Since the Industrial Revolution, mankind’s thirst for energy has transformed our planet into a Pandora’s Box of sorts; where any wrong move by us may unleash a torrent of environment disasters — floods, droughts and so on. This is why we need to start taking a serious look at sustainability and ensure all of us, from architects to policy makers to energy companies, cooperate in order to combat climate change.
Fortunately, ‘green’ technologies have allowed us to harness energy from alternative sources, such as the sun, the wind and geothermic energy. Innovative individuals have created sustainable building materials, such as recycled bricks made from discarded plastics, or recognised the value of bamboo, which is strong, pliable, fast-growing and excellent at heat management. Rising waters and flooding can be managed by ‘water-borne, floating communities’, which are built areas specially designed to adapt to being near/on water.
The corporate community has also begun to see the need to take responsibility for ‘sustainability profiles’ in their yearly review of key performance indicators (KPIs). This is the basic monitoring of consumption levels of natural resources such as water, electricity, raw materials, or waste material generated, which notifies a corporation’s leaders on how their business is impacting the environment.
Today, sustainability is becoming more entrenched into the strategies and missions of the corporate and public world. The key is to make sustainable living accessible to the masses.