Please feel free to come to a meeting of like-minded folks at 7 pm on Friday evening (2/21) to figure out the best way to move forward with an ongoing support group in which we hope to
- weave community connections
- help each other create practical resilience in our personal lives as well as in our neighborhoods, and
- have more fun without electronics!
We’ll start by sharing things to eat, and get to know one another. People who live in Albany west of San Pablo Avenue are particularly warmly invited, but if you come from further away we’d love you to join us anyway, with the idea that at some point you’ll be inspired to start something similar in your own neighborhood.
EBMUD tells us our household of three used 33 gallons a day last period. I understand that’s less than normal so I’m going to share how we manage it. Please comment with your own water-saving tricks.
When we run the shower, we put in the bathplug to collect every drop, then scoop it into a 5-gallon bucket from which we flush the toilet. (If we had a shower stall, we would get a tub to stand in to catch most of the water) And what used to be a daily routine has now become a luxury, as we now shower briefly only about twice or three times a week, or when we “need” it. Leonard uses about 2 gallons for his showers. I’m closer to 5. Then four times a year we might take a bath and let all the water wash through the sewer – aaahhhh! (more…)
Here’s a great TED talk about walkable cities (specifically Portland OR), exploding any remnants of the myth that living in the countryside is far less “environmentally sane” than living in a densely developed city.
Listen up, Albany! What if we needed to build upwards a story or two to break the iron grip of unaffordable housing? What if we needed to change the “two parking spaces per living unit” ordinance? What if we were really to become a city that was friendlier to people than to cars?
Here’s a tale of Los Angeles in the future, from none less than the BBC:
And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.
Report from a field by KO
Set in the midst of the quickly growing suburban Orange County, amongst tracts of new homes built without solar power panels, the Solar Decathlon finalists’ houses sat on the runway of a retired Air Force airport and were opened to the public from October 1 to October 13.
This is the winning design, from students in Austria. Go here for pictures of all entries: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/gallery_houses.html
The Solar Decathlon is a college student competition to create accessible and affordable Net Zero home designs (see requirements at end of this article). Students take two years to produce their house and deal with a steep learning curve of project management, budgeting, construction trades, and fundraising among others.
Northern California Transition Towns and Permaculture communities join forces. All details at this website:
My notes from the Convergence follow.
(I wasn’t taking notes when Rob Hopkins spoke, but here’s his address in Oakland – he starts talking at 8 minutes and 30 seconds)