TAG: Community

Reduce, Reuse and Share

Reduce, Reuse and Share

The concept of sharing is instilled in young minds through interaction and reinforcement. While learning to share seems like a childhood endeavor, it has resurfaced in the adult world in a far-reaching way. The sharing economy has been evolving, and it is now more possible than ever to share nearly anything. As people decide that it is beneficial to them and the environment, more individuals and start-ups are springing forward to foster the new sharing model. As reported by Forbes, a growth of more than 25% is expected this year across the sharing boards. Though this notion of anti-retail consumerism… read more

Community Capital Helping to Achieve Sustainability

Community Capital

When we hear the word “capital”, it’s not uncommon for people’s thinking to default to money and economics. But capital – particularly human, social, or community capital – is so much more than dollars and cents and physical property. It is also key to achieving widespread social change for sustainability. Whilst it can be difficult to clarify, social (or community) capital is generally understood as the “capacity of individuals to secure benefits by virtue of their membership in social structures” (Portes, 1998, p.6). Founded in human activity, community capital is produced through social organization and the sense of cohesion this… read more

Green Efforts: Intro

Green cities and communities

In the next few articles, I will attempt to address the efforts being made by various cities, towns, and maybe even villages, in the quest to ‘go green’. With these articles I hope to show what is currently being done worldwide to create a positive impact on the environment as well as discuss areas that need improvement in the green spectrum. Not all of these cities would make the top ten “Green Cities List”, nor can all of their Eco-friendly actions be considered intentional. Instead, these cities display varied levels of environmental awareness, and will contrast in size and location. By showing a wider… read more

Reading The Radiation

Reading The Radiation

2012 was a great year for crowdfunded projects, with 2013 promising to bring even bigger and better projects to the public eye. With companies such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo leading the way for interested consumers to help fund tech gadgets and devices with their own money, we’ve seen some pretty cool things come from crowdfunding. One of the more successful projects we’d like to highlight is the Safecast Geiger Counter. This pint-sized, lightweight and affordable device was created in response to the tragedy at the Japanese Fukishima Nuclear Reactor a couple of years ago. Safecast created the geiger counter for… read more

Green Jobs for Veterans

Green jobs for veterans

Despite the gratitude we have towards veterans and the courageous acts they perform, there is not enough being done to honor their services when they return. It is refreshing, then, to learn of organizations like Veterans Green Jobs, who connect veterans of all eras with employment opportunities in the green sector. Veterans Green Jobs was founded in 2008, in Denver, Colorado and seems to be the perfect union of veteran job placement and environmental protection.  They strive to equipped veterans with skills that can transfer to meaningful green jobs. Helping veterans gain stability with careers that serve an important role in creating a better environment… read more

Urban Efficiency

City skyline

In our search to be closer to nature, we may actually be killing it. When we think of green living, we may think of solar paneled houses with compost bins nestled in vast, pastoral landscapes where one lives isolated from their neighbors, but this image is flawed. While such areas may allow you to live closer to nature, their distance from urban necessities – along with the creation of expressways to accommodate such distance – makes rural areas more damaging to the environment. On the contrary, urban areas that provoke images of pollution, crime, and over-population are actually more environmentally friendly. This is no accident, many factors that define… read more

Community Development

River Garden Apartments, Louisana

There are communities and neighborhoods all across the country attempting to solve energy and environmental dilemmas, and some are managing to be very successful in their efforts. Ranging from “green roofs”, roofs with foliage and gardens on top to diminish energy and heat absorption, or from communal energy pools which people can buy into a reap the benefits, there is an increasing trend in large-scale residential energy projects. As a result of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, a rundown low-income housing project has been the focus of several government agencies working to revitalize it through sustainable and renewable technologies. Formerly… read more

Welcome Boost in Jobs

Job growth in solar industry

At a time when a primary concern for the U.S. is jobs, unemployment, and underemployment, news of job growth is always good and welcomed. Further, news of job growth in an industry plagued by setbacks and challenges can flip an industry from crippled confidence to burgeoning. On November 2nd, The Solar Foundation (TSF) announced encouraging statistics showing despite recent false starts and layoffs, the U.S. solar industry is expanding nearly six times more than that of the overall economy. The report reiterates and adds to the credibility of earlier studies suggesting a similar boom in the solar industry, though the… read more

Two Different Paths

Greener communities

Since the federal government in the United States has been met with its fair share of delays and inaction, the opportunities for individual communities to take action on conserving the environment and combating climate change have largely increased. Cities and neighborhoods are able to bypass a lot of the red tape surrounding implementing “green” strategies and programs, which makes it much easier for small-scale success. There are expected green cities, such as Portland, OR, which has excellent public transportation and an extensive network of bike trails; the city also offers financial incentives to homeowners and businesses which use solar energy; Boulder, CO,… read more

Seeing with Fresh Eyes

Lifestyle change

Sometimes it takes just one event to change the way we see the world. In the mid-90s, I was working in the Australian music industry, frontline entertainment marketing for an independent record company that was part of a mega-giant. The clichéd “sex, drugs, rock n roll” was not too far from the truth of my lifestyle. Hectic. Superficial. Expensive. A producer and consumer of an image-making industry, I was not particularly concerned about the people, plants and animals of the Earth. But I was concerned about myself. I wasn’t happy. Despite the flash car, fancy-pants clothes and cool job, I was… read more