Wednesday, July 30, 2008

William McDonough on Sustainability Concepts

If you don't have time to read Cradle to Cradle, take a look at the TED talk by William McDonough on sustainability concepts.

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Chicago Resources on Climate Change

Here are some noteworthy resources from the Summer Workshop at University of Chicago on Climate Change:

Chicago's Water Agenda 2003
Save the Source , City of Chicago water conservation leaflet
Plant a Rain Garden , City of Chicago leaflet
Guide to Rooftop Gardening , City of Chicago leaflet
Also, be sure to check out the new Google blog
"Climate change in our world", (Google LatLong blog) Google has teamed up with the British Government to create a couple of really interesting new environmental layers to Google Earth based on climate change estimates for the next century.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

From The New Yorker
Royte is a journalist with a nose for the "sordid afterlife" of trash, thoroughly at home in the putrid world of "Coney Island whitefish" (used condoms); "disco rice" (maggots); and—the darling of American consumer culture and the nemesis of waste activists—"Satan's resin" (plastic). Her book takes the form of a quest for the surprising final resting places of her yogurt cups, beer bottles, personal computer, and organic-fig-cookie packaging, and leads to an impassioned attack on overconsumption in America. If Royte does not quite demonstrate the muckraking skills of an Eric Schlosser in "Fast Food Nation," she does expose the feculent underside of our appetite for things and challenges her readers to disprove the resigned assessment of a former New York sanitation commissioner: "In the end, the garbage will win."
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker

Don't miss Author Elizabeth Royte will speak next week in Chicago.

July 19, 2008
Elizabeth Royte @ Chicago Public Library

Journalist and author Elizabeth Royte will read from and sign her book, Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, at the Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave., at 1pm today as part of the "Chicago Matters: Growing Forward" series.

New Trier Organic Garden