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)
A discussion of ways to conserve water, utilize rain from your roof without rain barrels and set up a greywater system. Here’s a cogent article to motivate you: http://www.nationofchange.org/never-again-enough-1375197456
We will be concentrating on solutions and skill-sharing.