The IREO SDC exists to foster the development of buildings and communities designed to respect local culture, improve human health, ensure environmental balance and create prosperity.
The IREO SDC influences civilization’s sustainability by creating bio-regional harmony and long-term viability together with the built environment.
The IREO Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) was created in 2010 to implement sustainable design and construction practices into planning, architecture, construction and habitation of the built environment. Based on a “quadruple bottom line” holistic approach which acknowledges the fact that sustainable development benefits people, the planet, culture and profit of both the developers and the inhabitants, IREO SDC’s activities use transparent and sustainable practices, including water conservation, renewable energy, resources conservation, carbon-neutral (or carbon-negative) approaches, pollution reduction and impact reduction.
SDC teams lead, manage, research, study, design, plan, advise and consult with stakeholders to influence and guide the development of communities, civic/governmental, commercial, resort, housing, and agricultural sector buildings. SDC teams engage projects at any point in the development process, from project conception, to planning and design, through construction and occupancy. Areas of focus include:
Built on a 2,500 privately held acres in the central upper plateau near Hinche, Haiti, this ground-up development will be both a home and an economic center for 50,000 Haitians. Regenerer Haiti, with a mix of organic agriculture, mixed housing/commercial uses and a sustainable enterprise zone, will bring healthy and prosperous living to the Hinche region through carbon-neutral construction, operations and habitation. Built with the highest sustainability standards for planning and community engagement, it will merge sustainable economic development and local infrastructure planning, empowering the local population to improve the quality of their lives while ensuring opportunity for future generations.
A carbon-negative community in the heart of one of the most important, and vulnerable places on Planet Earth: the Amazon Rainforest. Combining state-of-the art building and construction techniques, local industry and agriculture, Amazones will help restore both the people and the natural surroundings, helping to arrest, and reverse, rain forest deforestation.
IREO EC exists to turn information into knowledge that translates into action, resulting in positive global change.
By embracing learning practices and a communication strategy that generates attitudinal and behavioral change in students young and old, IREO EC will help to create a new generation of people who think differently and act proactively toward improving our relationship to each other and our natural environment. ^ Top
IREO EC functions as a resource, and a driving force, behind educational curricula and communications outreach programs designed to spread knowledge, best practices and skills development throughout the world with regard to environmental sustainability. While it is primarily focused on UN MDG Seven, the curricula embrace all other UN MDGs as well. IREO EC curricula is based primarily on K-12 education, however it can and will be expanded to include adult and senior populations as well. All curricula are standards-based, conforming with established protocols for learning management and measurement in each locality in which it functions. Primary functions include:
The IREO EC and Celerity Educational Group (CEG) are implementing a bi-national educational program that will link middle school students (eventually other grades as well) in two schools, the Celerity Nascent Charter School in South Central Los Angeles and Mas Hondureños Teniendo Identidad Valores y Orgullo (MHOTIVO) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, creating rich academic, cultural and social interaction between them, to the betterment of all concerned. The program is based on the Dream Project (DP) curriculum, which focuses on the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In addition to the DP curriculum, teachers in both schools will receive training in an innovative video collaboration platform created by Creaza, which enables group creation and editing of video and music projects via cloud computing. Students in both schools simultaneously work in “production” facing teams, each of which focuses on the past, present and future of one of the eight MDGs. The program is scheduled to occur over a three month period in each school’s academic calendar, thus enabling the students to participate in the same learning experience and reach academic goals at the same time. As a culmination to the learning process, students on these bi-national teams will create a collaborative video project, co-created in both nations and shared through the Creaza cloud based video editing platform.
POWER-GEN Middle East /WaterWorld Middle East 2012, Doha, Qatar
Global Clean Energy Forum Barcelona, Spain
Future Prospects for Biofuels Markets New York, NY
1st Oman Sustainable Urbanization Conference Muscat, Oman
Launch of Carbon Reduction Pilot Project for Mongolia
UN Millennium Hotel, New York
Developing Technical and Financial Solutions for the Survival of Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Looking Beyond Copenhagen
Delegate Dining Room
UNHQ, New York
"The Rising Tide at Copenhagen: A Win-Win Solution for Industrialized and Developing Nations" by Graciela Chichilnisky, Professor of Economics and Statistics and Director of CCRM, Columbia University
"Economic Development, Energy Security and Climate Change Risk" by Peter Eisenberger, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and former Founding Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
"Why Negative Emission Technologies Hold Promise" by Sasha Mackler, Research Director, National Commission on Energy Policy
IREO Fundraising (IREO) Gala
Beverly Hills, CA
Inaugural IREO Renewable Energy Conference
Conference Room 4, Conference Room Building
UNHQ New York
IREO Renewable Energy Awards Gala
UNHQ New York