Category: Social Sustainability and Sustainable Living


Electricity Savings and Carbon Mitigation Potential of a University Campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This study estimates the electricity consumption and related carbon dioxide (CO2¬¬) emissions for the buildings and facilities the main campus of the International University – Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The AIM/Enduse model is used to calculate the CO2 emissions in 2019 based on the recorded electricity consumption and project the


Socio-environmental Life Cycle & Its Relevance to Long-term Sustainability: A Key Success of Jorong Barutama Greston Coal-mine Closure, South Borneo – Indonesia

Environmental management is currently a priority in various industrial activities, ranging from upstream activities such as mining and energy related to the manufacturing sector to various consumer products for daily activities to represent downstream activities. This paper discusses the closure of the mine managed by Jorong Barutama Greston (JBG) about a long- term social environment


Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Externalization Taxonomy as an Implementation Tool for Future Designers

As global warming accelerates, buildings currently account for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually. Architecture, however, is increasingly designed as hermetically sealed boxes, requiring mechanical support, which in turn further contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions warming up our planet. In addition to disassociating from the natural environment, this conventional approach also creates spaces


Commuting to Computing: A Perspective on the Effects of Mobility of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is continuing to disrupt global activities on an unimagined scale. Industries that were flourishing have for the immediate term been decimated. At the forefront of these are those that are tightly coupled to transportation and transit. The behavioural shifts of working and playing from home that are being experienced will have longer-term


Peoples’ Engagement With Renewable Technologies – Roadblocks and Triggers

Peoples’ Engagement with Renewable Technologies – Roadblocks and Triggers research aims at developing of new insights in relation to how existing familiar technologies influence peoples’ engagement with, and adoption of renewable technologies. The goal is to inform on potential ways of changing peoples’ behaviour and attitude towards adopting more sustainable practices in terms of producing


Cultivating Concrete Utopia: Understanding How Japan’s Permaculture Experiments are Shaping a Political Vision of Sustainable Living

The issue of sustainability in agriculture has gained momentum in reaction to the increasingly problematic consequences of the industrial agriculture model. Diverse alternative models of food production have consequently emerged under headings such as organic agriculture, natural farming, agroecology and permaculture. In this presentation, I propose to show how permaculture merges the concept of sustainable


Scenarios and Impacts of Future Floods on Low Income Housing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This study aimed to estimate the risk of low-income people whose suffer livelihood problems and housing damage due to present and future flooding, which will be affected by climate change. Data about problems in livelihood and housing damage affected by various flooding characteristics of households were collected in three low-income settlements in Chiang Mai which


Redefining Dwelling for the Anthropocene

Between 1970 and 2015, the average size of newly constructed homes in the United States, increased by 79%, from a size of 1,500 to 2,687 square feet. This shift has redefined our conception of the family unit and inherently, it has also redefined their habitation needs. With an estimated third of households in the United


Sustainable Urban Transportation with Demand Management Methods: A Case Study for Istanbul

Increasing population in urban areas necessitates increasing levels, mix and modes of transportation, roads, land use, which all lead to pollutions and waste of all sorts. Usually longer, wider and larger urban and interurban roads for motorized vehicles lead to further increases in number of cars with fewer, usually single, people in them, forming an


The Construction of Low-Carbon Renewal System of Rural Community

Climate change has become a global issue influencing human survival and development while carbon emissions are the main factor. As the basic functional unit, community is the basic space to achieve low-carbon and use sustainable idea. China is a large agricultural country, and it is necessary to promote low-carbon community construction in rural. This paper


Developing the Methodology to Investigate the Thermal Comfort of the Elderly for Sustainable Living in Hot-Humid Thailand

Providing thermal comfort is one of the main requirements for housing and the ways in which thermal comfort can be obtained, closely relate to sustainability. This paper describes how a survey instrument was designed to measure the physiological and psychological condition of the elderly in the hot-humid climate zone with a view to enhancing sustainable


Piloting the CLIMASP-Tempus Interdisciplinary Minor in Climate Change and Sustainability Policy: Outcomes Achieved

Higher education plays a unique and critical role, one often underestimated and/or neglected in making a more sustainable society. The paper will deal with the piloting of an interdisciplinary minor programme on climate change and sustainability policy across 10 universities in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. It is a European Commission funded programme led by the


Development of a Behavioural Change Tool for Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A Case of Nigeria Office Buildings

The increasing impacts of global climate change and the building sector’s contribution to reducing this impacts has led to more urgent need and awareness to use energy more efficiently and consequently reduce CO2 emissions from buildings. However, inefficient operational practices and users’ behavioural factor towards energy consumption in buildings remains one of the most challenging


Perception of the Resident Population towards Tourist Presence: A Survey Research in Alcossebre, Castellón, Spain

This empirical research has as main objective to analyze the perceptions of resident population of Alcossebre, on Spanish Mediterranean, in order to design and enrich a set of material flows indicators for the thesis “Sustainable Planning for tourist coastal places”. The impacts that presence of tourists has on their personal lives and in natural and


Urban Egalitarianism: The Way Forward to Ensure Sustainable Urban Design, Practice and Development in Developing Countries (The Nigerian Case)

Many cities and urban areas across the world are entities with high complexity, most especially with the unavoidable ever increasing population which incorporates human diversity in culture, wealth and status. Rapid urbanization and expansion is today a common phenomenon in many developing countries across the world, which is often characterized by challenges such as slum