A new sustainability guide, Sustainia100, that maps readily available solutions successfully deployed in 128 countries around the world, has just been launched.
From Canada to Kenya, Guatemala to the Philippines, Sustainia100 identifies the 100 most innovative and impactful solutions out of 500+ vetted projects and technologies. Selected solutions include; waterless dyeing of fashion garments; intelligent streetlights and a virtual power plant and the guide identifies solutions within 10 sectors: Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation and Information Technology.
Defining the overall criteria
As a knowledge partner for Sustainia, Ramboll has played a key role in defining a set of overall criteria for the selection of the Sustainia100. In addition, Ramboll has assisted in the assessment and selection of the 100 solutions that have been included in the guide.
“We see the guide as an important tool for investors, business leaders, decision makers and consumers as it provides insights to the most promising solutions at the forefront of sustainable transformation. We´re proud of being a part of this visionary project and we congratulate the hard working people standing behind the solutions included in the guide,” says Lars Riemann, Group Market Director of the Buildings Department in Ramboll.
All Sustainia100 solutions are nominated for the Sustainia Award. Honorary Chair of Sustainia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, heads the selection jury that also includes former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, EU Commissioner of Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and Chair of IPCC Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri. The winner of the Sustainia Award is announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen, November 7th, 2013. The EU Commissioner will furthermore reward the best European solution.
Winner of 2012: Chicago Lakeside masterplan
In 2012 the Chicago Lakeside masterplan won the Sustainia Community Award – the solution that received the most votes from the general public.
Ramboll has proposed a design concept for the masterplan for sustainable energy, water management and waste management. The concept will reduce the use of fossil energy by 90%, while the use of potable water will be reduced by 60%. About 90% of stormwater will be infiltrated and directed to Lake Michigan, and efficient systems to sort waste will reduce landfill to 1% of total waste.
Sustainia100 can be read online or downloaded here: http://www.sustainia.me/solutions/
The Sustainia concept is being developed by Scandinavian think tank, Monday Morning, in a collaborative effort with global companies and foundations (Microsoft, GE, DNV, Philips Lighting, DONG Energy, Novo Nordisk, Tetra Pak, Cisco, Interface Flor, BIG Architects, Knoll, IKEA, Vestas, VELUX, Realdania, Scandinavian Airlines SAS, Ramboll, UBS Investment Bank), organisations and experts.
Key organisational partners are the UN Global Compact and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new climate initiative, R20 – Regions for Climate Action.