Posts in category "Environment"

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 »

Green at the Chicago Auto Show

Green at the Chicago Auto Show
An ongoing conversation during our family get togethers eventually involves sustainability, climate and politics. Of course lately we seem to start off with politics. That being said we put all the angst away about climate change and centered on the Chicago Auto Show. Dad and I gave up driving and have become green travelers i.e.... 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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From Saint Peter’s Chair-Climate Reality

From Saint Peter’s Chair-Climate Reality
I’ve been increasingly puzzled by the failure of ALL of us, Democrats, Republicans, Independents to recognize that the debate about climate change is not about scientific debate or belief systems. It’s about dollars and the influence of the fossil fuel industry on Capitol Hill. Who cares about climate reality or our responsibility for the demise... Read more »

Worker Cooperatives in Mississippi Illegal

Worker Cooperatives in Mississippi Illegal
In my last post I introduced some of you to the concept of the worker cooperative. Mostly I tried to dispel the rumors that the term “worker cooperative” was code words for socialist or communists. I tried to give a sense that this term and all it’s intention is democracy in its purist form, one... 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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The GreenTown Chicago Vs Wheel of Misfortunate Host

The GreenTown Chicago Vs Wheel of Misfortunate Host
This week has been a real push and pull on my climate consciousness. We had been looking forward to attending the GreenTown Conference at University of Illinois for weeks. This would be our first opportunity to show off the model of our project in Bronzeville to a large conference. The conference was also packed with... Read more »

Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s

Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s
Excuse the pun but Illinois and most of the U.S. and Canada are all abuzz about legalizing marijuana. The financials are off the chart. The tax revenue is staggering. We’re not just talking medical marijuana or as the Illinois draft law states, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. We’re talking legalizing pot... Read more »

And They’re Off.. The Race to the Obama Library

In case you missed the announcement, The Barack Obama Foundation has released the request for qualifications to build the library memorializing our first black president. Competition is fierce. Hawaii is claiming their native son.  Sorry dunkoffs, Kenya is not under consideration.  Colombia University in New York would like to snag the bid to honor one... Read more »
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Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid

Young, Gifted, Black Hansberry Legacy is Off Grid
 “I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and–I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations... Read more »