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Living Building Challenge IRL

Last week was our penultimate topic week in the Sustainable Buildings class, and it was an important one:  we covered the Living Building Challenge, one of the “deepest green” sustainable building standards in the world.  It was even more appropriate a topic when you consider that it was started in our own backyard in conjunction […]

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Taking a Sharpie marker to the map

Do you have a globe in your home?  Well, it’s time to break it out.  Spin it over to Asia, and try to find the Aral Sea.  I’ll give you a hint: it’s on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, east of the Caspian Sea.  What color is it on your globe?  It’s probably blue, […]

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Living on a giant crusty earthen raft

So, there’s been a lot of earthquakes lately.  Haiti back in January; Chile, last weekend; Japan, back in February; California, constantly for about the past month; and Taiwan yesterday.   I know many scientists will say “these events are not related”, but, as I reminded my friends yesterday, people act like we don’t live on a […]

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Unplug, or the Polar Bear Gets it

AKA, the Greenlite at Dartmouth University energy saving program.  First, go to Greenlite’s home page here. What do you see?  Do you see a happy polar bear, playing with a butterfly? Perhaps he’s taking a nap next to his “friends”, the baby seal and the baby polar bear… Or, maybe you see a polar bear […]

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Apparently I’m not the only one who left California for Oregon

Speaking of El Niño, scientists think that might be a factor in why San Francisco’s famous sea lions have abandoned Pier 39 and maybe, just maybe, headed up to the Oregon coast for a “vacation”.  On October 23, 2009, over 1,700 sea lions were counted at their regular hang out (just down the dock from […]

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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 […]

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Polar Bears

I don’t have much to say this week, but I would like to tackle Section 2B of my Green Blogger’s Top Ten List, so let me talk to you for a moment about polar bears. If you ever need some motivation for trying to reduce your energy consumption or otherwise lead a more sustainable life, […]

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Update / Al Gore

I wanted to post a quick update of my Unemployment Tour of the West Coast.  The update is… I’m still unemployed!  But I’m stationary because I’ve decided to set up camp in Portland, so I’ve given up “touring”, so to speak.  I’m still looking for jobs, and since this city has embraced me so warmly, […]

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