Category Archives: Opinion

Can Transportation-Oriented Development Save Our Cities?

That was the question last night at a forum held at the Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovovation and Education on Denning’s Point. The short answer, in my view, is No. The long answer is more ambiguous. The evening was hosted by the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, in the form of Jolanda Jansen, a civil engineer and…

Taking Action Against Climate Change
Bomb is Only Human Nature

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Some time tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 20, environmental writer Bill McKibben, along with a group of regular U.S. citizens, will head to the White House to begin a two-week action of civil disobedience.  The protest is designed to help persuade President Barack Obama to say no to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver…

Facebook Planathon

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Ramblin’ On The Green Facebook held the “Grandaddy of all Charrettes” yesterday, March 5, 2011,  to discuss its campus planned for the community of Menlo Park, CA. The plan was to run the charrette like the company’s famous “hackathons.” The all-day event, dubbed “Creating a Sense of Place,” was open to the public and coordinated…

Polar Bears Selling Cars

I’m a bit late to the party—this commercial was released in the fall—but I was taken aback when I saw it over the weekend. Creating a cutesy commercial featuring a polar bear wandering from his or her arctic home to go hug a Nissan Leaf owner strikes me as offensive to polar bears and the…

Distracted Driving

FocusDriven.org has released a public service announcement advocating for cell-free driving. Some day we’ll look back on this era of talking and texting while operating a car in the same way we now view drunk driving, or  spittoons in public places. What does distracted driving have to do with sustainability? From a philosophical perspective,  living…

Environmental Justice

Today is Martin Luther King Day and the kids have off. Scenic Hudson is celebrating with a Winter Fun Day at the Esopus Meadows Preserve in Port Ewen, NY. There will be a Native American lecture and exhibit, including a snow shelter and fire demonstration, but no mention of Dr. King and the intertwining of…