A heavily-illiustrated article on Jeff Wilson ("Professor Dumpster") and the evolution of his thirty-six square feet of open-air accommodation: Living Simply in a Dumpster
Despite the federal election focus
on BC ridings, Vancouverites are having a hard time looking past the municipal
. Things are quite dramatic in the urban planning scene. The city's regional growth plan was recently paralyzed by disagreement from Coquitlam
. TransLink announced permanent cuts to bus service during Earth Week, describing it as "service optimization,"
highlighting its own chronic funding issues
. The city successfully stopped a "megacasino" project
after community backlash, but the $3 billion freeway Gateway Project
continues despite ongoing protests.
As the city struggles to find its way to the goal of Greenest City 2020
, it's a good time to look at the paths not taken, via this excellent podcast on Vancouver's relationship with roadways
. Part of a series called "Moving Through
" from the Museum of Vancouver
. [more inside]
These Come From Trees
"Testing shows a 'These Come From Trees' sticker on a paper towel dispenser reduces paper towel consumption by ~15%"
is intended to document our experience in creating a “green” home in the city of Chicago. We hope to share our experience, good and bad, in creating a place to live ecologically, happily and with minimal impact upon our world." [more inside]
: the Science Museum asks us the question "should we upgrade our mobile phone?" "No
" and "no
" say the Times and the Observer, but we still do: on average every 18 months. What's the problem? Well it isn't just the lead, arsenic, beryllium and brominated fire-retardant
cases (pollutants all) disappearing into our land fills (which are not covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive [WEEE
] in Europe). Coltan also goes into our phones. It occurs mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as such our demand for upgrades has been contributing to a war
(despite mobile phone companies' claims to the contrary, coltan is not regulated like timber). If we must upgrade, we can at least recycle or
hack our old phones