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Taylor Grandchamp

Greening Through IT: Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability - 0 views

Tomlinson, Bill. 2010. Greening Through IT: Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability. Cambridge: The MIT Press. Tomlinson's argument lies in the undisputed fact that human and envir...

sustainability technology ecological modernization

started by Taylor Grandchamp on 02 May 12 no follow-up yet
agutzler

EcoLOGICAL Intelligence, Daniell Goleman - 3 views

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist, lecturer, New York Times journalist and author of 10 books on topic generally concerning social and emotional psychology yet his most recent release, Ecological In...

sustainability pollution

Kim Vanderklein

The Environmental Endgame: Mainstream Economics, Ecological Disaster, and Human Surviva... - 2 views

In this book The Environmental Endgame: Mainstream Economics, Ecological Disaster and Human Survival, his intention is to first of all provide an accumulation of evidence supporting the theory that...

sustainability climate change technology

started by Kim Vanderklein on 16 Mar 12 no follow-up yet
Chelsea Ambrose

'Four Fish' by Paul Greenberg - 1 views

Paul Greenberg starts off 'Four Fish' by explaining his personal relationship with fish; he grew up fishing in Long Island sound every summer. He proceeds to methodically go through the issues and...

food sustainability fish

started by Chelsea Ambrose on 15 Mar 12 no follow-up yet
Jim Proctor

Portland 'Sustainability Center' hits a wall at the Oregon Legislature | OregonLive.com - 0 views

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    What do you think of this decision by the OR legislature not to fund the Oregon Sustainability Center? Though certain key figures downplay the decision, this could be the end of that dream -- which some say was not a worthwhile dream anyway.
Dick Fink

EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want - 0 views

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    The environmental movement have been hampered by a series of "though traps": we live in a world a limits, people are self-centered and hate following rules, we've lost our connection to nature, and even if we wanted to change it's just too late. Lappe argues that if we look at the world with a more ecological mind, a mind that recognizes that everything is connected and we can change the world if we change how we see it. As Anais Nin said, "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are". So we just need to see the world not in terms of quantities but qualities, not limits but alignments, and so on.

    I would recommend this book for someone who doesn't believe that we can see our way out of this crisis, that needs a glimmer of hope on the horizon. I wouldn't recommend it for an environmental studies student, but perhaps for their disgruntled uncle.
Michelle Tynan

Farm Together Now - 1 views

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    Farm Together Now in its most elemental form is a book about American farmers in the 21st century. In particular, this book addresses the other side of American agriculture: innovations moving towards sustainable farming practices. This is achieved through 20 interviews with farmers and activists across the nation along with 60 beautiful photos of their lives. 

    Although honing all 20 of the interviews down into one specific argument is difficult, the purpose of this book is to see the unity in all of their individual and sometimes philosophically contradictory approaches to sustainable agriculture. The authors argue that a shift in the dominant agricultural paradigm will not occur unless farmers and citizens are united in resisting it and are invested in working together to forge a more sustainable agricultural system. 

    What this book lacks is a deeper discussion of conflicting views in sustainable agriculture. The three issues that Franceschini and Tucker identified are provocative and would make a very interesting follow-up book.  Despite the author's insistence that we "Farm together now", they do not explore how sustainable farmers can reconcile their differences to do just that. 

    Although it's likely that urban, educated people are the main consumers of this book, I feel that it has value outside of those exclusive communities and would be beneficial for farmers, artists, and anyone looking for solutions to local problems. Personally, I would recommend this book to anyone because I feel that the authors made a sometimes-scary topic more approachable through this intimate portrayal of farmers. 

Micah Leinbach

In-Depth Series: Rice 2.0 - 1 views

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    Rice is responsible for feeding half the world, or more than 3.5 billion people. And along its path from paddy to plate, it influences (and is influenced by) a ton of things. This reminds me of other studies we've read that follow one particular item from a diverse range of perspectives. Fun read for an international food perspective very much rooted in the East - perhaps something to chew on for next years symposium?
Andrew LeDonne

The Inefficiency of Local Food - 5 views

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    One economist's view on the 'local food movement'. He explores whether local food is really more efficient. Views along the same lines as this one are pretty common among many economists.
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    I've been looking for a good defense against the local food system, though something more in-depth would be interesting. This brief analysis shows the other extreme, a situation in which ALL food was produced as "locally" and "organically" as possible. It seems that the local food movement could expand further to increase local food production (and therefore fresher, better quality) while still gaining economic benefits (since it is indeed better quality) as well as environmental ones. However, an increase in local food also may cause social stratification, as it could increase the gap between people who can and can't afford local, organic, fair trade, etc. I'm duly aware that the majority of the people at the PSU farmers market every weekend are equally well-endowed as I.
Micah Leinbach

Barry Glassner's Column: Green campuses are fine, but what about learning? - 4 views

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    Our beloved president and his stance on sustainability, and how it should be integrated with academics.

    And I'm into that.

    But, I'm not sure he had a lot of substance behind his writing. I don't think it is a great leap forward to just say "we should integrate academics and issues of sustainability on college campuses." While I agree with Dr. Glassner in that it isn't happening, really at all, anywhere and should therefore be brought into the dialogue, I wish he had waited until we had something to show off to the world as an institution to add a little heft to the argument.

    I'm hoping this year's Sustainability Council can be a force that comes up with some of those ideas that can get a lot of buy-in, really teach students something as they engage with the work and ideas of sustainability. But it could use some solid environmental studies students to back it up. So blatant plug, if you think you have an awesome idea, the council has funding and could help you out. Find a member (I'm representing undergraduate students, but there are others to go through as well) and maybe we can come up with a proposal.
McKenzie Southworth

Revealed - the capitalist network that runs the world - New Scientist - 1 views

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    With the recent Wall St (and everywhere else) protests going on this article seemed appropriate. A Zurich research team using economic data from Orbis has revealed 147 closely knit corporations that control %40 of the wealth of the entire network studied (about 40,000 corporations in total).
McKenzie Southworth

Jeremy Rifkin: The 'Democratization Of Energy' Will Change Everything - 1 views

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    "Rampant unemployment, rising food prices, a collapsed housing market, ballooning debt -- to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends , these are not simply symptoms of a temporary economic malaise. Rather, they are signs that the current world order -- long infused with and defined by fossil fuels -- is collapsing around us."
Tom Rodrigues

Green Growth - 0 views

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    Is imported Western business strategies the best way to ensure the developing world is growing sustainably? There are already green businesses in the developing world, why not have their practices adopted by their peers? The article's last section is key, though. It raises the distinction between being successful because one is green, and going green because one is successful/wealthy enough to invest in those practices.
McKenzie Southworth

Green Building and Environmental Education - 0 views

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    This is a post from a really great blog called Secret Republic about urban design and green building. The blogger is currently in Sweden and visited a school with some really innovative ideas about environmental education, and they're employing some cool eco-design strategies too!
Oceana Wills

Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine article - 0 views

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    This is an older article about an issue that has caused a lot of controversy in Alaska between interest groups. The giant open pit mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay's salmon runs is a threat to the fishing industry and the environment and many oppose it. Many also support the jobs it would bring to the area and Native Alaskans who are the primary inhabitants of villages in Bristol Bay are divided on the issue as well.
Julian Cross

Michael Pawlyn TED Talk on Biomimicry Technologies for a Sustainable Future - 4 views

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    Michael Pawlyn, arguably the foremost contemporary expert on biomimicry, gives a TED talk on how the principles of this field can be applied to energy, food and agricultural systems to close the loop and build a sustainable future. Biomimicry, for those that don't know, is the a field of engineering and development that bases designs off structures and systems found in nature. This talk covers a lot of what we learned about systems and loops from 160 and I am sure a lot of information from our other classes. I am personally very compelled by biomimicry and I have always thought that it is the obvious way to innovate sustainable technologies. Enjoy.
Marko Demkiv

The Future is Here: Sherbourne Common « The Dirt - 1 views

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    The article talks about the new technologies used in planning of a Sherbourne Common in Toronto. The main improvement of this park is its water treatment infrastructure. It also raises topics of urban planning and how nature is integrated into cirties ("New nature is what we culticate in our cities"). 
Sarah Clement

Deep-Sea Fish in Deep Trouble: Scientists Find Nearly All Deep-Sea Fisheries Unsustainable - 1 views

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    An interesting piece that highlights the need for sustainable fisheries. This article discusses the damage deep-sea fisheries have done to ocean life; sea life at the bottom of the ocean is significantly slower than other forms of fisheries.
Jim Proctor

The Mystery Indicator of Sustainability | Sightline Daily - 2 views

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    How's this for a forceful justification of the role of equity in triple-bottom-line sustainability?
Jim Proctor

In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling - 0 views

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    Portland: where sustainability = green = white?
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