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With the advent of the internet of things our built environment is learning to speak. This data can tell us a story about how to improve resource use in cities and buildings. It can revitalize cities by galvanizing investment into distressed assets.
When a building owner retrofits their building, everybody wins. In Thailand, the Ministry of Energy gives loans at 3-4% for building retrofits. Over 300 buildings retrofitted, 2 billion US dollars invested, and 75 million USD/year saved.
I have also been reading a lot about Runa and have been very impressed with their social enterprise model and merger of indigenous agriculture knowledge, business model, and agroforestry methods. The indigenous source of the business is well represented in the product as well.
I read that Runa also pays an additional 15% to social premium funds used by the farmer association to implement social development programs. I like that their is a clear financial structure to support the social work as well.
Seem the Ecuadorian government sees the merits as well, which could be a good source of inspiration for QLD. Check out this article on the Ecuadorian Government's support of Runa.