Archive for October, 2007


Yesterday (Monday October 29th) Presidential hopeful Barack Obama (D) visited Charlottesville, VA to rally his supporters. According to the Daily Progress, about 4,250 people came to the outdoor rally at the Charlottesville Pavilion, and the event raised more than $300,000 for Obama’s campaign. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine introduced Obama to the crowd, and Obama’s speech focused on the war in Iraq and the follies of President Bush.

On September 23 Hillary Clinton came through Charlottesville, and her event only drew 3,000 attendees and raised $100,000 less.

California Wildfires

NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites have been recording the Southern California wildfires over the past few days. This image was captured by the Terra satellite yesterday afternoon (10/24) at 2:25pm, and it shows the area between Los Angeles and San Diego. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 12 wildfires have burned over 335,000 acres so far.

Do the Green Thing: Walk

Urban Advantage is a company that creates “green visions of pedestrian-friendly, socially-interactive communities by transforming photographs with photo-editing software. The results are photo-realistic visualizations that make development visions palpably real and understandable. In land development, seeing is key to understanding.”

*All of the images are .GIFs, so in order to view the animations click on the images.

After months of talking about public transit and cycling, I finally bought a bike. I’ve been car free for 3 months, and hopefully my new bike (actually it’s a used bike — hooray recycling!) will make personal travel a lot easier.

The bike is one of the many small steps I’m making towards “going green.

  • I take the stairs everywhere I go
  • I unplug appliances that are not in use
  • I turn off the lights when I leave the room
  • I turn off my computer, speakers, and monitor whenever they’re not in use
  • I open my blinds and use natural light during the day for visibility
  • I shop at local businesses and restaurants
  • I support local farms
  • I buy used clothes at thrift stores

I know my carbon footprint is still rather large, but you have to start somewhere.

Energy for Elevators

According to Green Daily, “it takes 16 times more energy for an elevator to lift you one floor than simply to walk up that flight of stairs.”

So, think twice before you use the elevator to go up two or three floors. If you take the stairs you can save energy, exercise, and save the environment.

TOMS Shoes

Every time you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, another pair is donated to a child in Argentina on your behalf. TOMS shoes is the brainchild of Blake Mycoskie, and it was inspired by his visit to Argentina when he discovered two things: a soft shoe called the “Alpargata” and the lack of footwear for children.

So, order TOMS shoes.