First off – when I’m talking about community I’m referring to a geographically distinct region, something with definable borders. This will contain a community of people and these will also be part of many more communities, physical and virtual, within and without their region based on demographics and interests but here and now when I say community I mean a place.
By low-carbon I mean responsible for less carbon emissions than ermm… the same place would’ve been otherwise, without the measures taken, whatever they are. We talk about carbon savings in terms of CO2 (carbon dioxide) but it could be any greenhouse gas that we’re not pumping into the atmosphere. I’d like to put a figure, even a percentage band, on ‘low’ but I’m shy of even saying ‘significantly less’. The Tri-gen at
Carbon is a better metric of sustainability than just energy use because it forces us to consider where the energy comes from. So
It’s not infallible however -
Energy usage can be reduced by three methods, summarized by the phrase ‘Be Mean, Be Lean, Be Green’ which means we need to first stop using energy we don’t need to use, then to use the energy we do use as efficiently as possible and finally, when we’ve done the first two, generate the energy we do still need in a sustainable manner, i.e. one that doesn’t screw the planet up for the next generations.
Tomorrow I go to Artefact – an eco-centre near the northern coast of