Melissa Hope Matlins

The First 100 – Captured
April 29, 2009, 10:03 pm
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I just discovered The Official White House Photostream, a beautiful chronicle of Obama’s first 100 days in office. The most endearing image to me of course is this photo of both the President and Vice President atop the solar panel bedecked roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Check out how much energy the system produces (and how it works) on the museum’s website.

Image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Bed-Stuy Meadow Project

Photo credit: Kate Glicksberg via  21st Century Plowshare

I braved the rain on Saturday in support of a beautiful and simple vision – to blanket the vacant lots of New York City’s Bed Stuy neighborhood with native wildflowers. The project’s creators, 21st Century Plowshare, supplied us volunteers with nifty bags filled with a seed/sand mixture and “seed bombs” for throwing over fences (shown here in Kate Glicksberg‘s great photo). I am hoping that April showers will work their magic and we will see some sprouts soon. More neighborhood plantings are in the works. And testament to the power of the idea – New York Times coverage here.

Image: Kate Glicksberg via 21st Century Plowshare

Green. Simple. Funny.


Environmentalism is serious, complicated business, so a bit of humor on the subject is quite refreshing, especially when the jokes call attention to simple green solutions. I had a good laugh over the “Tongue-in-Cheek Guide for Green Gadget Buyers” in Fast Company this month, especially the recession-friendly “efficiency toggle” that “can achieve a 100% reduction in power usage.” Building daylight monitors and occupancy sensors are cool, but lets not forget that the simple act of turning off the lights (like your parents told you to) doesn’t require a complicated calculation to determine the payback period.

Via: Fast Company