Honey bees are super pollinators and have an enormous impact on the environment. Since the mid 2000’s their numbers have been declining rapidly. Scientist are unable to explain their disappearance but one thing is for certain, the absence of bees would leave much of the world’s food supply in question. Without pollinating insect life, fruits, vegetables, and field crops would be obsolete causing extreme hardship for the farm and food industry and leaving their future, and our survival, in question.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. once told Elle magazine that “it takes more than a birth certificate to be a Cousteau.” The 30-something certainly isn’t resting on his famous name, but he is living up to it, carrying on the work of his father, Philippe Cousteau, and grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
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The Kemper Tiny House almost done!
The hand-built shelfing system, where we’ll plug in our laptops, store our books, and house our music and audio, has just been completed. Brad’s team has done an exceptional job with the detail finish work and trim, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the craftsmanship of our shelving system.
It’s simply wonderful, and a total joy to watch our tiny house as it approaches completion.
The wood being used to build the cabinetry, window trim, the ship ladder to the loft space, countertops, shelves and all other interior and exterior details is longleaf pine, reclaimed from a tear-down, slated for demolition due to highway expansion through Luling, Texas. Estimated age of the wood is approximately 100 years.
As we anticipate with glee, the receipt of our tiny house, it is exciting to see the progress being made day-by-day.
Our tiny house is taking on its character, a character with the energy of its ancestors.
The ceiling boards are reclaimed from a home built in the 1860’s, the wainscot bead board from another home constructed in the 1880’s, the door from a home welcoming those who entered through during the 1850’s to 1860’s.
Recently, Margaret (my wife) and I bought a 1940’s “Austin stone” house in an eastern Dallas neighborhood. Upon buying our home, we immediately decided to remodel, and were faced with the decision to temporarily rent elsewhere, or live in a home filled with dust. Reluctant to disrupt our lives completely, we opted to build a backyard studio where we could temporarily live while our house was being remodeled. Since we had previously discussed building a space where visiting friends, musicians (www.eastdallashouseconcerts.com), and family could stay, the decision was easy.
Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface Inc., was perhaps one of the most vocal proponents of environmentalism in business. He was one of my heroes and mentors, and I’m sure a true inspiration to many others working in the realm of sustainability. Ray was the relentless force in…
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Is the US Chamber serious? Or, is this just their attempt at wanting to be perceived as being green?
As I read “3 Takeaways from the US Chamber’s Sustainability Conference” published by GreenBiz, it made me feel like the US Chamber, an organization that is continually trying to appease its biggest polluting members, speaking out and lobbying against any attempts to regulate environmental degradation of Planet Earth, is now trying to gain goodwill and positive PR by appearing to align with the vast community of sustainability proponents, who DO believe we humans, our processes and consumption, ARE having dramatically-negative effects on our planet’s climate and its sustainability. Kinda looks to me like the US Chamber and its corporate citizenship affiliate the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) are speaking two distinctly different conversations! So, which is the truth here?
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Going Green as an Act of Patriotism
“In a world that’s hot, flat, and crowded, clean tech has to be the next great global industry, and therefore the country that takes the lead in clean power and clean tech is going to, by definition, be an economic and strategic leader in the 21st century, and that’s why there’s absolutely no contradiction between going green and being patriotic, geopolitical, and geostrategic. They actually go together.”
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