N’Orleans Risin’! Opportunity to help lift homes in flood devastated Lousiana

Monday, January 25, 2010 18:13
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Climate Change is certainly going to be a factor in the future of New Orleans, South Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and coastal communities around the world.  Increased water temperatures are already increasing storm intensity, the number of storms and the amount of water dropped per event.  Thermal expansion and sea level rise are already contributing to wetland and beach erosion, and the settling and loss of the wetlands has New Orleans already under sea level by 4-5ft in some areas.  Rates of wetland loss have been confirmed by aerial photographs reaching close to 10 miles per year in parts of the Delta. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Durham Outshine Star, NC?

Monday, January 25, 2010 15:35
The Garden and GreenHouse in front of Star

The Garden and GreenHouse in front of Star

Can each community in our nation achieve the goals set out by the little town of Star North Carolina, and their eco-industrial park?  After 15 years of what has been certainly hard work, the 6 counties in central NC bordered by Asheboro on the north and Rockingham on the south, Albemarle on the west and Siler City on the east, have created an experiment in rural economic development that rivals some of the finest examples across the country.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Post Copenhagen Apocalypse

Saturday, December 19, 2009 13:38
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Okay, it’s not that bad…well, yes it is. Read the rest of this entry »

GOAL Site makes formal Presentation to Mayor's Forum on Jobs

Friday, December 11, 2009 10:16
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The text of an address presented by The Forest Foundation’s President, Marc Dreyfors, to Mayor Bill Bell’s forum on job creation, a part of the national effort by the White House and the Obama Administration to receive feedback to help form public policy. Read the rest of this entry »

"Green Infrastructure is Critical to Creative Class Communities!"

Thursday, December 10, 2009 22:58
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Green Infrastructure (not to be confused with green technologies) is essential to developing sustainable communities. Durham is already widely recognized as a center for the creative class, a contemporary name for “knowledge” workers. These aren’t just jobs for artists but all jobs that require thinking and/or creating for a living, e.g. researchers, doctors, lawyers, etc. And a new study by the Michigan State University Land Institute indicates that one of the key ways to stay that way is for Durham to invest as much in “green infrastructure” as it does traditional infrastructure like downtown areas, streets, water, sewer, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

What is a "Community Supported Energy” (CSE) Project?

Monday, November 23, 2009 12:52
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A Community Supported Energy Project, or CSE, is a lot like a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Review of Break Through: from the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, by Nordhaus and Shellenberger

Friday, October 23, 2009 17:22
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Since their controversial article in Grist Magazine in 2004, the authors have been back-pedaling to explain themselves to the environmental community from whence they were “reared,” and in this book they have done so. Read the rest of this entry »