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Emergent Leadership

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | 0 comments

Emergent Leadership

The greater Seattle area is an amazing place to practice sustainable design. One of the numerous benefits of practicing here is the many choices of enlightening sustainable building events to attend. In just one month’s time this fall I have 6 days blocked out for conferences (EcoBuilding 2013 and Built Green), design slams (Seattle 10x10x10), panel discussions (WNSF’s Women in Building), and site tours (Bullitt Center). And that was after filtering out the events that I couldn’t find time for! Yet even with all these events to feed my green design appetite, the one I’m most thrilled to attend this year is the Emerge Leadership Workshop at Islandwood in early December. I interviewed Kathleen O’Brien about this project almost two years ago on The EcoLogical Home, and have been longing to participate ever since.

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Lessons Learned on Z-Home – Podcast

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | 0 comments

Lessons Learned on Z-Home – Podcast

Z-Home has been in the spotlight recently as the first zero-net energy and carbon neutral multi-family development in the United States.  Now that construction is complete, we examine some of the lessons learned from this first of its kind development.  Z-Home project manager Brad Liljequist of the City of Issaquah’s Resource Conservation Office joins Terry on The Eco-Logical Home to share his insight in this 30-minute interview.  Follow this link to listen!...

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Reclaimed Timbers

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | Comments Off on Reclaimed Timbers

Reclaimed Timbers

Check out our latest Podcast on Reclaimed Timbers, and interview with Jake Jacob of Pacific Northwest Timbers in Port Townsend. It is posted as Part One and Part Two on our Eco-Logical Home...

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Adventures in Reuse

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | 1 comment

Adventures in Reuse

We all know the RE trilogy by now – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. There is a reason they are listed in this order – Reducing our consumption is the most important of the three. If we Reduce the amount of stuff we bring into our homes, there is less to Reuse and Recycle later. In a consumer society Reducing is often the most difficult to accommodate – the other two are easier. Recycling has gotten quite popular since the process is so familiar – you can still buy just as much stuff but by separating your trash you can now clear your...

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Straw Bale Homes for Disaster Relief

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | Comments Off on Straw Bale Homes for Disaster Relief

Straw Bale Homes for Disaster Relief

When people find out we design and help build straw bale homes, the response varies from uncertain curiosity to animated glee.  The first question is always “do straw bale homes work around here?” and my answer is always “yes, on most sites,” followed by an explanation of our approach depending on the situation.  We never push it, but are happy to help people find the best solution using straw bales if that fits their dream. Straw bale homes aren’t for everyone around here, but there are places in the world where they are so much better than...

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Connective Thinking

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | 0 comments

Connective Thinking

I spent this past weekend with my tribe, as one of 90+ members of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild who gathered at Pilgrim Firs Retreat Center in Port Orchard, WA. This annual event is our venue to share stories, ideas, and camaraderie – and I’m still buzzing with the higher vibration created by our time together. Made up mostly of very small business owners in the sustainable design and construction industry, this group’s kinship is rare and necessary. In clear contrast with the typical gathering of industry professionals, where competition...

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Jumping into the Water

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Eco-Notes, The Media Cafe | 0 comments

Jumping into the Water

I stand at the edge of the pier looking across the horizon and down into the deep water. My toes are curled around the cool aluminum edging as I anticipate the freshening wash below. Deep breath, ready, and … dive in! A new world suddenly envelopes me that looks, feels, and sounds at once alien and hauntingly familiar. Welcome to our new blog, Eco-Notes. We’ve been talking about a blog for years and are excited to now be in the swim. We know there will be different strokes needed to move us through the waves; sometimes we’ll...

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