avenger, plus two

So, the Toxic Avenger dropped by the Current office this week. He had a lot to say about CPS’s backpeddle on nuke investments being included in that rate hike the San Anto Council votes up, down, or to the side next week.

Weird, you know. He’s from Jersey. Now-solvent NRG Energy is based there. Maybe he’s onto something.

I know your lesionous Milton Lee is dead on for nuclear. We hear that all the way up in Hoboken. We’re sensative, y’know, cuza that Oyster Creek nightmare. Thankfully, fear and intellectual increptiude has soiled the minds and britches of some of your City Bosses. Rather than see their reputations besmirched as my once ivory skin they have pushed back hard on the utility for some (soot-free) breathing room.

Check out Toxic Translator. Been told it’s “totally fuckin’ funny, dude.”

But, dude, this is serious.

Deux

Q: How cool is my sister?

A: (At least) one solar-powered, gold-level LEED-certified condo’s worth…

Time to bring that stuff to San Anthony, kiddo! Much lovins…

Finalmente

tshirtDenied a corner condo powered only by hamster urine (cutting edge for established edge cutters), I set my eyes on this solar backpack contest. I’m willing to bite, cuz, you know, I’d (ideally) get the bag AND support a great site and the sustainable living guru(a)s at SustainLane.

To get into the raffle all I had to do was participate. A quick review of that vinegary Kombucha did the trick.

When word came back I had been shortlisted, you can bet I blabbed at work about the packs and how cool they are (there goes that w.o.m advertising stooge, I know).

Those who know me, know what a bastard I can be about this notion we can “buy” our way out of our global ecological crisis by retrofitting the objects of our lavish living (globally speaking) with “green” replacements.

But when I won the tshirt/canvas tote combo (runner-up? is that what I’ve come to?) I wasn’t shattered by the experience. The design is superfly (tho, I should have gone with a large, after all), but the faux nutrition box on the sleeve is what I love most. No slave labor in this shirt, Simon. And all organic bolls, Bettie.

Signed, (un)sealed, and delivered in a bradded, non-chlorine-rinsed paper mailer.

Respect the pulp.

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3 responses to “avenger, plus two

  1. Very sweet, thanks you to my brother for noticing my little building. Not to brag but, in fact, *two* solar LEED condos worth cool….see attached article about RiverClay (which I don’t really know how to attach cuz I’m a baby blogger but maybe Greg knows how). I’m not acutually quoted in this one but I took the photo. That’s really the skyline as seen from the RiverClay roof solar panel array – no photo trickery! Watch our progress toward completing RiverClay Condominiums (to be Silver LEED certified) at http://riverclay.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/riverclay-condominiums-construction-nearly-complete/.

    My Kombucha is stewing next to my sprouting black eyed peas on the kitchen counter. Luvsya,
    – sistersarah.

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  2. Hey Greg, loved the blog entry! If you want to give away that medium in your possession to a needy greenie, maybe we can find you a large in our safe to send to you?

    The thing about buying your way out of this mess…I too am torn by that. The theory I *buy* into is that one of these nice, organic shirts, which, by the way are made with a non-toxic dying process by some very cool people in America, will last a lifetime, really. For me, it’s about getting people to start thinking about what they are buying and why. I think it’s an early step on the path to greening our world. IT has to be driven by consumers, because businesses aren’t going to voluntarily put themselves out of business unless there are drivers for that (consumer shift). Government regs are being written by industry insiders at the Fed level, but I do like the initiatives taking pace at the local level by some enlightened mayors and city councils, working to solve their regional social/economic/environmental issues, which are all wrapped up with each other.

    The part that worries me is that we’re learning too slowly. The “green” market is still a tiny percentage of the overall market for goods and services. It used to be that people complained that they couldn’t make greener choices because those products and services had limited availability, or they were too expensive. Today, the choices are out there, and some of the price points are coming into line with conventional (read: toxic), alternatives (particularly if you look at lifetime cost, and not just initial price), yet we’re still talking about less than 1% of all consumables in the US. The fact that a lot of these newer, non-toxic items are locally produced by small to medium sized businesses, is further reason why our local economies would benefit by embracing. I know I am preaching to the choir…but, how do we get mainstream adoption at a faster rate? And how do you do this without seemingly preaching your message? We’ve opted for WOM at SustainLane, and it seems to be working. I’d love to hear what others are doing or thinking on this topic?

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  3. ‘think before you buy’ would be a great slogan and practice.

    any quote-unquote ‘do-gooder’ group always runs the risk of hitting the stomach-turning ‘preachy’ screech. it’s been a huge hurdle to clear for the environmental movement, i think.

    how do you share resource/planet-saving tips without coming off as that annoying know-it-all from middle school. there are challenges in interpersonal relations, but definitely these are more acute at the corporate-business level where you are operating.

    enviro groups in have known sometimes open meetings asking each in attendance what they have done that day to help the planet/reduce their footprint. it’s always too easy to pick out the smug and self-congratulatory. unfortunate. but such types exists across the political/social spectrum. we need to remember that too.

    obviously massive change in our spending habits needs to occur. it should, to my mind, start with simplicity.

    i know i’m talking ‘up the mountain’ on this, but a new aethetic needs to take root, where basic and damaging practices are simply sworn off.

    what about refusing to buy bottled water outright and getting more acquainted with where our water comes from; shopping second-hand before entering the marketplace at all; reducing electronics/entertainments to allow for an admittedly pricier all-organic, fairtrade pantry?

    then again, if we’re still at less than one percent of the market, maybe massive assaults on contemporary federal agribusiness policy is the way to go. i suppose each of us has to find our niche in the fight and stick.

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