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Event information, about science trips and other organised activities.

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

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.