i-SUSTAIN is leading an Arts and Architecture tour to Havana and the Viñales Valley, Cuba, March 25-31, 2016. The program includes an architectural bike tour of Havana, private tours of artist studios and workshops, art schools and museums, tours of neighborhoods, urban rehabilitation projects, and a classic car cooperative. We will also go to the fishing village of Cojímar, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, as well as Finca Yoandra, a farm located in the neighborhood of Mantilla that produces more than a 100 varieties of organic fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants. The farm also serves as a community center, providing social programs and leisurely activities for the local elderly. To top it off, we will visit Viñales Valley, the most beautiful place in Cuba and another organic farm cooperative, Finca Confianza. Excellent food, music and dance will be enjoyed every day.
i-SUSTAIN has led over 20 sustainability study tours to Denmark and Sweden and is leading another one September 17-22, 2017, in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at Evergreen College. The program will be modeled on the success of i-SUSTAIN’s 2015 research mission to Scandinavia for Washington state legislators and senior administrators from WSDOT and Gov. Inslee’s office, in addition to private sector participants, such as Puget Sound Energy.
This second delegation will highlight how energy policy in Denmark and Sweden is part of a larger set of policies, including land use, transportation, solid waste management, architecture, economic development (both local and national), forest management, and environmental protection. We will also experience the strength of having an aligned commitment between government and industry to achieve defined goals and the economic development benefits from a clean energy economy.
Our meetings and site visits within cities, neighborhoods, and rural communities will be punctuated with ample opportunities to enjoy Scandinavian culture – the city design, the architecture, the food and, yes, the weather! We will incorporate the use of excellent public transportation systems, as well as an introduction to Copenhagen’s bike culture and infrastructure, bicycle parking, bike bridges, bike paths, elevated cycle lanes and innovative bike projects, including suburban-urban commuting.
This delegation will also visit the Swedish cities of Malmö and Växjö. Malmö shows how a neighborhood can run on 100% renewable energy while Växjö, not only is on track to be fossil free but shows how locally produced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) can provide economic development and be used for even tall buildings. Please consider joining us on this remarkable tour!
Scan|Design Foundation is providing 12 scholarships to public officials for the September 2017 delegation, as a part of its mission to foster knowledge exchanges and collaboration between Washington state and Denmark. Scholarships cover the program, hotel, program-related transportation, breakfast and a lunch or dinner every day. Airfare is covered up to $1,200.
Scan|Design Foundation requests a few things from scholarship recipients:
The opportunity to meet with recipients on expectations and feedback on the effectiveness of this study tour
Recipients present their study tour experience to colleagues and invite Scan|Design Foundation and i-SUSTAIN to attend this presentation
Explore the Alentejo region of Portugal — the land of marble, cork, and wine — at the first of our international series of wine region i-ADVENTURES.
We’ll enjoy the peaceful Alentejo villages, site visits to marble quarries (Portugal is the 2nd largest producer of marble), cork forests and at least one winery a day. For cyclists, we’ll have a choice of routes with local guides. Cycling is not required to thoroughly enjoy this experience.