Posts in category "Sustainable Communities"

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?
I never thought that would be a question that I would have. Threatened? OK, the grammar school bully might have been pretty scary and maybe you had a run in with some ruffian who wanted to snatch your cell phone. That’s being a kid and later that’s living in the city but this is different. ... Read more »

David and Goliath in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed

David  and Goliath  in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed
Full disclosure- The author of this blog is a founding member of the not for profit discussed herein. There is a teeny-tiny grassroots not for profit in Chicago specifically dedicated to economic and sustainable education and development in the Bronzeville community. This is the “David” of the story. On the opposing team is “Goliath” or... Read more »

Thonis-Heracleion New York

Thonis-Heracleion New York
If you haven’t heard about Thonis-Heracleion, it is an ancient Egyptian city lost for over 1,200 years and thought to be a myth. It’s been discovered beneath the waves of Abu Qir Bay on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. Researchers are attempting to answer questions like how did the city sink? There is some evidence... Read more »
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What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?

What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?
A microgrid is a discrete energy system consisting of distributed energy sources (including demand management, storage, and generation) and loads capable of operating in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. If the definition  didn’t clarify this for you, join millions in the same boat.  So let’s break it down. Discrete energy system – not... Read more »

Sustainable Cars or Green Speeding

Sustainable Cars or Green Speeding
Guest blog by John Toliver, the son I sent to the Chicago Auto Show. If you’re interested in seeing some pics of the cars John reviewed check the post http://www.chicagonow.com/bronzeville-urban-green/2017/02/green-at-the-chicago-auto-show/#image/1 This entry is really about sustainable cars. Since this is a green blog I will mostly focus on cars that have either reduced emissions or no... Read more »

Smart Cities: Copenhagen Gets Bike Bridges. We get Border Walls

Smart Cities: Copenhagen Gets Bike Bridges. We get Border Walls
Day 1 of the Smart Cities Symposium is over. It was a bizarre feeling to be sitting in a conference with people from all over the world who believe in global warming, climate change and the need to develop cities in which technology is designed to make human endeavors more comfortable for humans while protecting... Read more »
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Trump Invaded my Morning

Trump Invaded my Morning
This morning I was watching the snow fall out side our windows and sipping an espresso that my husband brewed for us. It was a nice start to the day. I was avoiding Facebook and wasn’t  too sure I was going to read emails, at least not until after football. Then Trump invaded my morning.... Read more »

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site
South siders have been exceedingly proud of Little Black Pearl and founder, Monica Haslip for 18 years. Monica started the school out of her own home on Drexel Avenue. Through hard work and an abiding love for the children of our community, to quote Monica, No gift is as precious as the potential of a... Read more »

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick
If you haven’t heard of worker cooperatives, you’re in the company of a lot of people. If you talk about this corporate structure at some cocktail parties, you might be labeled a socialist. Fear not what others might call you. At least you will not have to feel sorry for yourself for being called a... Read more »
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Mariano’s Market and Chicago Politics

I attended a meeting yesterday at the CHA offices. The heads-up went out by email from several quarters of the community late in the afternoon prior to the meeting. The topic that drew so many of us to 60 East Van Buren was the proposed Mariano’s Market on the old Ida B. Wells housing site... Read more »