Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Scottish utilities provider, ScottishPower, announced this week plans to construct an tidal energy system projected to supply the island of Islay, known for its historic Scotch distilleries, with 100% of their power. The project foreshadows the Scottish government's goal of 2GW of tidal-generated electricity throughout Scotland by 2020. While there's no consensus among the island's 3000 inhabitants (one objection being the danger to fishing nets), substantial government subsidies and far-sighted investment groups appear to have won out. Furthermore, the "out-of-sight" nature of project seems to have quelled the NIMBY populace. See the full article here.
via The Guardian
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) recently introduced its "LEED for Home Affiliate Program," and created a much more layman-friendly set of guidelines in the process. In a collaboration with ASID, the USGBC developed a program that is meant to cater to both the "renovation professional or a savvy do-it-yourselfer." While we admittedly have yet to dive too deeply into the material, those of you familiar with the New Construction LEED program might find the REGREEN Guide, that is; renovating single family dwellings, a bit tangential to the pretext of efficient urban density. In any case, the program may help to bridge the gap between the abstraction of "Going Green!" and the hard numbers used to actually make the project happen.
I am admittedly late in sharing this slideshow of Roger Black's Cinco Camp in West Texas. On a personal note, this is just about my ideal set-up. Five stilted shipping containers, each with a specific purpose (kitchen, utility room, etc.) and completely impervious to the elements when sealed-up in his absence. Purportedly built for around $200k, the simplicity of its design and its choice of materials seems to have done its job.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
For those of you currently brainstorming about your next Scandinavian summer home, here are some ideas. It also makes for a good New-York-City-Summer-Stuck-in-an-Office-Daydream. My Scandinavian Retreat
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Author John Grant's new book, Co-Opportunity, is available to read online (as a draft version--You can critique as he goes!). Grant's previous book, The Green Marketing Manifesto dramatically changed and clarifies how I look at marketing and sustainability in general. I haven't gotten my act together enough to start reading, but my hopes are definitely up. And for those of you not yet familiar with Mr. Grant, I recommend his blog Greenormal.
Speaking from the perspective of a sustainable marketer, it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the tenets of sustainability with those of buying a product (even if it's ours). For me, it comes down to the best possible compromise. However, the good people at Continium decided to take this a step further.