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Integral Urban Ecovillage Challenge

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

The challenge is to create a network of Integral Urban Ecovillages in the St. Louis Missouri region, as a model for emergency preparedness, distributed renewable power, food and water production, that is grid positive, more as an exporter of goods and services, including capturing and treating precipitation that falls on the site and treating greywater, vegetative waste and sewage for nutrient energy and water recapture and reuse.

Commodity: 
Water, rivers, caves, trails, people, parks, gardens, mineral springs, water, food, old buildings
Custom & Culture: 
Pride in neighborhood, importance of family, symphony, students earning service hours, schools, universities, art galleries
Knowledge: 
Future residents, universities, schools, engineering professors, climate scientists, school of nutrition, Capstone projects, storytellers, gardeners, Botanical Garden
Money: 
Contract with Commerce Bank for tax credits, sub-local currency, equity, unit reservations
Technology: 
Tools, equipment and materials for SCIPs manufacturing and gardening, Integral Urban Ecovillage, You and I technology, cohousing and ecovillage methodology, cost savings synergies among businesses healing arts, transformational training
Well-Being: 
Community focus, health care facilities, alternative health practitioners, dance, gardens, relationships

Israel Attempts to Power Their Country with Renewable Energy

 

Recently in WIRED, Michael Kanellos reported that Israel had predicted that they could get 90 percent of its power from renewable energy.

The National Solar Energy Center in Israel has stated that they could get the energy using things like vanadium-redox flow batteries and pumped hyrdo storage. By studying the baseline power of the country’s electricity consumption on an hour-by-hour basis, the group found that while a large solar facility may not be the best option, but concentrating photovoltaic might be the best option.

Nelson County Life Magazine Features Mongolian Greenhouse GIC Challenge

Last week the Nelson County Life Magazine featured the Mongolian Greenhouse GIC Challenge. Local glass engineer Bill Hess and M-CAM's Ken Dabkowski were interviewed. Please read more here: http://issuu.com/nclmag/docs/nelson_county_life_magazine_69/25 on Pages 25-27.

Gobi Tree Greenhouse

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

Use local abundance to construct an appropriate greenhouse that can weather the harsh climate and extend the tree growing season of in the South Gobi Desert.

Commodity: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees on farm, land near Dalanzadgad city and airport, water springs, well, glass, municipal waste from Dalanzadgad, coal fired electric plant within 10 kilometers. No electric on site but transport to site and roads are very good, easy for glass transportation.
Custom & Culture: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees are popular in the Gobi Desert as they have large root systems and bring water from depths to the surface. Bark and needles are water rich and provide a food and water source for grazing animals and livestock.
Knowledge: 
Haloxylon ammodendron seeding, planting, growing and harvesting expertise. Local business acumen and local business network links.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Well, pumps, water drip systems, generators, garden equipment
Well-Being: 
Livestock have successfully lived in partnership with this tree for a very long time. Cultivation of the tree is a relatively recent phenomenon but provides the local economy and environment with many benefits. Trees reduce desertification, provide food/water for animals and humans, reduce erosion and provide employment in cultivation, sales and replantation.

Arkhangai Greenhouse

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

 

Use available glass resource and collaborate to find ways to improve an existing greenhouse and thus extend the growing period of the Hasu Shivert Resort in the Arkhangai province.

Commodity: 
Hills, arable soil, dairy, vegetables, buildings, hot springs, hot water (69 degrees C), large glass piles, pool, basketball courts, showers, passable road, horses
Custom & Culture: 
Resort has been traditionally Russian but has since been operated by Mongolians. Proprietor Munkhbat Hasu runs the facility and staff are trained in hospitality. Many agriculture workers work in the greenhouses, on grounds and near the property. Hasu is well known for his prized racing horses. Sporting facilities, swimming and hot tub facilities are all on grounds. Traditional Mongolian activities such as horse riding and archery are available.
Knowledge: 
Local knowledge about banking, business, short term debt cycles and credit matched with timeline. Farming, greenhouse, algae growing, resort operations, food and beverage, dining, health spa operation, massage, tourism, horse training
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Geothermal heating on property, greenhouses, plant and algae growing technology, plumbing, heating, cooling, pipes, nozzles, equipment for greenhouse and farm.
Well-Being: 
Employment opportunities at resort, in greenhouses, and on grounds. Tourism to area significant in summer months. Plentiful food, vegetarian, dairy, and meat in the region. Health facilities for water treatment, massage, rest.

Arkhangai Cold Storage

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

Create a cold storage facility near the Hasu Shivert Facility in the Arkhangai Aimag, Mongolia.  This facility will be used to store vegetables for sale throughout the year.  As a collection point for the local area, the facility must be of reasonable size.  Many hills are available in the area.  

Commodity: 
Hills, arable soil, dairy, vegetables, buildings, hot springs, hot water (69 degrees C), large glass piles, pool, basketball courts, showers, passable road, greenhouses, farm equipment.
Custom & Culture: 
Resort has been traditionally Russian but has since been operated by Mongolians. Proprietor Munkhbat Hasu runs the facility and staff are trained in hospitality. Many agriculture workers work in the greenhouses, on grounds and near the property. Hasu is well known for his prized racing horses. Sporting facilities, swimming and hot tub facilities are all on grounds. Traditional Mongolian activities such as horse riding and archery are available.
Knowledge: 
Local knowledge about banking, business, short term debt cycles and credit matched with timeline. Farming, greenhouse, algae growing, resort operations, food and beverage, dining, health spa operation, massage, tourism, horse training.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Geothermal heating on property, greenhouses, plant and algae growing technology, plumbing, heating, cooling, pipes, nozzles, equipment for greenhouse and farm.
Well-Being: 
Employment opportunities at resort, in greenhouses, and on grounds. Tourism to area significant in summer months. Plentiful food, vegetarian, dairy, and meat in the region. Health facilities for water treatment, massage, rest.

The True Potential of Geothermal Energy

Today we feature an article, "Tapping the Energy Below the Earth's Surface" written by Lester Brown of Washington D.C. about the true "potential of geothermal energy".

"The heat in the upper six miles of the earth's crust contains 50,000 times as much energy as found in all the world's oil and gas reserves combined. Despite this abundance, only 10,700 megawatts of geothermal electricity generating capacity have been harnessed worldwide.

Featured Website Friday: Hasu Shivert Resort

Recently, our Heritable Innovation Trust team had the pleasure of visiting and starting a partnership with the Hasu Shivert Resort in the Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Owner and Director, Hasu Shivert Munkhbat, gave us a tour of his fine facility and discussed partnership opportunities with the Global Innovation Commons and Heritable Innovation Trust teams. One of the two Global Innovation Challenges to be posted early next week will include innovation on his A-Frame greenhouse. Challenge outline to come.

New GIC Article in Yes! Magazine: "A Global Innovation Commons For Clean Tech"

A Global Innovation Commons for Clean Tech
By David Bollier - Yes! Magazine & Policy Innovations: The Central Address for Fairer Globalization - 20.Jan.2010

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