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The mindset of India (Then & Now)

The Political Mindset of India then:

Roti, Cupra and Makan

Translation: Food, Clothing & Shelter

The Political Mindset of India Now:

Bigili , Sark and pani

Transaltion: Electricity, Roads & Water

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Government, Inspiration, Life, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government Suppliers Directory


NCM GOVPAGES is a National bilingual hardcopy  and online directory of over 50,000 businesses who are  offering products and services to all levels of government.  15,000 copies of the printed edition have now been  distributed to senior officials within the Federal,  Provincial, Territorial and Municipal governments.

By  utilizing this directory, you are directly supporting local  companies in gaining access to government opportunities  throughout Canada.

Even if your role is non-purchasing  related GOVPAGES will benefit you by providing access to  information on companies across all industry sectors,  including hotel and convention facilities, meeting facilitator  services, education and training courses, translators, career  advancement consultants, human resource specialists,  alternative energy research, medical research, healthcare  providers, automotive servicing and mechanical maintenance,  etc.

Each government supplier listing includes:  legal/operating company name, main company contact, email,  phone/fax number, mailing address, website, GSIN  product/service category, employee size, language preference  and aboriginal identifier.

As a further resource  GOVPAGES is developing a central resource of informative white  papers and articles which will be indexed under government  GSIN product and services descriptions, including industry  familiar references.

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August 28, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Development, Business Model, Government, Sales | , , , | Leave a comment

Sustainable Design gone to far…

This made me laugh…  I’m sure this will last a long time though…  Ever since I watch the Story of Stuff and found out that most things in our home don’t last 1 year I guess the designers of this got the message across!


Is it Durable?

I have some architect friends with classic Grand Confort chairs, designed by Le Corbusier and covered in fine leather; their cats have completely destroyed them. Perhaps they should have bought Stefan Zwicky’s “Dommage a Corbu, Grand confort, Sans confort” made from concrete and reinforcing bar. It certainly would be durable.

Perhaps the most sustainable thing we can do is make things last a long time. We might have to pay more up front, but over the life of the object it pays dividends.

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Sustainability | | Leave a comment

Portable Work Station

These LEED (Leader in Energy & Environmental Design) and Built Green Building Certifications are the in thing when it comes to new development.   This means that those who ware developing news sustainable and homes and commercial units are bring more work with them to the job site.   That’s why I think this is great product and a great idea.


Is It Transportable? From Louis Vuitton to the Finley Plan Station, we are intrigued by transportable designs. They usually take up a lot less space, and are well suited to a more mobile lifestyle. They often display clever use of materials and hardware, and ingenious design ideas. And, like the Finley Plan Station, they don't always cost the earth. More: Less is More: Fold Away Wall Desks Room in a Box: You Can Take it With You Credit: Finley Products

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Construction, Creativity, Geothermal, Great Ideas, Green Roofs, LEED, Packaging, Products | Leave a comment

Eco Paper Resources & Ideas

I hope this gives you some more ideas and resources about what kind of eco paper resources out there.

Vert Yoko Chapman photo

The first zero-carbon wedding invitation line, Vert by Yoko Chapman uses 100 percent Forestry Stewardship Council-certified post-consumer recycled paper from a wind-generated mill, along with vegetable-based dyes, to create its waste-reducing flat-panel cards. A sheer wraparound band replaces invitation jackets, overlays, and mats, while embellished envelope flaps eliminate the need for additional paper liners.Vert by Yoko Chapman

Two Trick Pony photo

Oh hay! Saddle up with Two Trick Pony, a Boston-based stationer that keeps its environmental hoofprint petite by hand-printing all its paper goods (social correspondence, wedding invites, prints) on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper using water-based inks. Plus, single cards are packaged in biodegradable clear sleeves made from PLA film, making this equine-inclined paper purveyor a clear winner (or would that be "whinny"?) in the green department.Two Trick Pony

Delphine Press photo

Delphine Press has effortless elegance writ large on its letterpress paper goods, which are printed on 100 percent reclaimed-cotton paper with soy inks. The Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.-based design house also buys its envelopes and paper from mills that use 100 percent clean, renewable hydroelectric power or other certified-renewable energy sources. Stop by Delphine's online store to peruse its extensive offerings, and pick up a charming organic cotton tote while you're at it.Delphine Press

Ecojot photo

Made from acid- and chlorine-free 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper just north of the border, Ecojot's cheery, eye-poppingly vibrant assortment of journals, sketchbooks, notepads, wrapping paper, calendars, and folders draws its inspiration from the exquisite beauty of nature. Glues and inks are vegetable-based, while protective sleeves are derived from corn. And if that's not granola enough for you, the paper mill runs on landfill gas. The brother-and-sister duo of Mark and Carolyn Gavin also give a portion of proceeds to environmental causes.Ecojot

Madison Park Greetings photo

One of the nation's leading stationery companies, Madison Park Greetings showcases a slew of emerging and established artists, including Susie Ghahremani, Suling Wang, and Trish Kinsella (shown, left), with an ever-growing percentage of its wares printed in the United States on 100 percent FSC-certified paper stock with vegetable-based inks. For its new "Madison Park Green" line of greeting cards and blank notes, the company has abandoned plastic packaging for a recycled paper strip that binds the cards and envelopes together. Likewise, catalogs are printed on 100 percent recycled paper. Madison Park Greetings

Enormouschampion photo

The Brooklynites who make up Enormouschampion use 100 percent post-consumer paper for its affable brand of hipster cool, including its now-iconic "Our Love is Here to Stay" silkscreen print. A couple of stand-outs: Its series of whale-themed notecards and a houndstooth design that resolves into bunnies or bats on closer inspection. (Pictured, Enormouschampion's soon-to-be-available wooden animal silhouettes, made in the United States from sustainably grown hard maple.)Enormouschampion

Albertine Press photo

A letterpress print shop run by "sometime-architect" Shelley Barandes, Albertine Press produces its social stationery, invitations, journals, and coasters on 100 percent reclaimed cotton. Favorite designs include exuberant collages of antique stamps, textile patterns from around the world, and a trio of recycled pocket notebooks (stamped with retro images of a typewriter, light bulb, and pencil) to corral all your bright ideas.Albertine Press

Loop LLC photo

"Happy People, Healthy Planet" is Loop LLC's design- and earth-conscious mantra. Free-spirited hand-drawn designs (architectural boxes, clusters of bubbles, magnified snowflakes) by Philadelphia artist Elissa Barbieri grace 100 percent FSC-certified post-consumer recycled or kraft paper by way of soy-based inks. And it's a family affair at Loop: Barbieri roped in her mother to create "Doodlespark," a line of colored cards with swirling, organic designs.Loop LLC

SusyJack photo

Exuding bold, contemporary style, SusyJack uses 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper for all its paper offerings, which are printed and hand-assembled in the United States. We're particularly partial to Manhattan-based designer Susan Connor's statement-making 12-panel calenders and the cork-backed, clothespin-shaped desk clip made from reclaimed wood.SusyJack


Green Paper Company is making a difference, one sheet at a time, with its stylish range of soy-ink-printed notecards and gift wrap, available in both solids and prints. Its paper, made in the United States by environmentally responsible mills, contain 30 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled waste.Green Paper Company

Screech Owl Design photo

Named for a family of screech owls that live behind designers Jacqueline and George Schmidt's family cottage, Screech Owl Design pay tribute to mid-century modern aesthetics on recycled paper stock (is that an Eames chair we spy?) Wildlife is incongruously paired with household objects to electrifying results: A finch finds a perch on a fire-engine red rotary phone, a pheasant stands atop an enamel Dutch oven, and a grizzly paws curiously at a patchwork teddy bear.Screech Owl Design

Fugu Fugu Press photo

Located in Pasadena, Calif., Fugu Fugu Press (yes, like the infamous puffer fish) makes just about the cutest letterpress cards this side of the Rockies. Using soy-based ink on 100 percent post-consumer paper, Fugu Fugu's clean, unfussy illustrations pack powerful messages despite the twee imagery—what better way to express joy at a friend's pregnancy than with a card featuring a smiling baby inside a womb surrounded by hearts? Or your enormous gratitude than with a giant, grinning whale?Fugu Fugu Press

Whitelines photo

Whitelines may not look like much, but the Swedish import is one of the first—if not the first—stationers to use carbon-footprint labeling. All of Whitelines' utilitarian notebooks and notepads list their carbon footprint, and the company aims to become carbon-neutral by mid-2009 through a combination of reducing emissions and purchasing offsets. Sourced from managed forests in southern Sweden, the paper in Whitelines' products is milled in an FSC-certified plant that reuses carbon dioxide in a closed loop, which means it produces zero carbon emissions.Whitelines

Sycamore Street Press photo

Printed on a vintage letterpress using soy inks, Sycamore Street Press's recycled and reclaimed-cotton greeting cards, business cards, invitations, prints, bookplates, and frame mats are, in a word, stunning. The letterpress alphabet poster, printed in hues like watermelon pink and tangerine orange, is especially darling, as is the menagerie of folk-art-inspired beasties that lay claim to your library or utter sweet expressions of amore.Sycamore Street Press

August 28, 2009 Posted by | 1, Sustainability | | Leave a comment

The Sustinable Purpose of this Recession

9spotmonk photo

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Economics, Sustainability | | Leave a comment

Green Roofs are changing Architecture and Planning

Here is a great look at what is possible in the field of green roofs.

Many thanks and CREDIT to: Erik Christensen via Wikipedia, Credit: Alyson Hurt in Wikipedia, Credit: Vancouver Convention Centre, Credit: Green, Credit: Lloyd Alter, Toronto, Credit: Tree Hugger, Credit: Scott Torrance, Credit: Credit CPG Consultants via Greensource, Credit: Fred Ballerini (project biologist, green roof design and installation) Architect: Carver + Schicketanz, via Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn’t worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipme

Sometimes they developed naturally and organically, like this rooftop garden in lower Manhattan that like Topsy, just grew. And grew, and eventually evolved from a New York roof garden into what they now call a Green Roof.


They are showing up everywhere, even when they don't quite fit the architectural idiom. The new green roof at the Vancouver Convention Centre is big and on its own a lovely thing. But an earlier phase of the Convention Centre, designed by Canadian great Eberhard Zeidler, was designed to be light, airy, and to create a dramatic profile reminiscent of sails. How does a green roof compare?


Oddball green roofs are also beginning to show up in oddball locations, like this one that looks like a putting green on the top deck of a cruise ship. It got special recognition this year at the Green Roof Awards for Excellence, which started its explantion with: Most people find the idea of a garden or lawn on a 15-storey building quite unusual. Now imagine a grassy playing field, 15-storeys up on the deck of an ocean-going cruise-ship.


Lisa Rapoport had an equally difficult challenge with the roof of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; here were the fanciest tables in the high end restaurant on in the Daniel Liebskind addition, overlooking an ugly black tar roof with barely any structural capacity to hold the roof. She designed a complex and elegant sliver of a green roof that weighs barely three pounds per square foot, but will definitely improve the view.


Scott Torrance has even designed what might be called a temporary green roof; the tenant wanted one, but the landlord wanted to be sure it would or could go away. So it is all in planters and trays, sitting on top of the existing roof.


It didn't take long before green roofs started seriously influencing the architecture itself. Renzo Piano's museum, located in the middle of a park, is covered with glorious hills of green roof that are among its most dramatic features. The green roof defines the building; No architect would have designed it that way if it was asphalt or EPDM. More at Jaymi's tour: A Trip to the California Academy of Sciences (Slideshow)


When one of the Giants of Architecture, Kenzo Tange, designs your university and puts in a 200 acre park as the "green lungs" of the campus, what do you do? The designer,Hoong Be Lok of CPG decided to make a "non-building building" that would allow it build on the central green space "without taking away from it." It is a lovely green roof, but nobody can call it a "non-building building", it is as real as any other building on campus unless you work for Google Maps. Would Kenzo Tange have approved? Or are green roofs being used to put a new green sheen on projects that might otherwise have been more problematic to get approved? More: With Green Roof, Nanyang University School of Art Tries to Disappear


Green roofs were originally thought of as a technology that reduces heat island effect, helped manage stormwater and improved air quality. Perhaps to everyone's surprise, they have turned into planning tools to help put buildings where no building has gone before, are radically changing the architectural form of buildings, the way architects present buildings (see the rash of aerial perspectives-who ever showed rooftops before?) and the respective roles of architects and landscape architects. Like this 2009 award winner, a guest house and garage 200 yards away from the Pacific ocean, they can help produce great architecture and they can help hide bad or inappropriately sited architecture. Let's just be vigilant to ensure that they are not misused and brought into disrepute by using them as excuses to put buildings in places they shouldn't be, just because they are green. More: Are Green Roofs the New Mirrored Glass?

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Model, Clean Energy, Community Economic Development (CED), Construction, Creativity, Great Ideas, Green Roofs, LEED, Products, Solar, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment