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Live Green Toronto

The Live Green Toronto initiative helps neighbourhoods and citizens reduce their climate change impacts at the local level by promoting sustainable practices. As well as providing support (advise/consultancy) and informing about available grants, it organises engagement events aimed at raising consumer awareness. Citizens can also benefit from a scheme offering discounts on green products and services in the city, promoting sustainable consumption.

The Environmental Protection of Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi Foundation, established in 1966 in Taiwan, contributes with over one million members to social services, environmental protection, medical care, education and humanism around the world. With the efforts of 5,463 recycling stations together with 80,000 volunteers in Taiwan, its goal is to reduce the use of resources.

Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.

SymbioCity, Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development all over the World

SymbioCity is the trademarked term for Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development. The overall aim of the SymbioCityApproach is to promote Sweden's knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development internationally – and encourage these developments primarily in low and middle-income countries. 

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

In order to further accelerate achieving the United Nations’ Millenium Goals[1], the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) facilitates and supports joint learning, overcoming the compartmentalisation of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world.[2]

 
Keep Sweden Tidy

Keep Sweden Tidy is a non-profit organization that strives to reduce littering, by increasing awareness through information campaigns, awards and environmental education. By raising awareness, people may change their behavior and attitude to littering and thus reduce environmental impacts and increase quality of life.

Reduce the need for fossil fuels by introducing more renewable energy in the Swedish island of Gotland

The Municipality of Gotland strives to reduce the need for fossil fuels and instead focus on using a larger share of renewable energy. By the combination of an environmental plan for a sustainable society and providing incentives to companies and private households, the municipality aims to change energy consumption and create a more sustainable life for residents.

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities interested in sustainable construction. The portal supports the enhancement of green public procurement.

The Baubook system facilitates the exchange of communication and knowledge in relation to the energy and material efficiency of construction materials and processes. Its services encourage municipalities and companies to identify and exploit business opportunities which arise from sustainable construction projects.[1] The Baubook company is a not-for profit public-private partnership in Austria.[2]

Reduce energy consumption in homes

Relish has developed an education program to change the way of living for a whole new generation of energy users in United Kingdom. The aim of the program is to reduce energy consumption in homes, reducing energy bills and environmental impacts.

Renovate buildings in order to improve energy efficiency

TES EnergyFacade is an international research project which has developed a method for renovating and modernizing buildings, improving the energy efficiency in buildings envelope, by using wood-framed prefabricated facade elements.

SBToolCZ: Innovative assessment tool for sustainable building performance

SBToolCZ is a tool for certifying and evaluating building quality in accordance with sustainable construction principles in the Czech Republic. With architects, engineers, building companies, and indirectly homeowners being the main users, the certification scheme acts as a marketing instrument and an inspiration for innovative building solutions.

GNESD: Global network on Energy for Sustainable Development

In order to help achieve the United Nations’ Milleniums Goals[1], the Member Centres of the UNEP[2] facilitated the GNESD[3] with carrying out an analysis and producing policy advice on energy related issues, thereby increasing access to clean and affordable energy.

Global Alliance of Waste Pickers

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers supports thousands of waste picker organisations covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.[1] Its goals are raising awareness and providing support in an area which is often forgotten in resources discussions: municipal solid waste treatment in poorer countries.

INTARESE

In recent years, awareness of the potential for environmental impacts on human health has increased considerably, as large, multi-causal, multi-sectoral and multi-scale issues such as climate change have emerged. This has complicated assessment of sustainable living achievement.

2-FUN PBK

Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling tools correlate environmental contamination threats with effects on the human health in order to make complex assessments of sustainable living achievement. PBPK models are a way to mathematically transcribe the anatomical, physiological, physical, and chemical descriptions of the occurrences involved in the complex processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of synthetic or natural chemical substances in humans and other animal species. This mathematical technique is conventionally used in pharmaceutical research drug development and health risk assessment. The obtained models are used for managing disparate data from experiments, abstracting and combining them. By using existing information on the anatomical and physiological structure of the body, (and to a certain extent, on biochemistry) the models give access to internal body concentrations of chemicals or their metabolites. PBPK models are used to show the effects from exposure to a substance in those cases linear dose-response models cannot be used, due to variations in absorption, distribution, metabolism etc. between individuals. 

2-FUN Multimedia Modelling

2-FUN was an integrated project running from February 2007 to January 2011, funded under the EU sixth framework programme (FP6) a grant funding programme, focusing on health issues related to environmental conditions and pressures. Gathering 12 project partners coordinated by the Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques in France, the project team used a multidisciplinary approach with a number of networking activities engaging experts from various research fields.

2-FUN

2-FUN was an integrated project running from February 2007 to January 2011, funded under the EU sixth framework programme (FP6) a grant funding programme,focusing on health issues related to environmental conditions and pressures. Gathering 12 project partners coordinated by the Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques in France, the project team used a multidisciplinary networking approach engaging a number of chemists, toxicologists, doctors, veterinaries, mathematicians and many more types of experts. Two related projects funded under the same framework programme are INTARESE and HEIMTSA. The first project focused on framework and guidance; the second on integrated assessment using epidemiological data. This project focused on indirect exposures and toxicological risk assessment from a conventional approach based on laboratory animal data. All three project developed methods and cutting-edge tools to help decision-makers define their priorities in environmental health management. These three projects have significantly advanced the research frontier within the field of integrated health risk assessment.

SENSOR

“Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions” (SENSOR) has tackled a problem of international relevance and importance: how to predict and evaluate the consequences of policy changes that will affect a range of land use sectors. The major challenges related to
sustainable living achievement have been addressed in the framework of the project. The related requirements have been fulfilled by developing a new software tool and a strategic planning activity that bring together scientific and conceptual issues as well as data analysing, managing and modelling approaches.

HEIMTSA

In the last decades environmental health problems have been becoming more and more complex. This is due to two main factors: the development of new and powerful technologies able to deeply affect the environment and the globalisation effect, which makes environmental problems overcoming local frontiers. 

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