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Green Days 2014

This year’s Gaia team is very happy with Green days 2014.


Today we went over the Green days report – we learned, laughed and are very pleased with the overall results.Green days are growing bigger each year and we hope that they are here to stay!

This years team included Stefano Sala, Nína M. Savioldi, Nancy Guarderas, Olga Sif Guðmundsdóttir, Louise Emslie, Laura Malinauskaité, Emilia Prodea and Hugrún Geirsdóttir.

Biking Competition

Green Days Bike Competition 1st-4th April

bikes-in-school-SMALLThe competition is from 12pm Tuesday April 1st – 7pm Friday April 4th. You need to count your km for the duration of Green Days (starting Tuesday at 12pm), calculate your total and then fill out and send this form at 7pm on Friday to enter the competition!

1) Bike as much as you can!
2) Write down your kilometre count and send it by Friday @ 7 pm.
3) Enjoy it!

The form can be found at the following page: link

Green Days 2014 – Schedule


Green Days events are in held in English, are free of charge and open to the public.

Saturday, March 29th
20:30 – 21:30 Pre-Opening Event: Earth Hour 60+ in front of Háskólatorg

green-daysTuesday, April 1st
 11:00 – 14:00 Pre-Opening Event: Information Booths at Háskólatorg from Landvernd and the Electric bike adviser, Gisli Sigurgeirsson.
11:30 – 13:30 Pre-Opening Event: Free Bicycle Tune-up Service in front of Háskólatorg.
12:00 – 13:00 Opening Ceremony in Háskólatorg.

 Wednesday, April 2nd
11:00 – 14:00 Information Booths at Háskólatorg from Landvernd and Hostelling International.
12:00 – 13:00 Short Lectures on Sustainable Urban Planning, Land Use and Buildings. Árnagarður, Lecture room Á-311.
18:30 to 19:30 Keynote Remote Lecture with Victor Dover on Sustainable Cities at Háskólatorg. Lecture room HT-105.
21:00 – 23:00 Short Documentaries and Pub Quiz at the Student Bar (Studentakjallarin).

Thursday, April 3rd
11:00 – 14:00 Information Booths at Háskólatorg from SEEDS and Sorpa.
11:30 – 12:00 Short Lectures on Sustainable Food Production and Composting at the Nordic House.
12:00 to 12:30 No Food Waste Free Lunch at the Nordic House.
12:30 to 13:15 Short Lectures on Food Waste and Urban Food Production at the Nordic House.
16:00 – 17:00 Remote Lecture on Green Infrastructure Evaluation, Performance, and Associated Ecosystem Services at Oddi room O-201 (2nd floor).
17:00-18:00 The opening of a new electrical race car, TS14, on Háskólatorg.

Friday, April 4th
11:00 – 14:00 Information Booths at Háskólatorg from the Icelandic Cyclists’ Federation .(Landssamtök Hjólreiðamanna) and the Electric bike adviser, Gisli Sigurgeirsson.
11:00 to 11:30 Lecture on Women and Green Business. Lögberg room L-201 .
11:30 to 12:00 Lecture by / Lögberg room L-201.
12:00 – 13:00 Short Lectures on Means of transportation, Bike Usage, Air Quality and Quality of life. Oddi, room 106.

14:00 – 18:00 Clothes/Books Swap. Loft Hostel –Bankastræti 7a.
20:00 – 23:00 Concert. Loft Hostel –Bankastræti 7a.

Saturday, April 5th
13:00 – 16:00 Eco-urban Playground: Reykjavík is a game! From Loft Hostel –Bankastræti 7a.
16:00 – 17:00 Award of the Eco-urban Playground: Reykjavík is a game! At Studentakjallarin.
17:00 – 19:00 Movie Screening at Háskólatorg: Growing Cities. Lecture room HT-105.

For a more detailed schedule please visit the following page.

 The Green Days 2014 has been organized by Gaia in collaboration with:

The University of Iceland – The Environment and Natural Resources Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme – SORPA – Nordic House – Red Cross – Salvation Army – The Us embassy – Loft Hostel – Hostelling International–Iceland – SEEDS – Green April.

– Gaia board 2013-2014 – Green Days 2014 – Sustainable Cities –

“My contribution to sustainability and the environment“– Photo contest at the University of Iceland

The University of Iceland has set itself environmental and sustainability goals. The University of Iceland in collaboration with Gaia have organized a photo contest for students and staff at the University of Iceland.
The theme of the contest will be ‘How can I contribute, as an individual, to the development of a sustainable society within the university, my private life or in a wider context?’
1st price: 125.000 ISK gift certificate at the bicycle store Örnin

2nd price:  75.000 ISK gift certificate at the athletic store Markið

3rd price:  50.000 ISK gift certificate at the outdoors equipment store Fjallakofin

magnusornenskuFurthermore, prizes will be given to the best photograph in the category „Sustainability in Cities“, which is the theme of Green Days this year, and to the most popular photo on Facebook. Gaia will announce the prizes in the upcoming weeks, make sure to check the webpage for more updates.
The competition will take place between the 4th and 18th of March and the winners will be announced at the opening ceremony of Green Days on April the 1st.
The winners will be selected based on the content of the photograph i.e. how it reflects sustainability and environmental awareness, as well as its originality and quality from a technical perspective.
The members of the photo contest jury are:
Ólafur Páll Jónsson, chairman of the sustainability and environment committee
Kristinn Ingvarsson, photographer
Louise Emslie, member of the student association Gaia

Green Days apologize for the inconvenience – Alda Lecture cancelled on Tuesday

Dear Green Days attendees. On March 19th the 12:30-13:10 lecture with Alda, Creating Sustainable Cillages in Askja room 131, had to be cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Wednesday 20th of March
10:00-14:00 Booths from SEEDS and Sorpa @Háskólatorg/HT
11:00-12:30 Seeds Workshop @Háskólatorg/HT downstairts by the round staircase
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.

The top 10 photos in the photo competition are on display in the connection hall between Háskólatorg and Gimli. The winner was announced last night at the Green Days Pub Quiz at Stúdentakjallarinn.

Winning Photo “Jökulleir” by María Hildur Maack!


Thursday Lunch lecture from Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson from Landvernd (The Icelandic Environment Association) at Askja

Flóki & Folda student organizations invite Gaia to a lecture this week, tomorrow to be specific,
WHERE: in the geology coffee room at 3rd floor in Askja (closer to the front entrance)
WHEN: 12 o´clock – Lunchtime!

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson from Landvernd (The Icelandic Environment Association) will cover a short overview of the major nature conservation issues facing Iceland today, including energy utilization and power lines, increasing tourism, oil drilling, national planning (Landsskipulag), off-road driving, climate change, invasive species, restoration of degraded land and restoration of wilderness areas. More detailed examples of recent ongoing debates or other pressing issues will be dealt with in more detail. The lecture will end with a discussion on public participation in nature conservation and environmental issues.

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson (a.k.a. Mummi) holds a BSc degree in biology from the University of Iceland and a masters degree in environmental management from Yale University. He has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Iceland since 2006 and the University Centre of the Vestfjords since 2011. Mummi leads the environmental NGO, Landvernd (The Icelandic Environment Association), as the managing director since September 2011.

Everybody are very welcome
Gaia team and the boards of Flóki and Folda.

Iceland should be the forerunner of environmentalism in the world

The American architect and designer William McDonough gave a lecture last Tuesday (March 19) at the Green Days in the University of Iceland through remote assistance live from San Francisco.  McDonough, who is truly a star of the sustainability sciences, discussed his Cradle to Cradle concept with students and teachers and his new book the Upcycle. According to his concept, manufacturers and companies should change their industrial processes and choice of materials and eliminate the use of harmful substances in their manufacturing and products. It is therefore possible to manufacture products that have a positive effect on the environment when their lifetime is over instead of producing waste that ends up in landfills.

McDonough discussed also Iceland‘s unique opportunities in the field of environmental issues and environmentally-friendly design. He recommends that Iceland should be the first country to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, due to active research on hydrogen fuels. He urged attendees to be creative in their thinking and emphasized that any future decisions made should be based on careful and well-founded reasoning. McDonough wants Iceland to be a global leader in environmental issues and suggested that Iceland could become the first country in the world to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. He believes that Iceland is in a unique position to do so because of its renewable natural resources, the technological achievements in the world and the fact that Iceland has a small population.  Due to these factors, Iceland has the potential to be a forerunner for those nations that want to change the way they use their natural resources, treat the natural environment and return it to future generations.

In his lecture McDonough also said that he has been coming to Iceland every year for the last 42 years to go fishing. He was 20 years old the first time he came to Iceland and was working at the time as chauffeur for the jazz and swing musician Benny Goodman. Since then he has been coming every year and is a great admirer of Icelandic nature and culture. The lecture was recorded and will be available on the internet in the next few days.

Green days at the University of Iceland will continue throughout the week and they will be finishing with a concert at the Student Bar with the bands Boogie Trouble, 1860 and Kanilsnældur.

Admittance to all the events during Green Days is free and everybody is welcome. The full schedule for Green Days can be found on the webpage of Gaia the student organization for the master‘s programme in Environment and Natural Resources. Gaia is the organizer of Green Days event each year.

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

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