25 May '11, 12pm

what's the best way to reduce our per-capita resource footprint? The answer is simple math: density:

what's the best way to reduce our per-capita resource footprint? The answer is simple math: density:

It begins with the Urban Small Vehicle (USV), which can best be described as a computer with wheels. Because it will be electric -- run, like laptop computers, on lithium ion batteries -- it will be simpler and more modular than cars with internal combustion engines: "A traditional car requires elaborate systems of reservoirs, tubes, valves, and pumps to distribute the gasoline, oil, water, air, and exhaust gases, but a battery-electric automobile replaces most of these complicated distribution systems with wires connecting the batteries to the wheels." ... USVs will be equipped with an array of sensors and controllers that enable them to maintain steady distances from other cars, avoid crashes, and even pilot themselves. ... Far more than any advanced engine or materials ever could, this situational awareness will allow the vehicles to be smaller, lighter, less armored, a...

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grist.org 24 May '11, 12pm

The place we choose to live affects every aspect of our being. It can determine the income we earn, the people we meet, th...

Great places: reorienting progressive politics for the 21st century via @grist

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grist.org 23 May '11, 3pm

I asked a while back what new vision or principles could unite the left's fractious coalition. As you probably guessed, I'...

3 great food experiences in NYC recently

3 great food experiences in NYC recently

grist.org 24 May '11, 7pm

As for The Ten Bells, I loved it. It's small, just a bar and a few communal tables, packed, and loud with music and conver...

"#Green #marketing dead?" Substance or semantic...

sustainablelifemedia.com 24 May '11, 7pm

Last week, popular green business pundit Joel Makower posted a controversial piece entitled "Green Marketing is Over. Let'...

Sustainable Cities: New Avenues for Financing #...

environmentalleader.com 24 May '11, 12pm

The transformation of teeming, bursting-at-the-seams urban centers into efficient, sustainable cities will not take place ...

Interested in sustainable buildings and places? There's an app for that (via @kaid_at_NRDC)

Interested in sustainable buildings and places?...

switchboard.nrdc.org 16 May '11, 1pm

My friend Steve Mouzon has built an iPhone application that aggregates hand-picked news and discussion about sustainable c...

8 Great Micro-Houses

8 Great Micro-Houses

motherearthnews.com 18 May '11, 10pm

Tags: tiny houses , microhouses , Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature , Mimi Zeiger , small houses , tiny house movement , ...

The Great Prefab Debate [Live Tomorrow]

The Great Prefab Debate [Live Tomorrow]

jetsongreen.com 18 May '11, 6pm

As you may know, I have a lot of interest in factory-built homes and prefabricated construction techniques. Some of this c...

The man who thinks Manhattan isn’t dense enough...

grist.org 19 May '11, 5pm

I just finished Mr. Glaeser's book a couple of days ago and found myself troubled by some of the same points Mr. Benfield ...