Zone 6

Tangible Assets, Evolutionary

This zone is where we roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. By re-envisioning our relationship with nature and how we manage the flow of materials and energy, activities in this area are creating innovative on-the-ground (and in-the-ground) solutions and opportunities. The tangible assets we are talking about are as familiar as life itself: trees, livestock, soil, grass, the oceans, and the atmosphere. But here the goal is to return, to restore, and to regenerate; interdependency, holism, reciprocity, and diversity are actively woven into the design. Applying this strategy to tangible assets is a profound investment in the foundation of all wealth.

Key areas of Zone 6 focus

  • Regenerative investments (in physical world/nature)
  • Ecosystem services
  • Circular economy/Biomimicry
  • Habitat restoration/Conservation finance
  • Decentralized manufacturing

Virgin Earth Challenge incentivizing the removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere

A $25 million innovation-incentive prize will be awarded to an organization demonstrating sustainable and economically viable way of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The prize’s website features profiles of the eleven finalists, each of which is developing an inspiring way forward, as well as a blog covering topics related to greenhouse gas removal. Visit website.

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Holistic Land Management – the Savory Institute

The Savory institute promotes holistic land management and grazing techniques, rotating herds of domestic livestock in a way that mimics the movement of wild herds. In addition to increasing soil fertility and water storages, these techniques can sequester thousands of tons of carbon in the soil. Learn more at their website.

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The State Of 3-D Printing in 2015

Technology think-tank International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by the year 2020, more than 10% of all consumer products will be available through produce on demand via 3-D printing – in home or through companies offering such services. This article provides an overview of the current state and possibilities of 3-D printing, with an emphasis on the potential market growth of companies in this sector. Read article.

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Growing Veggies Up Instead of Out

The Vertical Farm demonstrates the possibilities of growing up rather than out in dense urban areas. It is a project of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based land trust. The project expands Growing Power’s green house and aquaponics that have been historically spread over several acres. It will feature five stories (!) of south facing greenhouse, to allow year-round production of veggies and herbs. See more.

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