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SDC publish NHS carbon statistics

by mel starrs on May 30, 2008

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The NHS has produced an NHS England Carbon Reduction Strategy, as part of a broader sustainable development agenda. To support this process, the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has completed a carbon footprinting study – covering all NHS England Estates and activities – in conjunction with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The report (pdf, 34 pages) […]

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Egan’s thoughts 10 years on

by mel starrs on May 22, 2008

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Building have the full transcript of Egan’s speech at the Common’s reception here, and I would urge everyone to read the full thing, but I’ve pulled out my favourite bits below. The press have jumped on his comments about the housebuilders (probably because they make the best headlines) but there is some other juicy stuff […]

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More on activism

by mel starrs on April 7, 2008

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Ever noticed when you start thinking about a word or a topic, it starts popping up everywhere?  Found this great discussion over at Ann Thorpe’s blog: Within the professional design framework there is little space for activism. At best, designers can legitimize activism by finding “win-win” solutions that meet client profit-making needs while also addressing […]

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Carbon conscious – green and frugal

by mel starrs on March 13, 2008

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Slightly off topic and much more amusing than the budget (yawn), I found this gem by Dietgirl. Shauna has been blogging far longer than I’ve been reading blogs and is now a successful author to boot. In a fit of frugality she penned the following :  I think green and frugal kind of go hand […]

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Touching base

by mel starrs on February 25, 2008

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I am still here, as my random del.icio.us postings can attest.  Back to proper blogging in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime a couple of bits and pieces worth mentioning: I spotted the new Sponge guide for buying a greener home, and realised I had been very remiss in not joining before.  It’s very easy and […]

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Blog call

by mel starrs on February 1, 2008

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Quiet around here this week? I’m in Patagonia on the Navimag (a boat) and there is no internet access. By the magic that is scheduling posts with ‘post timestamp’ in WordPress I’m managing to post some posts, but not the daily offerings I had hoped. So in the absense of anything approaching original insight or […]

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Prize up for grabs

by mel starrs on January 18, 2008

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Building have a fairly easy sustainability quiz with twenty quid in amazon vouchers up for grabs here. Question 2 is a bit vague, though…

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Knowledge Management – Quick wins

by mel starrs on November 27, 2007

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(another article I found sitting forlornly in my draft bucket since March for no apparent reason – late but not out of date) Dave Pollard has posted another excellent post on KM. The scary thing is how many of the things he says not to do, I have seen done at various (or many) employers. Including: […]

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BIM growth across the pond

by mel starrs on November 23, 2007

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Some good news on BIM from Building Design + Construction (A US publication).  The rate at which newcomers join the ranks of BIM users has been increasing, FMI reported. BIM usage grew by three percent in 2003, six percent in 2005 and 11 percent in 2006, the study found.  A white paper from CMAA is […]

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One definition of innovation

by mel starrs on November 23, 2007

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I don’t know where* I found this definition but it came to mind when I found Scott Berkun (who wrote the excellent The Art of Project Management) had a new book out on innovation, The Myths of Innovation. Innovation is the collection, assessment and implementation of ideas to transform an organization’s: Products: product attributes (what […]

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