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Promotional Photos for Noorullah Line for 360 Magazine

Noorullah

By Hannah DiPilato


With a line that unites sustainability and style, Noorullah is a brand to watch. The timeless collection features unique and versatile pieces that appeal to everyone. 

Recently, we caught up with designer Noorullah Amiri who explained what makes the line different from the rest of current-day high fashion. 


Where did you pull inspiration from for this line?


I pulled inspiration from the Ancient Egyptian wardrobe, which is a white linen fabric that has drape. Linen fibers create a very functional fabric that is breathable and good for temperatures all year round. For the pajama styles, I took inspiration from Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s stained glass window in the St. Peter’s Basilica from 1660. It was fitting to use that print for the pajamas, which you can lounge and meditate in.


The tracksuit is inspired by Ancient Greek Olympians, who would participate in the Olympic events. The idea was to create a comfortable and functional tracksuit also for lounging or exercising in cold weather. I also made use of genuine snake leather for small leather goods in relation to Ancient Greek biblical artworks: “Adam and Eve” and “Laocoon and His Sons”.  And also, lamb leather in relation to “The Sacrifice of Issac”.


What made you want to create sustainable fashion?

In the fashion industry, 85% of textiles go to the dumb each year and bits of fibers from the washing machine pollute the ocean. Producing new clothes causes pollution and there is post-consumption pollution as well. The best way to be sustainable is to close the loop in the fashion cycle and use only recycled textiles for making new fibers and materials.


It is our duty to take care of the planet for a better quality of life. And the fashion industry needs to be more sustainable to preserve the ecosystem. Our approach currently, is to focus on style and quality to create sustainable products. Style determines how long products will remain relevant and desirable, while quality determines how long the design will hold up during its use. We fully commit to our highly detailed designs with confidence so that they can be everlasting in terms of style and durability.


Have you had any community involvement relating to your company’s purpose?

Last year in San Francisco, on Earth Day, I went to a fair to gain and spread knowledge about sustainability, and also planted redwood tree sprouts that can grow up to 300 feet.


Where do you hope to see your designs in the future?

I hope to keep the designs exclusive and desirable so they can be enjoyed for a long time. We would like to have a strong global online presence with boutiques in strategic locations.

It is a dream to be able to provide people an experience from our world when shopping inside a brick-and-mortar location. I have a passion for storytelling through visual merchandising. In addition, I hope to have a limited wholesale partnership with a luxury department store.


What is your personal favorite piece from the collection and what makes this your favorite?

If I have one pick, I am going with the Wool Overcoat because it is comfortable and warm. I can wear almost anything underneath and still maintain a modern look. Also, similar to all of the garments from the collection, I created each pattern piece custom for your body. And I like that it has 4 deep pockets for holding valuables.


What would you say is the one thing that makes you stand out against other designers?

I would say it is my confidence because my design process is functional yet artistic, producing something with its own identity. I can pull inspiration from nature, for example, to create something that is unique in design having function and playing with silhouettes or other design elements.


When did you begin designing and how did you get started?

I began designing vector artwork using Adobe illustrator in 2011. I was working on a streetwear brand with t-shirts and fleece before designing window displays and private label brands for assignments in college.

I got started with the Noorullah brand by gathering inspiration and having an end-use in mind for the products. The end-use is when the garments will be worn, where, and by who. Getting an understanding of end-use is what enabled me to get started with bringing the inspirations to life.


Why do some pieces have only limited numbers available? Is this something you plan to change or continue doing in the future?

Everything from the collection is very limited because there are so many ideas to play with for new designs. The collection is truly exclusive and there will be a fresh collection to build from the previous one. In the future, as we expand our business, we will continue to keep the merchandise exclusive in proportion to consumer demands.


What is your process of designing sustainable products to ensure they’re functional and stylish?

To have a sustainable design we begin with the yarns that make up the fabric. To have durable fabrics we select the ones made from long filament yarns which are more durable, produce less fiber waste in the washing machine, and even have a better hand. We pay attention to construction details to make products functional, comfortable, and permanent. This way the products fulfill their intended uses while providing comfort and not becoming damaged. Along with durable materials and construction, we produce designs everlasting in terms of style.


How would you summarize the goal of the line in one sentence?

To give the wearer a high sense of confidence with luxury only for them to know.


Do you believe other brands should move away from fast fashion and create more sustainable clothing?

Yes, absolutely. The biggest way to impact the planet through sustainability in the fashion industry is to not produce any more clothes, but even that will not undo the existing pollution that has already been set in motion many years ago. And since we must continue producing products, it is best to be as ethical as possible.


Although the demand for fast fashion is high because some styles are trendy and affordable, the price that the planet pays is too great. Because fast fashion produces fads, where clothing goes out of style rapidly and they are made poorly to save pennies in productions.


What advice would you give to other designers about becoming more sustainable?

To source only recycled materials, and produce clothing that is classic and high quality.

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Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa by Preferred Hotel Group

New Sustainable Hotel Brand, Beyond Green

Guided by an inherent passion to transform travel as a force for good,Preferred Hotel Group, Inc.– the family-owned company that manages and operates global travel and hospitality brands includingPreferred Hotels & Resorts,Historic Hotels of America,Historic Hotels WorldwidePHG Consulting and Beyond Green Travel– proudly announces the launch of Beyond Green. This innovative hospitality brand debuts with a global portfolio of 24 founding member hotels, resorts, andlodgesthat exemplify sustainable tourism leadership. Driven by purpose, the new brand represents Preferred’s steadfast commitment to building a better and brighter future for travel in a way that also helps to protect the planet for future generations.

Born through an inspired, natural synergy between the Ueberroth Family – the owners of Preferred Hotel Group, Inc. – and ecotourism pioneer and global sustainability expert Costas Christ – the founder of Beyond Green Travel, which Preferred acquired in February 2020 – Beyond Green brings together forward-thinking properties around the world that are committed to delivering on the three key pillars of sustainable tourism: environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.

The name itself –  Beyond Green – was chosen in recognition of not only the immense importance of environmentally friendly practices, but also the paramount responsibility that the travel and tourism industry has towards protecting biodiversity, preserving cultural heritage, and improving local people’s livelihoods in travel destinations around the world, all while delivering an enjoyable and meaningful traveler experience. 

“Never before has there been a greater need to promote a kinder and gentler way to explore our beautiful, yet fragile planet. Driven by our brand promise, Believe in Travel, which guides every decision we make as a company, we believe that now is the time to go big and be bold as we look to the future of travel,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotel Group, Inc.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to partner with so many inspiring leaders in sustainable tourism to launch our newest brand, Beyond Green, that was built with purpose, gratitude, and respect for nature, communities, and culture, continued Ueberroth.” 

“While there may be a tendency to think of sustainability as just the latest travel buzzword, its roots are long and deep. What we are witnessing is an evolution of travel, not a passing trend,” said Costas Christ.

Beyond Green is about reconnecting with our common humanity and understanding that the diversity of our cultures and different ways of life are what create the rich fabric that makes travel so enjoyable and fascinating. In that same context, nature brings inspiration and renewal to our lives. Sustainable tourism is not about giving something up, it is about gaining something more – a great vacation that it is also a force for good,” said Christ.  

The Beyond Green platform will support the needs of its member properties by providingglobal connectivity, distribution technology, marketing, sales, quality assurance, branding, and sustainability solutions, as well as access to participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the world’s largest global points-based loyalty program for independent hotels. Beyond Green will also enhance visibility for its global portfolio and champion sustainability storytelling through its brand website, StayBeyondGreen.com, which launched today in an interim state prior to the brand’s official consumer debut in Q1 2021. Beyond Green member properties will also be bookable on a common GDS chain code, to be announced in early 2021, which will be linked under Preferred Hotel Group Inc.’s master GDS chain code – PV.  

With plans for strategic growth over the next 24 months, Beyond Green celebrates its launch in collaboration with 24 inspiring founding members located across 15 countries:   

  •         &Beyond Bateleur Camp (Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya) 
  •         &Beyond Mnemba Island (Zanzibar, Tanzania) 
  •         &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Namib Desert, Namibia) 
  •         Aristi Mountain Resort (Zagori, Greece) 
  •         Ashford Castle (Co. Mayo, Ireland)  
  •         Bentwood Inn (Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA)  
  •         Blancaneaux Lodge (Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize) 
  •         Borgo Pignano (Tuscany, Italy) 
  •         Bushmans Kloof (Western Cape, South Africa) 
  •         Cavallo Point (Sausalito, California, USA)  
  •         InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)   
  •         Islas Secas (Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama) 
  •         Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, California, USA)  
  •         Ted Turner Reserves Vermejo (Raton, New Mexico, USA)  
  •         The Brando (Tetiaroa, French Polynesia) 
  •         The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, California, USA)   
  •         Three Camel Lodge (Gobi, Mongolia)  
  •         Turtle Inn (Placencia, Belize) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge (Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda)  
  •         Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp (Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (Kaokoveld, Namibia) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp (Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe)  
  •         Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana) 
  •         Xigera Safari Lodge (Okavango Delta, Botswana) 

To be considered for Beyond Green membership, a property must demonstrate leadership in the three key pillars of sustainable tourism as part of a rigorous vetting process and show progress in meeting more than 50sustainability indicatorsthatalign with global sustainable tourismstandards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Examples of these requirements, among others, which form part of an ongoing, biennial on-site inspection process, include management of overall environmental operations to establish benchmarks and set additional sustainability goals including carbon emission reduction targets; elimination of plastic water bottles and reducing single-use plastics; support for biodiversity conservation initiatives and restoration and protection of natural habitats; embracing local cultural vernacular in design and décor and supporting the preservation of cultural heritage sites, a demonstrated priority to hire locally according to fair wages, benefits, and non-discrimination policies that meet or exceed legal requirements; and priorityto purchase goods and services from locally owned and operated businesses. 

To help build Beyond Green as a dynamic, digital-first platform that serves travelers through authentic storytelling and wholesome sustainability stewardship, Preferred sought expert direction from two strategic agencies – Robert Louey Design and Spherical. Robert Louey Design was tasked with the branding work, inclusive of brand development, positioning, and strategy, as well as graphic design and language. Spherical has been charged with building a digital identity for Beyond Green to coincide with its consumer launch in Q1 2021, which entails creative direction and channel strategy, the production of a variety of digital assets for advertising, marketing, and social media use, and the creation of a standalone consumer-facing website. 

Travel advisors, media, hotels interested in membership, and travelers can learn more about Beyond Green and its founding members by visiting www.StayBeyondGreen.com. Prior to debuting its brand website with full booking capabilities in Q1 2021, Beyond Green invites all travelers who want to book a stay within its unique portfolio of hotels, resorts and lodges to email Book@StayBeyondGreen.com.   

Jason Hyde – Plastic Aquarium

Jason Hyde (JH) invites everyone to come see the exhibition of the Plastic Aquarium, with fishes made of plastic from the ocean, from November 16th until November 27th. Ironic isn’t it? Not so much, as we all know, our oceans are being affected more and more each day by plastic, little by little it is starting to overcome it and harming the wildlife in it.

Jason Hyde, a company with the goal of introducing fashion in a sustainable and eco-friendly way has brought to the market beautiful and  unique products such as jewelry which incorporates charms made from RPO (recycled plastic from the ocean) and unique organic watches whose bands are made with 100% recycled and environmentally friendly materials such as wool, paper, recycled plastic, and cork. Jason Hyde has partnered up with Clean Miami Beach and Plastic Fisherman, nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to organize beach clean ups and raise awareness of the alarming rates in which trash is introduced to our oceans. The exhibition will present, in a fun and unique way, how horrible the circumstances in our oceans are, in hopes to raise awareness and open people’s eyes to reality and to join the movement to save our earth and to live and shop sustainably, in an ecofriendly way.

Jason Hyde stands for sustainability, and stands for upcycling and as we say, there is no TIME to waste.

ABOUT JASON HYDE

Jason Hyde, established its headquarters in Miami in 2018 with the mission to offer customers a new line of watches that captures the essence of style, fashion and upcycling. Jason Hyde embraces innovation and sustainability by utilizing a collection of 100% recycled materials that have been specially selected from around the world. These include Wool, Paper, Recycled Plastic and Cork and RPO charms, charms made from recycled plastic from the ocean. For more information contact info@jasonhyde.com or visit www.jasonhyde.com.

Ten European teams selected for the Helsinki Energy challenge

Ten European teams selected for Helsinki Energy Challenge

Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.

In the 252 teams taking part in the Helsinki Energy Challenge, there were 1,528 experts and innovators from across the globe designing potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonising the heating of Helsinki.

The ten proposals selected to advance consist of a diverse set of solutions that have significant potential for further development in the coming phase. Many of the suggested solutions are also scalable to the needs of other cities. Included in the race are several wide-ranging comprehensive solutions, some of which find new ways to combine technologies that are already in use. There are also competition entries that include entirely new technologies. Among the solutions are new approaches to heat storage and transfer, waste heat utilization, energy consumption control and consumer activation. Included are also some non-technological innovations that enable the realisation of future sustainable solutions and the combination of centralised and decentralised solutions.

“I launched the Helsinki Energy Challenge to bring the world’s best talent together to consider solutions to Helsinki’s heating challenge. The competition has sparked conversation around the topic on a global scale. It has succeeded in combining wide-ranging international expertise and ambitious problem solving, and we are certain that this collision of different competences will generate new ways of thinking in the future as well. Our challenge competition has strong international support from different organizations and from several of my fellow Mayors, and we will be working together to make sure the solutions that are created are put to use as broadly as possible. Every city must do their part in the fight against global climate change,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

The teams are interdisciplinary and international

The teams that have advanced to the final phase are each made up of 3–20 members and together include 85 experts from a diverse set of fields. The finalists include, and are primarily made up of combinations of, start-ups, large companies, research institutes and universities, as well as international consortia made up of various companies.

The finalist teams represent excellence and a credible combination of various expertise, making them capable of elevating their competing proposals to the next level in the final phase of the competition.

The finalist teams are all European. The selected teams represent organizations from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria and France. Most of the teams include experts and organizations from more than one country.

“When you consider that we received such a large number of proposals and that the competing teams included 1,528 experts from different backgrounds and countries around the world, it becomes clear that the competition includes a very wide range of different solutions. Evaluating these solutions has been more difficult than expected. However, the hard part is now behind us, and the competition is advancing to the next, even more interesting phase.Currently, the teams’ solutions are only provisional proposals, and each team will receive support and additional information to further develop their proposal in the co-creation phase. We are looking forward to seeing what the finalist teams’ final proposals will look like. They have some impressive and diverse expertise on display, so we are going in with high expectations,” says Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere.

The co-creation phase begins

The teams selected for the finals are invited to the co-creation phase, during which they will receive support for further development of their solution and additional information to enable them to tailor their idea to the context of Helsinki. At the centre of the co-creation phase is the boot camp in December.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the final competition proposals at the beginning of 2021, and the winner of the competition will be announced in March 2021. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost impact, implementation schedule and feasibility, security of supply and capacity. The City of Helsinki has committed to openly sharing the lessons and results of the competition to allow other cities to use them in their own climate work.

Proposals submitted in the first phase of the competition included also a large variety of other ideas and concepts that did not reach the finals but which the City of Helsinki intends to highlight during the competition process too. The 252 submissions included ideas in which solving the challenge is “gamified”, new solutions for the utilization of different heat sources, new market and business models, heat storage solutions, decentralized heat production models, new technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR), and hydrogen based solutions.

Cities have a key role – the COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Helsinki’s climate work

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and cities have a decisive role in mitigating it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Helsinki keeps investing heavily in its climate work. The climate crisis has not been cancelled and the City of Helsinki is working its way towards a carbon neutral Helsinki by 2035. At the moment, more than half of Helsinki’s direct carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating the city. This is why finding a sustainable heating solution will have a critical impact on achieving the City’s carbon neutrality goal. Currently, more than half of Helsinki’s heating energy is produced with coal, the use of which will have to stop by 2029. Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions, which is why it does not want to replace the use of coal with biomass-fired production.

Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions to heat the city in the future and to act as a platform for new and innovative solutions that also other cities around the world can benefit from. For this purpose, it opened the international Helsinki Energy Challenge competition on 27 February 2020. The competition seeks solutions through which the city can be heated sustainably in the coming decades – without coal and with as little biomass as possible. The competition’s first prize is one million euros.

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Cleancult – redefining clean

By Armon Hayes

Truth be told, the cleaning industry has a dirty little secret—it’s not so clean after all. In order to fix tomorrow’s problems, we must fix today’s cleaning model. Many green cleaners don’t actually clean, and conventional ones often contain unhealthy chemicals. That’s where Cleancult comes in. 

Based in Puerto Rico, Cleancult is an eco-friendly brand that understands its duty to the Earth and its unique environments. Cleancult has products you will absolutely love and can feel good about incorporating into your routine, all the while minimizing your carbon footprint. From liquid hand soap, to laundry detergent, to dish soap made of effective cleaning power charged by nature’s finest ingredients, Cleancult keeps things clean, sustainable, non-toxic, and GMO-free. 

If you make the switch to Cleancult, you will eliminate 44 pounds of plastic waste each year.

Redefining powerful ingredients led to their signature, coconut-powered CocoClean Technology. Citric acid instantly lifts stains and tough odors without leaving behind toxins on your clothes. The plant-based formula of their hand soaps harness the power of coconuts and other biodegradable elements for a clean that’s uniquely tough on grit and grime, but gentle on your skin and our earth. The Lavender essence liquid hand soap is a gamechanger, now that frequent, vigorous, 20-second hand washing is necessary. An essential blend of aloe vera gel, olive oil, and coconut oil cleans and moisturizes your hands, leaving them feeling renewed. No worries, the same holds true for the Grapefruit Basil dish soap

The Home Bundle is the perfect package to get started, especially in a mosaic motif. It includes vibrant-colored, easy dispensers that will dress up your kitchen sink and compliment any bathroom decor. Their reusable glass bottles are shatter-resistant, rubberized but stylish, and guaranteed to be with you for the long haul. 

Cleancult has revolutionized every aspect of the cleaning process, from its ingredients to its packaging, to its performance to its shipping. Other cleaning products, even eco-friendly ones, use a lot of plastic that clogs up our homes, landfills, and oceans. An innovative refill system makes it easy for you to clean sustainably with 100% recyclable packaging made in the USA and carbon-neutral shipments. If you join the free recycle back program, Cleancult will take care of it for you, refilling your bottles and recycling your cartons. 

Everything about them comes back to one idea, redefining clean. Recyclable, paper-based milk carton refills means you can be eco-friendly in between cleans. Formulas with a little elbow grease that actually do the dirty work in your home without creating any more waste for the planet. Ready for a new cleaning routine? You can tailor every membership to your unique needs by choosing what you want, offering flexibility on shipments, and even pitching in on your recycling. 

Curate your very own clean routine with the products you need, delivered on a schedule that works with your lifestyle, because a brighter tomorrow starts with a smarter today.

María Gabriela de Faria is nominated for her 14th Kids Choice Awards

Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faria received her 14th Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards nomination, in the “Inspiration of the Year” category (KCA Mexico 2020).

Her work this year with organizations like World Wildlife Fund and Mercy for Animals, as well as the constant championing of animal rights, veganism, sustainable fashion and an eco-friendly lifestyle in her social media channels and her new blog, TheFaria.Online, have made the actress one of Nickelodeon’s most popular agents of change.

Voting for the KCA Mexico will remain open until October 18, 2020 on the www.kcamexico.com website, and from Twitter and Instagram by including the oficial hashtag of the event (#KCAMexico) plus that of your favorite nominee, #TheFariaInspiration.

De Faria’s personal motto is “Changing The World, One Small World at a Time,” so for those who think it’s important to celebrate how small actions can generate big changes on the planet, don’t hesitate to vote.

De Faria Additionally Starts Engines on New Productions, Film, and TV Work

De Faria is most known in Latin America for her leading roles in the Nickelodeon series Isa TKM, Grachi, and Yo Soy Franky, as well as Fox Telecolombia’s Sitiados 2.

As production begins to ramp up again, she has three major projects lined up. In recent days, Fox gave the green light for the second season of the successful family comedy The Moodys, in which de Faria plays “Cora.”

The series, the premiere of which has been announced for 2021, stars Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins as the heads of a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional family. Her fourth, fifth and sixth films are currently in post-production, with both Pacifico and The Exorcism of God expected to release in 2021, and a yet-to-be announced film headed for film festivals next year.

De Faria begins filming a new, exciting (and secret!) U.S. film in Indiana this week. The name of her seventh film, has not yet been revealed.

For more information on Maria Gabriela de Faria and social media please visit:

Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter

Website: https://thefaria.online/about-me/

Blog: TheFaria.Online

PUMA x The Hundreds Team Up For Another Collection

PUMA has teamed up again with community-powered streetwear brand The Hundreds for a new line of footwear, apparel and accessories designed with sustainability in mind.

The collegiate-inspired PUMA x The Hundreds collection aims to increase awareness around our environmental impact and make us more conscious about the way we dress. Sustainable materials used throughout the collection include recycled rubbers, organic cotton, chrome-free leathers, and recycled meshes for uppers, lining and sock liners.

Standout pieces from the collection include the PUMA x The Hundreds Performer Sneaker featuring bold colors and recycled materials, the colorblocked Future Rider made from 80% eco-friendly materials, the Chore Jacket which comes in both black and tan along with the Chino Pants to match, and the Reversible Shorts which offers the chance for customization with a different print on each side. Accessories include the PUMA x The Hundreds Convertible Bag which transforms from a shopper into a cross body and a super lightweight packable PUMA x The Hundreds Cap.

Retailing for $40 – $150, the PUMA x The Hundreds collection will be available on thehundreds.com, PUMA.com and select retailers starting Saturday, September 26.

Living Future - Chloe Rokelle Sun

Sustainability and Smart Technology Brings Living Future®

2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for the humanity. Covid-19 has changed the world irrevocably, and cities around the world are searching for new ways of providing heightened safety and hygiene measures while maintaining a welcoming, sustainable environment. The vulnerabilities of the current state of urban hygiene and health systems around the world demand urgent, efficient and sustainable solutions. This brought a new source of inspiration for architects and designers involved in the search for alternative solutions to help us avoid a global pandemic in the future and improve urban sanitation in general. With this in mind, architectural and interior designer Chloe Rokelle Sun developed Living Future® a sustainable art installation that introduces color, light, greenery, and provocative, space-enhancing architecture to any public space, while at the same time offering an inviting handwashing station that filters and recovers the water it uses.

Living Future® combines important principles of biophilic design, sustainability, and social purpose, providing a clean, green source of fresh water for public handwashing to promote hygiene and combat the transmission of airborne viruses, while beautifying and enhancing public spaces through sustainable technology.

Urban centers throughout the world are extremely densely populated, increasing public health risks and posing daunting challenges to public safety in the new reality of infectious airborne viruses. To meet this challenge, the pioneering project, Living Future®, is designed to be installed in urban spaces such as shopping malls, office buildings, city plazas, and other high-traffic areas. While enlivening public spaces with captivating aesthetics, Living Future® makes handwashing inviting, sustainable, and pleasant, offering a first and most important step toward increasing public hygiene in the post-pandemic world.

THE MAKING OF: Living Future®

Living Future utilizes technology from some of the most forward-thinking contemporary architectural projects and repurposes them for a new, smarter, and safer future. This biophilic installation is both a modular, interactive lighting sculpture and a living machine filtration system, uniting the conceptual and aesthetic capacities of sculpture with the ecological and technological.

Nanoleaf modular smart LED light panels on the installation’s facade can be customized in color and luminosity to enhance any environment, adding captivating colors through interactive lights that react to the touch.

Live plants sustained by Living Machine Technology are placed throughout the design structure, providing a calming sense of nature regardless of the feature’s location, while also contributing to the wastewater filtration system. The installation’s built-in ecosystem blends cutting-edge science and engineering with beneficial microorganisms and the plants’ natural properties to generate a clean, reusable, lasting water source.

The first Living Future installation is planned for 2021. Keep an eye out by following Chloe Rokelle Sun below!

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Environmental Effects × COVID-19

MIT Sloan School of Management study shows potential long-term environment effects from COVID-19 and the findings show a decrease in clean energy investment could exacerbate health crisis

While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the U.S., the longer-term impact on the environment is unclear. In a recent study, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li analyzed the short- and long-term effects, finding that the actual impact will depend on the policy response to the pandemic. Their study suggests that pushing back investments in renewable electricity generation by one year could outweigh the emission reductions and deaths avoided from March through June 2020.

“The pandemic raises two important questions related to the environment. First, what is the short-run impact on fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions? Second – and more important but harder to answer – what are the longer-term implications from the pandemic on those same variables? The health impacts from the pandemic could stretch out for decades if not centuries depending on the policy response,” says Knittel.

In their study, the researchers analyzed the short-term impact of the pandemic on CO2 emissions in the U.S. from late March to June 7, 2020. They found a 50% reduction in the use of jet fuel and a 30% reduction in the use of gasoline. The use of natural gas in residential and commercial buildings declined by almost 20% and overall electricity demand declined by less than 10%. However, the professors point out that the shutdown also halted most investment in the transition to low-carbon energy. In addition, clean energy jobs decreased by almost 600,000 by the end of April.

“The short-term impact of the pandemic is clear, but the long-term impact is highly uncertain,” says Li. “It will depend on how long it takes to bring the pandemic under control and how long any economic recession lasts.”

The best-case scenario, according to the researchers, is a swift and low-cost strategy to control the virus, allowing the economy to reopen by the end of 2020. In this scenario, investment trends prior to the pandemic will continue.

“Unfortunately, we view a second scenario as more likely,” notes Knittel. “In this scenario, the consequences of the pandemic will be greater, with many more deaths and deeper disruptions to supply chains, and a persistent global recession. The need to backpedal on the reopening of the economy due to flare-ups could destroy rather than defer the demand for goods and services.”

In this scenario, the delays in investments in renewables and vehicle fuel economy could lead to an additional 2,500 MMT of CO2 from 2020-2035, which could cause 40 deaths per month on average or 7,500 deaths during that time.

“Our findings suggest that even just pushing back all renewable electricity generation investments by one year would outweigh the emissions reductions and avoided deaths from March to June of 2020. However, the energy policy response to COVID-19 is the wild card that can change everything,” they wrote in an article for Joule.

Li explains that budgets will be strained to pay for the costs of the virus, making it challenging to invest in clean energy. And if a recession persists, there may be pressure to lessen climate change mitigation goals. However, stimulus packages could focus on clean energy, increasing clean air, clean jobs, and national security.

“Just stabilizing the economy can go a long way to putting clean energy trends back on track. We need to solve the pandemic and continue to address climate change. Otherwise, it will lead to even more tragedy,” adds Knittel.

Li and Knittel are coauthors of “The short-run and long-run effects of COVID-19 on energy and the environment” with Kenneth Gillingham and Marten Ovaere of Yale University and Mar Reguant of Northwestern University. Their paper was published in a June issue of Joule.

Villa Copenhagen Building

Denmark’s Eco-Luxury Hotel

The highly anticipated Villa Copenhagen sets the new standard for sustainable luxury hospitality

One of Europe’s most anticipated launches of 2020, Villa Copenhagen officially opened its doors in the heart of Denmark’s capital city on July 1. Housed in the century-old Danish Post and Telegraph office, the 390-room Villa Copenhagen offers conscious luxury through a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This combination allows guests to create meaningful experiences that connect visitors to the landscape, culture, and energy of the city.

Villa Copenhagen combines sustainability and luxury seamlessly. For example, rooms like the Earth Suite are fully sustainable and entirely comprised of recycled materials with eco-friendly furniture by Mater Design. Similarly, Executive Chef Tore Gustafsson is responsible for Villa Copenhagen’s sustainable food profile, which focuses on ‘carbon-free’ dining and zero food waste. Another sustainable practice of Villa Copenhagen comes from the uniforms of the employees; the team members’ uniforms are sourced from a local sustainable fashion brand called sur le chemin.

“This project has proven to be a labor of love and, in many ways, is testament to Copenhagen’s resilient spirit. We are delighted to reveal Villa Copenhagen to the public and are confident that the health measures we have in place will put guests at ease in this new era of travel,” said Peter Høgh Pedersen, managing director of Villa Copenhagen. “The vision behind the build was to create an authentic destination – for the many and not the few – that upholds three key pillars: contrast, conscious luxury, and happiness. We believe these values show in the hotel design, guest facilities and amenities, collaborative partnerships, and our approach to service, which recognizes Villa Copenhagen’s connection to the city and our belief that luxury hospitality should focus on conscious choices that benefit the local environment and surrounding communities.”

The hotel features ample outdoor and interior green spaces to go above and beyond current government health and sanitization regulations. Villa Copenhagen appointed Universal Design Studio, an award winning London-based architectural firm, to create several public spaces. The courtyard, boardroom, rooftop pool and bar, and more spaces are beautiful and functional spots at Villa Copenhagen. Some other thoughtful and health-oriented touches include keyless entry and remote check-in, virtual check-out, and an optional white glove service. All in all, Villa Copenhagen offers the luxurious, clean, and healthy experience of your dreams.

To book a room or for additional information, visit www.villacopenhagen.com  and follow Villa Copenhagen on Instagram.