Sanayeh garden is now open!

The official opening of René Moawad Garden is this weekend! Head down to Hamra as of today to discover the newly rehabilitated garden by the Municipality of Beirut and Azadea foundation. It includes new greenery, outdoor tables, added and improved children play areas, an exhibition space, bike and running lanes, and of course the big historical fountain that now works!
There are two points that were noted by our team members that had room for improvement:
1) The play area doesn’t have any shade (and we’re entering June today with an average of 30degrees in the daytime!).
2) The access to the grass areas is through newly planted flower lanes, why not have small pedestrian blocks where we can walk instead of having to step on the soil trying to avoid the flowers?

Let’s enjoy and take care of this park!

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Beirut Green Guide: Exhibition and launch

Almost a month ago, on October 24th 2013, Beirut Green project officially launched the Beirut Green Guide at Tawlet, Mar Mkhayel. More than 80 people gathered for the exhibition and launch of the online version of Beirut’s first interactive map which highlights all public green spaces, giving an overview of each. This was the result of the efforts of more than a year of work in collaboration with WonderEight design studio, as part of their CSR program.

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Visitors were greeted by our Map ambassadors* who further explained the project and highlighted the importance of having such a map as a base for starting to improve the gardens that we have. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the exhibition, it is still ingoing at Tawlet until December 11th

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The Fundraiser
The exhibition was followed by a fundraising dinner during which 70 attendees met around Tawlet’s delicious dinner. We would like to thank each and every one of you who made it to the fundraiser. Thanks to you help, we raised 1,100$ which will directly go into funding the next phase: printing of the Beirut Green Guide and its distribution around Beirut. The event and the launch were successful and widely covered by local Press.
We would also like to take the chance to thank our generous sponsors for making the evening possible: 961 Beer, Ixsir Wine, Presella, Editing Printing and Radio Light FM.

You can check all the pictures and tag yourselves here!
on.fb.me/1bmgKYs

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Features
With the Beirut Green Guide, you can now browse the map from your computer or mobile, and check all 24 highlighted parks in Beirut, with directions to each one. Each garden has its own page with all the information you need to know about it, descriptions gathered by our team of landscape designers*** and pictures of the space, thanks to our team of talented photographers** who captured them.

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One of the main features of the map is the filter option where you can search Beirut’s public green spaces by its main components: Children’s play areas, source of Wi-Fi, pet friendly or existence of toilets. You can also submit new spaces we might have missed: all you have to do is turn on the GPS on your phone and the location will be picked up.

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Next Steps

So, what is next for the Beirut Green Guide? We still have a lot to do! First off, we are looking into adding data to the map and gathering more information to make it even richer. We will be collaborating with different entities for that to happen. We would also like to hear from you how the map could serve you better! Drop us a line at beirutgreenproject@gmail.com to give us your feedback.

Both the ministry of tourism and Municipality of Beirut expressed openness to collaboration on the next steps for the Beirut Green Guide. The municipality will be helping in gathering more information to include in the map.

Once we have the information and the design of the printed map ready, we will print it and distribute it in Beirut. We are looking to partner up with distribution networks, newspapers, magazines, and venues such as hotels and restaurants. Our number#1 goal is to make this map available to the largest number of people possible!

Thank you for making that possible!

Stay tuned for the next steps of the Beirut Green Guide!

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* Our map ambassadors are Sara Obeid, Samia Boulad, Nabila Rahhal, Sara Sibai, Michel Boulad, and Celine Khayrallah.

** Photographers for the Beirut Green Guide are Nadim Kamel, Rayya Haddad and Karim Sakr.

*** Landscape designers for the Beirut Green Guide are Pamela Haydamouth, Laurent Ashkar and Karim Naja.

 

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Beirut Green Guide, the launch!

Friends of Beirut Green Project,

Back in January 2012, we organized a workshop and raised a question:
How can we bring awareness to the importance of having public green spaces in the city and to properly maintain them? 

The first step would be get to know them. From this, a simple idea was born.

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After a year and a half of brainstorming sessions, meetings, garden scouting and a wonderful collaboration with WonderEight, we are proud to launch

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Beirut Green Guide. Your local directory for all public parks in Beirut.
This interactive map is a directory highlighting all public parks in Beirut and giving an overview of each. 

The launch will be at Tawlet Souk el tayeb on October 24th 2013 from 6pm to 8pm.
http://www.facebook.com/events/168361816699445/

The exhibition will be followed by a fundraising dinner, to raise enough funds to print the Map and distribute it for free in 2014. Support the project by joining us!
Dinner Ticket price: 40$ with open buffet and drinks.
Buy your tickets here: http://presella.com/event/beirutgreenguide/
Or email us at beirutgreenproject@gmail.com to reserve yours now!

A raffle with prize items to be used in parks will take place during the dinner!
The raffle draw  will be at 9:30 pm.

Spread the word and let’s get to know Beirut’s public green spaces!

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Aux Amis de Beirut Green Project,

En janvier 2012, nous avons organisé un atelier et soulevé la question
suivante:

Comment faire pour développer les espaces verts de Beyrouth, faire
prendre conscience de leur nécessité et les maintenir dans un état
acceptable?

La première étape serait de les identifier.Une idée simple était née.

Un an et demi plus tard – période durant laquelle des réunions ont eu
lieu, des événements organisés dans les jardins et une merveilleuse
collaboration avec W8 – nous sommes
heureux d’annoncer le lancement du projet: Beirut Green Guide.
Il s’agit d’une carte interactive, un guide qui fait la lumière sur
l’ensemble des espaces verts publiques de Beyrouth et en donne une vue générale.

Le lancement de ce projet va avoir lieu le 24 Octobre à Tawlet.
http://www.facebook.com/events/168361816699445/permalink/168559116679715/

Rejoignez cette exposition qui aura lieu de 18h à 20h. Venez tester vos
connaissance au sujet des espaces verts de votre ville.

Notre projet se poursuivra, l’étape suivante sera d’imprimer et d’assurer
des points de distribution de cette carte dans Beyrouth pour qu’elle soit
accessible au plus grand nombre de gens possible.
Nous organisons un diner de levée de fonds à Tawlet apres l’exposition.

Prix du billet du diner: 40$, buffet et boissons assurés par Ixsir et 961 Beer.
Vous pouvez vous procurer les billets sur ce lien.
http://presella.com/event/beirutgreenguide/
Ou bien par mail à: beirutgreenproject@gmail.com 

Une tombola aura lieu durant le diner, le tirage au sort sera annoncé à 21h30!

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www.tawlet.com
00961 1 448129
Beirut, sector 79
naher street, Chalhoub building, n˚ 22 -
Ground floor  facing Spoiler Center

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PARK(ing) day

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where citizens, artists and designers transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Join the fun on Friday September 20th in 4 locations on Hamra Street and let’s put Beirut on the (PARK)ing day global map! Stay tuned to know where exactly the parklets are going to be.

Hamra Street spots:

1) Spot #1: In front of Café Hamra
AUB’s Landscape Society in collaboration with Beirut By Bike

2) Spot #2: In front of Bread Republic
Beirut Green Project in collaboration with Haven for Artists

3) Spot #3 In front of Laziz café
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4) Spot#4: In front of Montreal building- Under AltCity
Mezzanine Cafe - AltCity in collaboration with Deghri Messengers دغري andTEDxHamraStreet livestream of TEDCity2.0

Read more about (PARK)ing day:
http://beirutgreenproject.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/parking-day-and-parklets/

And check out last year’s in Hamra!
http://tinyurl.com/qhgf744

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William Hawi garden renovations

We visited William Hawi garden and took some snapshots of the renovations being done.
The garden will be opening up again real soon: According to municipality guards there, in two weeks time. The renovations: More benches, more trees, and a filled water fountain!
Here are some pictures of our lunch break there last year: http://on.fb.me/KFCZMo

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Dont know where the garden is?
 Go find it!

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We are ready to rock this summer!

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BGP is looking for summer collaborators!
Interested or know someone who might be?
Drop us a line at beirutgreenproject@gmail.com

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Meet Ziad Abi Chaker from Cedar Environmental

Last week we went to WonderEight‘s new offices in Mkalles for a meeting (That’s right, we’re cooking something up!) and fell in love with their small green terrace. Two things caught our attention, and they both turned out to be the work of Ziad Abi Chaker from Cedar Environmental: The E-Room and the green walls.
Ziad is a multi-disciplinary engineer who specializes in building Municipal Recycling Facilities on the communal level going against the trend of a central Mega recycling Plant. He was a speaker at TEDxBeirut in 2011 and spoke for his love for garbage! Check out the video here: http://bit.ly/uNwKJA
He developed the E-Room, which is made entirely out of Cedar Environmental’s Eco-Board®, or 15,000 plastic bags and trash! The result? A beautiful Eco Workshop Room. (pictures here: http://pinterest.com/wondereight/the-eroom-by-w8/)
And together with the founders of WonderEight, they also developed a green vertical wall that totally transforms the terrace into a fresh space!

We talked to Ziad and interviewed him to find out more about what they do.
Meet Lebanon’s firm believer and fighter for a Zero Waste Society.

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Hello Ziad! We are interested to know more about Cedar Environmental and the work that you create.

Cedar Environmental is an environmental and industrial engineering organization. Its main mission is to build recycling plant for municipal solid waste on the communal level going against the trend of ONE mega central dump or facility as is the model in most of the world currently.

 What are the main goals of C.E, and what type of challenges do you face?

We aim to cluster as many municipalities/communities as possible and build local recycling plants for them. we try not to exceed the amount of 50 tons per day or a community larger than 100,000 residents. There are mainly 2 main challenges:

1- Finding a land where to erect the facility. No one wants a recycling plant in their neighborhood and this is understandable since the history of recycling plants especially in lebanon has been a major nuisance when it comes to odors or gases emanated.

2- Finding enough municipalities able to pay us for the recycling service rendered.

These 2 main challenges have pushed us technically to research new methods and technologies to eliminate odors from the process and most importantly to reduce to ZERO the remains of untreated waste which would go to a landfill. It is now practically impossible to find a landfill in Lebanon. For the financial part, we have been able to reduce the cost per household per month to about 4 US Dollars. That was also a major accomplishment to make recycling affordable to all municipalities.

Can you tell us a bit more about your main project for the moment?

I am designing the largest recycling plant in the middle east which adopts a ZERO waste policy to Landfill. It will treat 100 tons per day and serve a community of 200,000 residents. This is our flagship project I hope.

We visited WonderEight’s Studios and we fell in love with the work on the green walls. This work shows a successful collaboration between design and recycling. We salute both of you on such great efforts! How did this collaboration start?

The Nasrallah brothers have been long time friends and very keen supporters of the recycling work we do at Cedar. They were very excited about our ECO-BOARD technology which transforms plastic bags & plastic scrap into panel boards. We started fiddling around with some built models and they saw some of our prefab units and decided to acquire one for their new premises. We designed it together and we built it for them.

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You also created a workshop room entirely made of recycled material. Is it the first time you take on such a project?

No, we built the first prefab house with a green roof last summer and we showcased in Beirut on the Manara Corniche. People were so curious about it.  Now we are getting more experienced in such buildings and you will soon see other structures made entirely with Ecoboards.

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How can someone build a green wall at home? Do you have insider’s tips & links to share with our readers?

For something durable, it is not an easy feat. In our research pipeline we have an idea of a DO-IT-YOURSELF green wall made from Ecoboards. Which you can buy and assemble yourself, IKEA style. The main problem with green walls is a sustainable irrigation system. If your irrigation system shuts down or is hard to maintain, your wall will not be green for long.

Is this also applicable on big buildings? How would you start convincing buildings and corporations to invest and go the extra mile to green their facade? What is the environmental impact of this act if spread around Beirut?

Of course. Actually the main application we see is for large buildings. The number one convincing argument for green roofs and green walls is their insulating effects which reduce your cooling/heating costs considerably, plus they make your building look really nice.

The current problem now is the cost per square meter which ranges from $300 to $600. We are about to finalize a production scheme which would bring the cost per square meter to about $100. When we achieve that, you will see lots of buildings adopting it, then the impact on the Beirut scene will be tremendous especially if we get creative with these walls and roofs like planting aromatic plants or flowering walls…I am now working on making the Cedar Environmental machinery plant in Abou Mizan have Green walls planted with Strawberries.

Finally, what are the good lebanese institutions or NGO’s that you are collaborating with and think they are doing a pretty good work at greening our culture and our country?

There are a lot of NGO’s out there, but their impact is not yet very visible. I think TERRE LIBAN is doing a wonderful job in paper recycling, Arc En Ciel is also doing good work with plastics recycling. I hope we can collaborate with Beirut Green Project in the future on spreading the culture of green roofing or green walling all over Beirut.

Thank you and all the support in what you’re doing!
How about you, do you have an example of other green walls made in Beirut? Share them with us below!

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