If you’ve watched the videos on my right sidebar, then you’ve heard San Francisco Mayor Newsom talk. He’s a big time supporter of going green and doing it for all sorts of reasons: it’s good business, good living, good for the city. Right now, according to SustainLane, San Francisco is the #2 greenest city in the United States. Well, SF is putting on a major campaign to be the greenest city in the United States and there’s a new green website to support the cause. www.letsgreenthiscity.com. Simultaneous to the roll-out of the website, letsgreenthiscity placed a total of nine couches throughout the city in various places (City Hall, Alamo Square, Ferry Building, Justin Herman Plaza, in the Castro, etc.). People, including Mayor Newsom, were provided the opportunity to get their picture taken on the couch, have it printed with soy-based ink, and frame it in recycled cardboard. The entire deal is being sponsored by Pacific Gas + Electric Company (PG+E) and ReadyMade Magazine. Oh yeah, and guess what, yours truly is a content partner for the website (unfortunately, my content says it’s posted by "anonymous"). Exciting times!
It’s Saturday night and I wanted to jump into the weekend with a cartoon that I noticed on the Building Seattle Green blog. It made me laugh, but unfortunately, the humor belies a sad reality. Consider this: In what way do we encourage greater reliance on oil (through transportation) by land use policies that further growth in the suburbs? In what way do we encourage building in suburbs by having greater access to cheap gas and enormous, cool vehicles? Maybe I’m overthinking this, but these issues are more inter-related that one would otherwise think. Enjoy the weekend! Tom Toles Comic Archive at Washington Post. Too Tired for Irony, April 14, 2006.
I can hardly believe another month of blogging has gone by, but it has. I have links on my right sidebar of many blogs that I read, but I also receive significant stops from visitors from various blogs that I’d like to mention. I’m going to list these in no particular order, but I must say that when I was mentioned on Treehugger, my traffic stats shot through the roof. For those of you that are considering advertising there, I think it’s a good idea! Here are some of the others:
- LEED Boot Camp – this blog is laying out some seriously helpful pointers for those preparing for the LEED Accredited Professional Examination.
- EE/RE Investing – Tom has expert information for investors and has a firm handle on the energy investment sector. Let’s not forget that October 7, 2006, is the National Solar Tour of Homes day (one in each state, and Tom is helping with Colorado’s tour).
- Dallas Progress – Officially named Best Political Blog of Dallas, Michael dubbed me the best sustainable building blog in Dallas. Really though, he’s talking about more than politics, he talks about development, real estate, and the economic future + safety of Dallas.
- Musing of an Eco-Entrepreneur – not much to say there…Shea’s going green wild with entrepreneurial endeavors.
- Matrix – I was mentioned in the Carnival of Real Estate and several real estate readers dropped in to read a little.
- LA Green Living – they kicked out the shouts to Jetson Green in the Carnival of the Green #43; thanks, by the way. Carnival of the Green stops by a different green blog on Mondays and is pretty good to read.
That’s about it. I’m sure I missed someone, but that’s why I’ll have next month’s "Kick Out the Shouts." Until then, I look forward to reading what y’all have to say and hope we can get closer to having more modern + green buildings.
Well…I’ve been blog tagged by the eco-entrepreneur, Shea. Here it goes…
A Book that Changed My Life:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Honestly, I don’t agree with the concept that one can find true greatness sans religion (or one’s personal, internal inspiration), but otherwise, this book is an amazing articulation of the greatness humans can acheive, intertwined with modern architecture commentary. Other notables: Enchantment by Orson Scott Card, Dune by Frank Herbert, Zen in the Art of Writing/The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, Autobiography of Ben Franklin, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
A Book I’ve Read More than Once:
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Had to do it for class, but I really like the themes expressed in this book.
A Book I’d take with me if I Were Stuck on a Desert Island:
The Bible. Honestly, it’s one of the biggest books I can think of and the authors pass the batton every now and then. It offers a modicum of variety.
A Book that Made Me Laugh:
Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen. His stuff is non-stop, hilarious. Some parts are more scandilious than I prefer, but otherwise, his stuff is absolutely ridiculous.
A Book that Made Me Cry:
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. This book really pulls at the heart strings. Gotta read it, however.
A Book that I Wish Had Been Written:
A personal diary of Genghis Khan. He’s an interesting character in the spectrum of dominant world leaders, so I’d be interested to know what was going through his mind, that is, other than fleeting thoughts of goat’s milk and riding horses.
A Book that I Wish Had Never Been Written:
I don’t know, everyone has the right to put it down on paper, so I can’t really think of anything, but I thought the recent book called "Jarhead," by Anthony Swofford, was utterly crass. I tossed it 25% through the book.
A Book I’ve Been Meaning to Read:
Still River by Harry Hunsicker (a mystery situationalized in Dallas real estate).
Books I’m Currently Reading:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and Lone Star by T.R. Fehrenbach.
As August starts to wind down, I’d like to kick out a quick, Sunday shout to those of you that are reading my blog and taking the time to email, comment, or place a Jetson Green link on your site. As I’ve tried to post little snippets of what I think is cool and green, many of you have provided excellent feedback and I look forward to all the sustainable green news I can handle during the next month. Bookmark this blog or subscribe to the feed; feel free to come back often and interact as often as you like.
Here are some of the noteworthy friends of Jetson Green who send large amounts of traffic and continue to add value to Jetson Green (alphabetical order):
- Archinect – Great place for architecture and building news; the best place to connect with all things architectural. Architect + Connect…
- Biz News Blog – Blog about business and environmental aspects of business. Interesting post about Hong Kong the other day.
- EcoStreet – sleek, informed blog on all things green.
- E, The Environmental Magazine – They have a good section on green living, which includes the most recent topics on natural sodas, eco-travel, eco-awareness, green multi-level marketing, and flowers.
- Green At Work Today – The ultimate source for a reliable aggregation of environmental news from the best sources. Very interesting and relevant reading material!!
- Green Technolog – A cool blogger talking about all aspects of technology that will help the world achieve a sustainable future. Recently, he’s talking about E85, California’s solar news, and clean free energy.
- Musings of An Eco-Entreprenuer – A major entrepreneur who loves everything about green business and blogging.
- Sustainable Log – Home of the awesome "Headlines from the Green Blogosphere."
- Tom Konrad EE/RE Investing – The green blogosphere’s welcome Ph.D and independent investment advisor who has forgotten more than most people know about investing, energy, and everything else environmental. Great blog!
Y’all come back now…