Saturday Green Links – 6/11
Tuesday green links, more like. But there are lots of them, so I didn’t want to wait another week to post. The top one is particularly interesting to me, since we’re going camping (and mountain climbing!) in a couple weeks.
- Greening Your Camping – Getting Started – Green Lifestyle Consulting. One more important point: buy firewood there. Firewood brought in from outside the campground can introduce tree pests, especially in national or state parks.
- Freiburg: Greenest City in Europe? – Energy 2.0. I had no idea Freiburg was so environmentally friendly. This is particularly interesting to me, since Jason went to Germany and my coworkers both went to Freiburg last year.
- City’s antique lanterns to sport a greener tint – Boston Globe. I always though it was weird that the gas lamps burned all day long. What an obvious fix!
- Boston ranked as safest for walkers among US cities – Boston Globe. Not really a surprise, since everyone walks in Boston. The running of the suits at rush hour downtown is something to see.
- Washington’s bikeshare is a capital idea – Grist. Who knew that Washington’s bike share program was so huge? Now I’m jealous of my friend Anne Marie, who just moved there.
- Your Commute Is Killing You – Slate. So it’s bad for the environment and bad for you.
- Energy Benchmarking Picks Up Steam in the US – Greentech Enterprise. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is a good phrase to keep in mind.
- IBM Offers Cash-Strapped Mayors A Smarter City-In-A-Box – Fast Company. Speaking of energy benchmarking… I wonder if Boston is considering this.
- Efficient Use of Refrigerators – Right Home Today. I love practical advice like this.
- Ask Umbra on faux-leather Birkenstocks – Grist. I love Moo Shoes, but one pedantic point: it’s a shoe store, not a shoemaker. They carry many different brands, so I wonder how they know there’s no vinyl or PVC in their shoes.
- Chemicals in Farm Runoff Rattle States on the Mississippi – New York Times. The dead zone in the Gulf is something all upriver states need to think about, not just the ones on the coast.
- The High Cost of Cheap Meat – New York Times. We’re talking editorials in class this week, and this is a great example of one.
- Climate change denial becomes harder to justify – Washington Post.
- Air Sealing: The Attic Hatch – SLS Construction. I’ve seen so many houses lately with unsealed attic hatches. Here’s a step-by-step guide to weatherizing them.
- How to Cheat* at LEED for Homes – Green Building Advisor. It’s not really cheating, more like going after the low-hanging fruit.
- A clean energy quandry: How to change public behavior – Boston Globe. This is exactly what I’m trying to figure out. I’ll be interested in their report when it comes out.
- Do you have what it takes to build a green movement? – Green Phone Booth. The video’s kooky, but the advice is great. First followers can be more important than leaders, because they turn a lone nut into a movement.
Phew—that’s a lot! I’ll try to make it shorter next week. As always, if you read anything interesting, send it along.