The only power needed is brainpower: Istanbul conference on sustainable energy solutions


Filed under: Central Asia Climate change Environment

Yesterday’s sustainable energy regional conference in Istanbul had people feeling, for lack of a better word, energized. We organized the event alongside colleagues from the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Robust discussions and keen insights from speakers and the nearly 200 participants made for a fascinating and thought-provoking first day.

Croatia: How crowdfunding helped us go green

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment

Hooray! We have officially completed the first big step towards making a school in Croatia energy independent. A few months ago, with US$15,000 of seed funding from the UNDP in Bratislava Regional Centre, we launched a campaign dedicated to helping Ostrog elementary school (in Croatian) in Kaštela become the first energy independent school in Croatia…. Read more »

Q&A: Meet Vid Micevic, engineering student with a message for development organizations


Filed under: Climate change Development Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

Several months ago I received an email from Arizona State University (ASU), School of Engineering student, Vid Micevic, who came across our UNDP-Nesta Renewable Energy Challenge. He wanted to spend a part of his university education working on the challenge. The deadline for submitting the ideas for the challenge was just up, but working with… Read more »

To drive or not to drive: New green routes planner to help make smarter travel decisions

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

To drive or not to drive? It’s a question many of us ask ourselves each time we travel from home. What is the shortest and quickest route? What crossroads and junctions should I avoid? Will I find a place to park? Maybe I should take a bus—but will that make me late? Maybe it’s time… Read more »

New life for old weapons: Conflict metal used to build windmills?

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Filed under: Climate change Peace and security

There were close to half a million soldiers during the war fighting for their cause, and there are an estimated quarter of a million illegally possessed weapons circulating in the country today. How do we fight the war against the remnants of war? How do we ‘peace-together’ the process? At the end of 2013, over 1,500 small… Read more »

The crowdfunding campaign is on: Help us make this school energy independent

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Filed under: Climate change Development Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

What an adventure this has been! After a few nights with hardly any sleep, our Indiegogo crowdfunding page and campaign to develop the first energy independent school in Croatia is live! Confession: We have no clue how will it will all turn out. Will we be able to mobilize people to donate for the idea… Read more »

Energy autonomy and the importance of citizen involvement

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Social inclusion

Imagine a 100 percent renewable island: systems that provide renewable energy, the people who maintain those systems, and economic development and sustainable tourism resulting from the whole process. Easy to imagine, right? Now, imagine the same thing happening in Croatia. Still easy to imagine, right?! A little over three years ago, the residents of Krk… Read more »

Leading by example: Greening the health sector

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Health HIV

Climate change may have potentially catastrophic consequences for our planet and for human life. UNDP supports countries in ‘greening’ their economies and lowering their carbon emissions, but it is also working in the field of global public health: UNDP is a principal recipient of grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria… Read more »

Which platform should we choose to crowdfund our energy cooperatives?


Filed under: Climate change Environment

I’m pleased to announce that UNDP in Croatia has selected four energy cooperatives that will receive consulting assistance with their projects. Each one plans to use green energy to improve their community both environmentally and economically: Cooperative Kapela is mainly engaged in forestry, and has already launched a project to build a district biomass heating… Read more »