With the recession putting a damper on construction, the Ashland City Council will consider whether to give 18-month extensions to all development approvals in town. That could help keep approvals on projects from expiring before projects can be built. The projects have already gone through the regular planning process.more»
Terisa Greenan and her boyfriend, Matt, are enjoying a rare day of Seattle sun, sharing a beet carpaccio on the patio of a local restaurant. Matt holds Terisa's hand, as his 6-year-old son squeezes in between the couple to give Terisa a kiss. His mother, Vera, looks over and smiles; she's there with her boyfriend, Larry. Suddenly it starts to rain, and the group must move inside. In the process, they rearrange themselves: Matt's hand touches Vera's leg. Terisa gives Larry a kiss. The child, seemingly unconcerned, puts his arms around his mother and digs into his meal.
Terisa and Matt and Vera and Larry-along with Scott, who's also at this dinner-
Last week, I was catching up on some email and discovered a great article on social media from Michael Reynolds, President and CEO of SpinWeb. The article, which appeared in Michaels shift+refresh® newsletter, was so spot-on I immediately contacted Michael and asked him if I could run the article on my blog. Michael happily agreed so here is the article, in its entirety.more»
Greetings and Well Wishes to all of you who contributed to the Convening the Conveners event May 6, 2009 in Ashland, Oregon,
We are pleased to share with you the written report from the event last month. We thank you for your patience in receiving the documentation and hope that you find it to be a valuable artifact of the endeavor. Please feel encouraged to share the information with anyone that you would like, as we hope to illuminate the culture of working together towards our shared common goal of local resiliency.more»
The Ashland Food Project generated over 3,000 pounds (!) of donated food today!! WOW!!
Attached are about a dozen shots taken at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank this afternoon between 12 and 2pm. Be sure to watch the 6'oclock news tonight on Ch. 5 (KOBI) and look for John Darling's article in the Mail Tribune (tomorrow?) Stay tuned to www.AshlandFoodProject.com for an upcoming video and more pictures of today's success!
I know that community and sustainability are priorities to you and your green business so I have found a way for you to gain exposure while supporting the things you want to see in the world.
On June 24th, I will begin my Models of Sustainable Living Tour, a study of communities in Europe that demonstrate social harmony, cooperation and longevity, along with some specific tried and true, fuel free technologies that I've not yet seen here in the USA. From this tour, I will develop presentations and trainings to share this wisdom with people across the USA, to support our transitions to more sustainable choices, with greater community connections and cooperation.more»
Local father/daughter team "isBreathing", Ed and Wrenna Keller have been selected as the Grand Prize winners of the if.net "15 Seconds of Fame" video contest. They received enough online votes to put them in the top 5 of nearly 300 entries.In addition to winning a hand-held HD video camera, a judging panel selected their entry as the grand prize winner of $10,000.more»
Locally, Southern Oregon University is doing its’ part to prepare students for Green Jobs through their Sustainability Leadership Program. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Sustainability Leadership Symposium, at SOU. Students from Steve Schein’s Sustainability Leadership course, gave presentations on wide range of topics including; Carbon Management, Renewable Energy, Green Building, Ecological Literacy, Sustainability in Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility.more»