Whoa! Today I received a refreshing reminder from some friends that I haven't seen in a while that I have a lot of Greentech Gadgets. So many that I actually merit being labeled alternative... which is bad news in a couple ways. Many of the technologies that I test and implement are the mushy middle tools that everyday people can use - inexpensive solutions. Though the complete conversion has been gradual, selling the whole package now seems radical.
- Alternative Lighting (No Mercury, Diode Technology)
- Alternative Transportation (Electric or self-powered)
- Alternative Computing (Web based, Lower power consumption) Etc. Bleh.
All standards compliant, good for everyday people. So, it is easy to be extreme-green even on a student budget. Some might argue that the affordability makes it an added bonus while on a student budget. Though everybody is different and I would love to hear more about other experiences -in person and in Niagara. Every change has to eventually feel homegrown otherwise the "foreign technology" stigma shows up and kills mainstream acceptance.
For more info check out Metaefficient, Gizmodo, and Autobloggreen - great recommendations.