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Inspiration: Parkwheel

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Take the park with you!


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October 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm

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Green Per Diem: mkHearth

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Introducing the mkHearth, the latest from green architect guru Michelle Kaufmann

This house would be much too big for Me+Mr. SensibleKitty +2cats. BUT – the open loft design of the third floor would make a most excellent library. Also, the fireplace would be nice. Still, I think we’ll be living in an apartment for a good long while. Which may turn out to be more sustainable than building something new. However, if I had this on a nice piece of land with a little organic garden… you wouldn’t hear me complain.

After all it does have:

Smart Design: Designed for urban or rural settings in all climates, the home includes strategically placed windows, glass doors, and sliding wooden sunshades to maximize daylight and breezes and minimize heat gain. The central hearth and ample outdoor living areas give the home an expansive feeling despite its responsibly-sized footprint.

Eco Materials: Renewable and recyclable materials are used through out the home, including FSC-certified woods for cabinetry and flooring.

Energy Efficiency: All heating, cooling, and lighting systems are highly efficient and reduce resource consumption. Solar roof options are also available.

Water Conservation: The home includes water-conserving fixtures as well as a rainwater catchment system that minimizes the need to use fresh, potable water for landscape irrigation.

Healthy Environment: Holistically designed for healthy living, the mkHearth uses non-off-gassing materials and paints, air filtration systems, and high-performance insulation.

This is currently competing with the Solaleya for my home heart.

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October 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Inspiration: Irma Gruenholz

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IRMA GRUENHOLZ – clay illustrations     – find her webpage here

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October 9, 2008 at 6:03 pm

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Green Per Diem: Electronic Lists

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One of my favorite tools for productivity is the todo list. It’s a simple item. I love checking off finished projects and seeing all of my progress. Unfortunately, all of those pieces of paper can really start to add up. But – there’s a better way! Here are some of those ways:

Some cool sites to make eco-friendly-digital-lists are: 

Listology : Listography provides users (listographers) of all ages an easy-to-use tool for creative list writing and sharing. Through list making, you can simultaneously create timelines and shape an autobiography. Therefore, your listography is a perpetual work in progress, a time capsule you can share, and perhaps a map of your life for friends and family. The book version of Listography contains fun illustrations and guided list prompts. Here’s an awesome list from an actual user.

37 Signals:  All of the 37signals products are really amazing, efficient, and easy to use. Currently, I use  Backpack as my to-do list maker. Not only does it do a great job of keeping track of your productivity, it also sends text reminders to your phone! So – every Tuesday, my phone lights up with a message about taking out the garbage and recycling at Sensible City. I’d be lost without it. AND the version I use is FREE! 

Other popular list making services are:

Remember the Milk


And a list of 25 to do lists from SolutionWatch.

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October 9, 2008 at 2:05 am

Green Per Diem: Cost to Drive

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I’ve been in trip-planning daydreams for a few weeks now. Recently, Mr. SensibleKitty and I were talking about a trip to Atlanta but couldn’t go because of the aforementioned fuel crises.

This will be helpful when we can afford to get out of town, though. Cost2Drive takes your mileage, gas tank, car make and model into consideration to calculate your total fuel expenses for a trip. I especially like this fun fact plastered right on the front page:

A trip from New York to Los Angeles costs $678 in a Hummer H3 and $219 in a Toyota Prius


Do you ever wonder what it costs to drive somewhere? We do and so we created to help people quickly and easily discover how much it costs to drive anywhere in the US.

Here’s the specs on our -someday-in-the-future trip to Atlanta:


  • Total Distance 208
  • Driving Time 3 hrs 35 mins
  • Fuel 18 Gallons
  • Average Gas Price $3.38
Miles Driven Gallons Gas Price Cost
Buncombe Co., NC 0 9.03 $3.38 $30.51
Atlanta, Ga 207
Now, if only we can figure out a way to calculate the BENEFITS OF WALKING. Or translate that Cost2Drive into stats about environmental impact… which of course is ultimately the real ‘cost’.

Green Per Diem : An Update

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Updates have been so sparse! My bold and quick apologies. 

I do have a few quick things to share. 

1.) Gas update video: Well, we shot the interview in our hallway. It turned out really yellow. Like, sunny-daisies-in lemonade yellow. It made Sam kind of look like she has jaundice. Despite that – the content is pretty stellar. I just can’t upload the video from our home internet connection. So what’s been hindering the progress is taking my computer to a place that has an internet connection that isnt influenced by the direction of the wind. Not that i’m knockin the Buncombe Free Wifi. 

Also – everyone says the gas crisis is over. So I’m not sure if this is even still relevant. At least for now.

2.) Figs and Ginger – Hey hop on over there and take a look at the cutest jewelry 

you’ll see all month. Possibly even all year. Not only is their jewelry adorable and handcrafted, Rhonda and Elijah are seriously enviro-friendly.  And I have the supreme fortune of being their new intern. 

3.) Sensible City was in the Citizen Times! And our whole staff looks delightfully over-caffeinated in the picture. WHO SAYS 3 GREEN TEAS A DAY IS TOO MUCH? WHO? 

4.) Follow me on Twitter! I’m listed as ” Bentmatches “

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October 7, 2008 at 3:10 am

Meet Gonzo – Our new Kitty

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We briefly thought about naming him Sparta so we could say :

This is Sparta.





Thankfully, we decided against it. 

We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to the Asheville Humane Society. They were wonderful and really helped us find the perfect match!

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October 1, 2008 at 3:03 am

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