Archive for October 20th, 2011
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the country’s largest design associations, hopes to support designers in their quest to create social change in a way that doesn’t threaten their practices. The group launched a new initiative, Design for Good, at its biennial conference, Pivot, last weekend in Phoenix. Toscano, AIGA’s national director of social engagement, says the project... Continue Reading
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The Hidden Eco-Benefits of Working from Home
Some time ago I posted on how we built a home office in an storage old barn using reclaimed materials. And I have to say that working from home is one of my favorite thing about my current job(s). Every now and then, of course, we hear of studies that claim that telecommuting is more polluting than working from an office—studies that Lloyd usually debunks in pretty short order. But nevertheless these get me thinking—telecommuting has way more eco-benefits than just saving on gas from your commute. Here are a few of my favorites. (Yes, some of them involve peeing.)... Continue Reading
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‘Poop’ Power
Maryland is seeking proposals for the purchase of electricity generated from animal waste like poultry litter and livestock manure, the governor’s office announced on Thursday. Eligible energy suppliers must have a capacity of up to 10 megawatts, connect directly to the grid and be able to begin providing power to the state by Dec. 31, 2015. While the idea of poo-derived power may sound unconventional, Maryland isn’t the only state that’s giving it a second look. Through a pilot case study conducted by its Cow Power program, the state of Vermont produced 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year by... Continue Reading
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CooKit solar panel cooker
Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers. The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil... Continue Reading
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