Sustainability

December 2, 2010

Maybe Smart Growth Isn’t

If you haven’t seen Professor Albert Bartlett’s lecture ”Arithmetic, Population and Energy: Sustainability 101,” then you should. Seriously, here’s the link, go watch it. It’ll take a while, but you can come back. OK, got the picture? So, this is really what we are up against, ourselves. …

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Make a Difference by Biking to Work

May is National Bike Month with special Bike to Work events occurring throughout the month in cities across the country.  It’s time to pump some air into your tires and get out there!  Biking to work is such an enjoyable way to commute.  You get …

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March 29, 2010

Heavy Metal: Why Mercury-Free Environments Are Important

by Yahya E. B. Henry Mercury exposure in humans primarily results from eating fish that contains methylmerucry. Mercury is primarily a neurotoxin, which means it attacks the central nervous system. Its effects are often subtle enough not to be recognized immediately, but more and more …

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March 19, 2010

“Green” Will Never Scale

The pundits all say it. The skeptics believe it, they all say that America can never be a “green” nation. We will never lead the world in sustainability. America will fall behind because she doesn’t care about the environment she only cares about rabid consumerism, …

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February 8, 2010

Sustainability and the Millennial Generation

by James Bedell I spent this past Saturday hanging out with my brother-in-law Mike and my niece, Olivia. Watching her this weekend made me think of sustainability. Holding my three-month old niece gives me a tangible feel for the future. At one point I was …

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February 1, 2010

The KISS Principle and Sustainability

by Timothy Hughes The titanic effort of changing our energy policy, land use policy, and indeed our entire economy is overwhelming and daunting. Often though, it is the simple step that can generate significant incremental impacts. Baby steps are a lot easier for the public …

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January 28, 2010

Progress, Not Perfection

by James Bedell I recently had the opportunity to sit in on an Alcholics Anonymous meeting. Limited Disclosure: Who I was in the meeting for is private, hence the ‘anonymous’ but I will share that I am not in recovery, just an interested, supportive third …

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January 22, 2010

Sustainability Takes Hold

by Christopher Hill An article in a recent issue of Constructor Magazine, the publication of the AGC of America, makes a point that I have been making for a while, namely that sustainable building is here to stay. The article quotes several contractor members of the …

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January 3, 2010

Reset Button: Views from a Cautious Optimist

by Yahya E. B. Henry “There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Once upon a time in a land far away… The last decade is not that far removed to start a fable but one thing is for certain, …

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December 16, 2009

Crisis, Sustainability, Values and “American Exceptionalism”

by Timothy Hughes The current economic crisis offers a chance for a paradigm shift. We should not waste this opportunity by returning to the status quo that existed before the downturn or even pining for that unsustainable state. Instead, we should embrace rethinking our economy, …

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