From the desk of Chris Lee

Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel printing system. Successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the two have placed themselves at the forefront of the micro solar movement, which aims to cheaply and quickly produce small PV panels. Check out inhabitat for all the details.


From the desk of Chris Lee


Visitors at Calgary’s first Nuit Blanche festival were treated to gorgeous illuminated cloud made from burnt out incandescent bulbs in the city’s Olympic Plaza. Designed by Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett, CLOUD is a large-scale interactive sculpture. Over 6,000 reclaimed bulbs cover a wire skeleton frame, which is illuminated with energy-efficient CFL bulbs on the inside. Festival-goers merrily gathered underneath the cloud, playfully turning lights off and on with metal pull strings into the wee hours of the night.

From the desk of Bryan Astheimer 

For three years running, MITSloan Management Review Magazine and the Boston Consulting Group have organized a survey of business execs and managers to develop a better sense of how and to what extent businesses are implementing and developing sustainability practices.  The survey is evaluating businesses with operations across the globe and the trajectory is generally positive. The report defines some companies as “Embracers”, those that “see sustainability as necessary to be competitive, have made the business case and have put sustainability permanently on the management agenda”, and “Harvesters”, “organizations that say their sustainability activities are contributing to their profits”. Informative charts abound!