Share Your Favorite Best Practices and Possibilities for Sustainable Futures!

Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico were at the epicenter of solar design in the 70’s and 80’s. I believe we can be on the cutting edge once again and lead the emerging sustainable economy. By bringing together our pioneering genius and deep caring, along with emerging technologies, we can collaborative  integrate systems and innovations and then build neighborhoods based in real-lasting values. …

The Green Fire Times May 2012 The Center for Innovation and Sustainability

Last September I got to be the guest associate editor of Green Fire Times. The entire issue was dedicated to envisioning the creation of “Sustainable Urban Villages” in our area – vibrant, alive, quality-filled, deeply affordable, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods that live lightly on the planet. The challenge remains: How do we actually create sustainable “triple bottom line” alternatives to suburban …

September’s Green Fire Times: Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Village

Sustainability is a Puzzle of 1000 Pieces. As we rearrange the pieces to design a Sustainable Urban Village (SUV), Green Fire Times asked the paradigm shifting questions… “What would make a SUV such a great place, you’d move in?!   What are the best practices emerging in your field, and how can we rearrange these puzzle pieces for maximum affordability and beauty?” As you’re contemplating your puzzle pieces …

Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Village: A Puzzle of 1000 Pieces by Brian Skeele

Sustainability is a Puzzle of 1000 Pieces.  As we rearrange the pieces to design a Sustainable Urban Village (SUV),  Green Fire Times quest associate editor Brian Skeele (yours truly) got to ask the paradigm shifting questions…What would make a SUV such a great place, you’d move in?!   What are the best practices emerging in your field,and how can we rearrange these puzzle pieces for maximum affordability and beauty?…

A “Think and Do Tank” to Fan the Embers of the Emerging Sustainable Economy by Brian Skeele

The times call for an atmosphere that is conducive to economic innovation. How can we work together to create a thriving local/regional, resilient, innovative, sustainable economy? Several months ago, a group of us met in Santa Fe to brainstorm a “Think and Do Tank,” an interdisciplinary, affordable, innovation/fabrication lab to support turning creative, social, economic and ecological ideas into real …

Gussing of the Southwest: Rising to the Challenge and Reaping the Benefits by Brian Skeele

Santa Fe could be the sustainability ecotourist destination, the “Gussing of the Southwest”!  “Gussing will no longer pay $8 million a year for imported fossil fuels” proclaimed the mayor of this Austrian town of 4000. Since the declaration, the town has gone to homegrown green fuels and heating, and 50 companies have relocated there. 1000 jobs have been created.

Imagining a Sustainable Urban Village by Stephanie Hiller

Our world is changing radically, yet we struggle to stay the same. We face multiple threats to our continuance: dwindling supplies of oil, gas, and various metals; diminishing access to pure drinking water; strange weather and rising temperatures; spreading pollution and the ever present threat of nuclear war. How can we respond to these overwhelming challenges, and survive? Avoidance will …