Today's Good News ... August 31, 2006

“Not Your Typical Radical”
20 years ago, Prince Charles began promoting and practicing organic farming. He was, apparently, the first royal ever to take such a position, and thus publicly trounced. Today, the 57 year-old Prince is described by some as "global leader" of the sustainable agriculture movement. (Wow!) And -- furthermore, Charles has taken to building sustainable communities.

"A More Livable Community"
Project #1, Poundbury, is intended to "put an end to the ugliness and heartlessness of urban planning." (PC) A small town in the south of England, Poundbury is aesthetically breathtaking, making use of locally harvested materials and designed to remind people of "the knowledge, experience and wisdom ... of the past." (PC) Thoroughly modern, but full of traditional architecture, Poundbury has found a way to eliminate huge roads, telephone poles, cell towers, and the like. Instead, Poundbury's layout focuses on its people. "If you design with the pedestrian at the center ... then you tend to automatically produce a more livable community." (PC) Children play in fields, residents walk to work or school or market, and the town is surrounded by numerous small farms, which are encouraged to emphasize environmental sustainability over "output."

Where It's Going
From this love of people, land, and English tradition, Charles has found his calling. He's building a legacy much larger than himself and incorporating the Poundbury principles into his next project, along with numerous strategies for environmental sustainability, including: rainwater harvesting and geothermal heating & cooling.

The Good News
Sustainable city, town, and community planning is the new frontier. In an era of ominous environmental issues, this endeavor offers us the antidote. Charles's fundamental presentation, "quality over quantity" is universally inclusive. And, Charles adds, “We have shown that for a ten percent extra cost, roughly, you are actually achieving a far higher value in the longer term.” ... All this bodes well for England; for one day soon Prince Charles will be King.



  • Read more about Poundbury and PC via:
    > http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0605/feature3/
    (hot link at bottom of this page)

    ("PC" = Prince Charles)





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    LINKS, LINKS, LINKS
    select hot links at bottom of page



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    "SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES"



  • The Chicago Green Bungalow Project
    Integrating energy efficient, environmentally friendly products, and sustainable design ideas.
    > http://www.chicagobungalow.org/greenbungalow/index.shtml



  • Sacramento's Zero Home Energy Community
    Showing us all how easy it is to significantly reduce energy use.
    > http://www.homeenergy.org/



  • "Better Homes & Garbage"
    BedZED, a Zero Energy Housing Development in Beddington, England, aims to turn an old sewage plant into an environmentally-sustainable, super healthy mix of home and work spaces:
    > http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/features/feature_template.cfm?ID=1246



  • Report on Rebuilding in the Gulf Coast:
    > http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3248



  • "Energy Choices for a Sustainable Future" Conference
    was held in Oxford, UK recently. Topics included: renewable energy basics, home energy audits, green building, bio fuels, geothermal, zero energy homes, natural building, tax credits, small wind basics, and solar energy.



  • "Advantages to Buying and Selling Green Real Estate"
    was recently held in will be held in Ann Arbor, MI.



  • Harmony Homes
    "Harmony Homes," a Michigan green builder was highlighted in the July 17 "Going Green" issue of Newsweek.
    > http://www.harmonyhomeconstruction.com/



  • Green Revolution Hits Scotland
    "ALL new property developments in Scotland (will) produce some of their own electricity through a micro-power generating plant..."
    > http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1008642006



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    "dr marc recommends"



    MORE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY INFORMATION
    our friend, DR MARC, is particularly interested in this subject. enjoy the latest:



  • enertia homes
    an expert green builder, synthesizing passive solar orientation, photo voltaic, natural material, non toxic and other sustainable technologies into beautiful homes.
    > http://enertia.com/



  • this sustainable, urban farm produces ...
    revisit the DERVAES FAMILY, who organically feed themselves, make their own fuel, and manage a thriving grocery business on less than one acre of suburban "yard" ...
    > http://www.pathtofreedom.com/



  • people concerned about the future of capitalism
    some say CAPITALISM is less than perfect ... enjoy this op/ed piece, "Other Economies Are Possible" > http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2006/0706emiller.html



  • "brownfields turned green"
    researchers are experimenting with ways to make brownfields into biofuels - and clean them up for sustainable development... "Overall, I like the idea of trying to produce a more sustainable fuel source in a manner that also could clean up past environmental degradation -- whatever comes of this experiment, we certainly need more of that kind of thinking!" (dr. m)
    > http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=33518
    > http://www.nextenergy.org/
    > http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&ObjectId=MTk5MTA



  • more & more people building sustainable communities
    visit INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES magazine -
    > http://www.ic.org/



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    "Other Cool Stuff"



  • Meet Our New Friends: TREE FLIGHTS
    Did you know? A quarter of the mass of most trees is made up of stored carbon dioxide. That means a 6 ton tree stores about 1.5 tons CO2, roughly the amount of emissions created by flying from New York to London...

    We need more trees. Trees help us to counteract global warming. TREE FLIGHTS plants one tree per flight you take - visit 'em!
    http://www.treeflights.com/




  • More Resources for Carbon-Free Living
    And Carbon Offsets (via the NRDC):
  • CarbonFund.org
  • CarbonCounter.org
  • Native Energy.com
  • Bonneville Environmental Fund
  • Terrapass.com
  • The Solar Electric Light Fund



    "CLEAN ENERGY TIDBITS"

  • The Department of Energy recently enacted a program that guarantees $2 Billion in loans for clean energy projects ...

  • Wind capacity in the US could reach 10 gigawatts by the end of this year (that's enough energy to power 10 Million homes) ...

  • New DGE ("Deep Geothermal Energy") Power Plants are being built in Idaho, Oregon, Northern California, & Southern California ...



  • Help Stop The World's Worst Pollution
    People are starting to come together against COAL incineration, the #1 cause of global warming & acid rain, and a major contributor to birth defects, mercury pollution smog, and asthma. Coal pollution is directly responsible for the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans every year. You can get involved!
    > www.stopthecoalplant.org



    And Finally ...



  • First "Sustainable Shopper's Ball!" Series a Success
    Our first-ever all local green living market received national media attention, increased business for numerous local farmers, entrepreneurs and non-profits, got the word out on some amazing "sustainable" education, welcome, entertained & fed thousands of enthusiastic Austinites, was completely solar powered - and was fun! Thank you, Austin & Sustain-a-Ball team members!!!
    > http://www.sustain-a-ball.org/



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    Welcome this month: William Pinteric, Sarah Prince, Casey Martinez, Nancy McNabb, & Lisa Garcia.
    Thanks ya'll good people!



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    Charles's Poundbury Experiment

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    BedZed

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    Sustainable Urban Farm

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    Brownfields turned Green

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