Baird Eco-Sense Home, Victoria, BC. Photo courtesy of Ann and Gord Baird.
In 2006, the Cascadia Green Building Council put out a challenge to designers, planners, architects, and forward thinkers: Design and construct a Living Building, one that functions as “elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, [...]
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Source: GOOD)
It’s not easy being green. Sometimes you can only tell part of the truth (didn’t your mom call that a “white lie”?). Other times you’re better off designing a fabulous, but vacuous, advertising campaign to distract from underlying issues. Still other times you’re best making an entirely irrelevant claim. Let’s [...]
Nāga Cheroots girls dancing round a float in 1950s Thingyan, Mandalay, Burma. Source: Wagaung, Wikipedia.
Today marks the start of Myanmar’s widely celebrated Thingyan or Burmese New Year Water Festival, which commemorates the transition from one year to the next (or of the Sun from Pisces to Aries). Over the course of five days, celebrants douse each [...]
All foods are not created equal. As we know, the average American diet has become increasingly filled with processed foods full of added fats and sugars, and heavy on meat and dairy products. Data from USDA and Civil Eats suggests that of the more than 2,600 calories consumed daily, added fats come in [...]
This posting is the first in a series of conversations with scientists, artists, activists, writers and others who have made the study of water their life’s work. These fabulous water women and men bring remarkable insights about the mysteries of water, our relationship to it, and what is necessary to heal the planet. By [...]
Photo courtesy of Matt Furber
Agriculture is responsible for some 80% of total consumptive water use in the United States. (Consumptive use is that amount of water effectively lost to the system via evaporation, plant transpiration, incorporation in products or crops, or consumption by humans and livestock.) Clearly, when we think about water [...]