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Michele hits up the Champagne Bar

January 3, 2011 by


I imagined myself sipping a glass of champagne before jetting off to Paris for the day… That was me, in awe of the champagne bar at St. Pancras International in the heart of London.  Actually, I was in awe of everything at St. Pancras- the 30 foot bronze sculpture of a couple saying their goodbyes […]

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly…

December 31, 2010 by


Everyone, or nearly everyone, will spend a few moments reflecting on the close of the first decade of the 21st Century before beginning the next decade with a an awe inspiring hangover. We, here in the land of green opportunity, are no different. Let us review the events of the past decade in all their […]

Sara Ruto and the cell phone…

December 28, 2010 by


Here’s an opportunity (or three) for Silicon Valley – small, self contained solar generation. As the rain fell in San José on Christmas Eve I learned about Sara Ruto, an entrepreneurial woman living in a remote Kenyan village. Ms. Ruto would walk two miles on dirt paths and take a 3 hour motorcycle taxi ride […]

The Pod People Have Arrived…

October 29, 2010 by


Just in time for Halloween the pod people have arrived in San José –  except these folks come with the Podcar and are not interested in eating your brain. San José’s city hall is home to a three day conference on the latest in personal rapid transit (PRT). Touting podcars as the latest in green, fast […]

Mobile Foodies Meet Sustainability

October 28, 2010 by


You’ve heard about them, you may even be an aficionado. The latest craze in foodie-heaven – the food truck. With everything from the Shrimp Pimp in Los Angeles to Skillet Street Food in Seattle food trucks offer convenience, diversity and sometimes a sustainable fooditude. San Francisco has the Sexy Soup Cart serving organic soups straight […]

Plugging In

August 23, 2010 by


by Shiloh Ballard Tuesday night I pulled into my garage, got out of “my” car and plugged it in to the wall.  This sounds like a seemingly mundane action but I found it to be more special than I had anticipated.  I felt a new kind of freedom, and had I exclaimed anything, it would […]

Gulf of Mexico : a dilemma in the making?

May 4, 2010 by


As a kid I walked the beaches along California’s Central Coast. Often coming home with thick bits of black goo stuck to my feet, my clothes and on the shoes I refused to wear in the sand. Mom was not happy. I would stare at the oil rigs far offshore and wonder why fish and […]