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

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.