International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability (ICOVACS 2009), Louisville, KY October 19-21, 2009

International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability (ICOVACS 2009)

Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY October 19-21, 2009

International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability (ICOVACS 2009)

Logo for the International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability (ICOVACS 2009)

ICOVACS 2009 (International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability) is the second of conference series that aims to bring academic, industry and government personnel from various countries together from October 19-21st, 2009 to present and discuss the next frontier for product design, branding and logistics as a leadership strategy in a global market. The conference will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.


This year’s theme is "Product Design, Branding and Logistics as a Leadership Strategy in a Global Market"


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Transition Town / Ecovillage Training June 13-14 , 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Transition Training Information:

The Transition Training will be at the historic Hubble House in the South Valley of Albuquerque on June 13-14, 2009.

We are so lucky that Alaistair Lough, from Portland, Maine, one of the first Transition Trainers in the US is going to be with us. He was trained by Rob Hopkins and has conducted numerous workshops. He and his wife Pat, are a part of the Transtion Initiating Group in Portland. Alaistair is a Ph.D. hydrologist, a permaculturalist and also one of the Pachamama Alliance facilitators.

Venue & logistics: Sat - Sun, June 13-14, 2009 at the Hubble House (Rio Bravo Exit off I-25). The Hubble House is an old adobe Trading Post, beautifully rennovated, adjacent to luxerious open land, an acequia, garden, farm etc. We will provide some tasty food and snacks from our foodshed and have potluck lunches outside.
The program is 9am - 5pm with an hour for lunch. We could have an evening activity.

Who should come: Individuals and community leaders who are already involved in Transition, and those who want to take the movement (personally and organizationally) to a deeper level.

What is the program like: It is rich, compelling and inspiring.
The Scenarios - Mad Max; Technology Fix, Green Revolution, Disaster
Peak Oil, Climate Change, Fair Share (demystifying them) exercises
The A to C of Transition (still evolving)
Permaculture and transition
Vision - the Post-Carbon World
The 12 Ingredients, (or Steps) of Transition
The Process : Awareness, Initiating Groups, Projects, Energy Descent Plan
Oil Addiction - the mirror of societal, personal addiction
Heart & Soul
Healing and Local Initiatives
The Energy Descent - (better said, Sustainability) Plan

What is the outcome/result:
Grounding about the Transition movement
Startling awareness about Peak Oil & Climate Change
Knowing what other communities are doing.
Seeing the continuim, and realizing your next steps
Getting the program, agenda and all exercises on ppt.s, CD and hardcopy
Huge connections with people across New Mexico - begin to network, statewide
Communicating what needs to be done
Becoming a part of an Initiative
Developing resilience and re-localizing
Starting to create the Energy Descent Plan (Sustainability Plan)
Getting filled with enthusiam and do-ability

What is the cost?
$225. If we have 30 people, we can break even. More than that, we can offer partial scholarships. By Tuesday, 26 May, please send $100 deposit (or the whole $225) to the Village Design Institute, 805 Walter Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Melanie Rubin, 505-261-3214,

NM Presenters:
Maggie Seeley and Zaida Amaral
(505) 268-3339 (505) 410-4611

Zaida Amaral is an Environmental Architect, Feng Shui Master and Community Builder. She is a Co-Founder of Cunha Eco Village in Brazil and the Director of EcoVillage Design Southwest in Albuquerque. She is a drummer, dancer, Mother of a 4-year old daughter and a passionate, international activist. Zaida took her graduate work at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and is one of 21 US Transition Trainers.

Maggie Seeley is an organizational consultant who specializes in using the Triple Bottom Line (people, profit and the planet) with individual, organizational, business and community decision making. She is fortunate to have worked in China, Nigeria, India, Uganda, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Maggie teaches Sustainability Studies at the University of New Mexico, is a water activist, Transition Trainer and a Buddhist.

2009 National Cohousing Conference; Growing Community

2009 National Cohousing Conference; Growing Community

Seattle Conference

June 24-28, 2009
University of Washington - Seattle, Washington

Growing Community! This is the theme for the 1st Annual Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States. While we've hosted conferences in the past, we have graduated to an annual conference to accommodate the increased interest in the growing cohousing movement.

This conference is THE venue for those who already live in cohousing, who are currently seeking a community, and professionals serving cohousing communities to learn new ways to "grow community." National Cohousing Conferences are also the ideal place for newcomers to learn about cohousing - whether you are exploring the idea of living in community or a public official trying to understand how to encourage community oriented development. Besides, the people who attend Coho/US Conferences love them!

Come to the 2009 National Conference and see the power of community for yourself. With more than 50 program offerings - featured speakers, workshops, seminars, and tours-there's something for everyone!

In 2009, our Conference starts with the International Cohousing Summit, an invitation-only event of Cohousing Thought Leaders from around the world, followed by an expanded offering of Pre-conference Workshops and Tours, and then the Main Event, the 2009 National Cohousing Conference. All three are based at the beautiful University of Washington campus, where attendees can choose and register for a greater variety of options than ever before.

Engineering Sustainability: ASHRAE Annual Conference, June 20-24, 2009

Engineering Sustainability: ASHRAE  Annual Conference

June 20-24, 2009

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Annual Conference

With over 100 workshops, speeches, certification trainings and research presentations, the ASHRAE Annual Conference is perhaps the finest opportunity this year to quickly get up to speed on the state of the art in sustainable  engineering practice. 







Plenary Session Technical Plenary Session

Saturday, June 20 Sunday, June 21

3:15 am–5:00 pm 9:45 am–10:45 am

Galt House, Suite Tower Galt House, Suite Tower

Grand Ballroom A (2nd Floor) Segell Room (3rd Floor)

“Adapting Buildings and Cities for 3°C of Climate Change”

We all know that the world is changing fast, and four events in particular really have really made us sit up and think about the future:

The first was the effect of the European heat wave of July 2003 that killed more than 35,000 people; 15,000 alone lived in ordinary buildings in France, mainly the vulnerable and elderly, many living on the top floors of blocks with uninsulated metal roofs.

The second event happened a month later: the August 2003 power failure that affected over 50 million people in the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Again these buildings failed to provide adequate shelter against “events.”

The third event that shocked the world was the day the levees breached in New Orleans, the city that failed to protect its people.

The fourth has been the rise and rise of oil and gas prices around the world, heralding that the fact that we are already over “peak oil,” we are simply, as a planet, beginning to run out of oil and gas.

The fifth event has been the collapse of the domestic and commercial property markets.

In this talk, Sue Roaf outlines a range of building- and climate-related risks that individuals may be facing in the future and then presents a range of actions that homeowners and legislators can begin to take to future-proof lifestyles in the building and cities around the world against the predictable and growing challenges of the twentyfirst century. At the heart of the solutions available is the concept of low-carbon buildings. Roaf’s talk defines what these are and how we can help them to happen. She also discusses the challenge of re-designing the built  environment, society, and the economy for the predicted 3°C of climate change by 2065.

Roaf is professor of architectural engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, visiting professor at the Open University, and a visiting Fellow at Arizona State University. She spent 10 years in the Middle East studying the Windcatchers of Yazd, living with nomads and excavating in Iraq. She has also practiced as a landscape consultant in Iraq and the Gulf.

Roaf’s research interests over the last two decades have centered on thermal comfort, ecological building design, building integrated renewable energy systems, adaptation of the built environment for climate change, carbon accounting, and the traditional technologies of the Middle East. She recently chaired international conferences on solar cities, carbon counting, architectural education, thermal comfort, and post-occupancy evaluation. She has also written, co-written, and edited numerous publications, including 10 books.

Immediately following the Plenary Session in the Ballroom Foyer, Roaf will be available to sign purchased copies of her book, Ecohouse, A Design Guide, Second Edition ($50).

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