Posts Tagged ‘resource’
Really, really cool infographic from Miniature Earth. It’s always nice to see folks coming up with creative ways to illustrate how much we actually consume / how resources are allocated in the world with the intent of increasing awareness and driving change. Miniature Earth’s site is worth perusing – lots of great content!
(image: Miniature Earth)
That’s right! The City of Austin’s begun a zero-waste initiative that, with proper implementation, will divert 95 percent of waste away from landfills by 2040. The initiative is a project of Austin Resource Recovery, formerly known as Solid Waste Services. “The new name is more in line with the Department’s mission toward zero waste,” says the Austin Resource Recovery home page. Bob Gedert, who is director of the program, further explains “With the advent of zero waste, material collected is now seen as a resource that is recovered for a second life, rather than a waste stream destined for a landfill.”
With this shift in thinking, comes the city’s plan which, according to this recent article in Community Impact, will aim to “reduce costs for those who produce less waste.” This means the city wants to reward those who divert the most waste from entering landfills, and will encourage folks to take advantage of improved recycling programs and composting carts (scheduled to become available in 2015). Yay!
Produce less waste, spend less money – it’s a win-win and we love it!
(image: Austin 360)
Screening: Friday 18 November, 7pm on the lawn at in.gredients. BYO blanket/chair and mug/thermos for hot cocoa, coffee, or tea! (RSVP: here)
Once Upon a Time in Knoxville is an uplifting documentary film about making more from less. In a country with one of the highest standards of living in the world, Rollo Sullivan says he lives in third-world sort of way. He and his family live off the land. They grow their own food, refine bio-diesel, generate hot water from the sun, and use outhouses. This may not seem glamorous, but Rollo predicts this lifestyle is the way of the future as the age of consumerism pushes the planet into resource collapse.
What’s inspiring about this film is how much fulfillment and gratification Rollo and his family receive from their sustainable lifestyle. Liberated rather than limited, Rollo happily scavenges for scraps and creatively turns them into housing for tenants. He humorously describes his work as a new movement in architecture that should be called “Appalachian Gothic.” Find out what on earth that looks like when you come to see the film!