We, Cindy Kohtala and Julian Ringhof, would like to open a discussion regarding environmental sustainability in FabLabs.
The idea was initiated a the Cowerk Congress at FabLab Berlin where the potential of FabLabs and makerspaces for society were discussed. One of the topics was environmental sustainability. We at FabLab Berlin have acquired a funded two-year project from DBU (Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt - A federal German environment foundation) where we will work on creating knowledge and awareness in regards to sustainable design and sustainable making. Since one of the key goals for this project is that developed solutions are transferable to other labs we would like to incorporate the input from other labs from the very beginning. First we would like to collect input on issues and solutions regarding environmental sustainability. Later we would also like to expand this to ideas on creating workshops.
Here a brief description of the project:
ecoMaker - short intro (German)
I will translate this document some time soon as well.
Please feel free to participate in the discussion in any way you want. We also created a more structured document where input can be collected via Etherpad. We will try to organize all the information collected there but feel free to briefly summarize your input there if you can.
Thanks and looking forward to your ideas,