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Stay up to date with the latest inspiring projects, speaking engagements, and events from BioRegional North America. With our One Planet Lifestyles newsletter we also curate social news at the intersection of place-making, collaborative consumption, & behavior change – compiling tactics to reduce GHG impacts of transport, food, waste, energy & water at the block/building scale.

 

Feb 9 Comments Off

Governance report highlights Sonoma Mountain Village practices

Simon Joss at the University of Westminster recently published ECO-CITY GOVERNANCE: A Case Study of Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village in the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol 13 (4). Abstract In recent years, there have been several dozen major ‘eco-city’ initiatives under way world-wide, primarily in response to global climate change and […]

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Feb 9 Comments Off

One Planet Lifestyles #002 (DRAFT)

One Planet Lifestyles #002 (DRAFT)

Let's create places where happier/healthier green lifestyles are convenient & the norm. This e-zine curates social news at the intersection of place-making, consumption, & behavior change - compiling tactics to reduce GHG impacts of transport, food, waste, energy & water at the block/building scale.

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Jan 25 Comments Off

BioRegional excited to open new office @ HubOttawa

BioRegional excited to open new office @ HubOttawa

BioRegional North America is moving in to the brand new co-working space and social innovation studio, HubOttawa, just 1 block from Parliament Hill in Canada’s Capital. Greg Searle, BioRegional’s director for North America, is assisting the Hub with advice on selection of green building materials, edible plants for office interior, etc. The studio is part of […]

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Nov 25 Comments Off

One Planet Reno home retrofit completed in Ottawa

One Planet Reno home retrofit completed in Ottawa

Home-owner and green engineer Scott Demark and his partners at Build Green Solutions have finished their renovation of a 1920′s home in Ottawa using the One Planet Communities framework. This is the first-ever implementation of the One Planet Communities framework at the scale of a single home retrofit, and is an exciting demonstration project for […]

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Nov 14 Comments Off

Oct 27 2011, Portland: Our Sustainable Behavior Change Panel a favorite

Oct 27 2011, Portland: Our Sustainable Behavior Change Panel a favorite

12% of attendees at EcoDistricts Summit listed the panel moderated by Greg Searle on Sustainable Behavior Change (featuring a presentation on the EcoConcierge pilot program) as their favorite!

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Nov 16-17 2011, Mexico City: One Planet Lectures at Universidad Iberoamericana

Nov 16-17 2011, Mexico City: One Planet Lectures at Universidad Iberoamericana

Mexico City. For the third year, Greg Searle of BioRegional North America will be giving a 2-night seminar and workshop for a Diploma Course in “Design of Sustainable Communities at the Architecture Department of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City October 19-20. He will be joined by Daniel Viliesid of BioRegional Mexico.

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Important Poll: Communicating to Americans about Sustainable Communities

Important Poll: Communicating to Americans about Sustainable Communities

Thanks to Jim Heid of Urban Green for putting us onto this important article. Excerpted from an article by David Boyd at Citiwire.net Smart Growth America (SGA) has commissioned a national survey intended to gain a better understanding about the role of sustainable communities in America’s economic recovery.   “One of the main findings of […]

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Nov 8 Comments Off

One Planet Lifestyles #001

One Planet Lifestyles #001

Highlights this issue: Design with Intent Toolkit Using the elevator as the “town square” OPower’s happy face powers efficiency behaviors Waste diversion interfaces that use dioramas to make separation at source more intuitive Cyclepods – Encouraging cycling through providing innovative, ergonimic bike storage! Bicycle commuters are more intelligent! Stikk.com is a great interface for making […]

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Oct 27 2011, Portland OR: Moderating a panel on Behavior Change @ the EcoDistrict Summit

Tuesday October 27 2011 @ 10:45am PST. Greg Searle of BioRegional North America will be moderating a panel entitled “Sustainability Epidemics: Fostering Behavior Change and Sustainable Lifestyles in EcoDistricts” along with Keir Brownstone, of Toronto’s GLOBE/SHSC; Erin Kenzie, Consultant; and Dick Roy, Center for Earth Leadership.

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SOMO’s new 1.158 MW solar array is historic 1st privately financed commercial PACE project

SOMO’s new 1.158 MW solar array is historic 1st privately financed commercial PACE project

Sonoma Mountain Village’s new 1.158 MW solar installation now enables the One Planet Community to generate 100% of its electricity needs from their roof top solar system, with enough power for 2,000 homes, and was financed with a unique PACE mechanism.  In what is being referred to as a game-changer for funding solar power, Congressman Mike Thompson […]

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