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A Remembrance of Ernest Callenbach

Ernest Callenbach died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 83. You may not recognize his name, but his book, 'Ecotopia' was an extremely influential early novel of environmentalism. It has been translated into a dozen languages and viagra pharmacy in india has sold nearly a million copies since it was first self-published in 1975. I would have to say that I am the EcoGeek that I am because of Ernest Callenbach.

'Ecotopia' presents an alternative future where Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State have seceded from a collapsing United States that is choked with pollution. The new country has isolated itself from its parent country, and the book is presented as the journal of cheap online propecia the first reporter from the US to visit, some 20 years after secession, to see how Ecotopians live. The Ecotopian lifestyle was more connected to the land, more interpersonal, and more conscious of environmental effects. It may not be a realistic possibility, but it offers a compelling vision for what could be aspired to.

I had a brief email correspondence with Ernest Callenbach for a possible interview for EcoGeek (to be part of the EcoGeek of the Week series). I had only done a few of these interviews; a couple of them went well; a couple others less so (and never got published). Ernest Callenbach was a hero to me, and I didn't want to screw that one up, and I wanted to ask good questions. I have the first part of that discussion, but things telescoped and other things came up and the interview was never finished. What follows is that interview segment.


15 College Teams Win EPA P3 Award for Environmental Solutions

The EPA has announced the winners of its annual P3 award that honors innovative environmental solutions developed by college teams. This year 45 teams were judged by a panel convened by the American Association for the best viagra price Advancement of Science on i use it real levitra online their idea's potential to provide "innovative, cutting-edge sustainable solutions to levitra online samples uk worldwide environmental problems." Fifteen teams won the award and received $90,000 each to further develop and market their solutions.

Here are the winning teams and their entries:

  • Appalachian State University for developing an artificial wetland suitable for recycling of grey water from small businesses for immediate reuse.
  • Butte College for developing structural insulated panels for building construction using rice hulls, an abundant agricultural waste, as the primary raw material.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for designing a foldable solar power water purification system that can fit into a backpack for easy transport for use after a disaster affecting drinking ether supply.
  • Gonzaga University for developing a simple ventilation system for kitchens in rural dwellings using electrical power generated from thermoelectric cells driven by waste heat from cooking fires.
  • Oregon State University for raising awareness of pollution associated with the production and use of plastic mulch by farmers and where to buy viagra pills testing alternative biodegradable mulch material.
  • Princeton University for developing, testing and deploying an electricity generation system that can be transported in a standard shipping container and rapidly set up in rural communities and post disaster areas.
  • Santa Clara University for developing a fuel cell capable of continuous sustainable energy supply to meet energy demands in rural communities in developing nations lacking reliable energy grids.
  • Southern Illinois University - Carbondale for developing methods to extract (recycle) metals from Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCB) to reduce mining and to produce a concrete with reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering for studying ways to recover struvite, a slow release fertilizer, from digested animal manures and assesses its marketability.
  • Texas State University - San Marcos for converting rice husks, a byproducts of agriculture, into a starter material called lignocellulose for producing fabrics, biofuel and cialis how much silica nanoparticles.
  • University of California - Riverside for designing a solar collector to heat ambient air for use in home appliances, such as clothes dryers and space heaters, to reduce home energy consumption.
  • University of Cincinnati for developing a pilot scale system to cheapest cialis super active convert trap grease from restaurants, a waste set to landfill, to renewable biodiesel.
  • University of Connecticut for investigating ways to use local industrial byproducts such as steal slag and lime kilm dust to control erosion and to stabilize roads in Nicaragua.
  • University of Oklahoma - Norman for design, field-test, construct, instrument, analyze and document a habitat for humanity house built of we use it sale viagra compresses earth blocks (CEB).
  • Vanderbilt University for developing a biohyrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for rare metals (mined) and is generica cialis capable of producing electricity.

I don't know about you, but reading that list makes me feel really hopeful about the future knowing that so many college students are thinking up and creating such innovative solutions to environmental problems. You can see a list of Honorable Mentions for this prize that also contains some amazing ideas here.



EcoGeek Newsletter Is Back

The weekly EcoGeek Newsletter is back up and running again. Those of you who were subscribed to the old Newsletter are seeing the new version in your inbox. And if you aren't already a subscriber, now is the time to sign up.

This summer, subscribers noticed the cialis online sales EcoGeek Newsletter stopped being delivered. This was due to some infrastructure issues with the software that supports EcoGeek. We've been able to migrate things to a new platform, and the Newsletter is now back in normal operation.

If you don't make it a daily habit to come to the EcoGeek site, but you want to stay informed on the latest EcoGeek news, the Newsletter is a weekly capsule of recent articles.

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Tiny Electric Airplane Sets Speed Record

At last week's Paris Air Show, French pilot Hugues Duval set a world speed record for all-electric airplanes when his small Cristaline aircraft hit 175 mph, beating his previous record by 13 mph.

The tiny plane has a wing span of 16 feet and only weighs 200 pounds -- just big enough to fit its pilot. It's powered by two 35 horsepower electric motors and cialis price two 1.5 kWh batteries which could only sustain the high speed for just a moment. When flown at a slower 65 mph, the plane can fly for about 25 minutes.

Other electric airplanes have accomplished greater flight lengths, but at much slower speeds.

You can check out a video of the plane above (in French).

via Wired Autopia


Wind Powered Antarctic Expedition


At the end of dosage levitra 2011, an Antarctic expedition is being planned using windpower to attempt to set a record for "non-motorized travel in complete autonomy." Belgian explorer and adventurers Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour are preparing for the 100-day, 6000 kilometer (3728 mile) expedition through the largely unexplored region of East Antarctica.

The team will propel themselves as well as the sleds with all of their supplies and gear using parachute like kites which will allow them to average 60 kilometers (37 miles) a day. Dansercoer is a Belgian windsurfing champion, and Deltour is the youngest musher to complete Yukon Quest and Iditarod in 1 year.

The expedition is to honor the 100th anniversary of the Race to the Pole between Amundsen and Scott. In addition to the distance and endurance records the expedition will set, the team will also be traveling through largely unexplored parts of Antarctica. While they travel, they will be participating in scientific study of the Antarctic catabatic winds in cooperation with a number of universities and meteorological institutes.

via: EWEA Wind Directions

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