Category Archives: sustainability

Efficiency & Pride

It has been over a week since my entry into Swiss society and there are two words instantly come to mind, Efficiency and Pride. The public transportation system is the most efficient I have ever seen and the timeliness of the meetings makes me rethink my own level of efficiency (originally thinking it was high). […] Continue reading

Posted in GPP13, sustainability

Organizational Greatness

In the last chapter of Bruke’s book, Organizational Change; theory and practice, published in 2002 he shares a quote from an article in the New York Times by Holstein.  The author wrote this article in response to the book Good to Great.   Whatever contributions the book offers are called into question by an intellectual assumption […] Continue reading

Posted in company performance, employee treatment, good to great, greatness, holistic measure, leading social change, organizational change, profits, sustainability

DON’T BUILD YOUR HOME – GROW IT! – Mitchell Joachim discusses ancient ‘Pleaching’ for homes

Think about it, you can train your environment to be your home, you eliminate carbon footprint and you don’t have to worry about the ‘awful’ engineers, architects and contractors. It may take awhile to have your home constructed, but think of the economic savings and the ability to be self sufficient as you live, work […] Continue reading

Posted in Construction, sustainability

Dan Phillips – Material Reclamation for Residential Building – Sustainable Philosophy

It is intrinsic that I discuss an area of particular concern to me as this unorthodox atypical idea of educator brings up an aspect of my very own niche that I haven’t considered. The discussion of the apperceptive mass, in which all of our experiences in life is our method of understanding a new percept […] Continue reading

Posted in Construction, sustainability

My speech for Sustainability Week

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at the Sustainability Week kickoff event at the Inn on Monday. Here’s the speech that followed President Steger, Mayor Rordam, Sustainable Blacksburg’s Pat Bixler. (Remember, Sustainability Forum is Thursday, October 15th at 5:00 in Commonwealth Ballroom.) “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we […] Continue reading

Posted in Blacksburg, green, Mayor Rordam, President Steger, sustainability, VA, virginia tech