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Reader Letter: Blame flood on poor planning and engineering | Windsor Star
I have lived in Riverside pretty much my whole life. My house was built in 1953. Other than one flood because our sump pump had seized from lack of use, we never had a problem.

Then, the City of Windsor decided to build the WFCU Centre across from the Villages of Riverside. Then, the developers invaded McHugh Drive with thousands of homes and townhouses. No more farmland to absorb the water. So, why did the city not realize that larger sewers and pumps would be required to move all the water now that we are surrounded by concrete in a flood corridor?
september 2017 by copystar
Seams and edges: Dreams of aggregation, access & discovery in a broken world – discontents
Broken worlds

Most technological futures are ultimately alienating and disempowering — people are cast as the passive consumers of the latest wonders and gadgets.

Instead of ‘progress’, Steven J. Jackson presents a vision of a fundamentally broken technosocial world, barely held together by numerous acts of concern, appropriation and repair.7 This focus on ‘repair’ helps us see the human agency at work, the possibilities for change.

What might happen if instead of seeing the seams and edges of our information landscape as speed bumps in the onward march of progress we recognised their fragility, and celebrated them as sites of collaboration, negotiation and repair?

What might we discover then?
librarianship  RepairTheWorld 
june 2017 by copystar
Welcome to the Superstruct Game Archive
Superstruct was a massively multiplayer forecasting game, created by the Institute for the Future, and played by more than 8000 citizen future-forecasters from September - November 2008.
RepairTheWorld  mtg2 
may 2017 by copystar
Sebastian Deterding on Palaces in Time: Designing Against Productivity — MIT Media Lab
I am reading it because of this video: "Palaces in Time: Designing Against Productivity" by @dingstweets
RepairTheWorld  mtg2 
may 2017 by copystar
Kingsville builder designs energy self-sufficient home | Windsor Star
The three-level, 5,000-square-foot build has no furnace, no wood studs in the exterior walls, not a single pot light and no hydro payments.

Two years ago, Meuser, 62, set out to prove to himself that he could design and build a large home that was energy self-sufficient but also beautiful to look at.

“What I was trying to portray with this house is getting away from the idea that solar homes are sort of ugly and things are sort of afterthoughts,” said Meuser, who has been in the building business for 36 years. “So it was important to me
may 2017 by copystar
Landmark report shows how Toronto can meet its climate change goals | Metro Toronto
.@DavidHains provides some more info on yesterday’s TransformTO climate change report.
april 2017 by copystar
2012 results illustrate ENWIN’s
financial health and performance.
The utility continues to pay dividends
to the City of Windsor as a return on
its investment. In 2012,
$5M in dividends to the City.
april 2017 by copystar
We did this while making needed investments
in our city’s utilities infrastructure, maintaining
essential reserve funds, and paying a dividend
of $5 million to our shareholder.
april 2017 by copystar
In 2015, EnWin and WUC invested more
than $40 million in electricity and water
infrastructure and technology and WCU
paid a dividend of $4 million to its
the Corporation of the City
of Windsor.
april 2017 by copystar
Guest column: Energy distribution and the dividend | Windsor Star
* ENWIN’s shareholder is the City of Windsor. As the shareholder, the City has directed ENWIN to issue an annual dividend. This is consistent with the business practices of many electricity distribution companies across Ontario and has no impact on rates. If no dividend were issued, rates would still be the same. The fact that our shareholder is the City of Windsor is a positive thing for Windsor. It means that the dividend money stays in Windsor and benefits the community.
april 2017 by copystar
Salesforce Goes Net Zero Decades Early, Strives for 100% Renewable Energy | Greentech Media
In 2015, Salesforce made a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its global footprint by 2050. Last week, the software company hit that target 33 years early.

What’s more, Salesforce can now boast a “carbon-neutral cloud.” This takes the pledge a step further, going beyond the emissions directly linked to the company’s operations and energy use, to the emissions generated by manufacturing servers, operating data centers and accessing the Salesforce’s platform through customers’ personal devices
april 2017 by copystar
Everything's Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart | The Huffington Post
In that little junk shop on a quiet street in San Francisco, I held a relic from one of the great upheavals of the last millennium. It made me think of a remarkable statement the great feminist fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin had made only a few weeks earlier. In the course of a speech she gave while accepting a book award she noted, “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”
RepairTheWorld  notebene 
april 2017 by copystar
Windsor Solar | Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.
Windsor Solar LP proposes to develop a solar facility with a maximum capacity of 50 megawatts alternating current (MW AC), located on the Windsor International Airport Property in the City of Windsor, Ontario. The renewable energy facility will be known as the Windsor Solar Project.
april 2017 by copystar
Ottawa too slow on clean tech investment, new report warns | Toronto Star
Ottawa too slow on clean tech investment, new report warns via @torontostar
april 2017 by copystar
Community Energy Plan - City of Burlington
The Community Energy Plan outlines current conditions in addition to opportunities and constraints. There are five goals and associated objectives in the plan related to:

Behaviour change (a culture of conservation)
Energy efficiency
Energy generation and security
Land use and growth
april 2017 by copystar
Community Energy Action Plan
This needs to be the Community’s plan for London, not the City of London’s plan for the community.
We can’t control the price of energy, but we can control the cost of energy.
Start first with conservation.
Get the function and size right.
Invest in energy efficiency and good design.
Make use of free heat and free light.
Reduce waste.
Make it local.
Build on local strengths.
Use renewable energy.
Measure your progress.
Share your stories.
april 2017 by copystar
RT @ncasenmare: ☆ New mini-interactive! On win-wins for the environment & economy:

(inspired by…
explorable-explainations  RepairTheWorld 
april 2017 by copystar
Ontario cap and trade auction March 2017 [pdf]
The Corporation of the City of Kingston and the University of Guelph participated in the first Cap and Trade auction
april 2017 by copystar
Why people are so bad at thinking about the future.
One of the reasons why we are doing so badly in dealing with climate change is that we are bad at future thinking:
april 2017 by copystar
Prefigurative intervention | Beautiful Trouble
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

Common Uses

To give a glimpse of the Utopia we’re working for; to show how the world could be; to make such a world feel not just possible, but irresistible.

Many of us spend so much time trying to stop bad things from happening that we rarely take the time to sketch out how things could be better, let alone actually go out and create a little slice of the future we want to live in. Prefigurative interventions seek to address that imbalance.

The lunch counter sit-ins of the U.S. civil rights movement are frequently referenced as defiant, courageous and ultimately successful acts of resistance against America’s Jim Crow-era apartheid. They were certainly that, but they were also profoundly prefigurative. The students’ actions — mixed-race groups of people violating the law by sitting at lunch counters and demanding to be served — foreshadowed victory and prefigured the world they wanted to live in: they were enacting the integration they wanted.
RepairTheWorld  library-of-utopia 
april 2017 by copystar
#0058: Talking with Kim Stanley Robinson about his global warming epic, New York 2140 by Track Changes | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Imagining New York’s underwater future: this week Paul and Rich talk to Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the most renowned science fiction writers alive. The author of nineteen novels, he describes his newest, New York 2140, as both a “post-disaster novel” and a “comedy of coping,” set in a New York City several decades after sea levels have risen and stabilized. They discuss the city’s history, its natural and manmade spaces, and its inevitable future due to climate change: how the watery city will adapt, and who will make a profit.
april 2017 by copystar
All our imagined futures | A Working Library
So what would an end to growth look like? Writing in Dissent last spring, Daniel Immerwahr doesn’t paint the rosiest picture, but he also makes clear the alternative:

Such cuts can be made more or less fairly, and the richest really ought to pay the most, but the crucial thing is that they are made. Because, above all, stopping climate change means giving up on growth.

That will be hard. Not only will our standards of living almost certainly drop, but it’s likely that the very quality of our society—equality, safety, and trust—will decline, too. That’s not something to be giddy about, but it’s still a price that those of us living in affluent countries should prepare to pay. Because however difficult it is to slow down, flooding Bangladesh cannot be an option. In other words, we can and should act. It’s just going to hurt.
april 2017 by copystar
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