A network of shared knowledge in the area of energy sustainability of buildings: this is what Construction21 is creating, born in France in 2009 and now also active in Italy and in 4 other European countries. Carlotta Berta, project manager of the project, tells how even in our country as beyond the Alps, "the first communities begin to function and users, from passive readers, become an active part of online discussions, with comments and strong participation".
It retrieves fresh and cooked surplus food in company, school and hospital canteens, in restaurants and hotels and for some years also in large-scale distribution: Siticibo is the first application of the Law of the Good Samaritan. Born as a program of the Banco Alimentare Foundation, since 2003 it has recovered from Catering 2.
Cycling, innovation and creativity: it is Cyclocracy. Who better than young people, than the young students of the Milanese IED, can make the bicycle become an engine of “green” development? Simona Maccagnani, school manager of the IED explains how the approach chosen is "on the side of the people" and a simple, fragile and strong vehicle at the same time as the bicycle fits perfectly.
It does not pollute and does not take up space, and it is totally web based, easy and intuitive: Uqido eliminates the problem of queues and long waiting times in public offices but also in museums, organizations and commercial activities, at post offices ... Everywhere by heart man has queued up so far. Since we wait around 400 hours in the queue every year, Pier Mattia Avesani, co-founder of Uqido, has decided that “This time has a value that must be redeemed, recovered”.
"Placing the most vulnerable on the road at the center of attention would allow Italy not only to save lives, but to make a leap of civilization". This is stated by Umberto Guidoni, general secretary of the ANIA Foundation for Road Safety, who tells of a country that has yet to be educated but is on the right track.
Water is the theme of the seventh edition of the "Corto & Mangiato" festival where each film nevertheless does not fail to reiterate the importance of a healthy and proper diet, through products from organic farming and environmental sustainability. Paolo Pagnoni, tutor and co-coordinator of the course in Territorial Ambassadors of Enogastronomy at the Santa Marta Hospitality Institute in Pesaro and one of the organizers of the initiative, tells how the first organic food short film festival in Italy was born and continues.
Visionary and creative, Carla Diana, a New Yorker of Italian origin, imagines and designs very original solutions that introduce technology and robotics into homes without breaking into them, but with constant references to design and art. Without ever forgetting that energy is not wasted, and waste must be reduced.
'StratEthical' communication and marketing: more and more companies and institutions are choosing this path to enter the market and communicate to users and citizens. Giuseppe Lanzi, managing director of Sisifo Italia, tells how he founded an agency specialized in the use of materials with low environmental impact, which deals with sustainable events of great social value, planning on social media, corporate social responsibility, ecological promotional , social media marketing.
“Green Oncology” is possible! Oncology can also take into account its impact on the environment. The first to be certain is Roberto Labianca, the president of CIPOMO (Italian College of Primary Medical Oncologists), an association that in May 2012 launched a real “Manifesto on Green Oncology”.
Long-term, eco-friendly car rental. This is the solution for companies, public administrations and for all those who care about savings and above all the good of the environment. The three founders of Green Mobility Rental, who have been passionate about science fiction since childhood, have translated their dream into reality with the first portal entirely dedicated to this type of service.
The second life of tires, which become asphalt, floors, soundproofing for houses or covering of road signs. This is told by Ecopneus, the non-profit company for the tracing, collection, treatment and final destination of End of Life Tires (ELTs) which has signed an important agreement with the Ministry.
Solar cars: a dream? That of Futurosolare which is working to create it with the Archimede project, with which it aims to participate also in the “World Solar Challenge 2015“. With zero state aid, but many contributions from local companies, Vincenzo di Bella tells how, as soon as the tests are finished, they will take the cars around from Syracuse for a "parade" in 9 stages and 1.
Sustainability, hospitality and culture: all in a glass of wine, and more. This is the singular case of Lungarotti, in Torgiano, in Umbria, where the winery is based, which for years has focused everything on sustainability, from the vineyard to the cellar. The foundation that was born also carries out projects to compensate and reduce the CO2 emissions produced and boasts 5 weather stations for climate monitoring and for controlling the vital parameters of the vineyards.
The largest showroom in Europe dedicated to electric vehicles and sustainable mobility has opened in Milan, in via Foppa 49, with 400 models on the list and over 100 to be tested in the field. It is Elettrocity Store. Meanwhile, Paolo Manzoni, creator and organizer of Elettrocity and Elettrocitystore, from his "electrical" experience explains that in public administrations "the will is there, but more creativity is needed in solutions to balance the lack of resources".
A 1300 km caravan, up to Spain, because "If it is true that we love our children, we have no other option but to build a world of respect for others and for Mother Earth". This is the spirit of the "Spirit of the planet" which from May 24th is organizing an International Festival of tribal and indigenous groups from all over the world in Chiuduno (Bg).
"Recycled plastic can be used in almost all sectors of industrial production, with characteristics that are the same or comparable with those of virgin material". This is assured by Roberto Frassine, professor of the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano with whom we had a chat on the Italian and European situation, with a look to the future.
Ideas against waste: everyone can participate and that the best ones win, but above all the more, the better for everyone. For 4 years, the “Don't Waste” Award has been calling associations and institutions, businesses and schools to think about concrete projects and good practices to be disseminated, winners or not, as much as possible thanks to the power of the Internet.
“Urban Decor”: free, transparent and social. Here's how to dialogue with public administrations and actively participate in the improvement of your city. It is not just a question of aesthetics but of respect for the environment and for those who live there. We. Fabrizio Verrocchi tells us how it was born, what it became in two years and what it could become… even landing in America.
From the green economy and non-profit, Greenjobs.it is an online job posting board that crosses supply and demand, as long as they are sustainable. The ecological and ethical values must be clear for those who want to participate, then: may the best win. Thing? A job, but not just any one.
The tourist railways today count 10-12 thousand passengers a year, including TrenoBLU and Treno Natura, loved above all by foreigners, and all the other sections that allow you to explore the country on the rails. A tourism with a low environmental impact and with a charm not found elsewhere. Least of all in a car.
The value of the plastic recycling chain is CARPI who represents and defends it. It is the largest consortium in the tertiary packaging sector, it has 33 associated companies and Gianfranco Picinali, the president, already anticipates that there will be interesting new entries. And he warns Italy: "If we want to achieve EU objectives, things will have to gradually change.