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From 1994 to 2002  
EMPLOYER Lund Univeristy, Division of Human Ecology
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES University Lecturer/ Researcher
Examples of work performed:  Courses in:· Physical and Ecological Basis for Human Maintenance· Ecological Economics· Aspects on Sustainable Development· Research training1998-2000, research fellow at ”Östarpsprojektet” (System structure of pre-industrial agriculture)
From 1995 to 1997  
EMPLOYER Skanska AB
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES ConsultantBetween 1995-1997, co-operation with SKANSKA AB in a ”wetpark” project at the Teknicum building, Kalmar högskola, in the city of Kalmar. The grey and rain water from a high school building was collected and purified to drinking water quality by means of a ”wetpark” system. The house was thus converted to a net exporter of water.The construction and sizing of the system was developed as a result of theories created from the studies of the water purification processes and nutrient dynamics in riparian ecotones. In cooperation with the engineers and landscape architects employed by Skanska AB, a park system was developed that, beside its landscape enhancing effects (the 'park' part) also catches the grey and rain water from the house and purifies it to drinking water quality. A prerequisite for this is the use of source-separating toilet systems in the building. The water necessary to maintain the needs for this house is thus diminished by about 200%. (Rain water 700 m3, purified and exported to other houses, grey water 400 m3 recycled, drinking water imported: about 100 m3) A similar project was developed in a housing project outside the city of Gävle, where the availability of water was very low, but has still not been realised due to the lack of means (for house-building, the wetpark system is cheaper than the ordinary waste water management system).
From 1998-2000  
EMPLOYER Kalmar Länssjukhus / Kalmar kommun
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Consultant

Project GUDMUNDSPARKEN, Länssjukhuset Kalmar
The project, sponsored by the Swedish  ‘Kretsloppsmiljarderna’ investment and Kalmar municipality, aims at a pond-based purification plant for storm water from the hospital area. The aim is to purify the water to a degree that transform it to a possible source of extra water for use in the hospital area. Folke Günthers duties was to design and calculate the areas used and to propose an accurate composition of the plant society that perform the water purification.The project is finished and the design can be viewed at the link above.

From 1997 to 1999  
EMPLOYER Lund municipality, S. Sweden
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Consultant, Leader of an Agenda 21 project

In the Agenda 21 project, the involvement of citizens is a prerequisite. A group of interested citizens was raised to compose an Agenda 21 document concentrating on the problems associated with the interactions between the town and its surrounding agricultural landscape.
Initially, the planning goal was investigated by a 'guided imagery' method leading to an understanding of basic human needs attained in a future 'wished' settlement . This 'wished settlement' was thoroughly compared with recent knowledge of a 'possible settlement' regarding energy availability, water management, nutrient recycling, economical interactions and similar aspect. After that, the two versions were compared to attain a 'possible wished settlement'.
Important issues in this settlement was outlined in a consensus document, which later was includes as a part of the Lund Agenda 21 document.
Co-operates with the city-planners of Lund regarding the ecological adaptation of a planned extension of the city of Lund.
In this project, the aim is to 'translate' the issues of the Agenda 21 document into the actual planning of an extension of the city of Lund into the nearby landscape.

From 1991 to 2002 PH.D. Student Stockholm University, Division of Natural Resource Management
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES PhD Student
Overall Title Of The Work: Ecological Adaptation of Human Settlements
The work is set forth with a work aiming at a general understanding of the structure of living systems, especially at the ecosystem level and the development of nutrient recycling systems. It is proceeded with an investigation of the general structure of phosphorus fluxes in developed and urbanised countries, in which counterintuitive anomalies are studied, leading to 'time-bombs' of pollution and leakage. A later part discusses the structure, function and vulnerability of advanced agricultural systems. The last part ties the earlier parts together with a scenario study of economic and other effects of the introduction of an 'ecomimetic' societal structure with less vulnerability, advanced cycling of nutrients and low vulnerability to increased energy prices.
Ph.D. dissertation planned to 2001
A post-doctoral study will evaluate the possibilities to and methods for the introduction of the same changes in settlement planning as those that are known to happen in maturing ecosystems.
From 1991 to 1992  
EMPLOYER Dpt. of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTIONS OF DUTY Project AssistantAssistant at the FRN Project (Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research) in the project ”Ecosystem Integration of Human Resource Flows”A research project studying the thermodynamical basis for self-organising, living, systems, leading to the development of a theory of understanding living systems as a continuous series of nested systems, and a basic understanding of the development of nutrient cycling in maturing ecological systems.
From 1993 to 1997  
EMPLOYER Dept. of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University, and Dept. of Limnology, Uppsala University
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTIONS OF DUTY Project AssistantAssistant at AFR (Swedish Council for Waste Management and Research) in the project ”Societal Structure and Phosphorus Flux”. The principles of phosphorus flux in the Swedish society was evaluated, leading to a wider understanding of the problems of pollution from phosphorus effluents as an effect of linear flows. The work of Folke Günther in this project contained the collection of data, computer simulations and the construction of models necessary to understand time-dependent leakage from dynamic storage. The knowledge produced is vital for the understanding of the creation of sustainable settlement structures.
From 1992 to 1993  
EMPLOYER The Institute of Future Studies
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Assistant in the project ”Biology and Settlement”As a collaborator in the project, the aim of which was to produce a report in the form of a book, Folke Günther produced an article 'Systems Ecology and Societal planning', in which he evaluated the possibilities of introducing ecosystem principles in societal planning. 
From 1991 to 1992   
EMPLOYER Stockholm University, Dept. of Systems Ecology
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Assistant (20%)
During this time Folke Günther assisted as a Ph.D. course leader (Eco-development), in the organisation of and as a lecturer in an international conferences (Natural Capital: A Prerequisite for Sustainability, second meeting of ISEE, the International Society for Ecological Economics)
From/ To 1992   
EMPLOYER Lund University, Dept. of Environment- and Energy Systems
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Supervisor Of StudentsSupervised Students In ”Wastewater Procedures With Ecological Methods”, LTH, Lund. Different Supervision Projects At Div. Of Human Ecology, Lund University
From/ To 1989  
EMPLOYER Lund Technical University, Department of Urban Planning
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTIONS OF DUTY Lecturer (part time)Lectured on Ecology in Urban Planning on a Ph.D. course.
From 1974 to 1986  
EMPLOYER Schools and colleges in Stockholm, Karlskoga, Mora and Halmstad
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Teacher Part-time teaching in biology, physics and chemistry in lower (classes 7-9) and (mostly) higher (classes 10-14) schools.
From 1974 to 1996  
EMPLOYER Various publishers
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Translator

As a part-time occupation during this time, 21 books (in botany, zoology, gardening, environment, survival, and the like) were translated and reViewed.

From 1974 to 1986  
EMPLOYER Self-employed
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
FarmerWorked from 1974-1981 as a small scale farmer (less than 10 cows, 20 hectares) aiming at self-sufficiency. 1982-86 in a larger scale (40 cows, 50 hectares), dairy production, pigs.
1998 March – April  
EMPLOYER Hifab International AB, Stockholm
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Advisor Innovative technology
With special reference to Urban Infrastructure and Innovative Technology in the city of Kimberley, South Africa, in the SIDA/Hifab project Comprehensive Urban Plan Kimberley and Port Elisabeth. Work with water resource management and proposal of water saving devices and methods. A report from this work.
1988 - 2000  
EMPLOYER Various
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES During this time, about 300 lectures and short courses was held at various municipalities, schools and associations throughout Sweden and Europe
From 2000 June  –  
EMPLOYER Self-employed
POSITION HELD AND DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Director
HOLON Ecosystem Consultant
The main scope of the firm is advice and education in ecologically benign techniques regarding human settlements.On the record is

  • Development and design of the biological part of the ‘Aniara’ exhibition on Royal Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. The exhibition starts in November 2000, and is planned to be semi-permanent
  • Planning and development for the ‘Ecotopia’ education and congress site in Aneby, Sweden
  • Evaluation of the project ‘Kretsloppsön Ven’, Landskrona municipality. Landskrona Municipality and Swedish National Department for the Environment finance the project.
  • Lectures for high schools, municipalities and associations
  • Development of  biological grey water purification projects, as the wetpark projects in Kalmar
  • Development of the 'living wall' system for greywater purification in warm climates or greenhouses