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Link carsharing remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  Something about carsharing on carfreeuniverse? I think I might resign. Here's some links: "The World CarShare Consortium":http://ecoplan.org/carshare/ (look in the menu for "what is carsharing":http://ecoplan.org/carshare/general/basics.htm? for an explanation) "Google":http://www.google.com/search?q=carsharing "carsharing.net":http://www.carsharing.net/ I'm putting this under "transitioning to carfree" though I'm not sure if that fits...
Link Cutting Your Car Use: remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  Save Money, Be Healthy, Be Green! by Anna Semlyen A pocket size book on changing travel habits Britain's first personal traffic reduction guide. Packed with constructive, easy to follow, best practice advice. 96 pages, updated Autumn 2003. Over 30,000 sold. Audience: People and organisations who want to reduce their car use and those who want to give up car ownership altogether Contents - o Introduction o Why cut your car use? o How are you using your car? o Looking at the alternatives o Changing your travel habits o Making better use of your car o Living without a car o Getting active o Talking to your employer o References o Directory The UK directory has 206 information sources with addresses, phone numbers, web sites & emails.
Link New York City carfree escapes remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  1. Go to new jersey via path and take commuter rail to tuxedo park and find the trailhead to harriman state park (across a footbridge across the river) 2. A two hour ride on the LIRR to Fire Island... I haven't done this one but wish I had.
Link EDF's Scorecard remote url Link 2004-05-31 2004-05-31
  Find out about the pollution problems in your community. Search by geographic area or company name, or learn more about environmental issues. Reports are currently available on: * Air Quality: Criteria and hazardous air pollutants * Land Contamination: Superfund sites and lead hazards * Waste: Toxic chemical releases from industrial plants and animal waste produced by factory farms * Water Quality: Clean Water Act status and watershed health Pollution Rankings Scorecard highlights pollution problems that put an area into the worst 20% of areas in the country, or in its own state, and spotlights the companies responsible.
Link autofrei wohnen remote url Link 2004-05-31 2008-03-05
  Markus Heller has a thorough awareness of actual carfree development. The Germans appear to be leading the way in reclaiming cities from the auto on a large scale. I earlier linked to "Marcus' Autofrei leben in Europa presentation":http://www.sujet.de/sign/projekte/autofrei/projektautofrei_fr.html.
Link J. H. Crawford's collection of city photographs remote url Link 2004-06-04 2004-12-26
  An excellent resource if you want to see what carfree areas around the world look like or if you want to make visuals advertising carfree ideas. See also Joel's "carfree city design site":http://carfree.com/design/ and "Floor Area Ratios Illustrated":http://carfree.com/design/far/index.html.
Link How to travel by train & ship... remote url Link 2004-06-10 2004-06-24
  This site is a treasure for "ecotravellers":http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/ecotravel. I discovered it when looking for an overland route to Thailand. <blockquote> Maybe you don't like flying. Or perhaps you just prefer classic travel by express train and ocean liner, where you eat in a restaurant, sleep in a bed, and get to see where you're going... This website will tell you how to travel comfortably by train or ship for many journeys where you might think that air was now the only option.</blockquote>
Link How bad is your air? American Lung Association State of the Air 2004 Report remote url Link 2004-06-25 2004-06-25
  Breathing dirty air? You can find out with the American Lung Association State of the Air 2004 report. Click on your state in the map below to check YOUR air and learn how ozone and particle pollution hurts your lungs - and "what you can do to protect yourself":http://lungaction.org/reports/sota04_top10.html.
Link Andrew Moore's literature study guides remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-30
  Notable. The Arden Editions of Shakespeare *are* much better (as Moore recommends).
Link Triangulating Shakespeare remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-23
  Found when searching for Greenblatt's *Shakespearean Negotiations*.
Link Christopher Hume - a carfree columnist remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-23
  Any aspiring carfree op-ed writer should study "Christopher Hume":http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&c=Page&cid=970599109774&ce=Columnist&colid=969907619189's work. He is an architechture critic for the Toronto Star. A provocative Hume quote: "The North American ideal, which in many ways is profoundly anti-urban, is based not on the family, as we like to think, but on the home. Home is a place, a man's castle, inviolate and separate from what's around it. In Europe, on the other hand, a man's castle is his city. It is living room, dining room, backyard and vehicle. The streets are his hallways and the parks his garden." I had some bio information... but can't find it. "Google on Hume":http://www.google.com/search?q=%22christopher+hume%22
Link study abroad SFSU remote url Link 2004-07-25 2004-07-25
  SFSU study abroad
Link The Foundation Center remote url Link 2004-08-01 2004-08-01
  This place looks useful for those trying to get grants. Conceivably the following article could be of interest... but at the moment the highways.org site it links to is down: "Connections - Unclogging America's Highways":http://fdncenter.org/pnd/connections/conn_item.jhtml?id=73300002.
Link Stop eating and drinking plastic? remote url Link 2004-08-05 2004-08-05
  I had thought I should get plastic out of my life. Upon seeing a display selling polycarbonate drinking jugs at "Rainbow Grocery":http://www.rainbowgrocery.coop/, I made a note. Perhaps it was "Pure Water Systems":http://www.purewatersystems.com/frig_bottle.php ("leaching of contaminants is no longer an issue with high quality polycarbonates"). Polycarbonate *is* plastic. Here is "Consumer Reports":http://www.consumerreports.org/main/content/display_report.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=341437&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=333139 ("Eight of the ten 5-gallon polycarbonate jugs we checked left residues of the endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A, in the water"). Here's the "Berkeley Wellness Letter":http://www.berkeleywellness.com/html/fw/fwLon12Water.html :<blockquote>Plastic containers are not as weighty as glass, but they can affect the water inside. Clear polyethylene plastic has little or no effect. Thick opaque containers can impart a plastic flavor. Big rigid polycarbonate water-cooler jugs can leave chemical residues.</blockquote> o "wikipedia on polycarbonate":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate o "google on polycarbonate":http://www.google.com/search?q=polycarbonate Two days later, I walked by the Berkeley ecology center and picked up their flyer on "Adverse health effects of PLASTIC":http://ecologycenter.org/erc/fact_sheets/plastichealtheffects.html. Two days after that, I left my tupperware that I'd been eating out of, microwave cooking in, and storing food in for years somewhere by accident. (and my favorite metal spoon). Now that I look into it even tupperware recommends not using such a thing for microwave cooking. From Goodwill I got a pyrex bowl and a plate to use for a top when cooking in the microwave. I already had a lightweight stainless steel cookpot. Real hobos use fire. Urban ones, whatever- Today I see this: The "culture change letter on plastics":http://www.culturechange.org/e-letter-plastics_enemy.html. And the article it links to, "Get plastic out of your diet":http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm. I have yet to start carrying around a glass water bottle or no water bottle... (at earthaven some use mason jars). And the piping they use in new construction is plastic isn't it? This may be a quixotic endeavor. There's nothing wrong with "pyrex":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrex is there? In ceramics, lead is the killer. You avoid aluminum already? More on aluminum: o "wikipedia":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum#Precautions o "More alarmist and includes Teflon":http://www.islamonline.net/english/science/2003/09/article18.shtml (with good references) "Pyrex-like glass or Corning ware-type ceramics are safest..." I'm not finding much on corningware. Also- what are those light glass coffee pots made of? o "less alarmist":http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/nov2000/974150903.Ch.r.html o Google on "aluminum+cook+toxic":http://www.google.com/search?q=aluminum+cook+toxic o Google on "teflon+cook+toxic":http://www.google.com/search?q=teflon+cook+toxic Plastic bags are another challenge&mdash;not to mention plastic clothes, and my foam sleeping pad which visibly deteriorates over time. I re-use plastic bags but should use light cloth... And for filling things up at the bulk bins? (Keep in mind I'm a pedestrian and without house). Small paper bags or animal skin, with tare weights... And with the animal skin, must consider tanning process. And if the animal was eating plastic. What is most likely to kill me? Cars (made out of plastic)? But this is about aesthetics, and living a beautiful life. Remember "Kitchen as Temple":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/update00002#KAT ? My teeth have been sealed. I eat things from tin cans (inside coated with plastic)? I grind my teeth? This keyboard is plastic? This table? This carpet? ...
Link Peter Kolbe remote url Link 2004-08-13 2004-08-13
  A good friend in NYC. I met him at a "hostel":http://www.jimsdeli.com/new-york-city-hostel/ny-connection.htm in Williamsburg when I visited NYC in January of 2001. In August I stayed with him for two weeks while I found my first place... (back in the days when I paid rent). He's really into bikes (bicycles), but because he relishes remembering his days of driving a pickup truck with nekkid woman mud flaps in Charleston, SC (or was it Charlotte, NC?), he is loathe to endorse the carfree vision! He learned how to ride my "recumbent":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/reynoldsWeldLab in one evening. Someday I'll get to see him again... and I'm not sure he wants this page here... but this is to make it easier for me to see if *his* website ever changes.
Link Snakegirl dot net, home of Beverly Thomson remote url Link 2004-09-11 2004-09-11
  I may have her last name wrong. I found her web site by searching for "squat nyc" back in 2001. I sent her an email, and later ran into her on the subway, recognizing her from a picture on her website. The cool sort of thing that happens in the pedestrian world of NYC. We don't keep in touch (except perhaps this way), and *friend* isn't quite the right word for someone I've only spent a bit of time with. But she amazes me, as she seems as made for the academic world as I am circumspect and hesitant about it, and she is a hard-core activist, a la "starhawk," and these counter-culture rock stars I like to keep in the corner of my eye. There are parallels in my mind between her and "Rebecca Spencer":http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/LeeWeb/lab%20personnel/rebeccaspencer.html, and also with "Patrick Wong":http://www.geocities.com/utpwong/, but only because I'm thinking of like-aged people I know in academia... and Patrick really tore that up. On the other hand&mdash;
Link Wookie and Sara Janes walk the pacific coast trail remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  Another long walking adventure for the archives. I don't think that many people do the coast trail (as compared to the crest trail). I've thought about doing an article an all the various non-motorized North American trail projects, for people and for animals (e.g., "the wildlands project":http://www.twp.org/). For now, here's a link to "coasttrails.org":http://www.coasttrails.org/.
Link San Diego Earth Times remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-30
  "San Diego Earth Times presents articles covering a wide variety of local, national and international environmental topics." Carolyn Chase, the editor, is a significant local activist.
Link Jim Bell, ecological designer remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  Another significant San Diego Activist. His HQ is on Voltaire street in OB just down from "Ocean Beach People's Co-op":http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop/, and from the Green Store. OB could be called a surfer & transient & dog ghetto, with a few green and progressive people hanging on below the noise of the overhead jet traffic. I wish Colleen Dietzel of the Green Store had a web site to link to-- I visit her when I'm there and the store is open and help feed the fleas which live in her carpet and which usually have only a scrawny, perhaps vegan cat to chew on. What are differences between these independents and the institutionalized? The Green Store reminds me of Bill's urban ecology storefront in Seattle on University Ave, which I liked a lot when I was there. I can't find Bill on the web, and only "UW's (neglected?) urban ecology center":http://www.urbaneco.washington.edu/ shows up. Jim Bell, at any rate, seems to be another hard worker outside of any sort of organization but his own. He also runs as green candidate for various things (mayor at least). I hear he's looking for interns, or was. His new book, "Long Range Planning, Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future in the San Diego/Tijuana Region A Case Study":http://jimbell.com/LongRangePlanning.htm, which I haven't read, impresses me at least with its ambition, and seems to be the thing we need more of. When I last walked by his HQ, on September 18, 2004, they were having a good-sized eco-party there later in the afternoon. I didn't see anyone at the time, but was moved to wonder at who these people are and how it is they keep doing what they do... I guess it isn't that amazing. But I'm not doing it. And when someone has vision or madness--I guess it is just vision and patience to work with institutions and political systems--to attempt something like "Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future in the San Diego/Tijuana Region," or building a carfree city, I at the least nod in respect and some wonder.
Link Condorcet better than Instant Runoff Voting? remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  That's what this site says. The U.S. needs help and one of the ways it needs help is, perhaps, in developing a representative voting system. That and eliminating "corporate personhoood":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/poclad/. It may be a while before I read this site carefully and try to understand it...
Link HouseYourself - collected creative housing thoughts remote url Link 2004-10-03 2004-10-03
  Personally I've taken the live with relatives or be homeless in California where there are no bugs, no rain, and plenty of free food approach, but for those of you who don't shudder at the thought of living in a structure of your own, this book might be of use.
Link Breast Cancer Industry Awareness Month remote url Link 2004-10-06 2004-10-06
  From "about.com":http://environment.about.com/cs/healt1/a/envirobreast_2.htm : <blockquote>The National Cancer Institute stated in 1995, "Breast cancer is simply not a preventable disease." In 1997, the American Cancer Institute offered a similar opinion, that "there are no practical ways to prevent breast cancer&mdash;only early detection." Soon after the NCI made that statement, a study was released which linked the output of internal combustion engines with increased risk of breast cancer. NCI was quick to hop on board into a collaborative research program with General Motors (GM). 140,000 female GM employees aged 35 and older were invited to participate to assess their risk for developing cancer. The employees with the highest possible risk were then eligible to participate in the NCI's "Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene" (STAR)program, which randomly assigned daily doses of either of the two drugs to the healthy women for a period of five years. Yet again, the cancer industry relied upon a study based on chemoprevention, rather than focusing on determining the source of the problem, pollution prevention, or creation of less-harmful alternatives. At this time, it should be noted that the reason the cancer-treatment drug *Tamoxifen* is shrouded in controversy is due to the fact that the drug itself is a potential carcinogen, and may cause uterine cancer, liver cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. After two years of use, tamoxifen has been shown to increase uterine cancer risk by two to three times. </blockquote> The main site to visit is "Breast Cancer Action":http://www.bcaction.org/. "A useful flyer (pdf)":http://www.bcaction.org/PDF/NCIMFlyer.pdf "google on BCI":http://www.google.com/search?q=breast+cancer+industry
Link New Urban News Newsletter remote url Link 2004-10-09 2004-10-09
  NEW URBAN NEWS is a professional newsletter for planners, developers, architects, builders, public officials and others who are interested in the creation of human-scale communities.
Link Car-Free Mayland, DC, Virginia remote url Link 2004-10-09 2004-10-09
  The Washington DC metropolitan area is host to some of the worst traffic in the nation. This group is for people who want to talk with others of like minds in Maryland, DC and Virginia who are or want to be car-free. The focus of this group is to explore alternatives to vehicular ownership and dependency, the benefits to becoming car-free, and special problems certain people may face (such as those who live in suburban areas or regularly need to travel long distances, etc) This group also advocates the belief that all people should have the choice to walk, bike or use any other mode human mobility as transporation.
Link The conference bike remote url Link 2004-10-16 2004-10-16
  "The conference bike is a tricycle pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. One person steers, while each person is free to pedal or not as the bike moves effortlessly along." It looks like a new one could be bought for &euro;9,500 +. "Eric Staller":http://www.ericstaller.com/about/ in the Netherlands appears to be the artist behind it.

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