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Green Days – Photo Competition “Nature’s Design”

The board of the student organization GAIA organized a Photo Competition open for participation to all students at the University of Iceland. The top ten photos will be exhibited at Háskólatorg on Tuesday and the top five winners will be announced on Tuesday, 9:30pm at the Stúdentakjallarinn (Student Bar) during the Green Days Pub Quiz which starts at 9 pm.

The prizes for places 1. – 5. are:

1. Place
Gift certificate for two for Whalewatching, provided by Elding – adventure at sea.
The book Paris Mon Amour from Iða, the bookstore in Lækjargata (All students of HÍ have a 10% discount in Iða)
Slippbarinn: Three course meal, for two.

2. Place
Gift certificate for two for Viðeyjar-ferry, provided by Elding – adventure at sea
Gift certificate at Hornið restaurant, meal for two.

3. Place
Volcano House gift certificate which counts as an entrance to the cinema as well as a coffee drink and a slice of cake for two.
Tapas húsið, meal for two.

4. Place
Volcano House gift certificate: cinema an entrance and coffee drink and a slice of cake for two.
Lobster soup for two in Sægreifinn, restaurant

5. Place
Volcano House gift certificate which counts as an entrance to the cinema as well as a coffee drink and a slice of cake for two persons
Lobster soup for two in Sægreifinn, restaurant.

We would like to thank everybody for their participation and for all the lovely photo entries!

Gaia Team

William McDonough on Green Days 2013

McDonough‘s lecture will take place, through remote assistance, on Tuesday the 19th of March at 17:00 in room 105 at Háskólatorg.

The American architect, designer and co-author of the book From Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough is giving a lecture on Green Days at the University of Iceland. McDonough has earned many awards in his field, and has worked with Nike, Ford and NASA among others on projects which have implemented his concept in order to help companies decrease and completely do away with the negative environmental impact of their operations.

McDonough is 61 years old, born in Tokyo and a 1976 Yale graduate. McDonough’s career has focused on designing environmentally sustainable buildings and transforming industrial manufacturing processes. He has been the receiver of many recognitions and awards for his ideas and work, including the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in 1996.

Through the years McDonough has collaborated with companies, institutions and nations where his ideas have been implemented in order to decrease and completely do away with the negative environmental impact of their operations. Among those have been Nike, Ford and NASA and he has also assisted the Chinese Authoritities with the design of sustainable cities in China.

McDonough‘s ideology has been described as the next industrial revolution, where emphasis is put on minimum and even no negative impacts on the environment and nature. His cradle to cradle concept involves the idea that all material that is used in manufacturing, product design and construction can be completely recycled at the end of its lifetime and none of it ends up as waste for example in landfills.

Green Days 2013 ~ 18th – 22nd of March!

Gaia’s annual event Green Days will start this year on Monday the 18th of March with an Opening Ceremony at Háskólatorg in the University of Iceland. Both the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Svandís Svavarsdóttir and the rector of the University of Iceland, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, will give short speeches. Also, the Chairman of Gaia, Davíð Fjölnir Ármannsson will also address attendees with a few words.
Dancers from Kramhúsið will perform.

Notable highlights are the remote lecture with Bill McDonough, pub quiz, lectures, exhibitions, clothes swap, movie screenings and a Friday concert!

Full schedule

Monday 18th of March
12:00-12:30 Opening Ceremony @Háskólatorg/HT
12:30-13:10 Lecture: Greening up your travels with Hostelling International @Árnagarður – Room 304
18:00-19:00 Garbagewalk from Háskólatorg to Reykjavík Downtown Hostel
19:30-20:00 Eco-Snacks @Reykjavík Downtown Hostel
20:00-21:00 Movie Screening + Discussions – “Waste = Food” @Reykjavík Downtown Hostel

Tuesday March 19th
10:00-14:00 Booths from Hostelling International and Landvernd @Háskólatorg/HT
11:00-12:30 Seeds Workshop @Háskólatorg/HT
11:00-15:00 Clothes Swap @Háskólatorg/HT
17:00-18:00 Lecture: William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle, @Háskólatorg/HT-105
20:00-21:00 Movie Screenings: Environmental Short Films @Stúdentakjallarinn
21:00-22:30 The Green Days Pubquiz @Stúdentakjallarinn

Wednesday 20th of March
10:00-14:00 Booths from SEEDS and Sorpa @Háskólatorg/HT
11:00-12:30 Seeds Workshop @Háskólatorg/HT
12:30-13:10 Lecture: Eating our way to sustainable food design The Experience of the Ecotrophelia Winners 2012, @Aðalbygging – 207
20:00-21:30 Movie Screening: “Chasing Ice” @Háskólatorg/HT-105.

Thursday 21st of March
11:00-15:00 Clothes Swap @Háskólatorg/HT
12:30-13:10 Lecture, Creating Sustainable Art and Innovation @Gimli -102
20:00-21:30 Movie Screening “Home” @Háskólatorg/HT- 105

Friday 22nd of March
12:30-13:10 Lecture: Creating Sustainable Fashion @Lögberg-103
17:30-19:00 Workshop: Travelling in a sustainable future @LOFT Hostel
21:00-01:00 The Green Days Concert, @Stúdentakjallarinn. Artists Performing:
– Boogie Trouble
– 1860
– Kanilsnældur


Gaia team