Sustainability in SpringtreeTerritory

The Springtree Agenda is all about highlighting the different threads that weave so much texture into our community. One of those threads is generally defined as sustainability. Sustainability has a goal of leaving the planet better off or at least no worse in everything you do in order that it can support future generations.

Arizona State University a few years ago established what they call the Global Institute of Sustainability. Part of the Institute is their School of Sustainability which they describe as a “transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.” I love that word “transdisciplinary.” But I hope it doesn’t make this idea seem like it is the sole province of academics and large organizations. In fact, much is, and can be, done on an individual and small group basis.

Here we will try to highlight both the big and the little things people in Durham are doing to make our world more sustainable. Suggestions for posts are always welcome.

A Toilet is a Toilet…Right?

September 15, 2011
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“Squander” is a concept for retrospection. Few people realize they are doing it when they are. When buffalo were taken to the brink of extinction few buffalo hunters imagined they were even making a dent in the vast herds that roamed the plains. Then all of a sudden they were nearly gone. Evidence is gathering […]

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Our Urban Orchard

June 10, 2011
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This listing is special. If you are an organic gardener, know one or have aspirations to eat healthier and reduce your carbon footprint, check out the video tour below and learn more at www.OurUrbanOrchard.com 1114 Woodburn Road

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Top Ten Durham Websites

June 10, 2010
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My Picks for the Ten Best Websites to Learn about Durham If you believe that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location, it probably seems a little bit of a paradox that the descriptions most real estate agents write about their listings barely mention it. Part of this is just […]

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Sustainable Agriculture in Springtree Territory

March 1, 2010
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Slow Food Around Here “The underprivileged tend to have disastrously unhealthy diets and no wonder: $1 will buy you 100 calories of carrots — or 1,250 calories of cookies and chips.” The quote is from an article entitled “Crimes of the Heart” in a recent edition of Newsweek.   It sums up the challenge of  guiding […]

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Durham – A Great Place to Live

October 20, 2009
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It took a while but I finally figured out how to place photos in the “media box” at the top of the column on the right of this page. Of the five pictures in the rotation only one, the aerial shot of Duke Chapel, was of something that was here in 1984 when I moved […]

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