Sustainable Living

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Still is burning the crazy idea to make the world a better place with the community living! I'm very enthusiast about it... 

In my experience, working with organic agriculture and technologies in many places... I've found the best way is to co-create and think systemically how to do things with Nature, even in very challenging environment, like the desert.

For instant in Emirates, Israel or in any kind of dry land you can do organic agriculture or even produce greens in very well designed greenhouses, avoiding to waste water and nutrients with several technologies already available... and you can even transform the desert in a jungle with patience and passion. The art of perfect placement, is about allowing life energy to move through your environment to bring harmony and balance. 

In very rainy environments I worked a lot with organic organizations to do research on the transition from traditional to organic agriculture among small farmers, and to study in particular how acquisition and use of technical knowledge affects the process. I was focused specifically on farmers' experiences with a new technology called the microtunnel, and using this as a base from which to look more generally at farmers' experiences learning and applying technologies involved in organic farming. 

The aquaponic system I've often designed can work in any climate. A backyard greenhouse is ideal because not only can you create an ideal environment for fish and plants (even you don't eat the fish in the cycle) but the sunlight is free! As an added bonus, all the water in the fish tank, sump tank and grow beds creates thermal mass in your greenhouse which helps moderate temperature extremes. If you aren't fortunate enough to have a backyard greenhouse, you can also grow inside. Many aquapons have dedicated their garages and basements to their aquaponics systems!

In terms of Aeroponic greenhouses there is a great opportunity right now to turn off the global market production and consuming, passing to a self sufficient way.
Combining large-scale production on a local level to create consistent high quality produce at lower cost while operating with environmentally and socially responsible methods will serve as a key product differentiator. In terms of crop, we are focusing primarily on leafy greens due to ease of growing, shorter crop cycles, higher plant density, more nutritional value, higher margins, increased consumer preferences, and in turn, greater profits.

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Washing RequiredYesYesNo
Market Freshness>1 week oldFresh – 3 daysFresh
Shelf-life1 week2 – 3 weeks3 – 4 weeks
Food SafetyDifficultMediumEasy
SeasonalitySeasonalExtended season at a costYear round
Growth Cycle35 – 70 days25 – 50 days18 – 21 days
Yield & Quality PredictabilityLowMediumHigh
Labor ConditionsDrudgerousHot & HumidRoom-like
Annual Yield / Sq. Ft.0.4 lbs6 lbs30 lbs
Transportation CostsHighMediumLow
Weather RiskHighMedium – HightNone
LocationVery LimitedLimitedAny location
Water UseHighLowLow
Land RequirementsHighMediumLow
Transportation Miles1000s100s10s
Urban ApplicationNoLimited to rooftopsYes
Worker Skill LevelHighMediumLow
Building RehabilitationNoNoYes

Urban Mushroom propagation and Mycoremediation walk hand-in-hand in the modern world filled with pollutants and trash.
Based on urban mushroom farms experience, with a team of very skilled people I have helped to create a restorative system, which is designed to help clean-up petrochemical and bacterial pollutants in a fast and ecological manner.
Most of all mycorrhizal fungi are some of the most important species to rebuild a forest. These species engage directly with plants, entering or surrounding their roots (myco = of fungi, rhizal = to do with roots), thereby greatly extending the surface area with which they can draw up nutrients. Many plants simply cannot germinate without the right mix of mycorrhizas and bacteria.

I use to provide often also for my projects and clients the Environmental Impact Report.

It means that the decision to prepare an EIR will be made either during preliminary review or at the conclusion of the Initial Study. An EIR shall be prepared if there is substantial evidence that the project may have a significant effect on the environment. The determination of whether a project may have a significant effect on the environment calls for careful judgment, based to the extent possible on scientific and factual data. In cases where it is not clear whether there is substantial evidence that a project may have a significant effect on the environment, an EIR shall be prepared when there is serious public controversy concerning the environmental effect of a project.

When any of the following conditions occur we shall find that a project may have a significant effect on the environment which will require a Mandatory Finding of Significance. Such a finding shall require an EIR to be prepared:

When a project has the potential to substantially degrade the quality of the environment, substantially reduce the habitat of a fish or wildlife species, cause a fish or wildlife population to drop below self-sustaining levels, threaten to eliminate a plant or animal community, reduce the number or restrict the range of an endangered, rare or threatened species, or eliminate important examples of the major periods of history or prehistory;
When a project has the potential to achieve short-term goals to the disadvantage of long-term environmental goals;
When a project has possible environmental effects which are individually limited but cumulatively considerable;
When the environmental effects of a project will cause substantial adverse effects on human beings, either directly or indirectly.

So this is my Blue economy work since when I didn't know anything about the blue economy!

So what does it is the 
Blue Economy... and what does it mean?

The vision is:
“Bringing about positive change by bringing ethical investments and innovative initiatives to meet global needs where respect, trust and fairness to all life are primary considerations”.

The team-building exercises and activities provide a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the increasing awareness and interest in 'ethical organizations'.

These modern ethical business ideas and concepts of sustainability, 'Fairtrade', corporate social responsibility, the 'triple bottom line', love, compassion, humanity and spirituality, etc., are still not well defined or understood: people are unclear what it all means for them individually and for the organization as a whole, even though most people are instinctively attracted to the principles

Team-exercises and discussions help bring clarity and context to idealistic concepts like ethics and social responsibility far more effectively than reading the theory, or trying to assimilate some airy-fairy new mission statement dreamed up by someone at head office and handed down as an edict.

Fundamental change has to come from within, with support from above sure, but successful change is ultimately successful because people 'own' it and see it as their change, not something handed down.

For example there is a very useful exercise based on the Triple Bottom Line:
the triple bottom line game: understanding TBL - profit people planet - implications, developing ethical teams and organisations. This activity with the spirit of the development forum gameshow activity, which particularly addresses the people and well-being aspect of the triple bottom line philosophy.

The Blue Economy began as a project to find 100 of the best Nature-inspired technologies that could affect the economies of the world, while sustainably providing basic human needs - potable water, food, jobs, and habitable shelter.

Starting with 2,231 peer review articles Dr. Pauli and his team found 340 innovations that could be bundled into systems that function the way ecosystems do.

These were then additionally reviewed by a group of corporate strategists, expert financiers, and public policy makers. 

Further meetings with entrepreneurs, financial analysts, business reporters, and corporate strategy academics reduced the list to one hundred.

Inspired by: Prof. Gunter Pauli, The Blue Economy and the Club of Rome

The Blue Economy principles permit to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have. It stands for a different way of designing business by using the resources available in cascading systems, where the waste of one product becomes the input to create a new cash flow. It aims at creating jobs, building up social capital and rising income while saving the environment. An international community of companies, innovators and scientists support the concept, providing open source access to develop, implement and share prosperous business models which targets to improve natural ecosystems and quality of life.


1. Solutions are first and foremost based on physics. Deciding factors are Pressure and Temperature as found on site.
2. Substitute something with Nothing – question any resource regarding its necessity for production.
3. Natural systems cascade nutrients, matter and energy – waste does not exist. Any by-product is the source for a new product.
4. Nature evolved from few species to a rich biodiversity. Wealth means diversity. Industrial standardization is the contrary.
5. Nature provides room for entrepreneurs who do more with less. Nature is contrary to monopolization.
6. Gravity is main source of energy, solar energy is the second renewable fuel.
7. Water is the primary solvent (no complex, chemical, toxic catalysts).
8. In nature the constant is change. Innovations take place in every moment.
9. Nature only works with what is locally available. Sustainable business evolves with respect not only for local resources, but also for culture and tradition.
10. Nature responds to basic needs and then evolves from sufficiency to abundance. The present economic model relies on scarcity as a basis for production and consumption.
11. Natural systems are non-linear.
12. In Nature everything is biodegradable – it is just a matter of time.
13. In natural systems everything is connected and evolving towards symbiosis.
14. In Nature water, air, and soil are the commons, free and abundant.
15. In Nature one process generates multiple benefits.
16. Natural systems share risks. Any risk is a motivator for innovations.
17. Nature is efficient. So sustainable business maximizes use of available material and energy, which reduces the unit price for the consumer.
18. Nature searches for the optimum for all involucrated elements.
19. In Nature negatives are converted into positives. Problems are opportunities.
20. Nature searches for economies of scope. One natural innovation carries various benefits for all.
21. Respond to basic needs with what you have, introducing innovations inspired by nature, generating multiple benefits, including jobs and social capital, offering more with less. 

BE Sustainable o meglio siì Sostenibile!

Systemic Design Spiral - Blue Economy
Sta ancora girando nella mia testa, la folle idea di rendere il mondo un posto migliore, attraverso la vita in comunità!

Allora, cos'è la Blue Economy?

Portare un cambiamento positivo portando investimenti etici e iniziative innovative per soddisfare le esigenze globali dove il rispetto, la fiducia e la correttezza di tutta la vita sono considerazioni primarie".
La blue economy è un esempio di proposta concreta per affrontare le crisi sociali e ambientali del nostro secolo. Grazie a tecnologie ispirate al funzionamento della natura, la blue economy consente alle aziende di non dover investire più fondi per tutelare l’ambiente – creando maggiori flussi di reddito – e di costruire al tempo stesso capitale sociale. 
La Blue Economy nasce dal classico concetto di sviluppo sostenibile, ma va oltre, sviluppandosi verso quattro specifiche direttrici di sostenibilità: economica, sociale, ambientale e culturale. Blue Economy significa ispirare le scelte migliori per il pianeta e le persone che lo abitano. Blue Economy significa compiere un cambiamento, che parte dalla considerazione che 3/4 del pianeta è costituito da risorse acquatiche. 
  • Pensare alle risorse ambientali sulla base dell’effettiva capacità produttiva.
  • Protezione e preservazione dell’ambiente naturale.
  • Internazionalizzazione, intesa non come conquista di nuovi mercati ma in termini di cooperazione fra mercati.
  • Gestione attraverso l’approccio scientifico, privilegiando ricerca e formazione.
  • Disponibilità pubblica delle informazioni.
  • Procedimenti decisionali trasparenti ed aperti.
  • Approccio cautelativo.
  • Approccio sistemico.
  • Utilizzo sostenibile ed equo delle risorse.
  • Responsabilità degli imprenditori e dei governi quali controllori dell’ambiente globale e dei singoli individui.

la Blue Economy è iniziata come un progetto del Prof. Gunter Pauli, per trovare le 100 migliori tecnologie ispirate alla natura che potrebbero influenzare le economie di tutto il mondo, sostenibile non solo nella produzione ma anche nella fornitura dei bisogni umani fondamentali - acqua potabile, cibo, posti di lavoro, e un riparo abitabile.

Gli scarti (output) di un sistema, precedentemente sprecati, possono diventare risorse (input) per un altro sistema. Sistema economico, tracciato da Gunter Pauli, basato sulla diffusione a cascata degli ecosistemi naturali. Prendendo spunto dalla natura si parla infatti di sistemi a cascata, cioè aperti, in cui gli scarti prodotti costituiscono nuove risorse per altre entità. La natura è il sistema più sostenibile di tutti poiché non produce rifiuti.
Se si usano le risorse di un determinato territorio secondo un approccio sistemico, gli output (ovvero gli scarti) di una realtà produttiva possono diventare input (ovvero risorse) per un’altra. In questo modo si incentiva una cultura produttiva tendente a emissioni zero, che produce maggiori flussi di denaro e costruisce nel tempo capitale sociale.

Un esempio applicativo è costituito dalle connessioni che si possono creare tra una bar e una fattoria se si agisce in maniera innovativa sulle  relazioni che collegano queste due attività sul territorio. I fondi di caffè del bar, ad esempio, si possono utilizzare per la coltivazione di funghi commestibili, da cui si ottiene un substrato che diventa il mangime per gli animali della fattoria.

La fattoria di conseguenza produce carne, latte e uova che il bar può utilizzare per preparare i cibi.

La Blue Economy, secondo Pauli, non richiede spese eccessive per la sua attuazione. Sembra un’utopia ma l’autore ha il pregio di illustrare nel suo libro alcuni modi (alcuni già in uso) con cui mettere in pratica questo nuovo modello di sviluppo. I presupposti su cui si basa la “blue economy” sono tre. 
1) Il concetto di trasformazione, opposto a quello di produzione che causa il depauperamento delle risorse naturali; 
2) l’osservazione degli ecosistemi naturali, vera fonte di ispirazione per un tipo di economia che lavori in simbiosi con l’ambiente e, concetto più importante:
3) l’innovazione basata sulla condivisione delle conoscenze, cioè sul lavoro in team di esperti appartenenti a varie discipline. 

Nella sua opera l’economista belga analizza 100 innovazioni naturali che, oltre a ridurre l’impatto ambientale e avere un costo irrisorio, creerebbero nuovi posti di lavoro. 

L'esempio concreto di utilizzare gli scarti della pianta di caffè (che costituiscono il 99,8% del volume di partenza) per creare un substrato ideale per la coltivazione di funghi. Questo processo, stando ai dati delle coltivazioni in cui è stato adottato, porterebbe alla creazione di due nuovi posti di lavoro per ogni piantagione che lo adotta, con circa 25 milioni di piantagioni di caffè in 45 paesi, ciò si tra durrebbe in altri 50 milioni di posti di lavoro a livello globale. Come teorizzato da Pauli dunque, gli scarti diventano risorse che danno vita ad un nuovo processo produttivo. 

Interessanti sono poi quelle innovazioni che si basano sull’osservazione delle strategie adottate da diverse specie animali per trovare soluzioni adatte a risolvere problematiche che condividono anche gli umani. 
La Blue Economy propone di imitare il sistema di filtraggio dell’acqua dei pinguini, che sono dotati di un desalinizzatore naturale che gli permette di bere l’acqua di mare. Insomma la forza della teoria che si traduce in pratica, sembra risiedere nella sua capacità di trovare un’armonia tra le più moderne tecnologie e competenze e la più ancestrale delle saggezze, quella nata dal rispetto delle forze naturali.

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Blue Economy Italia 

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