Category Archives: current events

Reality: Clean Coal by the Coen Bros.

You may have seen this spot on the tellie recently – I saw it last night watching something embarassing like Hardball with Chris Matthews… but I had no idea it was the Coen brothers until I was informed by our ninjas at the We campaign. 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-_U1Z0vezw[/youtube]

Plus a behind the scenes look at possible new spots on the way:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs9k6UojyD8[/youtube]

.: sign up -> We Can Solve It

.: there is no such thing as clean coal -> This Is Reality

Green Drinks!

Our girl, Jessie, is still deep in the heart of Texas, and so, as mentioned before we are holding down the green universe until her triumphant return. That said, we haven’t been doing a very good job and we apologize to you chronic readers. Our friend Erin in Iowa has been on us to post about this organization, Green Drinks, that is pretty much in line with all the fundamental MNP core philosophies. Read about it below, and visit the website to get involved in your area. Unfortunately, there is still no Boston incarnation of the group, but MNP is working on that… The fact that this exists in so many places (ie. Green Drinks Chattanooga) makes Beantown’s dearth almost unpalatable.

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It’s a force for the good and we’d like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.

If there is no Green Drinks near you, you might want to set up a Green Drinks in your City.

.::Visit -> Green Drinks

foto av dagen 09.17.08

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In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike – though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900. (28 photos total)

.:: Ike’s wrath –> a photo series

Green Jobs Now: Events in Your Hood

Green Jobs Now is having an inaugural National Day of Action coming up on September 27.  Check for events in your neck of the woods on their handy US map.

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Examples include:
Mayor Menino’s Food & Fuel CampaignBoston, MA
September 27, 2008 09:00AM to 01:00PM
Hosted by Aaron Tanaka
Event Description:
Mayor Menino’s Food & Fuel Campaign is a partnership between government, businesses and non-profit organizations that are helping residents and small businesses address the rising costs of food and fuel. As part of this effort, the Mayor will be hosting a food and fuel summit at Madison Park High School on September 27th. These will provide opportunities for Boston families to come together and learn about programs and services that can help them manage in these tough economic times. Boston Workers’ Alliance will be at the event, holding a voter registration drive to elect the best Green Candidates. BWA will also be providing information on the new Green Jobs / Energy Efficiency training program that is being rolled out at Roxbury Community College this September. We are signing up unemployed residents with criminal records to get involved in the training so we can build our own energy auditing and efficiency business. Making your home energy efficient is the best way to cut costs and reduce pollution. Boston’s going green! We’re ready- are you?

Breaking Ground: Urban Gardening Youth Conference
San Francisco, CA

September 27, 2008 10:00AM to 04:00PM
Hosted by Julia Brashares
Event Description:
We are planning a full day youth conference on September 27th, 2008 bringing together high school students interested in urban gardening, open green space, and sustainability. The conference will feature workshops presented by youth, for youth, in addition to a Green Jobs Now panel featuring green job and internship opportunities for high schoolers to get involved with now.

Green Roofs, Green Jobs!
Bronxville, NY

September 27, 2008 10:00AM to 02:00PM
Hosted by SmartRoofs, LLC and Sarah Lawrence College
Event Description:
SmartRoofs, LLC, a subsidiary of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), and Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) are co-hosting an event called, “Green Roofs, Green Jobs!” on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 10am on the SLC campus located at 1 Mead Way in Bronxville, New York. **PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.** The event will kick off at 10am by publicly showcasing SmartRoofs’ first official green roof installation, followed by a press conference with local elected officials and heroes of the green-jobs movement, locally-grown refreshments, inspiring workshops, and a networking session. SmartRoofs, a green roof installation company based in the Bronx, is guided by SSBx’s mission to “create environmental justice (EJ) through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs.” Sarah Lawrence College is leading the way among colleges and universities by playing a key role in demanding governmental action for Green Jobs. The installation date coincides with the national day of action, “Green Jobs Now!”—calling for Green-Collar Jobs as a way to lift people out of poverty and restore our planet. By employing graduates of SSBx’s Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program (BEST) to install and maintain the green roofs we design, SmartRoofs will show this solution in action on the local scale by simultaneously creating green space and green jobs, now! And for this exciting installation, the SmartRoofs crew will be comprised of ten talented BEST graduates! In an effort to show support for the transformation of our nation towards sustainability, SmartRoofs, SSBx, SLC, and GFA are collaborating to call for positive change in our communities. For more information about the day’s events, please contact SmartRoofs Business Manager, Renaldo DaSilva at 646.400.5292 or rdasilva@ssbx.org.

There are a lot of events on the map, but def still some empty states..so spread the word and start something in your hood!

.:: Official page –>Green Jobs Now National Day of Action

Greening The New Republic

So I realize that most of you probably know more about the ‘green’ movement, ‘sustainability’, global warming, etc, than the average reader of The New Republic – but I still thought these videos were worth checking out. Especially when Majora Carter is involved – as she is a ninja extraordinaire.

::videos via The New Republic‘s Environment + Energy section::

2008 Dwell Wacom Live Ecodesign Challenge

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On Friday, June 6th [yeah, we slept - my fault] Dwell held the 2008 Dwell Wacom Live Ecodesign Challenge – challenging 8 rendering artists to create renderings of sustainable + modular room designs. Yes, LIVE – the artists competed in two 45 minute rounds as spectators watched their progress on large displays positioned throughout the event space. The designs were required to adhere to the Dwell design principals: relying on green technologies for energy efficiencies, featuring plenty of natural light and color, restricting building costs to under $300K and limiting total square footage to 3,000 sq ft.

The judges selected the winner who ranked the highest for both rounds based on aesthetics, light, flow, eco-friend efficiency, layout and cost parameters: Olek Novak-Zemplinski.

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Olek’s entry was, for starters, siiick [look at these images, done in two 45 minute session? My ninjas, please], and met the Dwell area + budget requirements – but also utelized the following sustainable features:

Passive Lo-Tech Energy Saving Solutions:
* a wind catcher for ventilation and cooling
* greenery on walls for better insulation

Lifestyle:
* living spaces on 2nd floor (more light)
* bedrooms on the 1st floor
* home office (2nd floor)
* greenhouse integrated into the roof and attic
* a goat (lives here)

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Here’s some more info on the competition, and the contestants + judges.

Urban Spectacles of Wood Lookin Boy

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Many moons ago I posted on this dude Scott Urban & his spectacular Urban Spectacles of Wood. Well, Scott has been carving up a storm for the past nine months & most recently made a couple frames for Raydio G from Chicago’s Hotstylz. I know you have heard their silly & thoroughly lovable ‘Lookin’ Boy’ but if not:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvmfruWKdik[/youtube]

Apparently Raydio wore one of the pairs to the BET Awards last week. Did anyone see them? I missed it…

I still want a pair of my own.