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

Social media #trashtag challenge inspiring people to take action to clean-up their environment

Social media is proving its environmental purpose, as it were, with the #trashtag challenge, mobilising people worldwide to become environmental guardians and help in clean-up efforts. The #trashtag challenge is a simple concept that involves people taking before and after photos. So taking a before image of a place overrun with trash, and an after image, following cleaning up. People worldwide have cleaned up forests, … Continue reading Social media #trashtag challenge inspiring people to take action to clean-up their environment

Model Market: Bangkok’s first upcycle-focused night market opens in Thonglor

Bangkok is famous for its night markets, now there’s a new night market in town, Model Market, focused entirely on upcycling. What is being heralded as Bangkok’s first upcycle market, the entire concept of Bangkok’s brand new food, beverage, and entertainment urban space is that everything is recycled or reused. The aim of Model Market is to promote sustainability by eliminating single-use plastic and minimising … Continue reading Model Market: Bangkok’s first upcycle-focused night market opens in Thonglor