North America is in just beginning to adopt floating solar technology. The US Department of Energy has been promoting the technology, but we need more project developers who can further the technology and partnerships required. Asia is much farther along with installing floating solar than we are. Floating solar is a key technology for producingContinue reading “Floating Solar and Nature Towns”
In Nature Towns, long after the developer and construction teams have built the last house, the farmer remains, producing food and nature.
The Central Texas food system is just 1% self-sufficient (i.e. locally supplied), and Winter Storm Uri exposed new fragilities. Supply chains for grocery stores, dependent on faraway producers, had bare shelves – if they were even open are getting more fragile. Trucks could not get through the icy streets to replenish supplies. At the endContinue reading “Our food system is getting more fragile”
Winter Storm Uri revealed uncomfortable truths about the infrastructure of Central Texas. We discovered that we all live on microgrids.
Winter storm Uri – aka Snovid – revealed a new risk to residential water supplies in Central Texas: Our water lines, whether on private property or the city’s, are not buried deeply enough to withstand extended freezing weather.
The realities of homesteading can quickly get lost in the romance of living in harmony with the land. Many of us yearn for a nurturing lifestyle that is low-budget but that makes us happy, healthy and in community with our friends and the earth. What are the options?
What’s so great about walkable places? Walkable places give you better health and a lower cost of living. Freedom from your car means lower gas and maintenance bills, and more free time. Truly walkable places are mixed-use areas, generally with narrower lots, that feature shops and services along with residential housing. Ideally, they also offerContinue reading “The Beauty of Walkable Places”
Homesteading communities are rapidly growing. Nature Towns make it easier by creating a new investment model.
Higher density means true walkability. It’s also the best way to ensure high quality of life, with good health and thriving nature nearby.