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A worldchanging website

The Library has added a really impressive website to its “selections.” The site was brought to our attention by James Meyer of Opsis Architecture, Pringle Creek “Master Architect and Planner, Building Regeneration and Commercial Mixed-use Architect.” In other words, to imagine Pringle Creek without James's input is to start over.Oh, yeah, the website. It is: WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future.Interesting, a website with a long subtitle. Perhaps inspired by Borat.Anyway, WorldChanging.com, whose publisher is Leif Utne, son of the founder of Utne Reader, a progressive magazine from way back, . . . works ... Read more

SLC Mayor is green innovator

This is a fascinating Grist Magazine interview. Sustainability, smart growth, economic opportunity, stewardship - it's all here. School of Rocky: An interview with Salt Lake City mayor and green innovator Rocky Anderson.Mayor Anderson cut greenhouse emissions (with lighting retrofits and methane capture at the waste treatment plant and landfill), he enticed businesses to go greener (sending trained staff and volunteers to recommend efficiencies), he made the city more friendly for walkers and cyclists. He had a lot of opposition--but now he's more popular than ever. See what sustainability will do for you?Some of these solutions are so readily in ... Read more

Two presentations by architect Nathan Good: An intro and an in-depth

GREEN HOMESPresented by Nathan GoodThursday, March 8, 2007 (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)ANDSaturday, March 10, 2007 (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)Both are at the Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A Street (by Olinger Pool, North Salem HS)On March 8, Architect Nathan Good will provide an introduction to environmentally benign and energy-efficient home design.The March 10 presentation will be a more in-depth program, covering everything from site selection, building orientation and design concepts, to material options, indoor air quality and costs. The program will address both new and remodeled homes and is geared to a broad range of participants, including ... Read more

Two new sustainability goals

Submitted by Santiago, Sustainable Living Center directorPringle Creek will be adding two new "Sustainability Goals" to our list of 35.36) Harvested Timber Used Onsite. Half-a-dozen fir trees, that either fell naturally during this year's big wind storm or had rotted-out bases and needed to be removed, were brought up the hill, decked and milled last week into dimensional lumber, which we will be able to use onsite. Kevin Caster brought in his portable sawmill and cut the trees into boards and large beams that we will be able to use in houses and buildings at Pringle Creek. Click ... Read more

Energy-intensive food

We hope you’re not already bored by media coverage of global warming, because it’s a topic that is going to be with us for awhile--as in “geologic time”. Energy, environment, population, food, individually and together, will be on the front burner from now on.We wrote, recently, that buying locally grown food would reduce your carbon footprint. Below, from an interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, some discussion of just how energy-intensive agriculture has become.McNally: Our current way of feeding ourselves in America is unsustainable. Everything on our plates ... Read more
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