Spring 2011 – Post your “STUFF” (production and waste) topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citationon your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).


    112 Responses to “STUFF”

    1. boililikoi Says:


      Little video showing off a new Japanese engine that converts the hydrogen in water into electricity to run a car. Pretty cool! There don’t seem to be a whole LOT of details on this yet, but what a great potential alternative to fossil fuels!

      I left the link in the context I found it because there is some great supplementary discussion by viewers below.

    2. sarabu12 Says:

      Here’s another interesting site:
      “humanure” is a very interesting concept. Watch some of the videos (not gross, I promise). A humanure toilet is essentially a box with a toilet seat with a bucket underneath. The bucket contains sawdust which deodorizes the contents. When you are ready to plant a garden, humanure make excellent compost with no chemicals! save tons of water, money, and stay chemical free with great produce! This to me, is a great example of waste=food. How could it be more simple than that?

    3. sarabu12 Says:

      Found an interesting site…its a little crass, not for the faint of heart:
      This site is relevant to a topic we only briefly covered in class, the population part of the equation. Although I do think adopting and birth control are great, I’m not as fond of the ideas of suicide and cannibalism. Anyway, some food for thought…

    4. megmem04 Says:

      Crazy how we are fed the consumer culture through our mass media. I was recently listening to pandora radio and was shown a commerical in whcih the little boy equates his family’s status and the perception of his parents through the kind of car they have. It’s so disgusting that the ads these days are directly meant to be soaked up by children. Telling them their worth is based upon their materialistic wealth. This thought and idea is what must be altered to change our consumption patterns..check out this ad, you will be blown away! I also included an ad about high fructose corn syrup.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEbRxTOyGf0 -Corn Syrup

      -Car Ad

    5. I’m surprised by all the community support and effort to become “green” 🙂 A big subject we all our concerned with is a form of transportation. Getting here and there because we got things to do. What’s awesome is that we have bikes!!! A great way of exercise and reducing our carbon foot print. So awesome. In our community of Santa Cruz, we have a place called the “Bike Church”. They used recycled parts of bikes to rebuild new ones. You go in and pick out the parts you want for your new bike and they teach you how to put it together and keep up maintenance of your new ride. And it’s for an inexpensive price. What a deal dude!! I’m going there as soon as my sister gets home. Here’s the link….
      Go there instead of getting a car. I know there’s a concern about the rainy weather we’ve been having. But life isn’t fun without a challenge. If no challenge, what reason is there to live?! Right? You can buy biking rain-gear and buy waterproof backpacks for a cheap price.

    6. sarabu12 Says:

      So,Bargain barn doesn’t have an official website, and is largely unadvertised. It is great place (so cheap!)to shop. I found this short review when doing some research for the final presentation.
      Second-hand stores provide an option to dress in the style of today (in my experience, tends to be a more expensive, more poorly made style from a few decades ago)on a budget, and all the while promoting sustainability, (using already made goods rather than demanding the production of new ones)and supporting the good causes of Goodwill. 🙂


      1. I’m going to definitely check it out!!

    7. sarabu12 Says:

      So cool! This strongly relates to both of the food groups (I think). Great tips on recipes, sustainable products, and a kids section:) (games, etc.) Also, check out their map! search your location and find farmer’s markets, health food stores, ftt restaurants and more! What a cool way to get connected!

    8. mtcaldwell Says:

      There is an educational episode of South Park that discusses recycling on a very basic level. BEWARE it may be TOO coarse
      (scatological) for some viewers.

      It’s called the Circle of Poo.
      Season 4 episode 17. Partial and complete
      clips at: http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103963/the-circle-of-poo

      1. lol very informative

      2. megmem04 Says:

        AHAHHAHAHAH oh my gosh, thank you for posting this. I loved the lion kind rendition!

    9. mtcaldwell Says:

      Sorry to make such a long blog.
      The showcase has been a very useful source of information. (Sometimes free food.)


      8th Annual Water Conservation Showcase
      Tues, Mar 22, 2011, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
      Keynote presentation at 6:00 pm
      at the Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

      Free to the public. To register or learn more about the water showcase, go to the Water Conservation Showcase page: http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/waterconservationshowcase

      Many experts believe that water will surpass energy as the most notorious and coveted resource in California. Unpredictable levels of precipitation and other source issues, climate change, population growth, and risks to the infrastructure are some of the water-related concerns facing the state today. This year’s showcase will address many of these issues through presentations and table-top displays. Information on water-conserving strategies, the energy and water relationship, policy updates, technological developments, and case studies will also be included.

      Presentations at this year’s showcase:

      10:30 AM
      Conference Room
      “Local Implementation Strategies for the California Green Building Standards Code”
      Patrick Costello, City of Napa
      Catherine Elvert, City of Palo Alto

      10:30 AM
      Green Room
      “Sustainable Infrastructure: Innovations in Water Resources Design”
      John Leys, Sherwood Design Engineers

      12:00 PM
      Conference Room
      “Business Case Study for Water Conservation in a Commercial High Rise”
      Jennifer Karol, Prudential
      Jose Guevara, Cushman & Wakefield
      Alex Spilger, BCCI Builders/GreenStep

      12:00 PM
      Green Room
      “Advancements in Water Metering Technology”
      David Wallenstein, East Bay Municipal Utility District
      Arthur Burns, Sensus

      1:30 PM
      Conference Room
      “Case Studies in Water Conservation”
      Zorana Bosnic, HOK
      Aaron Majors, Cagwin & Dorward

      1:30 PM
      Green Room
      “The Water-Energy Connection in California”
      Mikhail Haramati, California Public Utilities Commission
      Amul Sathe, Navigant Consulting
      Greg Leventis, U. C. Berkeley

      3:00 PM
      Conference Room
      “Decentralized Blackwater Reuse: A Case for Smart Growth”
      Will Kirksey, Worrell Water Technologies
      Mark Meredith, PHOENIX Process Equipment Co.

      3:00 PM
      Green Room
      “20×2020 – New Goals and New Ways of Measuring Water Conservation for California!”
      Chris Brown, California Urban Water Conservation Council

      4:30 PM
      Conference Room
      “Greywater and Rainwater System Design, Implementation and Lessons Learned”
      Brent Bucknum, Hyphae Design Laboratory
      John Russell, WaterSprout

      4:30 PM
      Green Room
      “Low-Water Lawn Alternatives – Native Turf or Meadow Plantings”
      Wade Belew, California Native Grasslands Association

      Keynote: 6:00 PM
      Conference Room
      “The Future of Water Conservation in California”
      Richard Harris, East Bay Municipal Utility District
      Chris Brown, California Urban Water Conservation Council
      Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Wholly H2o

      Exhibitors will feature the latest cutting edge products, systems, and services available to help Californians conserve and wisely manage water use. Exhibitors include:

      ACT Inc. D’MAND Systems
      Aquacell Water Recycling Solutions
      BAWSCA – Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency*
      Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition
      Cagwin & Dorward
      California Landscape Contractors Association
      California Urban Water Conservation Council
      City of Napa Water Division
      City of Redwood City
      City of Vallejo Water Conservation
      Conservation Mechanical Systems, Inc.
      Contra Costa Water District*
      DriWater, Inc.
      Dominican University of California
      EBMUD – East Bay Municipal Utility District*
      EMCo Systems Solutions, Inc.*
      Enovative Kontrol Systems
      ET Water
      Firestone Specialty Products
      GE Water & Process Technologies*
      Irrigation Water Technologies America and KISSS Products*
      Irrometer Company
      KriStar Enterprises, Inc.
      Netafim USA
      Niagara Conservation
      Pacific Interlock Pavingstone, Inc.*
      PGAdesign Landscape Architects
      PG&E Food Service Technology Center
      San Francisco Business Times
      San Francisco Public Utilities Commission*
      Sloan Valve Co. / Kliman Sales
      The DELTA Faucet Company*
      TOTO USA
      USGBC – Northern California Chapter
      ValleyCrest Companies
      Vortens Plumbing Fixtures
      Worrell Water Technologies, LLC
      Zone 7 Water Agency*

      * Sponsors

      The organizational committee for the 2011 Water Conservation Showcase would like to acknowledge these Promotional Partners for their help spreading the word on this year’s showcase.

      Alliance for Water Efficiency
      California College of the Arts
      California Landscape Contractors Association
      Center for the Built Environment (CBE)
      City of San José Environmental Services Department
      Imagine H2O
      Marin Municipal Water District
      San Francisco Department of Environment
      Tuolumne River Trust
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      The Water Showcase is being organized through the combined efforts of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and The PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

      More information at:
      http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/waterconservationshowcase. Information about other free classes on energy efficiency offered through PG&E can be found here: http://www.pge.com/energyclasses.

    10. megmem04 Says:


      This article outlines a step in the right direction! It focuses on the repercussions of CA’s ban on putting e-waste into our domestic landfills. Due to this ban, there have been massive amounts of exporting e-waste materials to the developing world. They article also discusses better ways to dispose of e-waste materials. Although slightly disturbing, it really lays out the facts in a way that gives us some hope for alternatives.

    11. sarabu12 Says:

      I mentioned this breifly in class:

      Its really cool to see how when you plan to not have waste, you inevitably tend to buy locally, and buy things that have little to no “ecological footprint” in production. Great article, easy to read, and its inspiring to people who have trouble grasping the concept of “no waste.” It relates also to video we watched in class last time, I can’t remember the quote exactly (waste=food…?)Compost for the Johnson’s garden is a good example of this.

    12. boililikoi Says:

      I’m pretty sure this applies…

      It’s about the potential to derive electricity from converting pee!
      How cool! I’ve heard a lot of arguments that it would be better to keep creating and evolving to save ourselves–rather than returning to a simpler time. In a lot of ways, science is what provided us the tools to get into the environmental mess we are in, and I find it facinating to imagine changes like this where we continue to evolve technologically, but in a more conscious way.

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