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A Ground Hog's Day Resolution?

1/23/2007 12:00:00 AM

Tags: New Year's, New Year's resolutions

Oh, well, shoot, it’s January 23.

I made a New Year’s resolution about being really regular with my blog entries. The craziest part about the fact that I can’t ever seem to get to them is that I really love to write them. But somehow, by the time I’ve dealt with the daily barrage of emails and the overload of information (not to mention all the daily mechanics of putting out a magazine), the day is done and I haven’t written a word…again.

I know we all feel overwhelmed these days by the sheer volume of information we “need” to keep up with. It’s escalated exponentially, for me, as green building and consciousness about global warming has reached this tipping point. Used to be, I subscribed to a few email list-serves in the green world, and that was enough. Now I open up my email inbox in the morning, and I have a good 30 non-spam email alerts, newsletters, blog updates and new product announcements to get through. The pile of magazines by my bed has grown high enough that it’s had to split, and split again. And I can’t ignore the mainstream media, which is covering this world with veracity.

The cumulative effect of chasing and digesting all this information, sharing what seems relevant with my colleagues and filing what seems relevant to me? I eat up a huge chunk of each morning (sometimes well into afternoon), and I’m reminded again that this green building thing is hot. I have link after link after link in my electronic files to prove that. Just ask me…I’ll send some to you. (What? You say you don’t need any more information, either? Somehow I knew that might be the case.)

I’m so aware that it’s odd for me to complain about the side effects that come with the advent of the cultural shift we at Natural Home have been working for nearly a decade to bring about. But the bottom line is, there’s so much going on in just the Natural Home world these days, and I’m dying to share with our readers. (So somehow I need to take in just a little bit less and generate just a little bit more…)

Perhaps most exciting to me right now is the launch of our first-ever Natural Home Show House, a beautiful remodel in Brooklyn that will showcase the best of the next-generation green technologies and materials. I met with the show home team in Boerum Hill (a very cool part of Brooklyn) last week and took some video footage of the project and my conversation with the developers, Rolf Grimsted and Emily Fisher. I also met with designers and decorators who are eager to showcase their talents and wares once construction is complete. This place is going to be spectacular.

As a matter of fact, this year is going to be spectacular. Last November U.S. Green Building Council chairman and ceo Rick Fedrizzi opened the conference here in Denver with a rousing speech that has stuck with me these past months. One quote in particular sums up the year ahead: “How can we not seize this moment, this moment that finds us at the edge of the most significant, uncharted, critical societal shift in generations? The possibilities are exhilarating and endless.”

Indeed, that’s how I see it. And, again—I promise—I’ll continue to share with you all as those possibilities unfold. Please keep us in the loop about cool new developments in your worlds as well.



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