Archive for the ‘sustainable’ Category

New stacking concept for sustainability

I have been writing and thinking about how sustainable thinking happens. What are the webs of information that lead up to an aha moment, or is it a gradual change where people go from not recycling to recycling over the course of months, and not eating organic to eating more of it?

On MindMeister, I started considering what are the stacks of information which if I read a piece every day for a year would take me closer to sustainability. I think its distributed knowledge that makes for sustainability thinking. This process allows me to see relationships to dozens of other things without “my head hurting”. I have heard this phrase often from my friends. Well, what’s the gradual process that makes us more sustainable each moment.

Check this mindmap out that is a work in progress.
http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/142890053/sustainability?width=600&height=400&z=auto

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>Dear Oregon

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Thanks for your patience. You have delivered consistently with a solid number of green and eco guests for our radio shows. Our 370,000 listeners so far appreciate it.

In the news, Oregon is still blazing forward with its sustainability projects. Developing green curriculums for schools and job training programs.

As companies are put under a microscope for attempting to make more money for the top executives and wealthy stockholders, there is a new focus. What about the contractor and small businesses whose value is finally be revealed.

I just watched Green Zone with Matt Damon. This film walked us through how and way we got into the war with Iraq. It shows how people choose deception for short-term gain.

As i discussed today with my guest from northern California, short-term thinking is still pre-dominant in many parts of our society. Short-term high crop yields for example that require more and more chemicals. Short-term acquisition of farms to consolidate them for what is believed to more efficient.

When profits come before people and communities, short-term financial growth explosions like we saw in housing and banks lead to bigger drops in the markets. We basically set ourselves up to fail more dramatically the more we try and move away from local, truthful and thoughtful choices.

I see how we got into the situation we are in. People like nice things and their is a feeling that we should have more and more of these. Honestly, we need to consider that

>Currently in this Great Wide Open State

>I am discovering great things for our upcoming radio shows. Check out the Montana Green Directory for this state’s expedition into Green. I couldn’t get them on camera because of a scheduling mix up but check them out soon on our radio shows.

People are very busy here.

>New Mexico Green Radio – June 4, 2010 – Sustainability & Community

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The pre-recorded radio show broadcast live on June 4, 2010 with call-ins and social media interaction for questions. The New Mexico section end at the 1 hour mark. Sustainable 1000 Green Radio covered two states on this day. Our focus was exploring how community and sustainability connect with each other. Our Colorado guests included (in order of introduction): 

Douglas Patterson
Living Design Group
http://www.ldgtaos.com

Joan Erben
New Mexico State University at Grants
http://www.grants.nmsu.edu/

Erin Sanborn
The Blue Economy
http://www.worldacademy.org/files/Blue%20Economy%202009.pdf

>Colorado Green Radio – June 4, 2010 – Sustainability & Community

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The pre-recorded radio show broadcast live on June 4, 2010 with call-ins and social media interaction for questions. The Colorado section starts at the 1 hour mark. Sustainable 1000 Green Radio covered two states on this day. Our focus was exploring how community and sustainability connect with each other. Our Colorado guests included (in order of introduction):

Meaghan Carabello

Goodwill Industries
Karl Jolliff
Community Partnerships
Adams State College
Matthew Harris
Solar Energy International


>The Green World of Boulder: Small Town Center’s Dilemma

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There is so much green happening in Boulder, Colorado. I am a loss to describe it all, so I will start small. Each video will introduce a character who is working to green their work and life in various ways. This on-going web video series will describe the main characters of Colorado in the sustainability space. Sustainable1000 is finding this land immeasurably charming and fantastically green.

Independence stands out as a big player in this theater of verde. The other character is the earth. With nature everywhere, there is a desire to preserve it I think. Lastly is the character of activity.

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I was out in a small town 10 minutes north of Boulder waiting around for an interview at an organic farm. The tiny town had revamped its historic 1.5 block of old building with nice signs and a charming design, but no one was coming out there anymore. People live all around them but the city center of Boulder draws everyone away from this little place. I wonder about this puzzle.

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How do we make small centers around the outskirts of larger towns attractive?

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>GREEN MEDICINE: Featured Interview for June 1, 2010

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Kai Abelkis has been Boulder Community Hospital’s Sustainability Coordinator since 1999. To minimize the hospital’s environmental footprint, Kai is responsible for reducing waste, conserving energy, promoting alternative transportation, utilizing alternative energy sources, conserving water, integrating environmental preferable purchasing, green building practices eliminating latex and PVC from the product line and educating staff. Their Foothills hospital was the first LEED certified medical facility in the world. BCH is part of a growing choir of medical institutions who recognize that the health of our environment is directly connected to the health of our community.

Kai has been recognized around the world as a leading voice in the efforts to create a more sustainable industry. He sits on Colorado’s Pollution Advisory Committee, City of Boulder’s Climate Advisory Group, and a Board member of the Boulder East Transportation Management Organization. Kai has worked with Novation and medical manufacturers on implementing sustainable practices. He is currently working with University of Nebraska, University of Maryland, Calgary Health, and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and others on their sustainability efforts.