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  • Eco Building | Royal Botanic Garden
    Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Eco Building Eco building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient The Royal Botanic Garden s approach to well everything is about sustainability and duplicability That goes for construction methods as well We want to demonstrate that alternative earth based construction is viable in the hopes that Jordanians will move toward more ecological and ultimately less expensive construction methods Two buildings already existed in the Garden when the land was acquired One is a guard station from Ottoman times built of stone and refurbished in 2006 The other a Forestry Department training centre serves as our interim research headquarters All the new buildings we are planning such as the visitors centre biodiversity pavilions research centre and cafés will be inspired from nature and will make maximum use of natural materials rather than concrete which has a high carbon footprint In 2012 we started constructing ecodomes to demonstrate a unique way of building with earth Four ecodomes in the Garden will serve as a visitors orientation centre and exhibition buildings More about the RBG s ecodomes We are building this way because we feel it is important not to be reliant on man made materials or

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  • Ecodomes at the RBG | Royal Botanic Garden
    Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Ecodomes at the RBG August 15 2012 update Construction of the three ecodomes in the Bee Garden has been completed We have also finished building a larger ecodome that has subdomes Many people say it looks like a hobbit house The large ecodome will be our Global Context building where visitors watch an introductory video about the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan April 23 2012 Ecodomes are being built at the Royal Botanic Garden to demonstrate a construction method that is energy efficient less polluting less costly and suited to the environment Also known as superadobe or earth bag buildings ecodomes use local materials to reduce shipping and to blend better into the surroundings Three ecodomes in the Garden will house bee exhibits and a fourth larger dome will serve as a visitor orientation centre The constructor of the ecodomes is Henne Al Khalili who lives in a self built superadobe home in Amman Henne found her life s calling when she attended a mud building course in San Diego offered by the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture or CalEarth in 2008 Henne had met CalEarth s founder Nader Khalili not related several years earlier at an introductory talk in Jabal Al Weibdeh She ended up studying with his wife however as Nader passed away shortly before Henne arrived in California One of CalEarth s best students Henne loves ecodomes and wants to add value to the art Henne s dream is to transform Jordan into the mud house centre of the world I am proud to be supporting the sustainable living programme at Jordan s Royal Botanic Garden building ecodomes with natural local materials says

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  • Solar Cooking Workshop | Royal Botanic Garden
    Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Solar Cooking Workshop July 19 2012 Another hot summer day and solar cooked food at the Royal Botanic Garden A solar cooking workshop run by trainer Johanna Blin recently saw RBG staff members at the Bedouin tent cutting cardboard and glueing tinfoil to make solar ovens also known as solar cookers Meanwhile just steps away tasty dishes were cooking slowly in the sun rice lentils gilaya tomato sauce and even chicken Simple solar cooking ovens like the panel ovens pictured here have been used for years in sunny parts of the world like Africa and often in refugee camps where gas and electricity are not available Panel solar ovens are cheap easy and fast to build easy to replicate easy to find materials for and easy to use True to the Royal Botanic Garden s mission of using and demonstrating sustainable living techniques the RBG is now developing expertise in solar cooking for use at our future on site café We will also try out box solar ovens to produce locally sourced and traditional Jordanian dishes Solar cookers capture and reflect the sun s heat toward a dark coloured pot inside a re usable plastic cooking bag placed in the middle of the oven Generally about twice the cooking time is needed as compared to a regular oven But once you get used to a different cooking rhythm you ll appreciate many advantages of solar ovens such as no need to stir and food not burning or sticking to the pan All of our dishes including the chicken were ready in three hours The weather on our solar cooking workshop day was cloudless with a slight breeze and a temperature near 40 degrees Celsius See more pictures in the gallery below Want

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  • Composting Workshop at the RBG | Royal Botanic Garden
    Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Composting Workshop at the RBG The Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan recently invited Eng Mohammed Ayesh of the Jordanian Society for Organic Farming to give a workshop on composting for RBG staff members As a promoter of sustainable living the RBG believes in reducing carbon footprints using the 4 R approach namely Recycle Reuse Reduce and Respect At the Garden we use organic material for our horticulture activities and are spreading awareness about the importance of converting waste for eco friendly purposes The one day workshop provided a comprehensive look at the state of the composting art The participants discussed the importance and benefits of compost and did a lot of hands on work The topics covered were the various composting methods how to best produce and use compost to improve soil and provide nutrients to plants organic solid waste in Jordan organic waste recycling tea compost the nutritional value of compost composting for organic farming composting on a large scale composting on a small scale for home gardens plant extracts green manure other types of natural fertilizers and the marketability of compost During composting microorganisms eat organic waste and break it down into its simplest parts to produce rich humus that regenerates the earth and supplies plant nutrients like nitrogen phosphorus and potassium Natural compost is a soil conditioner

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  • Bioindicators | Royal Botanic Garden
    load discharge bottom substrates and pollutants are being examined A biological method known as biofilm monitoring is being used to help determine the overall ecological quality An aquatic biofilm i e a film such as slime that develops on surfaces in water has the ability to adsorb and incorporate material from the surrounding water Biofilms form on almost any surface exposed to water and host a microbial community that contain species such as sessile bacteria protozoa fungi and algae Fuchs 1996 Depending on their structure biofilms can incorporate contaminants and grow rapidly thus offering an easy sampling possibility Fuchs 1996 Since biofilm monitoring is low cost the equipment is easy to handle and few specific requirements are needed at the test site a high spatial resolution of monitoring is possible The analysis of biofilms from the reservoir will deliver reliable time integrated results on the sources and state of surface water pollution Miriam Leicht a PhD Student from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT Institute for Water and River Basin Management in Germany is performing her PhD research on biological indicators at the RBG site Biofilm samplers are being set up at different locations within the water system for 7 to 14 days depending on the organic load of the water During this time a biofilm will grow on the surface of the collector and incorporate any particulate and dissolved pollution passing through the sampler Afterwards the biofilm can be easily harvested from the sampler and transferred to a lab for subsequent analysis of specific pollutants heavy metals organic volatile compounds etc In addition to the pollutant monitoring described above a biological method based on macroinvertebrate communities will be applied at the project area in Wadi Rumman This method which is well established throughout Europe results in an assessment of

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  • Your Carbon Footprint | Royal Botanic Garden
    Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Your Carbon Footprint Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator Click here to calculate your carbon footprint What s a Carbon Footprint Your carbon footprint or ecological footprint is a measure of the impact your individual activities have on the planet and climate change It relates to the amount of damaging emissions produced in our day to day lives through burning carbon based fossil fuels for electricity manufacturing transportation heating etc There are many practical steps we can take to reduce our personal or business carbon footprint We have made some suggestions below Recycle Reuse Reduce and Respect When we consciously apply the 4 Rs we start to create new habits and move toward a more sustainable lifestyle that has fewer harmful consequences for the Earth Use fewer plastic bags take your own bags to the grocery store ask the falafel seller not to put your sandwich in a plastic bag hey it s already wrapped in paper Find a second use for empty juice bottles and yogurt containers Take used plastic glass and paper to a recycling centre Do not throw away food Buy recycled paper products for instance for brochures and business cards Use less electricity turn off lights when you leave a room unplug your water cooler when you re away use the short cycle on your washing machine don t use your air conditioner at night open your windows Leave your car at home walk to the store take the bus car pool Turn off the engine when you re making a delivery or waiting for someone Buy fewer consumer goods Make what you already have last longer don t throw it away get it repaired

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  • Calculate Your Carbon Footprint | Royal Botanic Garden
    Flock Management and Health Economic Studies on Herding Local Knowledge CBRR Info Day Forest Awareness Workshop 2nd Forest Awareness Workshop The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living Your Carbon Footprint Calculate Your Carbon Footprint Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp lt p amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp gt Your browser doesn amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp 39 t support IFRAMES please use the amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp lt a href amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp quot http calculator carbonfootprint com calculator aspx amp amp amp amp am data cke saved href amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp quot http calculator carbonfootprint com calculator aspx amp amp amp amp am target amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp quot blank amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp quot amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp gt basic calculator amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp lt a amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp amp gt

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  • SIDIG-MED Project | Royal Botanic Garden
    What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Sustainable Living SIDIG MED Project The Royal botanic Garden is taking the lead in a 2 year EU funded project entitled Social and Intercultural Dialogue through Governance for Local development Mediterranean Urban and Peri urban Agriculture UPA Known as the SIDIG MED project The overall aim of the SIDIG MED project is to use Urban and Peri urban Agriculture as a means to improve governance processes for public authorities and to promote social and intercultural dialogue through cooperative organizations and associations fighting social exclusion and poverty The project will be implemented in cities and territories characterized by vast agricultural areas Al Balga

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