Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Over the past couple of years Bele Chere has been working on 'greening' the festival. This includes a couple hundred recycling and composting bins, using corn cups (that look and felel just like plastic but are plant material) as well as recycling gray water and oil.
This year promises to be even greener with the new EcoTrips shuttle service working the festival with their electric cars. Call for reservations at 828.699.1623 or 828.699.1624
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
In our family, we ride bikes and walk a good bit so I have learned the best ways around town and granted... we all know this isn't a very 'bike friendly' town.
At any rate, I saw this post a few days ago and it made me think about tools to aid in using less gas and therefore - GoogleMaps will now be providing walking directions - in select locations to what some have said 'random' users (I can't find it for anywhere yet) and I'm sure it will be beta FOREVER.
Google wasn't the first to do this ... you could always tell MapQuest to avoid interstates which is surely a lot of what the walking directions in Google does and Ask.com has had walking directions for some time now.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The Southern Living Idea House was built by the EcoBuilders of Asheville. It's located in Whisper Mountain which is located about 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. The climate is about 5 degrees cooler and the views are spectacular. The house is a cool combination of a Madison County farmhouse with a modern flare. Did I mention the sweet green features? Check out the menu of green features.
- 1550 gallon rainwater catchment system used to flush toilets
and irrigation on native landscaping.
- Solar hot water system with a tankless water heater
- 10 solar panels provide 1.8 kilowatts of power that feeds directly to the local power company.
- Energy Recovery Ventilator introduces measured fresh air mechanically. This also pressure balances the house and circulates indoor air, while HEPA filtering incoming air.
- Low VOC paints and finishes used throughout.*
*Thanks to Rob Moody for the points on the green features.
So far, the green certifications include:
1. LEED Homes either Silver or Gold.
2. NC Healthy Built Homes
3. Energy Star-50 HERS rating
Make sure to check out the other videos linked on this page where he discusses future cities and ecological footprint.
There is also a great interview on CNN.com today where Peter discusses China's first eco-city that Arup is playing a large role in.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
'For decades, backers of "smart-growth" planning principles have preached the benefit of clustering the places where people live more closely with the businesses where they work and shop. Less travel would mean less fuel consumption and less air pollution.'
Obviously, the Parkside Condo project in Asheville has it's own polarizing issues (is it public or private land) and I'm not weighing in on 'good or bad' for that project here. I just thought it was an interesting segway into the discussion of building up rather than out and this very interesting article from the Wall Street Journal this week.
Make sure to check out the interactive map in the article!