Eco-resort in Finland charges guests based on their carbon emissions

October 21, 2019 by  
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A Finnish hotel is changing the tourism industry by showing that sustainability can really pay off. When guests consume less energy, attend ecological activities and make sustainable dietary choices during their visit, the price tag of their stay can be discounted by up to 50 percent. Benefiting the environment means guests can save more at Arctic Blue Resort. Set to open in 2022, Arctic Blue Resort will raise customers’ awareness of their environmental impact by encouraging guests to follow more sustainable lifestyles . It helps that the hotel will be located in the rural town of Kontiolahti, famous for its natural landscape and rich ecosystem of forests and estuaries. Related: Disney’s American parks will now offer hundreds of vegan menu items Some of the green gestures guests can take to reduce their bills include mindfully observing electricity usage, food choices and water consumption. Even planting a tree in the resort’s nearby forest garners another 5 percent off the hotel tab. Designed to be self-sustaining, Arctic Blue Resort will be constructed from natural materials, installed with its own water treatment system and powered by renewable energy sources. Guests can expect accommodations close to nature, with a choice of either enjoying a 360-degree view of the forest or sleeping beneath a star-filled night sky or the Northern Lights. Transportation throughout the resort’s region will be via electric vehicles to assist with the curbing of emissions . “We want to offer people a world-class eco-vacation and encourage them to make sustainable choices by having emission-based pricing for their stay,” explained Mikko Spoof, the vice president and founder of Arctic Brands Group. “We want the resort to be a place of true tranquility and thus encourage our guests to be more present in the moment and embrace digital detox.” Arctic Blue Resort will partner with local farmers to supply its food . The hotel menu will understandably reflect the wonders of the Finnish countryside’s seasons. The hotel will also plan plenty of nature-inspired excursions. Visitors can expect to grow their appreciation of nature with activities such as ice-swimming and snowshoeing in winter, or berry-picking and rowing in high summer. Tourism that centers around eco-friendly awareness and green living responsibility is likewise the goal of Kontiolahti Mayor Jere Penttilä, who said in a statement, “With Arctic Blue Resort, we want to lead an example by putting emphasis on environmental responsibility and by creating solutions to minimize the negative impact of tourism.” + Arctic Blue Resort Image via Arctic Blue Resort

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Architects envision a sustainable future for a Finnish island at risk of rising sea levels

June 13, 2019 by  
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In response to concerns that Luonnonmaa, an island on the Finnish West archipelago coast, could succumb to the destructive effects of climate change, Helsinki-based architectural firm Emmi Keskisarja & Janne Teräsvirta & Company Architects has unveiled a sustainable vision for the island in the year 2070. Named “Emerald Envisioning for Luonnonmaa 2070,” the futuristic vision calls for a utopian scheme where people and nature live in harmony within a sustainable community tapping into renewable energy sources , eco tourism and reforestation. Luonnonmaa makes up the majority of the land area for the city of Naantali; however, the island itself is sparsely populated. Traditionally used for farming , the island is renowned for its clean and idyllic Nordic landscapes. “The way of life on Luonnonmaa is challenged by climate catastrophe and biodiversity loss, just as it is in more population-concentrated locations on the planet,” the architects said. “The island is seemingly empty — or full of immaculate space — but a closer inspection reveals that most of the island area is defined by human activity and its ripple effects. A growing population on the island will need to provide more opportunity for nature, while they develop their way of life, means of transportation, work, as well as food and energy production.” The architects worked together with the City of Naantali’s public, politicians and planners as well as with a multidisciplinary group of local specialists and the Institute of Future Studies at the University of Turku to produce a creative solution to these challenges. The Emerald Envisioning for Luonnonmaa 2070 addresses such questions as “Can the future be both sustainable and desirable?” and “Could we build more to accommodate human needs, while (counter-intuitively) producing more opportunities for nature around us?” Related: Finland plans to complete its coal ban one year early The scheme also considers the future of farming for the island. Because the traditional farming industry is in decline, the proposal suggests more carbon-neutral methods of food production such as seaweed hubs and communal gardening. Meanwhile, the reduction of farmland will allow for the expansion and unification of forest areas to support the island’s unique biodiversity. To future-proof against sea level rise, housing will be built on pylons to mitigate flood concerns while social activity and communal development will be planned around waterways. A network of small-scale glamping units would also be installed to boost the island’s economy. + EETJ Images via EETJ

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Europe’s circular economy competitive advantage

December 7, 2018 by  
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Just look at the trajectory of the Finnish mobile company, Nokia.

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Could plastics actually help fight climate change?

December 7, 2018 by  
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Enviable cabin with coastal views dramatically cuts into bedrock

May 29, 2017 by  
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If you want a tasteful home with a sense of drama, you’ll love this spruce-clad cabin. Helsinki-based studio Mer Arkkitehdit set this white minimalist home into a rocky cliff that overlooks sublime coastal views in multiple directions. In addition to stunning landscape vistas, the compact Stormvillan home features a beautiful contemporary interior carefully furnished for a clean, modern, and cozy character. Located in Hanko, Finland, the 210-square-meter Stormvillan is set at the heart of the historic villa district characterized by grand wooden villas leftover from the late 19th century. Topped with a zinc roof, the new-build project echoes the local vernacular with its spruce cladding painted with traditional linseed oil paint similar to its surrounding predecessors. Unlike its historic neighbors, Stormvillan cuts deep into the rocky terrain on which it sits, submerging its basement level below ground. The aboveground Y-shaped main floor opens up in three directions, each optimized for views and to fit the natural shape of the rock. The living room faces the sea, the lounge looks west for sunsets across the dining terrace, and the master bedroom frames storm-swept junipers and pine trees. Large glazed walls are also used on the ground floor to reveal bare bedrock, a sharp contrast to the smooth white-painted interior. Related: Adam Knibb’s twin wooden homes seem to hover above the ground The large glazed openings illuminate the open-plan interior with natural light. Light-colored untreated wood complements the almost all-white interior. The ground floor and the main floor are connected via a carpet-clad staircase, as well as an elevator to accommodate the clients, an elderly couple. The roof of the ground floor level doubles as a wood terrace partially covered with a green roof . + Mer Arkkitehdit Via ArchDaily Images © Marc Goodwin

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Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

May 29, 2017 by  
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There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As Home,” the winning entry in the 110,000-square-meter Shanghai Library East Hall competition held by the city government. The cylindrical library draws inspiration from Chinese traditional architecture and culture while maintaining a contemporary design. In addition to winning first prize in the Shanghai government’s 2016 International Young Architects Design Competition, “Library As Home” recently won a Jury Prize from the 2017 Architizer A+Awards in the Institutional Unbuilt category. “Library as Home, envisions a library as a large house for all, with a rich variety of environments that Shanghai’s citizens could appropriate as their own,” said Eric Bunge, co-principal at nARCHITECTS. Connection with nature was emphasized in the design. The architects connect each of the library’s four open levels to exterior gardens and views of the city, while natural light flows into the building from all sides. The slightly staggered four levels comprise the Patio, Living Room, Atelier, and Study. A variety of spaces are offered, from private and quiet study areas to open spaces geared to social gatherings. Related: This library shows how beautiful sustainable design builds community The cylindrical library is envisioned with a checkered pattern facade that draws inspiration from terra-cotta printing blocks. The tiled facade would feature a glazed exterior to reference the pages of a book and the opposite side that faces the interior would be left unglazed to show off the natural terra-cotta color. The library’s compact urban form extends a large street level and sub-surface plinth below the park level to minimize the footprint of parking and to open up the area for landscaped public space. + nARCHITECTS

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

September 6, 2015 by  
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Finland is warming faster than the rest of the world

January 9, 2015 by  
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Finland is warming fast —faster than scientists ever predicted and at nearly twice the rate of any other country on Earth—according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Society. The researchers found that over the past 166 years Finland’s average monthly temperatures increased by two degrees Celsius, whereas temperatures over the rest of the planet have increased by only .8 degrees Celsius on average. Read the rest of Finland is warming faster than the rest of the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic amplification , Arctic warming , climate change in Finland , Finland global warming , Finland warming , Finnish climate change , Finnish research on global warming , global warming

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Recycling Robot Separates Construction Waste

December 9, 2013 by  
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To improve recovery rates and sorting efficiency, Finnish technology company ZenRobotics Ltd. recently released what it calls the first robotic waste-sorting system in the world.

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Recovered from an Injury? Learn How to Recycle Old Medical Gear

December 9, 2013 by  
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After you no longer need your crutches, braces, boots or walkers, how can you keep them out of a landfill? Read on for resources.

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