building a sustainable and resilient community

Climate Killers

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade everyone!  Here’s to hoping we can make big strides this year in our efforts to save energy, reduce waste, and generally try to keep the Earth as hospitable to human life as possible. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are some pretty vocal people who are still working […]


Trying to get Americans to care about climate change

Last week, Treehugger posted an interesting piece about a poll that was conducted on average citizens in countries around the world, the U.S. included.  The question asked was, on a zero to 10 scale, “How high of a priority should the government place on global warming?” and the answers, shown in the nifty bar graph […]


Give it up for Streetcars!

I am a native of the Midwest, specifically the Greater Cincinnati area, so I try to pay attention to what’s going on in my hometown. Today I was pleased to stumble upon this post on the CincyStreetcar Blog entitled, What do America’s Top Ten Cities have in common? Why, streetcars of course!  As per usual, […]


GDC in the LA Times

I was recently interviewed by Marjorie Miller of the Los Angeles Times regarding the abysmal job market that recent graduates are facing as they enter the real world.  I was honest with Marjorie about my lack of opportunities thus far, and she was gracious enough to give me a few paragraphs in her op-ed, including […]


Embracing technology to promote green design

I’ve managed to avoid Twitter until now, but if you are an avid Twitter user, you’ll be pleased to know you can now get updates about the GDC at  I’ll use the Twitter account to post updates whenever there’s a blog post here or another notable event. Also, if you are looking at the […]


The hard part is over…

…and now the fun can begin!  I’m referring to the final throes of my thesis, which is the main reason that I created this site in the first place.   I gave my final presentation on March 11, and the document itself is just about done as well.  So now I can get back to blogging… […]