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“Minimizing waste, pollution, and natural resource depletion does not represent a strategy for long-term success; it simply makes the current destructive system sustainable.”

Mr. McDonough addresses issues from biodiversity to specific sustainability approaches in China. He distinguishes efficiency and diversity in nature from those qualities in man-made materials, and describes textiles now “clean enough to eat” that were arrived at by careful study of textile components and possible replacements.

The quoted first paragraph was taken from the report in AlwaysOn Magazine about a speech by William McDonough, who is “the founding principal of William McDonough and Partners, Architecture and Community Design as well as the cofounder and principal (with German chemist Michael Braungart) of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.”

“This is part two of William McDonough’s speech. For part 1, click here. (AlwaysOn has) also posted a short highlight video and the video of the entire speech online. The transcript is also available in the winter edition of the AlwaysOn Magazine.”

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The blog Green Eggs and Planet has a series of articles on practical Green ideas including descriptions of Green Building, Green Building Materials, Green Gardening and City Planning, and different ways to use Solar Energy, from solar heating to solar cells for electricity.

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Please read the story that my previous post links to on cities that are taking various approaches to sustainability. I applaud these cities on their effort, risk, expenditure and cooperation…

but I’d like to hear what people think about the cities’ actual solutions!

Since I can barely find people who agree on anything regarding alternative fuel, or at best we seem to have warring camps, did these cities choose plans that will help or hurt the environment? How did they know what to do when so few others agree? The best presentation at a City Council meeting may reflect marketing skills rather than content.

So, let’s bring it on in a discussion, pro or con, but civil please. Thanks!

What do you think?

© James K. Bashkin, 2007

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“It shouldn’t shock you to hear that I receive a lot of pitches for this blog. (Which is a very good thing for ideas, actually, so keep them coming.) One trend I’ve noticed is that many of what I call the “real” green-tech efforts and experiments are very locally focused….”

by Harry Fuller and Heather Clancy (Posted by Heather Clancy) of zdnet’s “GreenTech Pastures” blog

A nice review of efforts from Canada to Texas to California to Singapore.

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50 Ways to Green Your Business

Half-a-hundred options for cleaning up your business, from the universal (catch that rainwater!) to the specific (lose the plastic bowls!). Mix, match–join in.

By: Mark Borden, Jeff Chu, Charles Fishman, Michael A. Prospero, and Danielle Sacks | Photographs By: Steve Bronstein of

The above article gives practical examples of what real companies are doing help the environment.



Yahoo goes Green

These Yahoo sites offer a lot of definitions, interviews, suggestions and commentary. While I may not agree with everything each entry says, I like the concept, and the are sites worth reading. You can pledge to take action and can see how much CO2 you avoid generating by switching some lights to low-wattage, compact fluorescent bulbs from the typical incandescent light bulbs we use in our homes.

Location, Location,…

Meanwhile, a “Green Life” has a lot to do with location according to some people, as reported by Kevin Doyle for Gristmill, who refers to “locavores“, people who want to eat food only if it comes from a nearby location:

Remake a Living: Green career tips for locavores

By Kevin Doyle

I’ve been on the road. I started the first week in October at the University of Michigan and ended it at a “career visioning” retreat in the Connecticut woods with students from Yale. My impressions? At both universities, I found aspiring environmental professionals who are committed to building a sustainable society. (I also found great vegetarian food.)

As we talked about “sustainable solutions” careers, more than one student let me know that their most important career concern was location and that national statistics about job prospects were pretty much meaningless. Having already decided to make a life in, say, Missoula, Mont., information about job opportunities in D.C., San Francisco, or Indonesia had little or no value.

I’m not sure we can all move to our dream locations, whether to help the environment or our surfing skills (waves or webs). It is interesting to see what people are thinking about, however, as they consider how to live less intrusively on the planet.

© James K. Bashkin, 2007

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