Tomorrow, the Chief Resilience Officer of Chennai is visiting the Language Lab building along with a team from the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, USA (google that!).
The AARFRC recently formed the Cooler Cities Action Initiative, a program seeking to focus and accelerate proactive decision making, cooling interventions and investment at the community level to address the sometimes-lethal – and increasingly severe – problem of extreme heat in cities, particularly for those most vulnerable. The initiative is comprised of a set of partners including city Chief Resilience Officers, humanitarian NGOs, insurance industry representatives, and other practitioners in the climate risk, finance and resilience space. This visit is to firm up on their overall strategy for India and to explore activating a pipeline of projects and activities to raise awareness and spur behavior change among at-risk communities; implementing “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects (e.g., cooler roofs, green/garden roofs, cool pavements, and urban forests and green spaces); and deploying a progressive risk pool (or "captive"), risk transfer & investment approach to financing life-saving evidence-based cooling interventions.
The AARFRC team includes : The Director of the AARFRC at the Atlantic Council, the Director, Humanitarian Initiative, the Associate Director, as well as an author and contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine.
The 100 RC team includes : The India Strategy Head, a Lead Researcher, Okapi/IIT(M) as well as the CRO, Chennai.
In the morning, they will be visiting the Auroville Building Centre and then going around Auroville to visit a few Auroville projects, including the Solar Bowl. They will come to the Language Lab after lunch.
Our program looks like this :
2:30-3:30 : Presentation and tour of the Building, esp system of cooling without air-conditioning, lime, cool-roof lime coating, vaastu, Electromagnetic Compliance, wastewater recycling system, etc (me)
3:30-4:00 : One of our consultants will present on lime as a building material and will share the details of her study of the use of lime in our building and another: "Use of Lime Mortar and Post-Occupancy Thermal Performance Analysis of Buildings". She'll also share the findings from her other study on Climate-Responsive architecture. And speak about a cost-effective experiment on rooftop gardening.
4:00-4:30 : Presentation on the Use of Probiotics in our building and numerous advantages of Probiotics. Unfortunately, our two consultants can’t make it tomorrow but we have permission to show their presentation on Probiotics in building construction and we have a film as well about the use of probiotics in our building.
Will use the occasion also to launch our Fundraising Appeal for Giving Tuesday (Dec 03rd) to help us complete the building. You'll be hearing about this very soon! We believe a ton of people, giving small amounts - just because you - our friends - ask them, will help us reach the goal!
So, think of us tomorrow and wish us luck! We'll share pics!