Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist currently based in Berlin who writes about clean energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes animal rights and veganism in his spare time. He is the proud guardian of a dog called Dylan, who was rescued from a public shelter in Spain. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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6 years 8 months ago

It’s hard to think of better places than colleges as hubs of sustainability ideas and their dissemination. These are places of research and a tradition in innovation; for that reason, campuses are ideal breeding grounds for sustainability and related disciplines.

And it’s happening. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently revealed that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on college campuses have increased 450% in the last three years to 137 megawatts (MW). It...

6 years 8 months ago

Plastic is probably the most non-green material anyone can mention straight off the top of their heads. But perhaps the damned material can be put to some good, sustainable use after all.

In the United States plastics are made primarily from natural gas. More recently, a growing number of new technologies started to turn non-recycled plastics into crude oil, electricity and other fuels. Many of these technologies are already being implemented on a commercial scale in Europe, Canada and Asia.

One company that promises to turn plastic into energy, and do this...

6 years 8 months ago

Three billion people across the world still rely on charcoal or wood for cooking and heating. Energy poverty means extreme poverty and this situation calls for a clean energy revolution, said UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the ‘Energy for all – financing access for the poor’ conference in Oslo, Norway, that took place on October 10-11.

Mr. Ban believes developed countries need to recognize the impact that energy security has on all aspects of...

6 years 8 months ago

NGOs dedicated to sustainability and human rights have found a fitting home in a new, sustainable building in Montreal that cost $27 million to build.

The five storey, 65,000 square feet building, which has been named Centre for Sustainable Development (Maison du développement durable) and which opened its doors last week, is the brainchild of the directors of environmental group Equiterre, who needed a more suitable, greener space for their office,...

6 years 8 months ago

Sports fans who flock to Ohio Stadium are enjoying more than a sports game, but also a lesson in sustainability. The stadium recently kicked off an initiative whereby it hopes it will become the United States’ largest socially responsible, Zero Waste stadium.

By zero waste the stadium means diverting 90% of trash from the landfill by recycling and composting. Management has placed recycling and composting bins throughout the Shoe, as it is also known. Most items purchased inside the stadium will be either recyclable or compostable.

The program is already yielding results....

6 years 8 months ago

Trees play a crucial role in urban landscaping. Besides the esthetic value of these majestic plants, they work as carbon sinks and retain rainwater. There has been research on the emotional impact trees have on people as well; places with more parks and trees produce calmer, more satisfied people. Even crime rates go down in such areas.

Here are some facts and figures about trees:
•Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by up to 50%.
•Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover.
•Planting trees at residential homes can...

6 years 8 months ago

In the Eastern Congo, one quarter of the children who die before their fifth birthday die from a preventable disease such as diarrhea resulting from cholera. This is largely due to lack of proper sanitation and disposal of human waste, which leads to the contamination of local water sources, spreading bacteria, parasites and viruses.

Some people are working to change this, though. Amani Matabaro, a Congolese man, started Action pour le Bien- être de la Femme et de l'Enfant au Kivu, a non-profit organization to educate women and children in Eastern Congo. He has succeeded in...

6 years 8 months ago

Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail provider of clean energy, is seeking New York-area non-profit organizations interested in hosting and owning a solar energy system in 2012. The company’s New York chapter recently launched the Sun Club and invites qualifying New York non-profits to apply for donations to purchase and install solar energy systems on their property. Applications for 2012 donations must be submitted online by November 1, 2011.

The Sun Club is a program in which Green...

6 years 8 months ago

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched on Wednesday (28) a new program called Bolsa Verde (Green Grant) to promote “sustainable social development and encourage conservation of Brazilian’s ecosystems.” The program will be administered by Brazil’s Ministry of Environment as part of the country’s national poverty alleviation plan, Brasil Sem Miséria, which launched in June 2011.

Under the program, Brazilian families living in extreme poverty (those with a monthly household income of up to R$ 70) that develop environmental conservation projects will receive R$ 300 in grant funds...

6 years 9 months ago

Since the UN released a report in 2006 in which it said that livestock is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 18% of the total, the topic has become a staple of environmental and animal welfare discussions. Meatless Mondays has become a global initiative and an increasing number of people adopt a plant-based diet (vegan) to save the planet.

Besides sparing animals and the environment, a plant-based diet is also good for human health and it could save public health services...