Archive for September, 2012

Twitterers to Follow

I try not to make this blog to personal, but lately I have noticed that many colleagues of mine do not know where to get new and interesting green news. The major news and even local news are not reporting on much, but online there is a wealth of great information over new green technologies, sciences, endeavors, business practices and policies. I thought I would share 3 sites with great twitter accounts for keeping updated on green and sustainable topics:

TreeHugger.comhttps://twitter.com/TreeHugger or TreeHugger.com is constantly discovering new green information and news that could pique the interest of any discipline. The site and twitter posts include design, technology, living, transportation, energy, science and business articles by a variety of great journalists.

New Scientisthttps://twitter.com/newscientist or http://www.newscientist.com is a great site and twitter account for news and updates over range of scientific topics. Many of these topics cover sustainability issues in a vast of technical and scientific areas. The Tweets of this account are so creative and funny that you cannot help but click on the links.

GOOD https://twitter.com/GOOD or http://www.good.is/everyone is one of my favorite spots and quarterly magazines. I happen to be a subscriber, but before that and daily I run by this site to get updates on social sustainability news. It has great articles and real world initiatives that are empowering communities for sustainable initiatives. Their graphics and symbols are great and add a modern uniformity to the content.

I have always followed these websites and their Tweets have helped me to stay updated more often than not. Check them out and start by following them on Twitter as a sample or just a quick daily fact/anecdote.

Boosted Boards – Alternative Transportation

California is still leading the way in green technologies and action. Boosted Boards, a small company from Palo Alto, has come up with what they call “the lightest electric vehicle that’s ever been made”. No, this is not some tiny car that most Americans would not buy

It is a long board skateboard, powered by twin brushless motors near the wheels. Now these Stanford graduates are not stating that Boosted Boards will replace standard transportation, but they might be the key to connecting people with public transportation options. When it comes to public transportation, the last mile of a commuter’s route is what public transportation generally cannot fill. With Boosted Boards, public transportation users can ride out that last connecting mile with ease.

The company is still developing prototypes so that the board will only weigh 12 – 15 pounds (easy to carry), climb hills with grades as steep as 15%, reach 20mph speeds and charges that will last for six hours before a recharge is necessary (enough to get you to and from the bus or train).

They are currently raising funds via “Kickstarter” (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/170315130/boosted-boards-the-worlds-lightest-electric-vehicl), to begin full-scale production of the boards so that the public will have one more incentive to take public transportation and use Boosted Boards as their main method of personal transport.

http://www.boostedboards.com/

The Value of a LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a social networking tool that acts like Facebook, but on a strictly professional scope. The sight is very useful for displaying professional credentials for businesses and contacts to see, along with posting your résumé for possible job references. I currently have an account, but do not utilize it at all. I have begun monitoring the time spent stumbling or looking over Faceboook and made an unsettling realization; I should be spending my time more wisely by setting up a professional profile on LinkedIn. The only advice I can share is that no benefits will come out of a LinkedIn profile unless it is maintained and updated regularly. This free resource is almost pivotal in the globalized/constantly connected world of today. Forging professional relationships used to involve networking events and retreats. Although there is still a place for that, LinkedIn serves as an open playing field for connecting career oriented people.

Sustainability Wikis

A collaborative, public effort exists to bring together sustainability information and resources. Appropedia, a wiki site, designed to bring sustainability opinions, facts, projects and articles together for its community of users and the public at large. The site welcomes all entries and edits by anyone on the web and has a wealth of information regarding everything from sustainable construction and agriculture to service learning and health.

This wiki is successful in its mission of “sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives”, but how much content is necessary before it becomes as viable as wikis such as Wikipedia. According to the front page of Appropedia “contributors have made 213,115 edits and uploaded 16,209 files”, with 37,003 pages in total. These numbers are fractions compared to more established wikis, such as Wikipedia. This does not necessarily mean that the site is or will be unsuccessful, but perhaps those moderating and running Appropedia should find a way to get the word out or encourage use among internet users.