In Boston Home, local sourcing

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You can approach sustainability from a number of directions, and for the current issue of Boston Home magazine, I came at it from two of them.

I spoke with three product providers that make their products with the ethics of recycle and reuse, and all three are in New England, making their use locally more sustainable than the same or similar goods from, say, Fiji.

It's a single-page presentation.

The state of green building in Boston

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I have a story on the state of green building in Greater Boston in the current issue of GreenSource magazine, commissioned on the occasion of GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council's national convention. As many as 30,000 builders, developers, architects and other green partisans are expected at the Convention and Exposition Center next Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 19-21).

"Earth Angels" in the Globe

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I recently got to meet a couple of inspired, committed people who are putting their environmental concerns and principles into deep, broad effect across their pursuits.

Sajed Kamal teaches about sustainability at Brandeis, but has traveled the globe — including in his native India and in his childhood home of Bangladesh — to aid renewable energy projects. He's got a small solar cell installed on his window sill and has almost a half-dozen solar cookers around his apartment. He led two solar installations in the Fenway, where he lives.

In today’s Globe

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My first book review in several years appears in this morning's Living/Arts section. The book is "World Made By Hand," by James Howard Kunstler, whom I'm heard on a panel before the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association show in March.

What he brings most to the page, in my opinion, is a deeply explored vision of how the world will or may change as the result of the changing energy landscape. In the novel, a scenario of this new world, there are very few spices, for example, not even pepper, because it is grown overseas.


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