Hello all… thought I’d give out another update on theÂ SRLÂ (previously the SSRC). I met with Fahmida Ahmed
I couldn't think of a relevant picture for this post, so here's a view from the top of half dome I took at sunrise two weekends ago. If any of you haven't done the midnight climb, I highly recommend it!
and she’s really excited about the project. She pledged the Green Fund’s support for at least some of our operating costs for next year (we’ll still have to find funding for the social events & awareness campaign, but it will come). Also, she suggested we call it the Sustainability Research Library. This sounds more official, it encompasses faculty if they want in, it makes it more obvious of a go-to for students embarking on a research project, and it makes it very clear that we’re providing a service to, not competition with, subject-specific research groups on campus. What do you all think about this?
Finally, I met someone while selling tickets for a Stanford Summer Theater production who wants to do our dynamic web programming for free! He’s well versed in php and other languages I haven’t even heard of, and is interested in making our site generally kickass, such as making users able to upload and profile their own work with title, keyword, category, tenability (peer reviewed/academic/data only/notes), and an abstract, and then allow users to search keywords or categories and have the site dynamically create search results and pages for each article. This will change the site’s limitation from my ability to upload content to the physical limitations of the host’s hd and bandwidth size since we don’t have to maintain the content. Now, there’s nothing preventing us from going national… a few other schools have unofficially expressed an interest in participating! This can be our goal for next year (during the year)… take the site to the national stage.
So excited! Let’s get this blog moving again now that we’re all in summertime and have some room to stretch our brains!
Hello, all! I was thinking of sending out an update on what I’ve been doing, and was pleasantly surprised to see Nick and Irys’s posts on the blog! Green Dorm lives on! It would be great to get this going again and keep an active dialogue going on here. A great way to stay in touch with this blog is to click on the “WordPress Entries (RSS)” link at the bottom of this page, or by going here: feed://www.lotuslive.org/blog/?feed=rss2 and clicking either the “Subscribe in Mail,” “Add Bookmark,” or other pertinent links which will create a feed to your browser or email client that will let you know when new content is posted by green dormers!
While I’ve been at Stanford, I’ve been working on creating the new Student Sustainability Research Consortium, which some of you heard the beginnings of at the end of last year. I’m working with the Woods Institute, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, the OSA, and some others to create an organization that will be responsible for bringing together, organizing, and publishing all the student sustainability research on campus. (Shameless plug: If you have any research/papers/etc that we could start the site off with, we’d love to have it!)Â Â We’re also going to be hosting events to bring people together in interdisciplinary groups & get people excited in sustainability research. Hopefully, by providing a place for people to go to look for direction, funding, advice, and experience, we’ll be able to increase the quantity and improve the quality of student research on campus! It’s been a fun process so far, and we’re heading into a lot of work as the summer rolls on with excitement. (shameless plug #2, if any of you know of any good web programmers with lots of time and no need for money, let me know!)
As for the Green Dorm, I’m meeting with Professor Fischer some time later this week (pending contact ). He was very interested in me helping to raise the money to get the dorm built, and I’ll be talking with him about the future of the class, TAs, etc as well. Let me know if you want me to say anything to him!
I’ve been quite interested lately in “evolutionary ____.” Evolutionary medicine, evolutionary exercise, evolutionary diet, etc – finding ways to use and take care of our bodies the way they evolved to work. So when it came time to buy new shoes, I jumped at the chance to try out what I might call “evolutionary footwear.” Vibram Fivefingers is essentially a glove for your foot that allows full articulation of your foot and toes, allowing you to walk the way that nature intended, as our early ancestors walked for miles each day. It’s like walking barefoot, but with synthetic calluses so that you aren’t in pain on scorching hot pavement or rough surfaces. So far I love them. They aren’t made of any particularly sustainable material, nor do they have much to do with dorms, but I thought I’d share.
How could we better adapt the green dorm to the Pleistocene primate lifestyle we are designed for but generally disconnected from?
Hello from Paris! I’ve only been here for two weeks, and I’m loving it here. On July 1st I started summer courses at l’Ecole Superieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode, a fashion university in the Montmartre district of Paris, and I have been lucky to meet people that are very willing to help me with my portfolio and who support sustainable fashion. In Paris, “la mode ecologique et ethique” (ecological/ethical fashion) is above all a philosophy of design. My fashion drawing and design teacher Christian Tournafol recently founded an “ethical” fashion company and has explained to me how the French see sustainable fashion: it’s a philosophy in which every step of the production process should be organic. Ideas should be organically derived from an individual designer’s interests and the fabric should be organically produced. During my drawing classes, I have been trying to work on the first of his suggestions, letting what inspires me be the main impetus for my designs and allowing a sustainable philosophy to be the overarching theme of each individual piece. I have found this way of thinking about sustainable production very freeing. Over the next month I will be working a lot with Christian on my designs and conducting some interviews with him – here is the link to his company, Les Racines du Ciel (http://www.les-racines-du-ciel.com/accueil.php). Â They’ve produced some very interesting lines over the last year, using interesting fabrics like traditional Chinese mud and potato coated silk. Â Below are photos of some of my preliminary sketches for my portfolio. Â Some are very inspired by the kimono, a very sustainable garment because there are no curved fabric cuts and thus no scraps and waste. Â The other sketches are transformations of existing garments, a very sustainable concept and a great creative exercise. Â Enjoy!