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

28 Nov 2007 | |
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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: San Francisco Takes Action on Climate Change

22 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to city | City Structure and Design | Climate Change | efficiency | electricity | Energy | fuels | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Transportation | urban | waste

Cal Broomhead and Melissa Capria of the Energy & Climate Program discuss the rationale, aggressive plans, and activities for city-wide energy self-reliance and greenhouse gas reduction. Tools include energy efficiency in buildings, transit alternatives, alternative vehicle fuels, generating electricity with renewable energy, and solid waste reduction. Episode 74.

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Peak Moment: Saving the Good Stuff - "The Exchange" at Orcas Island Dump

27 Jul 2007 | |
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When you go to the "dump" on Orcas Island, you get a bonus. Along with dropping off your recyclables and trash, you can leave your re-usables and pick up what you need at The Exchange. This thrift + building materials + appliance + home furnishings + sporting goods store has no set prices; you pay "what it's worth to you." Founder George Post recounts how The Exchange grew out of the scavenging of useful "stuff" that occurred all the time at the informal dump of days gone by. Episode 64.