We had an information session for our staff this lunchtime on the theme of ‘our ecological footprint; how can we reduce it?’ Our guest speaker, Arianna Vitali, WWF policy officer, took us through the checklist: insulation, water use, transport, and so on. One of the more striking aspects of her presentation, however, was just how good Brussels is at encouraging its inhabitants, workers, businesses and other organisations to behave more sustainably and in a more environmentally-friendly way. If you live or work in Brussels, you might like to go to this site to find out everything that the Institut Bruxellois pour la Gestion de l’Environnement offers, from energy audits to a lot of very useful advice. My favourite is this; a themographic map of Brussels that enables you to see whether your house/factory/office is wasting energy through the roof or not. The only caveat is that the scan was done on 27-28 December, when quite a few people were probably away and offices and factories shut. Still, it’s a very useful tool. Well done, Brussels!