Amy Southerland

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Name: Amy Southerland
Date registered: October 26, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Agribusiness as Usual (pay no attention to that man behind the subsidized curtain!) — December 19, 2011
  2. Tweeting and Blogging about The Atlantic’s Green Intelligence Forum — November 20, 2011
  3. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust — November 13, 2011
  4. Roger Doiron on Subversive Plots — October 28, 2011
  5. Rebirth of a Blog: The Sustainable POV Backstory — October 27, 2011

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Aug 25

Fast Draw video: Hybrids vs. Used Cars

The Fast Draw guys (featured on CBS Sunday Morning) show why buying a used car that gets decent MPG is “greener” than buying a new hybrid. As always, they make it quick, fun, easy to digest — but very smart. Like many things, smart recycling is better than buying something new (cars, clothes, housewares…) because …

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Aug 19

Bill McKibben: “The Greenback Effect”

I’m working to educate myself about environmental issues, and Bill McKibben’s books The End of Nature and Deep Economy are on my growing need-to-read list. His smart, engaging article in the May/June 2008 issue of Mother Jones has me looking forward to delving into his books. In “The Greenback Effect” (subtitle: “Greed has helped destroy …

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Aug 18

Tyler Colman: “Drink Outside the Box”

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Now, this is an environmental-impact issue I can really get excited about. In the August 17 NYTimes, guest columnist Tyler Colman, who has a blog called Dr.Vino.com, writes about Italy giving the green light for some wines to be sold in boxes, and why boxed wine is a preferable way to package wines that are …

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Aug 18

Tom Friedman: “Eight Strikes and You’re Out”

In the August 12 NYTimes, Tom Friedman points out that while John McCain is out there talking big about America’s energy crisis, he has failed to vote eight times on a Senate Bill that would extend tax credits that support renewable energy. Both the wind and solar industries depend on these credits — which expire …

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Aug 18

William McDonough on cradle to cradle design | Video on TED.com

Last week, I blogged about a Newsweek Q&A with architect William McDonough. That’s a great 5-minute introduction, but if you have 20 minutes, watch this TED talk (from February 2005). Be patient — McDonough warms up once he gets going (the main problem is he’s probably fitting two hours of ideas into 20 minutes). By …

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Aug 18

Joseph Romm: “The NY Times Blows the Solar PV Story”

On August 11, I blogged about an August 10 story in the NYTimes about big retailers putting solar panels on the roofs of their stores. On August 12, Joseph Romm, in his blog Climate Progress, offered a great critique of the story. While the NYTimes story offers some great info, they fall down on explaining …

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Aug 14

GOOD Magazine video | Rooftop Bees

Short video (2:30) about a beekeeper in NYC (and yes, his hives have suffered losses from hive collapse). Interesting insight into an unexpected aspect of sustainable urban living (not only is he providing pollinators, but he also sells the honey). By the way, I recommend GOOD Magazine in general — their website isn’t all that …

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Aug 13

Architect William McDonough: The Future of Green Building

In the August 18/25 issue of Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria’s Future of Energy column is a Q&A with architect William McDonough. It’s a quick overview of McDonough’s approach/philosophy, and the article includes a photo gallery of projects designed by McDonough’s firm, including the living roof on the Ford Motor Complex in Dearborn, MI. It’s a quick …

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Aug 12

NPR: “Missouri Town is Running on Vapor — and Thriving”

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Nice NPR radio story from Frank Morris at KCUR (in my hometown of KC) about Rock Port, a small town (pop. 1,300) in northwest Missouri that is the first U.S. community to be powered completely by wind. There’s a written summary, but I recommend listening to the audio, which provides more details and atmosphere — …

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Aug 12

Joseph Romm: “Why We Never Need to Build Another Polluting Power Plant”

Writing for Salon.com (July 28), Joseph Romm (whose blog I’m just starting to explore: www.climateprogress.org) explains how utility companies are encouraged to build more power plants, and how we could turn that around. Very convincing stuff, with California as the model for success: In the past three decades, electricity consumption per capita grew 60 percent …

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