Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Z-squared Building

My friend David Kaneda, who owns an electrical design firm that has worked on a number of innovative sustainable projects, has recycled an existing building in San Jose, California, to serve as his company's new headquarters.

He believes it is the first commercial building to have zero net electricity consumption and emit zero greenhouse gases. To achieve this, he and his design partners used a combination of strategies, including energy conservation, passive lighting, solar-electric panels, and a ground-based heat pump.

See this article from IEEE Spectrum for more information.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dunstable Rural Land Trust

The Dunstable Rural Land Trust protects some beautiful woodlands just south of the New Hampshire border near Nashua. The wildlife refuge is open to hiking, biking, paddling, and birdwatching. There's a small parking area off Main Street just south of the state line.

Shaded Terrain on Google Maps

Just today, I noticed a new button called Terrain on the Google Maps interface. Very nice.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Off Track Blog

Andrew Wolfe of the Nashua Telegraph has an excellent blog called Off Track. Andrew is a reporter for the Telegraph, but he's also apparently a big trail runner, paddler, and mountain biker.

He has an excellent collection of links to trail maps near southern New Hampshire: Off Track trail maps.