First Ski Resort Wind Turbine Begins Operations

by Justin Thomas •

The first wind turbine to be installed at ski resort in the U.S. was recently turned on, and is producing clean power. The turbine, dubbed “Zephyr”, was installed at Jiminy Peak, a resort in western Massachusetts. The turbine is rated at 1.5 megawatts, and it will produce an estimated 33%-50% of the resort’s power needs, and excess power will go …

Whitepod: HyperEfficient Alpine Retreat

by Justin Thomas •

Whitepod is a zero-impact camp for ten guests situated over 1700m high in the Swiss Alps. It consists of five portable pods on platforms, which are removed in spring and leave absolutely no trace. The emphasis is on comfortable accomodation close to nature without negative environmental impacts. Access is by ski or snowshoes only. There are no cars. No buses. …

Book Review: Portable Houses

by Justin Thomas •

When some people vacation, they take their homes with them. Those are the people Irene Rawlings and Mary Abel write about in Portable Houses, a book devoted to all sorts of movable shelters and the people who created or renovated them. The examples featured in the book range in elaborateness from a canvas miner’s tent to a Boeing 737 jet …