Travel Blog2018-08-20T02:22:33+00:00

Fremont, California

Tesla Factory Tour On, July 27, 2018, we rolled into Tesla’s Fremont Factory for an 11:00 AM tour. It was Watts Her Name’s “Salmon Moment.” The arrival room was a Tesla Showroom similar in design to the two Scottsdale (Arizona) Tesla Showrooms we have come to love—a red Tesla Model S 100D, a wall display with body colors to choose from, a Tesla Energy display, the usual graphics and a few salespeople. A nice young lady with a clipboard greeted [...]

San Francisco, California – Day 2

San Francisco | Circular Economy The current take-make-dispose linear manufacturing paradigm is fraught with negative environmental impacts, inequitable supply chain impacts, unsustainable resource extraction, toxicity in manufacturing processes and materials, and wasting of potentially reusable and recyclable resources into landfills where they are difficult to extract. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, "A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times." This take-make-reuse [...]

San Francisco, California

Zero-Emission Road Trippers (ZERTs) When we arrived in San Francisco, we were surprised to discover that there was not a single Tesla Supercharger in the North (San Francisco) Bay (neither San Francisco, nor Berkeley, nor Alameda, nor Oakland). However, according to the map, many are “coming soon.” Currently, the nearest to the North is in Petaluma, the nearest to the East is in Concord (Northeast) or Dublin (Southeast) and the nearest to the South is in San Mateo. There are [...]

Santa Rosa, California

Intentional Community According to the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), an Intentional Community is, “a group of people who live together or share common facilities and who regularly associate with each other on the basis of explicit common values.” Intentional communities can be ecovillages, communes, cohousing, student coops, spiritual or religious or shared housing. Explicit organizational values include cooperation, sustainability, social justice, nonviolence, and non-coercion; and Group Resilience is achieved through shared decision-making, local economy, social enrichment, natural building and [...]

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