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Jetson Green Named to MoPo 2007 – Top 25 Architecture Blogs (Updated)

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I just wanted to kick out a shout to the blog Eikongraphia and Michiel van Raaij for working hard to compile a list of the Top 25 Architecture Blogs on the internet right now.  I’m pleased to announce that Jetson Green occupies the #9 position on the list.  Without having perfect access to all sorts of information, it’s difficult to make a list of top blogs and not receive some criticism, but I think Michiel did a good job.  Here’s a list of the Top 15 Architecture Blogs:

    1. BLDGBLOG
    2. Things Magazine
    3. Pruned
    4. Archidose
    5. Plataforma Arquitectura
    6. Tropolism
    7. Dezeen
    8. Edgar Gonzalez
    9. Jetson Green
    10. Subtopia
    11. Eikongraphia
    12. Anarchitecture
    13. Noticias Arquitectura
    14. Mirage Studio 7
    15. Brand Avenue

If you’re an architecture fan, feel free to drop by any one of these quality sites.  I have many of them plugged into the feed right now.  But I must admit, I’m not an architect.  I am a construction and design enthusiast.  I hear architects say all the time, "Developers should go to architecture school."  Jetson Green is my form of research and school–the more I blog, the more I learn, and I rely on emails, comments, and trackbacks to understand the important principles relating to the architecture of sustainability. 

::UPDATE:: The list was revised to separate out individual and collaborative blogs.  Jetson Green moved up to #7 on the individual blogs list.  The above list is still the first attempt. 

Town of Babylon's LEED Code and LEED Creep Potential

Newsday_logo Fellow green building blogger Stephen at GreenBuildingsNYC had an editorial published called "The Greening of Buildings: Babylon Town’s adoption of an environmentally friendly building code has virtues, but could scare off potential development."  Stephen talks about Town of Babylon’s adoption of a LEED Code (likely the nation’s strictest) requiring commercial, industrial, office, and multiple residential buildings larger than 4,000 sf to get LEED certification.  I recommend giving the article a read, but I wanted to highlight a few salient points that he made: 

  1. LEED ordinances that require an actual USGBC certificate face opposition from interested parties because (1) depending on the size of the project, owners will need to pay a minimum of $35,000 per project just to secure certification (unless Platinum certified), and (2) there is a potential for delay in process of evaluating applications. 
  2. LEED ordinances that "automatically adopt any future versions promulgated" could be problematic.  By doing this, a town has effectively handed the keys to its local building code to a third party.  The building code can be subject to modification any time. 
  3. An effective means of encouraging green building practices is through the use of financial incentives such as floor-area bonuses under the existing zoning, expedited review of building permits, and various tax credits and rebates

Good food for thought.  These are just a few points from the article.  It’s important to remember that LEED is a means to sustainability, it’s not the end, by any stretch of the imagination.  Nice work, Stephen. 

The Advent of "Green Options" + The Green Report (Updated)

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I’m going to keep this short, but as an FYI, the blogosphere is officially welcoming Green Options to the scene.  In full disclosure, I am a contributor to the site, so I have a modicum of bias as far as that’s concerned.  That said, I’m not so connected to anything to put myself in a position to not be honest.  If that makes sense.  Although Green Options is being heralded as new to the green scene, many of its contributors are old pros when it comes to the blogging world.  Here are a few heavy-hitters with their own blogs in parenthesis:  Jeff McIntire-Strasburg (Treehugger + Sustainablog), Michael d’Estries (GroovyGreen + Ecorazzi), Rebecca Carter (GreenerMiami + Ecorazzi), Shea Gunther (Musings of an Eco-Entrepreneur), Philip Proefrock (EcoGeek, contributor), and Amy Stodghill (It’s the Environment, Stupid). 

I like the simplicity of the site.  It’s clean and very easy to look at.  I really dig "The Green Report," not to be confused with the popular Drudge Report.  I can’t wait for The Green Report to get some big-time visits from the public, to watch news work its way around that page.  The Green Report is going to be like Hugg is to Digg.  If you know what I mean.  Nice job Shea + Jeff. 

Update (4/2/2007): In the interests of full disclosure, I thought I would mention that I’ve decided to no longer be a member of the Green Options blog team. 

Carnival of the Green #62

Cotg As you all know, Carnival of the Green is basically a carnival of blog posts that gets passed around from one green site to another.  Posting happens on Mondays.  Treehugger graciously supports the endeavor, so pop on over there if you’re interested in hosting a carnival or submitting an article (carnivalofgreen [at] gmail dot com).  Last week, Carnival #61 was at Clay & Wattles, and next week, Carnival #63 will be at Nonoscience.

That said, I received a ton of articles and commentary, a virtual smattering of diverse topics, so go ahead and check ‘em out.  Here we go in no particular order:

That’s about 28 articles, so this should be enough to keep you busy for the next week.  Thanks for letting me participate Treehugger!!

Nominate Jetson Green for the 2007 Bloggies: "Best New Weblog"?!

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Well, I don’t know how this will go, but who cares, right?  I’m going to give it a shot.  Preliminary voting has opened for The Seventh Annual Weblog Awards: The 2007 Bloggies.  There are a few different categories that you can vote in, but I’m only going for the "Best New Weblog" category.  Prizes are nominal, if that, but I think it would be fun to increase exposure to modern + green building and real estate development.  Here’s how:

  • Category: "Best New Weblog"
  • Nominee: "Jetson Green"
  • URL: "http://jetsongreen.typepad.com

And make sure to confirm you vote when it’s emailed to you.  Voting closes on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 10:00 pm EST.  If you read green blogs, Treehugger and GroovyGreen are going for a bid as well.

Jetson Green 2007: Blog Goals

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I agree with Siel that goals should be SMART.  Inspired by Geekwhat (caution: bust image), I’ve decided to broadcast three goals I have for Jetson Green.  They say (I don’t know who exactly, but…), "A goal is not a goal until it is written down," so blogging these should keep me accountable.  Here we go. 

  1. Leave 5 comments a day elsewhere.
  2. Reach the 100,000 total new visitors mark (currently at +14,000 total), need to get about 1,700 new visits a week (versus my current 1,100).
  3. Publish 2 articles in print magazines. 

Aspirational?  Yes.  Doable?  Yes.  Although I have one concern.  I don’t think the comments goal is measurable, but I will keep a running tab in my notes.  The other two goals are measurable and all three goals must be performed by year end.  For #2 + #3, I rely on the generosity of others; for example, if people stop visiting, then I will never reach 100,000 new visitors. 

What am I going to do to make it happen?  Keep generating quality, rich, noteworthy, focused content.  Keep tweaking the site based upon visits, site statistics, and reader feedback.  Keep blogging daily.  And enjoy every minute of it.

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