building a sustainable and resilient community

Top 9 of 2009

Today is the last day of 2009, or, if you take the long view, the last day of the first decade of the new millenium.  There are many outlets devoting copious amounts of coverage to what a miserable year 2009 was, as well as giving plenty of room to “Top 10” lists of the last […]


Copenhagen Concludes

Copenhagen wrapped up over the weekend with, at best, a whimper.  There was no legally binding agreement settled on… about the best that came out of the conference was the fact that the world agreed to “limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius”.  And that’s pretty much it.  Unfortunately, if we want to […]


Copenhagen … Continues

So much for keeping you up to date with news from the United Nations COP15, aka, the Copenhagen Climate Conference, as it happened.  It turns out that not a lot has gone on that was worth reporting, aside from a brief kerfuffle on Monday when much of the developing nations’ delegation walked away from the […]


Copenhagen Commences

Ah, Copenhagen.  You’ve been getting all sorts of action this year, haven’t you?  First you crush our hopes of having the Olympics in Chicago and now you gather our world leaders together via their 1,200 limos and 140 private planes … to a conference on the deleterious effects of pollution on our global climate.  But […]


Green Day Forum

Today I’m at the Earth Advantage Institute’s Green Day Forum in Portland. I’m surrounded by impassioned and brilliant green building professionals from all aspects of the industry. For instance, I’ve already met builders and realtors who came to educate themselves and I got some literature from one of the only certified energy efficient mortgage lenders […]


Colorado: “Neon” Green

While Portland is working towards being the greenest city in the country, and California is known for incorporating energy efficiency into its building codes, the real net-zero capital of the United States might soon be Colorado.   The Centennial State is no stranger to energy efficiency and renewable energy: the University of Colorado won the Solar […]