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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Bikes

A friend once described Seattle to me as very “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”… things are constantly moving around in that city, whether on land or by water, and it’s a lot to take in, but thrilling all at the same time. Portland is much the same way, although to a lesser extent.  One thing that […]

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On the future of ecocities

Interesting news today out of the United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi has been trying to build the world’s first real “ecocity” from scratch in the 50,000 person Masdar.   Applied Materials last week announced the end of its SunFab solar business, thus effectively killing the manufacturing lines on which Masdar PV was relying.  This […]

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100

I can’t honestly say that I’ve had enough time to process what I got out of Living Future 10, because I’ve spent the last week playing catch up and doing other important things.  So I’m just going to pause to point out that this is my 100th post on the Green Design Collective since I […]

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PDX’s Pedal Nation Bike Show

I went to the Pedal Nation Bicycle Show in the Portland Convention Center over the weekend.  I don’t think it requires that many words to tell you how awesome it was; I would rather show you.

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LILAWAC rides again!

Back in February, I wrote a post here about my experiences living in Los Angeles without a car, and how I thought those stories were worth sharing, which resulted in my starting a blog by the same name (Living in Los Angeles Without A Car, or LILAWAC for short).  Shortly thereafter, my friend Erin – […]

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Green designers do graphics, too

Behold, the new Seattle Department of Transportation Bike Map.  Made by my friend Erin, who is awesome. Erin did her first iteration of this bike map as part of her graduate thesis at the University of Washington.  Go see more of Erin’s awesomeness at her Web site and blog. And then ring your bike bell […]

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Living in Los Angeles Without a Car

It seems like a very far away experience for me, now that I’ve been living in Portland for nearly 9 months (aka the sky has been Pantone Warm Grey since October), but before my current situation I was living in Los Angeles for grad school.  And, as you might have picked up from the title […]

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Don’t get mad, get wordy

This Thanksgiving holiday, I can’t stress enough how lucky we all are for our health.  When I think of the hot mess that is our healthcare system, I am amazed and grateful that I have remained mostly healthy and have not had to go through what some people do to get treated.  When I think […]

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iGreen at GreenBuild: How the Web Empowers Designers to Build Sustainably

I’m pleased to announce – albeit after the fact – that I participated on a “virtual” panel discussion at the GreenBuild conference today.  Which is to say, while GreenBuild is happening in Phoenix, Arizona, I sat on the panel, via my Web cam, in Portland, Oregon, and chatted with some illustrious Internet friends who were […]

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…and I dropped the blogging ball! More about the Solar Decathlon…

Sorry for going on hiatus after my last post from DC about the Solar Decathlon.  The truth of the matter is that the weather was 100% miserable the entire time I was there, and I had not the time nor the space to blog:  my hands were numb and it was raining, thus making it […]

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