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Peak Moment: A Cutting-Edge Architect's Eco-Friendly Home

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to conservation | green building | Peak Moment Television | Renewables

As an organizer in the American Institute of Architects, Chris Stafford has long promoted sustainable design. As a natural builder, he worked with straw bale and clay in Greece and Saudi Arabia. For his Port Townsend home, he considered site, size, materials and energy. The 1500 sq. ft home uses mostly non-toxic materials (and fewer of them), foam insulation, metal roofing, solar hot water for space heating, photovoltaics for electricity, and an innovative rainwater collector for landscape irrigation. Episode 86.

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Peak Moment: Making way for bikes

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to alternative transportation | City Structure and Design | Peak Moment Television | Transportation
City Councilor Scott Walker of Port Townsend, Washington is working to build a walkable, bikeable community where the car is not essential. As a result, the town has designated many undeveloped streets and “connectors” as non-motorized routes. He says, “Build safe, convenient facilities for walking and biking, and they sprout people.” Watch Janaia test ride Scott’s electric bike, which “flattens the town” as if there were no hills. Episode 88.
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Peak Moment: Energetic Students Empower Cal Poly

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to Peak Moment Television | Renewables | Resource Depletion

The future's environmental leaders are here now! Student leader Tylor Middlestadt recounts how Empower Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) is bringing students to the table--with staff, faculty, and local communities -- to shape a greener future. Students successfully pushed for environmentally-friendly design for the nation's largest student housing project. Inspired by the UC Go Solar campaign, students formed Renew CSU to advocate renewable energy projects on campuses statewide. Episode 85.

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Peak Moment: Creating the Impossible - O.U.R. Ecovillage

03 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to ecovillage | intentional community | Peak Moment Television | Sustainability

O.U.R. stands for "One United Resource," expressing how interdependence and inclusion undergird this 25 acre demonstration sustainable community on Vancouver Island. This model ecovillage comprises natural buildings, a school, long- and short-term residences, extensive gardens, greenhouses, and even a bed & breakfast. Brandy Gallagher MacPherson describes how they created an entirely new zoning category by building relationships with regulatory agencies that go beyond "us versus them". Episode 84.

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Peak Moment: Practical Tools to Grow an Intentional Community

03 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to cohousing | ecovillage | intentional community | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil

Communities Magazine editor Diana Leafe Christian concisely spells out what the successful 10% of intentional communities do: common vision and purpose, fair participatory decision-making, clear agreements in writing, good balance of right and left-brain knowledge, methods of staying accountable to agreements, criteria for new members, good communication and processing skills. She also discusses peak oil effects on the wider community. Episode 83.

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Peak Moment: People-Centered Developments for Reduced-Energy Living

28 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to biofuel | Energy | green building | Peak Moment Television | Renewables | waste

Developer Steven Ribeiro is re-creating traditional towns, that put "waste" resources to good use. A mixed-use three-story building augments power from its solar panels (which provide shade and collect rainwater) with a tugboat engine (running on local biodiesel), using engine heat to warm the building. Cars are secondary in a 68-acre village, whose dwellings of all sizes are walkable to retail, offices, schools, entertainment, and open space. Episode 82.

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Peak Moment: A No-Nonsense Look at Climate Change and Petrocollapse

28 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to Climate Change | Energy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | petrocollapse

Former energy analyst Jan Lundberg opens by singing "Have A Global Warming Day" and closes with "The Depaver's Song." In between is an unabashed look at climate distortion, peak oil, and declining ecosystems, all bringing a necessary collapse of our "pigging out" economy. He envisions a future with radically curtailed energy use, and people coming together groping for local solutions. Episode 81.

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Peak Moment: Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part II

18 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to alcohol | biofuel | Peak Moment Television

Permaculturist David Blume discusses alcohol's low emissions, and producing alcohol as a biological complex in which wastes become raw materials for other processes. He claims that with one year of the U.S. Defense budget, the entire world could be set up to produce alcohol and permanently replace oil for transportation. He discusses vehicle conversion, and how citizens can undertake alcohol fuel distribution. Episode 79.

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Peak Moment: Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part I

18 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to alcohol | biofuel | Peak Moment Television
The first automobile fuel was alcohol, which could be produced by most farms. Permaculturist David Blume discusses the history, production and properties of alcohol. He notes that plants are more efficient in producing sugars (used for alcohol) than oils (biodiesel). If corn were first fermented, its starch could be used for alcohol and the remainder fed to cattle -- far more efficient for food, fuel and land use. Episode 78.

 

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Peak Moment: An Innovative Program Helps Residents Protect Their Water

06 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to Peak Moment Television | Water

Water is a precious resource we can't live without. Pat Pearson educates Olympic Peninsula citizens with a "Water Matters" campaign and "Shore Stewards" program for shoreline residents. New homeowners receive a "Welcome to Your Watershed" packet, while volunteers build rainbarrels to catch roof rainwater for gardens. Episode 80.