Down to Earth: Swansea social enterprise championing wellbeing and learning through sustainable builds

Down to Earth, a Swansea-based social enterprise, is supporting local people to bring about positive change in their lives through sustainability and natural building. Based on the Gower Peninsula, Down to Earth uses traditional and sustainable building methods to offer fully accessible and inclusive commercial construction projects to diverse community groups, particularly from ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants on Down to Earth’s training … Continue reading Down to Earth: Swansea social enterprise championing wellbeing and learning through sustainable builds

Ohio-based public library allowing members to borrow a bike for free

Members of an Ohio-based public library are now able to use their library cards to borrow a bike for free. Earlier this year, the Lorain Public Library launched the Go Lorain Bike Share programme to provide more options of active and green transportation to its residents, no matter their income, and to create a safe and supportive community for those who already bike or walk … Continue reading Ohio-based public library allowing members to borrow a bike for free

Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Depave, a Portland-based non-profit, is helping local schools and businesses to transform over-paved areas into lush landscapes to soak up rainwater and help prevent flooding. By tearing up concrete and asphalt in local neighbourhoods, with the help of community groups and volunteers, Depave is replacing areas of concrete jungle with community gardens that bring people together, provide play and learning spaces, provide places to grow food, … Continue reading Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike: Nurturing native Hawaiian youth in the Hāna community through hands-on learning

Hāna on the east coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui is home to one of the most isolated communities in the state, where over two-thirds of its population are of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike is providing at-risk youth in Hāna with a way to learn that makes sense to them, builds their self-esteem and shows them they have the power … Continue reading Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike: Nurturing native Hawaiian youth in the Hāna community through hands-on learning

Powering Parks: Parks in London’s Hackney could be used to generate green energy

Parks in London’s Hackney could help to produce green energy to heat nearby buildings, under the Powering Parks project. Powering Parks aims to explore whether underground and water heat pumps could be used to generate sustainable energy, which could be used to power nearby buildings. It is a collaboration between Hackney Council, 10:10 Climate Action and energy consultants Scene, and is funded by Nesta’s Rethinking Parks … Continue reading Powering Parks: Parks in London’s Hackney could be used to generate green energy

Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

Repurpose Schoolbags are upcycled plastic bags featuring integrated solar technology which is enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark. Millions of school children in South Africa walk long distances to and from school on a daily basis. Once they return home, many of them are unable to study at night due to the absence of secure light sources. Repurpose Schoolbags brings together … Continue reading Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

Prinzessinnengarten: Urban farm building community and helping people to live more sustainably in Berlin

Berlin-based urban farm Prinzessinnengarten [Princess Gardens] is providing a space for residents to learn about organic food production and sustainable living, in a neighbourhood which was once part of the former West Berlin adjoining the Berlin Wall. Created on a plot of land in Kreuzberg that was home to abandoned factories, power plants and derelict apartment blocks, Prinzessinnengarten was opened in 2009 to demonstrate the … Continue reading Prinzessinnengarten: Urban farm building community and helping people to live more sustainably in Berlin

NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Shipping containers for use as shopping centres are no new feat – there’s the originals such as London’s Boxpark, and then there’s Bangkok’s Artbox, Seoul’s Common Ground and Mexico’s Container City to name but a few. And now the sustainable use of shipping containers as shopping malls has extended to Hawaii. NoKa Fair, located in Kauai’s North Kapaa, opened its doors last year selling local … Continue reading NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Refurbished bus turned mobile classroom helping to educate San Francisco’s disadvantaged adults

San Francisco nonprofit Five Keys has transformed a city bus into a mobile classroom, providing a space for the city’s disadvantaged residents to learn. The first-of-its-kind mobile classroom has a library, a cozy study nook, Internet access, Chromebooks, white boards, desks, and a teacher. The refurbished bus, which is emblazoned with the tagline The Self-Determination Project, is equipped with all the resources, equipment, supplies, and … Continue reading Refurbished bus turned mobile classroom helping to educate San Francisco’s disadvantaged adults

Végétalisons Paris: Parisians encouraged to green their city by planting public gardens

Végétalisons Paris is encouraging citizens of Paris to get involved in “greening the city” by planting their own urban garden. Participants can green the capital in various ways, from cultivating greenery in front of their homes or offices, to creating living walls to a rooftop garden. Paris has a lack of green space. The municipality of Paris has set a target to increase the amount … Continue reading Végétalisons Paris: Parisians encouraged to green their city by planting public gardens