Unemployment has left me befuddled with ideas, research, and learning opportunities, yet the more I seek the less I accomplish. The theme of my ideas is SUSTAINABILITY. This is the theme that I continually practice, but I don't often preach. How does one person lead by example, influence others, and rattle our thoughtless world of disposable consumption upside down?
Graphics. Phrases. Step-by-step. By incorporating my love for graphic design and the visual arts into my motivations toward a more sustainable world, I'm going to begin broadcasting my content through the socials such that it is hurled from the mis-labeled storage of my hard drive folder into the forefront of our daily lives. Enjoy.
A handful of companies have been on the scene of portable solar power for some time now. They seem to all be selling to the same niche market of the adventurous #optoutsiders who camp, hike, and explore nature each weekend. On the contrary, there are outfits that are focused on bringing solar light sources to developing countries reduce pollution (stop burning w/kerosene), to enhance their safety (allows for combustion-free inside lighting), and ease-of-access to a reliable lighting source to allow for more reading, socializing, etc.
I'm watching as these companies evolve and sprout as solar tech becomes more affordable and main stream. It's exciting to see the new products for powering and charging our battery operated lives.
Next up, I'm hoping to see a solar breakthrough into the "generator" space. There are basic portable solar systems that can be rented and transported to job sites, farmers markets or concert venues to provide a quite and pollution-free energy source. More on that in another post.
Honorable mention (but didn't make the list because it's not solar) for a story of sustainable tech goes to the Soccket Ball. Unfortunately, after scouring the web for their website, all I could muster was the remnants of their successful Kickstarter campaign, and the many comments of backers who are still awaiting their ball :-( Maybe I'll have to jump onto this R&D team!
Did I miss any others up-and-coming portable solar tech? Please comment below:
Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
The Facts:Tools for visualizing and evaluating carbon emissions:Calculating Carbon Offsets
Carbon Sequestration DIY:
Global Momentum for Carbon Pricing:
Carbon policies is more important than ever:
Pledge to lower emissions
I'm pretty sure I've already posted a blog about this, as every few months, I revisit the credential that I use along side my name in my LinkedIn profile. While the credential carries the merits of technical know-how encompassing energy management and implementation, I've been in search of proper utilization of the credential as a step-up in the energy services employment market.
The Certified Energy Manager is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant. The CEM® is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach. CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies. CEM’s have gained increased recognition within the energy industry and by companies looking to strengthen their competitive position by having a CEM on staff.
Employment opportunities for CEM:
More links and connections with the opportunity for the CEM:
I'm never good with financial terminology so I've adapted the following definitions from the government: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/energy-efficiency-asset-mortgage-underwriting
Also from Financial Management class:
The Four Basic Financial Statements
Scott Burnham is a social entrepreneur and creative strategist focused on new approaches to design and the city.
I just read the following by Scott, and require that you do too:
I'm a collector. I love collecting links to websites of companies, products, and ideas that I would love to read about from cover-to-cover.
Today at the Commons on Champa, a group of Entrepreneurs was educated on Intellectual Property Issues. Jeffrey Kass from Polsinelli enlightened the attendees to the dos and don'ts of Copyright infringement and our rights when it comes to original content.
1. What is the difference between a Copyright, Patent, Trademark & Trade Secret?
2. Doing business on the Internet - use of Intellectual Property (IP), Getting Sues, etc.
Reflections on an article from The Week:
1. Pursue what interests you: You're not going to stick it out if you don't care.
2. Practice, practice, practice: It's not just how you get to Carnegie Hall. We love doing things we're good at.
3. Find purpose: How does what you do help others? That's what makes a job into a calling.
4. Have hope: No "wishing on a star" here, pal. Have hope because you are going to make it happen.
5. Join a gritty group: Mom was right; spend time with slackers and you'll be a slacker.
"What happens at 20,000? 30,000? What happens when you dedicate to it, that you become something greater, a leader, a mentor, an innovator? At a certain point it seems, you stop playing the game and start changing it." Peyton Manning
1. Talk Positively To Yourself: Remember the 3 P’s: tell yourself bad things aren’t permanent, pervasive or personal — but good things are.
2. Setting Goals: Know what you want to achieve. Write it down. Focus on progress.
3. Practice Visualization: Don’t fantasize about getting what you want but see yourself overcoming specific obstacles.
4. Use Simulations: Always make your practice as close to the real thing as possible.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Expert At Anything
1. Get Help: Find a mentor who can help you develop that image in your head of the best way to do something.
2. It’s Not “Try Harder”, It’s “Try Different”: Design specific activities to address your weak points.
3. It’s About Doing, Not Knowing: Remember the three F’s: Focus, Feedback, Fix it.
4. Study The Past To Have A Better Future: Find examples that have been judged and quiz yourself.
Recently I attended a lunch presentation by a law firm that represent architects, engineers, and surveyors through construction related lawsuits. There is a lot to be weary of in the industry, particular for architects who may have no influence on the installation techniques of building materials, though are still liability for their integrity. Here are some notes from the talk:
Currently investigating the potential need for energy efficiency optimization among the Cannabis/Marijuana/Weed industry here in Colorado.
MED badge - Occupational Licensing
Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx)
"The Commissioning Process is a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria.”
There's been much a-buzz (glitz, glamour, envy) surrounding the Tiny House movement over the last few years. Certainly, there are benefits to the lifestyle simplicity, financial freedom and independence granted by going Tiny. However, are we shortchanging ourselves of the protection and safety effective regulated in normal homes?
A SMART goal is SPECIFIC.
What do I want to accomplish?
Why do I want to accomplish it?
What are the benefits?
Who is involved?
Where will it be located?
Things are looking great for the future of the 9 to 5. More and more companies are transitioning to the "pay as you go" model for containing their employees. Long gone is the need for square footage and cubicle walls. Today's "Sharing Economy" invites employees to cohabitate in work spaces while opening the doors for opportunities to collaborate, learn, and grow in your work environment.
DRCOG - Denver Regional Council of Governments
Sustainable Communities Initiative - HUD
Pack Rats are the ultimate pioneers of sustainability: They are limitless recyclers, They always look for alternative uses for items, then second and third uses.
VOCA Off Grid Containers can function as relief pods at Natural Disaster sites:
Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Tsunamis, Fires, Cyclone, Blizzard
Even a basic understanding of electricity requires familiarity with a variety of terms
With DDC systems, the sensed variable signal is sent as a current or voltage signal to a controller containing a microprocessor. Binary, current, or voltage outputs are wired to controlled devices.Repeater – simply boosts the signal on a long run of cable
Lighting energy concepts
Each IT closet had equipment with 40,000-watts of electrical needs. 40,000-watts converts directly to 13,660 btu/hr.