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The 10,000 Solutions

A blog of noteworthy innovations in sustainable design, processes and product development, things I’ve been exposed to in my work and which convince me we are in a time of meaningfully productive creativity. In summary, these stories give me much hope about the future of our planet and the species that inhabit it – including us humans.

May 8, 2019

Facebook data center servers use free outdoor air for cooling in seasons when and where available. But there are many other ways to reduce PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) and greenhouse gases in data centers.

The mad increase in data as an essential part of how our worl...

November 16, 2018

The first urban bike share program launched in Amsterdam (where else?) in 1965 and was a complete failure due to theft and abuse. Simply releasing free bikes onto the city wasn’t an effective strategy.

But we rode a long way, baby. Today, almost all the most sophisticat...

June 11, 2018

I envy the young in one respect: There is so much more opportunity today than when I was a student to get a degree in environmental studies and to find employment in a range of green-driven careers, even for non-scientists.

Back in the day, it was a realm for people wit...

February 9, 2018

It’s a weird time for solar energy in the U.S. While technological advancements and rapid adoption of those technologies has led to year-on-year, double digit increases in production, the business and political-policy side of the sector is more unsettled than just a fe...

June 8, 2017

America is undergoing an epidemic of ick. While 92 percent of us agree that washing one’s hands after conducting other business in the bathroom should happen, only about 66 percent of people actually do it.

Something equally distasteful: Recycled paper towels are part o...

February 4, 2017

McDonald’s Corporation’s Ray Kroc and the real McDonald brothers might have had a contentious relationship. But they all shared a love of resource efficiency.

The movie, “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray Kroc, is a layered, som...

January 11, 2017

Co-locations of wind-solar farms exist in other places, but none not quite at the scale of Swinterton's Arizona installation. What drives it is the need to even out between when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.

December 8, 2016

Companies with strong sustainability programs seem to be located where the effects of climate change are most pronounced.

October 1, 2016

What’s in a name? What can art accomplish? How about protecting a few trillion dollars of public money and the future of the planet?

Children in the Great Depression were given art

classes by the WPA that employed artists as

teachers and as poster designers.

Sometime in...

March 15, 2016

School districts across America struggle to include arts programs in an era when STEM education – a focus on science, technology, engineering and math – is given priority. It’s hard to justify paying for arts educators and art supplies when school administrators can ba...

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