Thursday, November 19, 2009

Poverty, Peace, Green Building & more!

-- Conscious Discussions Radio --

Today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show takes into consideration the conscious celebrations happening today and I will be covering issues from poverty to hunger. Join us live at 10 AM (pacific) & drop in to our live chat room if you can - or call in with your thoughts on the topic of the day. Alternatively, you can access the archived interview later today simply by clicking on the hyper-links here or those located to the right side of this screen.

-- Conscious Celebrations --

Many regions around the globe will be hosting events and lectures in honor of International Men’s Day (Nov 19th). According to the website - "Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to highlight discrimination against them and to celebrate their achievements, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care."

Today is also World Philosophy Day, which according to the site - This is an "annual event instituted by UNESCO that for the academic and public spheres with the objective of making philosophy accessible to all, creating more spaces for reflection, debate and fruitiful exchange."

-- Green Building --


Taisei Corp., a major Japanese construction company, has adopted its new sunlighting system, T-Soleil, to Minato Mirai Center Building, which is now being constructed in Minato Mirai Area, Yokohama City. The system, which was released in March 2006, allows sunlight to be taken into the building from the rooftop.

Through this system, natural sunlight taken in at the rooftop is transmitted to the other floors using an automatic sunlight tracking mirror and multistage mirrors placed within an 80-meter high stairwell (spanning the fourth floor to the roof) in the central part of the 21-storey building (height, ~100 meters). In combination with other energy-saving technology, including heat-blocking technology and lighting control, this system is expected to cut electricity use and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 32 percent from current levels.

This building received the highest "S" rank certification of the Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency in Yokohama (CASBEE Yokohama). In addition to the use of sunlight, a variety of features of this building scored highly, including greening of building surfaces, use of rainwater, durability improvements and consideration toward city appearance and landscape. The building is scheduled to be completed in May 2010.

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