Royal Caribbean’s creative workaround for onshore renewable energy procurement

November 14, 2018 by  
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It is pioneering a unique approach to marrying power purchase agreements and verified carbon offsets.

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These beautiful desert biodomes will be 100% self-sustaining

July 9, 2018 by  
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In an effort to encourage ecotourism for the millions that visit the United Arab Emirates each year, the country has officially launched the Biodomes project, which will feature beautiful biodomes designed by Baharash Architecture . Located in the mountainous eastern region of the UAE, the biodomes will be self-sustaining, use 100 percent renewable energy and have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Ultimately, the UAE hopes that the biodomes will promote awareness of and interest in the variety of wildlife in the mountain region. Baharash Architecture’s biodomes will provide a controlled environment, similar to that of a greenhouse, that closely mimics the surrounding natural area. In this case, the biodomes will be located in the Al Hajar Mountains, a stunning region that is home to rare species of Arabian wildlife . The project seeks to raise awareness of mountain biodiversity, and its facilities will include a wildlife conservation center and an adventure-based wilderness retreat. Related: Solar-powered biodome sustains all four seasons at the same time, under one roof The self-sustaining structures are crafted from prefabricated components, which will help to reduce site disruption and allow for the biodomes’ quick assembly. Semi-subterranean typology will provide passive cooling benefits, and the biodomes will rely on 100 percent  renewable energy and use recycled wastewater for irrigation and waste management on site. Visitors to the biodomes can experience a restaurant that offers both organic local cuisine and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Additionally, according to Baharash Bagherian, the Director and Founder of Baharash Architecture, the biodomes’ “bioclimatic indoor environments will provide visitors with thermal comfort, restorative and therapeutic benefits.” Visitors can also participate in several nature-based ecotourism activities, including ziplining, horse riding, hiking, camel excursions, mountain biking, paragliding and much more. + Baharash Architecture Images courtesy of Baharash Architecture

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Mode:lina upcycles construction materials into an industrial-chic eatery

July 9, 2018 by  
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This new eatery in Pozna? , Poland sports an unconventional interior that’s all about imaginative upcycling. Polish architectural interior design studio mode:lina outfitted the restaurant — called The Rusztowanie Grill and Bistro — with a suite of construction materials repurposed into decor, serving plates, lighting fixtures and more. Serving up comfort food like massive burgers and hearty soups, the eatery’s contemporary and industrial-chic design matches its Instagrammable food offerings. Located in ?azarz (St. Lazarus District), one of the oldest districts in Pozna?, Rusztowanie Grill and Bistro can be found in the basement of a historic townhouse that dates back more than 100 years. The space spans 538 square feet and was designed with products sourced from a building warehouse. The existing exposed brick walls were retained and, matched with the Edison bulbs, track lighting and exposed concrete ceiling, they give the space an industrial feel that’s emphasized in the decor. Timber sourced from the warehouse forms the bar front and booth seating. The timbers were deliberately misaligned to bring attention to their raw appearance. Galvanized metal pipes were reworked into sculptural lamps, table legs and wall partitions. Concrete lattice paving blocks were stacked in front of some of the exposed brick walls that are painted black. The burgers are even served on a shovel head repurposed as a plate. Related: Spiky sweets shop makes extraordinary use of the common traffic cone “[We] ensured that the interior design of a basement in an over 100-year old townhouse is consistent with the name and communication strategy of the restaurant,” explained mode:lina in a project statement. “All is done in line with the type of food available here – simple dishes served in an unusual way.” + mode:lina Images by Patryk Lewin?ski

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Hawaii’s long and winding road to sustainable tourism

June 18, 2018 by  
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As Hilton, United Airlines and others are learning, educating visitors and local residents alike is critical for future progress.

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Why resilience is resonating in grid modernization dialogues

June 18, 2018 by  
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Strategies like isolated generation, cross-sector planning and partnerships, and planning for the unplannable will apply far beyond islands like Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

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Message from Mars: How to institutionalize sustainability

June 18, 2018 by  
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Last week, Mars, Inc. generated headlines by committing $1 billion to achieve the company’s Sustainable in a Generation Plan.

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Why the private sector must protect tourist destinations

February 10, 2018 by  
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Businesses, resident and authorities must recognize the cycles of tourism that can lead to the destruction of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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Sustainable tourism: A journey, not a destination

July 12, 2017 by  
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What will it take for stakeholders across the tourism industry to ensure ecological, economic and cultural sustainability? Here are five key ideas.

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12 cocoon-shaped shelters connect visitors with nature in a Mexican biosphere reserve

July 20, 2016 by  
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Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage site , is home to mangroves, a huge barrier reef, and tropical forests. Arqmov’s proposed project designed to stimulate introspection would allow visitors to experience the natural beauty of Mexico. According to the architects, they want visitors to experience an “awakening” through connection to nature. Related: Escape into nature with Greenland’s off-grid Amaroq cabins Each cocoon dwelling includes a living area and sleeping area, and the cocoons could be connected by suspension bridges. Notably, as the cocoons taper off where they connect to the earth, the dwellings would take up minimal ground space. The architects say this would minimize the impact on the site, protecting nature and endangered species – like the black-handed spider monkey and the Central American tapir – found in Sian Ka’an. The organic lines of Awakening’s buildings are based on geometry found in the “natural form of shelters” like cocoons, nests, shells, caves, and burrows. A swimming pool shaped like an “open bird nest,” reception desk shaped like a “hummingbird nest,” restaurant shaped like a seashell, and multipurpose building shaped like a turtle’s shell would all enhance the natural feel of Awakening. Rainwater collection systems would provide the cocoons with water. Renewable energies such as solar and wind would power Awakening. Water could be treated on-site as well; the architects describe the system as a ” complete water cycle and zero discharge to the aquifer .” Food would also be prepared on location, using healthy, local ingredients to promote sustainable eating. Via ArchDaily Images © Carlos Verón

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel opens in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas

April 13, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel opens in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andes , andes mountains , carbon neutral hotel , Denise Guislain-Koechlin , inca , incas , Inkaterra , Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba , Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba hotel , Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba resort , Inkaterra Peru , Jose Koechlin , organic farm , peru , Peruvian mountains , Peruvian textiles , pre-Columbian art , Sacred Valley of the Incas , Sustainable Hotel , sustainable tourism , traditional farming methods

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