The Boston Society of Architects and and AIA New York Chapter are looking to honor examples of sustainable design — anything that provides "a basic level of comfort for all while repairing and protecting local and global ecosystems for future generations," according to the BSA. "'Designers' in this context includes anyone involved in the physical design of places or buildings, including architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, and allied design professionals."
Again, I give you my mantra for coal: The ONLY people who think well of coal have a direct economic stake in it. (Would love to hear examples otherwise.) Anyway, here's an odious-yet-fun morsel for the rest of us...
Of course it's the season for gatherings of friends and neighbors. But increasingly, 'tis also the season for solar power — and I'm speaking of "season" in the eon sense. Friday night, I joined about 30 other guests at a neighbor's home not to share holiday cheer but to learn details about home photovoltaic installations.
IBM, Dell, Intel, and the British grocer Tesco rated most highly in an assessment released Thursday by Ceres, a Boston-based national network of investors and public-interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability.
I regret to report that your correspondent was ignorant of Steven Chu, the president-elect's designee for secretary of energy, but the reaction I'm reading today is very enthusiastic.
People who know of my interest in sustainability sometimes ask where to start, and my answer has varied over time, dependent on what new action I've been exposed to.
Perhaps this states what's obvious to others, but I've only recently come to understand that the right answer is the first one, whatever that is. Whether one starts with here or there doesn't matter nearly as much as having started.
I've been writing for a while about what Georgie and I do, and don't do, at home in the name of energy efficiency and sustainability. (You can see the series here.) I've been lax on keeping up, but we've added a few things recently:
Amory Lovins, the sophisticated thinker who cofounded the Rocky Mountain Institute and easily one of my green heroes, came to Cambridge last week, and I am bereft! It's the second time this year — the other was MIT's energy conference in March — that important topical events took place in Cambridge without my knowing it.
Oh, the affrontery! Don't they know who I think I am?