The other faculty on the committee consisted of Dr. John K. Aidoo, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Rose Hulman IT, Dr. John Brigham, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Piervincenzo Rizzo, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Financial support for this research was provided by the Mascaro Institute for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) especially the MCSI summer REU program. The Watkins Haggart Structural Engineering Laboratory provided much needed additional support. The author was assisted in his work in India by Gayatri Kharel who hosted his trip to India besides providing subsequent logistical support. This research would not have been possible without the support of Bhavna Sharma who was instrumental in the completion of the research in India.

Indigenous architecture using Bamboo

By admin on September 20, 2010 | Category: Bamboo,climate change,Sustainable Development,triple bottom line | Tags: , , , | No Comments

One answer to improved housing may lie in the resurrection of indigenous architecture—buildings which rely on available materials and on the traditional building skills of the people of the area; buildings which do not require costly imported materials, extensive transportation, and consequent overspending of the national budget; buildings in which meeting climate change requirements has been a consideration; and, more importantly, buildings which do not sacrifice human freedom and dignity by their very being.

Throughout history vernacular, or indigenous, housing has permitted the use of natural and renewable resources.This type of housing has provided for the distribution of work in all parts of the economically active population, maximized architectural design which has been verified through the centuries, and provided that the informal sector would be dynamic actors in the development of their own housing (Agency for International Development, 1985). One of the indigenous materials which may be utilized in modern-day housing is bamboo. Bamboo has the most diverse uses of any construction material. It has been a popular material for several reasons: it is plentiful and inexpensive in certain areas; people are able to construct their own housing using only simple tools; traditional skills and methods can be used for bamboo house construction; it is easily harvested and needs no finishing before use;  and housingof bamboo is easily built, well-ventilated, sturdy, and earthquake resistant.


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