The Frontiers of Ecological Design [5.13.18]


  • Guest 1: Dr. Philip (Phil) Hawes, SFIA, Architect, Biosphere2
  • Guest 2:  Max Zahniser, LEED Fellow, Architect and Co-Working Entrepreneur, “City CoHo” Sustainability Project, Philadealphia, PA
  • Guest 3: Stephen Shearin, Partner, American GreenCrete & Consultant, G.I.S. Consulting (Zero Waste Recycling Program)
  • Guest 4: Christopher Zelov, Award Winning Filmmaker and Developer, 1st EcoDistrict in Philadelphia, PA
Show 1
Christopher Zelov, Award Winning Filmmaker and Developer, 1st EcoDistrict in Philadelphia, PA
Show 2Max Zahniser, LEED Fellow, Architect and Co-Working Entrepreneur, “City CoHo” Sustainability Project, Philadealphia, PA
Show 3Stephen Shearin, Partner, American GreenCrete & Consultant, G.I.S. Consulting (Zero Waste Recycling Program)
Show 4Christopher Zelov, Award Winning Filmmaker and Developer, 1st EcoDistrict in Philadelphia, PA

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Dr. Philip (Phil) Hawes, SFIA, Architect, Biosphere2, (By Telephone)*, Theme: “Using Common-Sense to Design Truly Sustainable Communities”
  • Show ‘2’: Max Zahniser, LEED Fellow, Architect and Co-Working Entrepreneur, “City CoHo” Sustainability Project, Philadealphia, PA, (By Telephone)*; Theme: “Regenerative Development”
  • Show ‘3’: Stephen Shearin, Partner, American GreenCrete & Consultant, G.I.S. Consulting (Zero Waste Recycling Program), (By Skype)*, Theme: “Waste-to-Construction Materials While Generating Alternative Power”
  • Show ‘4’: Christopher Zelov, Award Winning Filmmaker and Developer, 1st EcoDistrict in Philadelphia, PA, (In-Studio and Skype Back-Up)*, Theme: “Edge-Ucation: Exploring the Future of Design”

Program Overview:

The University of Arizona’s “Biosphere 2” is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students, and the public.

The iconic design of Biosphere 2 offers tremendous opportunities for research in earth and ecological sciences. The striking 3-acre physical structure is paired with a unique approach to education and outreach that is intimately linked with cutting-edge research activities. Visitors to Biosphere 2 can see science in action, interact with university research, and have hands-on experiences with earth-systems science. Families, student groups, the university community, and the public can all experience Biosphere 2’s innovative approach to tackling some of modern societies biggest scientific questions.

The mission of Biosphere 2 is to advance our understanding of the natural and man-made environment through unique experimentation, training of interdisciplinary scientists, science education, and public outreach, and organization of meetings to address grand challenges that affect the quality of life and the understanding of earth’s living beings place in the universe.

CityCoHo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a coworking business, partnered with the Sustainability Nexus and focused on providing extraordinary shared space to extraordinary emerging communities. Committed to delivering the ultimate coworking environment and experience, CityCoHo is creating the new standard, raising the bar. Located at 2401 Walnut Street in the heart of center city Philadelphia in a building targeting double LEED platinum certifications (building Core & Shell and Commercial Interiors), CityCoHo strives to provide the optimal combination of sustainability, amenities, comfort, technology, community, and fun—all in a setting designed to foster and promote individual well-being and success.

Philly Nexus is a program of The Sustainability Nexus, and represents partnership with CityCoHo. Its mission is to amplify the impact of environmental and social efforts in the Philadelphia region by networking the movement. This partnership with CityCoHo is the keystone strategy. It is important to establish the center of gravity for sustainability professionals, operatives, advocates, and innovators in this region. Next step is make as much digital and literal space around that center as possible for the community, and then implement frameworks and processes for the community to make that space its own. This coworking and regional sustainability “Mothership” is both headquarters and home.

The Spring Garden Eco-District in Philadelphia is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design. In the spirit of the Second Enlightenment, this highly collaborative approach aims to start small, grow dynamically through the multiplier effect connected with the zeitgeist.

This initiative began with a conversation between Christopher Zelov and Tony Guido, Zelov mentioned Spring Garden would be a splendid place for an Eco-District to emerge. This led to The Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis, a six month design studio at the ACADEMY of Art University, which included contributions from Pliny Fisk, Jay Baldwin, and Tony Brown of the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design. This led to an undertaking to seed Philadelphia’s first Eco-District in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. Currently, there are 12 other Eco-Districts around the Country.

ACADEMY of Art University is America’s largest private accredited art university. Offering a unique professional environment in classes taught by working professionals, there are 30 distinct areas of study to choose from both online and on campus in the heart of San Francisco, California. ACADEMY of Art University is much more than a school—it is an opportunity to bring creative passion to life.

The Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design is a design school located in Prescott, Arizona. Since 2000 Ecosa has advocated a radical departure from the traditional approach to teaching design. Ecosa uses nature as a model for their design curriculum, and asks students to design with nature as their client. Their core program offering is an Ecological Design Certificate program, in which students learn to use design and ecological awareness to explore the exciting challenge of creating a healthy, just and sustainable world. Students are challenged to envision and design for a world where human activities are in balance with the natural world

American Green, Inc. (ERBB) is excited to announce that ten acres adjacent to Nipton, California, just over the Union Pacific rail line which runs from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and all parts East, will be demonstrating the ability for a municipality to maintain a zero-carbon footprint for other, much larger cities to follow, using a reclamation operation called American GreenCrete, a company which licenses a proprietary process designed to convert dumpster trash into assorted pre-cast construction materials while generating power. In addition, the acreage will also be home to a zero-emission power plant, a mineral processing operation, and a Spartan Trailer reconditioning facility.

Between the new business leases the company is negotiating, utilities it is expanding, and its own participation in some of endeavors deciding to call Nipton their home. The Company’s focus was, is, and always will be on creating opportunities, commerce, and a sense of excitement in Nipton and the surrounding areas,” commented American Green’s president, David Gwyther. “We will continue to encourage and assist, where possible, the type of companies who are the right fit for our community, which are capable of sparking the local economy while matching the near-legendary ‘Nipton Zeitgeist,’” Mr. Gwyther concluded.

The newest tenant inside the industrial area is American GreenCrete and its venture partner GIS. Founded and operated by Johnny Taylor, GIS will help Nipton, California become America’s first ‘zero solid-waste output’ town. The solid-waste used in the American GreenCrete process is capable of producing myriad applications ranging from affordable housing to building products which are able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure. “With the issuance of a Patent by the States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we are now ready and able to provide the world with our paradigm-changing process of turning landfill garbage into incredibly strong precast building materials while simultaneously producing additional power for the Town of Nipton”, says Taylor.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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