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This video is about an EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College in the small town of Swannanoa just outside Asheville, North Carolina. The Warren Wilson College is seeking LEED Platinum certification for their EcoDorm.


Al Gore challenges the United States to switch to renewable energy sources in 10 years. The former Vice President challenges the next administration to spearhead the effort.

This Radiohead video is amazing. Radiohead made it with lasers and data — no video cameras. According to the Official Google Blog, “two scanning technologies were used to capture 3D images. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produced structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne LIDAR system that uses multiple lasers was used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In the video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.”

GM Goes Solar

General Motors (GM) recently announced that they were adding the world’s largest, rooftop, solar power installation to its car assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain. The solar installation will have 85,000 solar panels covering about 2,000,000 sf of roof space, it will generate about 15.1 million kWh of power annually, and it will cost $78.5 million. Additionally, the solar panels will avoid about 7,000 tons of emissions each year, and it the installation should be completed in Fall 2008.

Oklahoma billionaire T. Boone Pickens wants to lead an effort to increase wind energy production in the United States. More specifically, T. Boone has picked a “wind corridor” in the Midwest that will support America’s electricity production. Pickens’ vision is that the increase in wind energy will allow Americans to use natural gas to fuel automobiles. Thus, reducing our reliance on foreign oil.

You may or may not like T. Boone Pickens, but it’s a good sign to see an oil tycoon embrace alternative forms of energy. If the United States is to change its energy habits, we need to see changes in our leadership and in the business world.

Personally, I would like to see Pickens embrace solar energy as well. The Southwest would be a perfect corridor for a “solar corridor.”

This video shows a TED Talk with Chris Jordan. Chris is an amazing photographer who uses photographs of everyday objects to convey the amount of stuff we make and consume every day. In this video Chris shows photographs of plastic air plane cups, cigarette cartons, prescription medicine, and Barbie dolls. His artwork is eerily beautiful and it will make you question your daily living habits and the unsustainable American lifestyle. Check out his website,, for more art.

So, how do we change? How do we change the American lifestyle? How do we change individually?

Great tips on how to avoid being sweaty at work.

Alright, I know what you’re thinking — I don’t want to wash my hands with the water I use in the toilet. But why not? The water we use in our toilets is actually the same water we drink out of the faucet (unless you’re into bottled water).

We have a toilet sink at my work and I think it’s great. You save water and it forces you to reconsider how you use water for other daily chores. Why do we use clean drinking water in our toilets? Why do we use our clean drinking water to water our gardens?

Even if you’re not a fan of the toilet sink, you have to admire it because it makes you think about your daily water consumption.

At the 76th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, presidential hopeful Barack Obama talked about the future of urban development in America.

Barack said that “we need to strengthen our cities. But we also need to stop seeing our cities as the problem and start seeing them as the solution. Because strong cities are the building blocks of strong regions, and strong regions are essential for a strong America.” [quote not in YouTube video]

The New York Times quotes Obama as saying that the federal government should provide aid in building and repairing the roads, rail networks, electrical grids, water systems and telecommunications networks that stitch together metropolitan areas.

Barack, where you reading my blog last week? I said the same thing: “Cities are the solution as compact and walkable urban areas are the most sustainable forms of development.”

Barack, you keep trying to win me over. First you played basketball with the North Carolina Tarheels, then you rode your bike around an urban Chicago neighborhood, and now you’re apparently reading my blog (that’s a laugh).

What’s next?