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Greendweller v1.2

January 22, 2008

Greendweller has been around about 3 months now and will likely reach the 1000 visitors milestone this week.  Hooray!  During that time I’ve realized to an extent what I can expect from myself, this blog, and you readers, so I’ve decided to make a couple changes to Greendweller.

Posting Schedule-  I’m dropping my posting schedule to 2/week, with every 4th-6th post or so double posted to The Sietch.  With most of my time devoted to graduating and finding a job in Chicago, there just isn’t time to write 5 well-researched posts a week.

Posts- That said, I still see a lot of value in blogging as a platform for yours and my own questions about sustainability.  My favorite posts are still those where we actually got down to numbers and were able to effectively evaluate practices or options.

Attitute- While everyone loves a warm fuzzy CFL post, there are some more controversial green issues I would like to explore here.   Expect to see more posts in the future covering such things as McMansions, meat consumption, and personal responsibility.

Thank you to everyone that has commented, become a regular reader, or just stopped by as a result of a random Google search.  Your support is the best motivation.


Free Hugs

January 1, 2008

Since you can’t hug on the internet, this is the next best thing.  RSSHugger is a site that seeks to join readers with blogs, according to my rudimentary understanding of the blogosphere.  Quite frankly, I just love the little guy in the logo.  But it seems like an interesting system to try.  Review RSSHugger and you get a free 10-year membership.   It indexes blogs in a user-friendly site that visitors can poke around and find your blog either through a monthly popularity ranking or by topic.  Hopefully the end result is that you get more traffic, RSSHugger gets more traffic, and everyone’s happy.  And quite honestly, who couldn’t use a hug?


A Gaggle of Links!

December 19, 2007

Today I just might get my car back after my brakes failed last week. Thankfully the problems began not in the mountains of West Virginia on my way home for break, but in the parking lot right next to an auto shop. Although I never complain at the opportunity to borrow my mother’s Prius, it’s a little harder to convince myself to drive my father’s gas guzzling Yukon. I guess this Goldilocks will have to settle for my somewhere-in-between Chevy.

Ireland Bans Incandescent Light Bulbs (from Inhabitat) Imagine how much energy they’ll save! If only we could do that here in the U.S., but apparently we’re busy being the difficult child at the conference in Bali.

Where Me And My No Impact Blog Go From Here (from NoImpactMan) I don’t think that I could ever be as hard-core as Colin was, so I love his point about how by integrating sustainability into our institutions a bit will make it much easier for the masses to go green.

90% Emissions Reductions By 2030? Easy! (from Keith at The Sietch) When you treat the reductions like a loan or savings plan and apply the numbers, 90% really does seem to be within our grasp. I’d like go one step further though and shoot for 95%, because I think those that care should try to do more than just pull their own weight.

Why Don’t We Do It In Our Sleeves? (from Verda Vivo) Disease prevention is crucial around the holidays between the cold weather, the travel, and seeing all those family members. Wash your hands, too 🙂


The Sietch Blog

December 18, 2007

Check out my first post as a recurring author on The Sietch Blog.  It’s a great community I’m excited to now be a part of.  Actually, you should be checking out the whole thing!


Managing Your “Online Footprint”

December 8, 2007

12-8.jpgYesterday I was poking around the net using Internet Explorer instead of my usual Mozilla Firefox. To my surprise an ancient photo of my friends and a few links showed up as the homepage. It was a site I had designed while in high school, used as a blog for awhile, and eventually forgotten about over the years. Today I systematically deleted the files from this site and closed my account with the free hosting service.

I consider moves like this to be important to managing my “Online Footprint”. In the same sense that we have a carbon footprint which shows our impact on the atmosphere, we each have an online footprint that represents the extent of our presence on the internet. Unlike a carbon footprint, a large online footprint isn’t necessarily a bad thing; often it is a sign of popularity, prestige, and influence in the online community.

However, our footprints should only be as large as our feet. Unused websites, forgotten flickr accounts, inactive blogs and the like are the refuse from our lives as internet nomads. My old sites contained photos, contact information, and personal writings that I was no longer monitoring but were still accessible by everyone. If I hadn’t come across them by accident they would have stayed put forever or until someone at the free hosting service realized they hadn’t been updated in years. Not only could such information come back to bite us, (Election 2036: Candidates’ old Facebook accounts revealed!) but it sits wasting storage space and possibly even electricity. I tried to find data on the percentage of internet sites that are inactive, and how much energy this wastes, but was unable to find anything. If you know, please enlighten us!

To get a harness on your online footprint, first make a list of all the sites you currently have an account with, including social networking websites, photo storage servers, shopping logins, and blogs. In my short life I’ve held accounts with dozens of sites, many of which I only used for a short time. Delete the ones you haven’t used in the past 3 months- you can always create a new account if you find you need it later. It’s probably a good idea to delete all the information yourself before closing as each site has a different policy on how they handle closed accounts. Then visit the rest of the sites on your list. Examine what personal information is made available and adjust the security controls or delete until you’re comfortable with what can be accessed.

This activity may not be directly “green”, but it cultivates a habit of picking up after oneself. Your mother would be proud of you. 🙂


Acronym Central: RSS and NBC

November 9, 2007

As a new blogger, I’m trying to acquaint myself with the sustainability and design blogospheres.  Not surprisingly, blog-surfing can be a time-gobbler and bedmate to procrastination.  To help keep blogging blogging and not turning into full on web-wikipedia surfing I’m trying out RSSOwl.  So far it seems to be a pleasant way to keep up with all the blogs I am discovering.  Since it has such a similar interface to email I already have a working style with the program, and am continuing many of my email habits, namely deleting as much as possible as soon as possible and keeping only what truly piques my interest.  We’ll see if it cuts down on the extra surfing.  If you know of any excellent blogs I should be reading please let me know! (no self-promotion on this one please)

NBC’s “Green is Universal” week is coming to a close.  I still have to agree with my earlier post that shipping camera crews all over the globe was a little extravagant, but I have to admit I enjoyed some of the green cameos in their programming.  Detective Crews purchasing a solar farm has to be my favorite.  Let’s hope he doesn’t sell it next week!  Hopefully the integration of their message into plot as well as commercials has penetrated the minds of Americans who might hear the message on the news but fail to consider becoming more sustainable.