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ENR Students Win EcoTrophelia Iceland!

Congratulations to Sigríður Anna Ásgeirsdóttir and Elín Agla Briem who won the EcoTrophelia Iceland competition on the weekend for their eco-friendly innovation of a food/drink product.

Eco Trophelia Iceland - Vistvæn Nýsköpun Matvæla

The President of Iceland awarded them with ISK 500.000 and a trip to France for EcoTrophelia Europe. The finished products were on display during DesignMarch.

You can read about their invention here (in Icelandic).


Photo: The winners of EcoTrophelia Iceland 2012.

Green Days in the News

This year’s Green Days was covered in the Icelandic media.

GAIA’s Green Awards was covered on

Sigurður Eyberg, environmental scientist and former student of the program, kicked off Green Days with a lecture on Iceland’s Ecological Footprint. and covered the issue.



Green Days 2012!

Gaia is happy to announce that the annual tradition continues, as we invite you all to Green Days 2012!

Green Days 2012This year’s Green Days’ theme is ‘responsible consumption’ and our slogan is ‘Made in Earth, Paid with Earth’. This year we present various activities around this topic:

Tuesday 13th March:

12:30-13:10 – Nordic house: Sigurður Eyberg presents his movie and project about Iceland’s ecological footprint, and his fascinating experiment about his own eco-footprint.

Wednesday 14th March:

11:00-15:00 Clothes Swap in Háskólatorg

12:30-13:10 – Askja room no. 129: Elva Rakel Jónsdóttir from the Environmental Agency will give us a lecture on ecolabels.

20:00 – Bíó Paradís – Icelandic première of the documentary ‘Waste Land’ followed by green drinks and an informal discussion.

Thursday 15th March:

11:00-15:00 Clothes Swap in Háskólatorg

12:20-13:10 – Nordic house: Panel discussion – Who controls consumption?
followed by the presentation of Gaia’s ‘Green Awards’.

Friday 16th March:

11:00-15:00 Clothes Swap in Háskólatorg

12:30-13:10 – Askja room no. 131: Dominique Plédel Jónsson will give us a lecture about Slow Food and responsible consumption in the food industry.

19:00 Pub-Quiz and party at Dillon Bar!

Hope to see you all there, don’t hesitate to spread the word and invite your friends to all of our activities!

More at our Facebook site.

Science Trip “Afterparty” Friday

After this Friday’s (March 2) science trip to the Ministry for the Environment  at 5pm (remember that unfortunately due to space limitations only those who have already received confirmation that they have a spot are able to attend) we’ll be heading to Frú Berglaug for food and drinks, where you’re most welcome to join us!

Upcoming Lectures in English

A seminar on the Deep Roots of Geothermal Systems will be held tomorrow, March 1, in Askja Room 132 from 13:10-16:10. More information is available here.

A lecture on the legal environment of new energy sources: Wind energy in Denmark is scheduled for Friday March 2 from 9:00-11:00 in the National Museum.

Professor of Law Helle Tegner Anker from the University of Copenhagen is the keynote speaker. Anker is well known for her research in the field of environmental and natural resources law and is one of the editors of Legal Systems and Wind Energy Law. A Comparative Perspective, published by Kluwer Law International in 2008.

Also on Friday March 2, a seminar entitled How to Make Protein Out of Geothermal Gas will be held at 12:30 in VR-II Room 158.

The biotech company Prokatin ehf is developing a process for the biological utilization of CO2, H2 and H2S within the GEOGAS research framework. The vision of this research and development is to treat geothermal gas as a natural resource that can be turned into valuable products in addition to the environmental benefits of emission control. More information about the seminar is available here.


Green Days Clothes Swap

Green Days, Gaia’s annual week-long event to raise awareness about environmental issues, is fast approaching.

As part of the event, we’ll be holding a clothes swap in Háskólatorg from Wednesday March 14th to Friday March 16th.

We’re currently taking donations of clothes for the event. Please bring donations to Oddi room 312 Mondays to Fridays from 12-4pm until March 13th.

Photo: Green Days Clothes Swap 2011 by Julia Vol.

Film Screening of Measure of Man Feb. 24th

The environmental film Measure of Man will be screened at Bíó Paradís at 8pm on February 23rd.
Space is limited so get there early to be sure of a seat.
Film synopsis:
Is the environmental crisis really a crisis of environment or is it the crisis of our aspirations, values and habits? We have spent a lot of energy to change the environment to meet our needs, our measure. Now we are prepared to spend even more to avoid the consequences of the changes we have caused. But is it not the time for us to change ourselves? The story of environmental change is not about drought or floods, its characters are not politicians or public spokesmen. It is my story, your story, and the story that connects us both.
The Measure of Man captures the atmosphere of anticipation, and change looming in the air as they are experienced by a well-off lawyer in the rush of Manhattan (NYC, USA), a young barber in ancient town of Hasankeyf in Southern Anatolia, Turkey, a family of fisherman on pictorial Lake Tonle Sap in the heart of Cambodia, and a publisher in the all-eco quarter Vauban in Freiburg in Southern Germany.

Science Trip to Landvernd February 24th

The environmental NGO Landvernd (located at Skúlatún 6) has invited us for a visit this Friday, the 24th of February, from 5pm.
Landvernd is otherwise known as the Icelandic Environment Association and its executive is Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, a former teacher in the ENR program, so this should be an interesting visit.
You can read more about Landvernd here.
Landvernd is situated close to Hlemmur bus terminal and you can take buses 1, 3, 6, 12, 14 or 15 from campus.
After the visit we’re going to Frú Berglaug (Laugavegur 12) where we have offers on food and drinks.
Please let us know if you’re joining us by emailing or by signing up to the facebook event.

SENS Environmental Committee Open Meeting Friday

SENS Environmental Committee is holding an open meeting for teachers and students on Friday February 17th  in room 158 in VR-2 at 14:30.

The programme will be as follows:

1.        Application for the Green Flag, a short introduction

2.        The Green Flag and the involvement of students. Orri Páll Jóhannsson from Landvernd

3.        First meeting  of environmental  groups of students SENS

All students interested in environmental issues are encouraged to attend.