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Green Cities Florida : Interview with Eric Corey Freed

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Eric Corey FreedHere’s my quickie interview with Eric Corey Freed at Green Cities. Click HERE for Audio and awesome blogpost by Derek. Transcript below.


May 20, 2009

…Talking with Eric Corey Freed, organic architect, who is also a member of Urban Re:Vision.
So I just spent an hour talking to a room-full of people about urban revision and our entire story of how we started with a series of five competitions that looked at different aspects of sustainability, energy, water. And then our big competition which just closed in May, and we just had the judging yesterday, and we announce the winners next week of a city block in Dallas for a real block, for a real place in a real city that will really get built, and we pick three winners and three honorable mentions, and people can go online at and see them next week.

So if you can tell me, not the winners, but name an entry that you found particularly interesting.
There was an entry that I found very interesting that was a building that absorbed carbon and filtered the air, and they had a lot of science and documentation reams of paper showing how this could work, and it was a very intriguing idea of a building that’s truly regenerative not just in terms of providing energy but fixing some of the problems such as carbon emissions. There was one, actually showed it today that took aircraft fuselage, the tubes of the airplane, and cut off the ends and stacked them into a rack and became apartments, kind of a modular housing thing.

Very cool.
So there was a lot of great ideas. I mean the range and depth of the entries was phenomenal. In fact that’s what made it such a long two days because we had to narrow down 100 incredible entries down to three.

So you were impressed with the entries then?

Oh very impressed! It was far above what I ever could have imagined coming in. And they clearly spent hundreds of hours putting these things together.

So was it mostly professionals then who were entering the contest, or did regular citizens and students get involved too?
We had everybody. The entries were anonymous and then at the end we were able to look to see who did what, and there was a range of everything from students to big large gigantic corporate firms to everybody in between.  That was the real intent of the competition was to get that broad range of entries. And you wouldn’t know it by the entries… I mean they were just so overwhelming, but people can go online and look and see what was entered.

Cool thanks for talking with us!
Thank you.


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June 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Podcast: Advanced Solar Photonics

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Another piece of work I did (along with Derek Gordon on the ole blog posting, again) for Green Cities Media.

Advanced Solar Photonics Podcast

The solar industry is on fire… in a good way.  Solar panels and solar farms are popping up all over the nation, but do you ever consider who is behind the production of this hot technology?  Maureen McHale of Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) took a minute to speak with Kimberly Miller of Green Cities Media at Green Cities Florida to discuss some of their recent advancements and the status of solar in the Sunshine State.  One thing is clear from this interview; Florida is keeping Advanced Solar Photonics busy.  Born from a laser systems producer, Advanced Solar Photonics quickly found a home in the sustainability industry by creating parts for solar panels.  The demand for parts led to the idea of selling entire solar panels and even the production of solar farms.  Green Cities turned out to be the perfect opportunity for this rapidly expanding company.  The media attention and sheer number of participants made it a perfect place for Advanced Solar Photonics to spread their message to a diverse and attentive audience.

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June 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Gil Friend Interview from Green Cities Florida

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Blog Post written by Derek Gordon, Interview by Kimberly Miller (That’s me!)

On Gil Friend’s blog, you’ll notice a kind face smiling and a hand pointing as if to say “You and me…we’re going to make it happen.” You wouldn’t figure this man is trained in Aikido, but that may be
why he always seems so peaceful. One of my favorite running themes on his blog are the Green Business Lies that gives you a glimpse inside his newest book “The Truth About Green Business,” which hits stores May 29th. “It’s like green business for dummies, except not for dummies” states Friend during an interview with Kimberly Miller of Green Cities Media. The founder, CEO and president of Natural Logic (a strategic sustainability consulting firm) was one of the more active elements of Green Cities Florida, contributing to two different sessions. One session based around his book, dedicated to explaining the opportunities of green business and debunking some of the myths. The other session was a speaking engagement along with Terry Gips (Sustainability Associates Minneapolis) for a discussion on greening your business while turning a profit in a recession. This session focused on getting everyone in an organization on the same page when it comes to making a business more eco-friendly. As Gil puts it, “The engineering is easy…Getting it so that Joe and Mary do different things when they show up at work on Monday morning, that’s where the real art and challenge of this work is.”  READ MORE AND HEAR THE INTERVIEW

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May 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Green Per Diem : Free Jewelry from Figs & Ginger

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April 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Green Per Diem : Van Jones + Urban Re:Vision

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Van Jones activates the green movement towards those who need it most. The core urban communities whose lives have been most affected by environmental degradation and social injustice. Can Van, as the Founder of Green For All, and the new appointee to the Whitehouse Council on Environmental Quality, help solve two of the most crucial issues we face today? The collapse of our environment and the economy? David Gottfried, Founder of the U.S. Green Building Council and CEO of Regenerative Ventures, is here to find out what makes Van Jones a Re:Visionary. To participate in the international design competition to build a fully sustainable, dense inner-city block, visit

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April 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Green Cities Media: Mike Italiano Interview

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Mike Italiano is President & Chief Executive Officer for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) and Capital Markets Partnership. He    founded the Capital Markets Partnership, MTS, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) Leadership Council, and American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM) Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment. He is a Director of MTS, USGBC, USGBC CEO Board, Sustainable Furniture Council, and former Director of ASTM and Chairman of ASTM E50. Mike has been responsible at over 200 waste sites for expert testimony, litigation, cleanup, settlement, and scientific and technical analysis.


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February 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Green Per Diem: Revision Dallas

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Senior members of the Sensible City staff are in Dallas where a charrette (look it up) is happening right now.

They just received the endorsement of the Mayor Tom Leppert. HERE IS A VIDEO

From the Dallas Observer :

This morning at City Hall, some three dozen urban planners, architects and city officials gathered on the fourth floor to begin discussing precisely how to turn a dollar-a-spot parking lot behind City Hall into a self-sustaining community. (That’s the site above.) Meaning: How, precisely, can you turn an barren spot on the outskirts of downtown into a “community” where “people of all incomes” can live, work, shop, eat and play together, in the words of John Greenan of Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, one of the linchpins behind the RE:Vision Dallas project and competition about which we wrote earlier this week.
For the rest of the afternoon, the assembled will gather in various groups — branded “community,” “transportation,” “construction,” “economic/policy” and “natural resources” — to brainstorm ways in which to transform the parking lot into “something we can actually build” that’s “way cool, so cool we can get people from all over the city to live there,” Greenan told the group, shortly after Mayor Tom Leppert introduced the site.

The site :

Dallas Site

Dallas Site

And another video about Urban Re:Vision.

I’ll be posting regularly from Ecobuild America next week in DC. stay tuned!

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December 5, 2008 at 9:59 pm