DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies — Environmental News Bits
April 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and […]
We are just beginning to understand the full Life Cycle consequences of some of the amazing materials we have developed.
Great quotefrom Mr. Revkin…”One misperception people have is that because scientists are arguing, that means we don’t know anything. That’s actually not true at all. So the more you know about how science works, the less likely you are to fall into that trap.
Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo.
Revkin was the keynote speaker at the Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program’s “Fate of the Earth” symposium April 1. The conference schedule was filled with leading researchers on sustainability issues who all addressed the same theme that Revkin explores in his blog: How will the human race sustain itself on a planet with dwindling resources?
March 11, 2015
I saw this job advertised on the NADAA blog and thought it would be an awesome place to work, super creative and innovative designs. The job requires an interesting combination of skills, and hand tool use as well no doubt.
How does this compare with say…Chris Schwarz Rude Mechanic ?
NADAAA is currently seeking a Designer to join our Fabrication Lab (NADLAB), as well as our architectural team, in the design of progressive projects ranging from gallery installations to large institutional buildings. Applicants must have the following qualifications to be considered for the position:
- Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree
- 2-5 years of professional experience.
- Expertise with conventional wood and metal-working tools
- Digital fabrication experience including the programming and operation of CNC routers (Mastercam proficiency required).
- High-level 3D modeling and scripting abilities in Rhino3D (proficiency in Grasshopper and Rhinoscript/Python required).
- Experience working with 3D printers and laser-cutters
Other position qualifications include:
- Strong design and graphics skills
- Experience with construction documents and high level presentation production.
- Knowledge of space programming, contract documents (including detailing, specifications, production management, design production), and contract administration
- Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills with various levels of individuals including clients, consultants, and architects
- Experience as team leader and project manager
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks, collaborate on large teams and work well under deadlines
Type of Employment: Full Time Location: Boston Start date: ASAP Contact Information: Please submit qualified resumes and portfolios in PDF format under 20 MB to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send hard copy portfolios.
January 13, 2015
Craft and the Trans Eurasia economy meet retro markets in Mexico
A fascinating series of photos in the NY Times led me to this story of an epic train line just being developed, The New China-Europe line. With all the attention given to global trade it would be easy to miss the movement back to local and hand made products, a trend toward simplicity in the developed world. The desire to feel connected to life and process is still very strong for people who have grown up in the first world. Read Robin Wood talking about “What is real craft” and be inspired by those who choose to keep these traditions alive. I can imagine the rejection of heavy industry and energy intensive consumption that might connect when Western Europe connects by rail with the small hand craft industries of Eurasia. Maybe a return to the simple and hand made as part of supply chain awareness? In Mexico City a new food market rejects all the plastic glossy trappings of a new mega store for the venerable open Market style.
What if the inter connected world began to work together toward a craft based, resource lean economy? Could renewables, local food and the value of hand made non disposable objects inspire a change in how we use the planet?
November 27, 2014
I liked the title of this blog post because I think our ability to create a better world depends on bringing wisdom and creativity into the mix with the compassion of having enough for others besides ourselves. There has been some bad news this year, not everything is going as well as we might like, but in the Boston area an amazing group of change agents are trying everything to improve the world, and making success a part of the story. Bioengineering, Robotics, Local Agriculture and, least we forget, studying the Humanities. Poetry and Art? I’m feeling greatful for my opportunity to be part of these things.
September 11, 2014
Responsible Consumption movement ?
Read the full story in Fast Company.
Hybrid cars. Energy-efficient lightbulbs. Fair trade coffee. There are all sorts of products nowadays that promise to solve environmental and social problems. We’re in an era of “responsible consumption” where companies sell us goods that do better by the planet and make us feel better about our place on it. But do they make any meaningful difference?
Not according to a new paper by Markus Giesler and Ela Veresiu, two researchers at York University’s Schulich School of Business, in Canada. They argue that responsible consumption subtly shifts responsibility for big problems to consumers, leaving corporations free to continue as usual. Meanwhile, the people who should be changing the game–government and regulators–are left to one side.