Solar Bus Shelters | EarthTechling
With an abundance of sunshine, it’s no wonder that some of the most innovative and successful solar power installations are found in California. Recently, the City of Perris, located in green energy-friendly Riverside County, announced that it would use solar power to transform its ordinary bus stops into miniature power plants.

Solar Bus Shelters | EarthTechling

With an abundance of sunshine, it’s no wonder that some of the most innovative and successful solar power installations are found in California. Recently, the City of Perris, located in green energy-friendly Riverside Countyannounced that it would use solar power to transform its ordinary bus stops into miniature power plants.

In Oakland, a popup retail neighborhood for urban renewal

Similar in many ways to Renew Australia’s efforts to connect artists and community projects with vacant buildings to revive derelict areas, popuphood in Oakland, San Francisco is an urban initiative offering free retail space in unused buildings to local entrepreneurs, in yet another variation of the pop-up concept. READ MORE…

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In Oakland, a popup retail neighborhood for urban renewal

Similar in many ways to Renew Australia’s efforts to connect artists and community projects with vacant buildings to revive derelict areas, popuphood in Oakland, San Francisco is an urban initiative offering free retail space in unused buildings to local entrepreneurs, in yet another variation of the pop-up concept. READ MORE…

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Long Beach Community Gardens is Doing It Right

Man, Long Beach is nailing it right now.
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The spirit of sharing is growing at Long Beach Community Garden. Jeff Spurrier reports:

At Long Beach Community Garden, known for its stunningly high yields, all gardeners dedicate 10% of their harvest to one of five local charitable organizations. (Other community gardens also donate to food banks, but at Long Beach the giving seems to be on an entirely different level.) The biggest recipient is the Long Beach Rescue Mission, which provides three meals a day to 250 people.

Photo credit: Ann Summa


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Long Beach Community Gardens is Doing It Right

Man, Long Beach is nailing it right now.

latimes:

The spirit of sharing is growing at Long Beach Community Garden. Jeff Spurrier reports:

At Long Beach Community Garden, known for its stunningly high yields, all gardeners dedicate 10% of their harvest to one of five local charitable organizations. (Other community gardens also donate to food banks, but at Long Beach the giving seems to be on an entirely different level.) The biggest recipient is the Long Beach Rescue Mission, which provides three meals a day to 250 people.

Photo credit: Ann Summa

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Using SeeClickFix to Uncover Potholes

Spot.Us is a nonprofit organization that fundraises for independent journalists.

When we approached the Oakland Tribune to see what project they might be interested in funding the Editor in Chief Martin Reynolds knew exactly what topic they wanted to cover: Potholes.

Oakland has a problem with potholes and rubbled streets. The Oakland Tribune already had contracted with a freelance reporter to tackle the story, we were just enabling them to do a longer more thorough piece on the topic.

But early on, we decided that just having a single reporter ask city officials about the state of the pothole problem wasn’t enough. We needed a way to illustrate the issue.

Our idea was the “We Hella Hate Potholes Bike Search.”

The date of the event ended up being rainy, buy we still had about six bikers from around Oakland who got together and after a light breakfast took off in different directions in search of potholes.

Together our small group of concerned bikers identified a slew of major potholes along the major arteries of the city of Oakland. SeeClickFix, of course, was used to organize our map.


Spot.Us believes in the power of reporting, but we also recognize that there are certain types of reporting projects that a single person can’t do alone.

Sean Maher produced this piece on potholes in Oakland and he did a great job. But it would have been near impossible for him to have produced a map of potholes as populated as that which was done during the “We Hella Hate Potholes” bike event.

I hope we can do a pothole hunt in other cities soon. Or perhaps you can organize one yourself?

Clearing the path for hands-free, automated driving

At UC Berkeley, PATH research engineer Wei-Bin Zhang describes his vision for an automated vehicle infrastructure. His team is developing technologies that allow cars, buses and trucks to connect with the roadway using sensors placed on vehicles and magnets drilled into the cement.

CitiSense: Cellular Environmental Monitoring  » dailywireless.org   » 
CitiSense, a cell-phone based sensor network system, has won a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and deploy hundreds of small environmental sensors carried by the public in San Diego. The goal of CitiSense is to build and deploy thousands of small environmental sensors that use cell phones to relay data. The sensor-wearing public may also wear biological monitors, collecting basic health information, such as heart rate. The data will be analyzed, anonymized and reflected back out to individuals, public health agencies and San Diego at large.

CitiSense: Cellular Environmental Monitoring  » dailywireless.org  »

CitiSense, a cell-phone based sensor network system, has won a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and deploy hundreds of small environmental sensors carried by the public in San Diego. The goal of CitiSense is to build and deploy thousands of small environmental sensors that use cell phones to relay data. The sensor-wearing public may also wear biological monitors, collecting basic health information, such as heart rate. The data will be analyzed, anonymized and reflected back out to individuals, public health agencies and San Diego at large.