Green House smoothies

I mentioned awhile back that I’d be hanging out at The Green House project in Boulder, then reporting back on some of the cool stuff I’d seen. Turns out, they had a videographer there capturing the entire three-day event. As soon as the video makes it my way, I will post it. But in the meantime, here are a few shots from the smoothie contest the house dwellers participated in, and allowed me and my friend Deanna to judge. For the record, coffee in smoothies = good.

Shout out to Cynthia Sass and Jeffrey Davis for their winning concoction…

Stocked with the goods

Smoothie contest winners, Cynthia and Jeffrey

This week’s sweet link – Have you seen my stapler?

City made of staples… click for more

From City of Skies

The distance from farm to market is now only a few blocks.

Urban farming

Ever since we got hold of the PBS documentary series, E2, we’ve been keeping an eye on greenroof development and green building in general. Watching the series we were blown away by Chicago’s commitment to innovative building techniques. Of course, the Windy City has a long history of leading the country in big buildings, but it seems as if they’ve got some competition, at least when it comes to making greenroofs. According to this blog from PSFK, a 6,000 square foot roof of an industrial building has been transformed not into a meadow or field or Zen garden, but an actual working organic vegetable garden.

Greening the Gridiron

from: do football and sustainability fit together? Aside from pigskin being a renewable resource, not much comes to mind, right?

Check this out – The NFL actually has an environmental  program that’s been in place for more than 15 years. What started out as basic recycling program has expanded into a much broader campaign chock full of sustainable efforts and community based activity. And for the second straight year, the NFL is offsetting energy for the fun-filled-five-day-extravaganza leading up to the Superbowl. More and more programs similar to the National Football League’s are popping up all across collegiate and professional athletics, and this LEED certified stadium concept is proof that the sporting world is really thinking about this stuff on a large scale.

In 2008 WhiteWave teamed up with the University of Colorado, the Governor’s Energy Office and Bonneville Environmental Foundation, to make Folsom Field a zero waste zone, and promote the use alternative transportation to and from the stadium. In its first year, “Ralphie’s Green Stampede”,  produced 40 tons of recyclables and compostables – a 199 percent increase in materials diverted from landfills and a 30 percent reduction in overall waste generation both within Folsom Field and at tailgate lots. And in 2009 the program extended its presence across all athletic events.

As a Colorado State alum, you have no idea how hard it is for me to say this, but it really is worth saying… big, big ups to the Buffs and their efforts.

PS – I’d be remiss not to mention the cool stuff C-State is doing in the green realm as well. Click here, and Go Rams

Holy Solar Sahara


As noted in yesterday’s post, the smallest of things can be an important first step in achieving something great. But as this post from INHABITAT points out, so can the BIGGEST of things…

Is it me or did it just get really, really bright in here?

The Train, is leaving
(via flickr)

(via flickr)

Last week’s post about transit systems and the Copenhagen conference got me thinking. Building an effective subway or urban train system would be really, really hard. Just imagine the scope of work involved with planning, staffing, funding, etc. Not to mention it’s going to take YEARS to even get started, and possibly DECADES to finish. And when you are finished… who’s to say that the new system will function properly and encourage people to use it?

Recent history shows us American cities that have gone the distance with such projects, have somewhat low ridership. Especially when compared to other countries.

So how would you do it?

The basics:

– It has to be accessible…

– It has to be affordable (for the riders, and the municipality funding it)…

– It has to be convenient – is it near where I live, where I shop, can I make it to work on time, can I get home on time…

– And maybe, just maybe, it should also be aesthetically pleasing…

(via flickr)

(via flickr)

NYC’s subway may be the best example of how mass transit is done right. Chicago’s L and DC’s Metro Rail fit in there as well. But as good as they are on a functional level, aesthetically, there’s not much going on. And that’s ok; the people catching those trains aren’t used to anything else. But as you start to move into the suburban sprawls of the West where people are more familiar with MetroCars than they are MetroCards, aesthetic considerations might make a lot of sense. At least from an “encouraging to ride” perspective.

Have a look at some of  the “aesthetic steps” others are taking with transit… pretty impressive (emphasis on pretty).

Team’s got structure

portraitI, for the record, am one that enjoys a little social interaction at work. This might simply be an excuse to do less work, or even more likely my Attention Deficit kicking in, but sitting quietly for more than a half hour makes me a little nuts. I crave contact. Which is why this article from piqued my interest.

The questions posed are intriguing – What the heck do we have against actually talking to each other at work?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I think it’s cool to see that architects aren’t only into building buildings… they’re into building relationships through the long lost art of human interaction. No doubt equaling positive work results. Not to mention positive environmental results by saving energy, space and wasted cube materials.

I like your style, architects… and your stylings.