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Dustin Urban Wins Teva Mountain Games… Again!

by June 6, 2011 » Add more comments.
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There is something inexplicable about watching Dustin win the Teva Mountain Games Freestyle Kayak event once again. But then again, I feel this way most every year, since he was won 5 out of the 6 years we have been together. The event is so stacked- it is arguably the most [...] Read more »

If It’s Not Beautiful, It’s Not Sustainable

by March 16, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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“The best way to recycle a 2 x 4 is to leave it in place.” -Andres Duany A lot of resources go into any home, not to mention a neighborhood, so it better be good. It better be built in such a way that it will be loved and last far beyond the 30-year [...] Read more »

Why Urbanism Matters- South Main & Sustainability Part 2

by February 25, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Good urbanism has a hard time competing with solar panels and wind turbines as a symbol of sustainability. So it often takes one of those light bulb moments to realize the truth about Urbanism: it’s probably the most comprehensive way we can address climate change in this country.

Energy Star Has Upped the Ante and We’re on Board

by January 28, 2011 » Add more comments.
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With home energy usage accounting for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, South Main has always embraced green building as an important element of what makes the neighborhood sustainable. Particularly in our colder climate, a well-insulated, tight building envelope is crucial.

How is South Main Sustainable? Intro to a Series

by December 7, 2010 » Add more comments.
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Last night I was reading David Brower’s Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run. This is a guy who founded the Sierra Club and The League of Conservation Voters, helped prevent the damming of the Grand Canyon, and was designated by the New York Times as ‘the most effective conservation activist in the world.’ [...] Read more »

From Wasteland to Oasis: Making the Most of Our Small Yard

by July 12, 2010 » Add more comments.
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We have one of the smallest and most awkwardly-shaped lots in South Main. Shaped sort of like a badly cut piece of pie, it seemed our yard was doomed to not be much- besides our wonderful vegetable garden. But I have a son now so we built a sand box. We never used the space anyways- why not? The sand box started an inquiry that has ended with, in my mind, a surprising realization of just what can be done with a small yard.

Urbanism and Sustainability

by June 23, 2010 » Add more comments.
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I often wonder when I hear things like ‘change a light bulb, save the world’ just how deep our culture’s understanding of sustainability is. I’ll read an article that discusses how the American lifestyle needs to change, but the answer at the end has more to do with fuel efficient cars than urbanism or smart growth. This article is compelling to me because it demonstrates with solid data how New Urbanism and Smart Growth are a systemic approach to sustainability and dealing with the climate crisis…