I continue to extend my efforts in personal (and industry) sustainability. I have made a second trip to Australia and again offset my CO2 emissions. I write this from a hotel in the USA on my third and likely final trip of the year. I continue to struggle with the conflicting need to “physically see […]
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I was very pleased to be in Australia for 2 months this year in June and July. The initial focus of my trip was my participation in GEOANZ #1, which was held in Brisbane. It was a very good event. In addition to the strong technical content, it was wonderful to see colleagues in person […]
Ladies and Gentlemen, Australian and NZ friends and colleagues, I will consult for food….well, actually for money, but I promise to use the money to buy food! Assuming declining covid and open borders, I will be coming to Australia for a long visit, June 1 to July 15. I already have a plane ticket. The […]
Two webinars were held in December with two of the IGS chapters – IGS UK on December 1st (recording linked here: https://www.igs-uk.org/events/past-events/) and the IGSNA chapter on December 16th. Two comments on these – the first, my disclaimer that I include in each of these: I do not claim to be any more or less […]
In keeping with the theme that small changes can make a difference, here are some of the efforts I plan for 2022. First, and probably the most impactful is tracking and reducing the number of automobile miles that I travel as well as other modes of transportation. I assume the train and public transport are […]
On November 23 (with a rebroadcast on November 30th) Boyd led a panel discussion on the “other” facets of geomembrane durability besides OIT. The webinar was sponsored by the IGS Technical Committee on Barrier Systems (https://www.geosyntheticssociety.org/committees/technical-barrier-systems/) and I was joined by Graham Fairhead of Fabtech and Catrin Tarnowski of Solmax. We discussed a broad range […]
One of my hobbies is golf – a wonderful game. (Not quite tennis, but better suited for my age.) However, a golf course can be very environmentally unfriendly: chemicals particularly but also energy consumption,, etc. The FFG (France Federations de Golf) has a broad program on making golf courses as environmentally benign as possible, reducing […]
While working on my personal sustainability metrics, I have read several items that have prompted me to act immediately. One of the reading themes is that our personal consumer choices are an important driver for sustainability. Individually, all the choices are small, bur cumulatively they add up to make significant impacts. So a couple of […]
"The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will."
– J. Arthur Thomson
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
– Aldous Huxley
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”
– Sandra Carey