Monthly Archives: December 2004

Electrical Substation

Ideas from the charette are still pouring in, and the compound (aka the Playground, the Bioplex, the bunch of empty buildings on the edge of town) has generated a terrific amount of “buzz.” Tami is fetching the dimensions for a … Continue reading

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People Get Ready

There’s a train a coming, don’t need no baggage, you just get on board. That’s what Rachel’s spam read on the lists today. She was announcing the Grassroots Conference that will be held in Pittsboro, and followed by a monumental … Continue reading

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Charette Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning we are holding a charette. That’s a nineteenth century term for an architectural brainstorming session. And we have invited a couple dozen of the greatest minds on sustainability in the region.

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Closing on the Compound

Today we bought some real estate in Pittsboro. ItÔø?s a funny little place. A throw back to the Cold War, it is three point five acres surrounded by a barbed wire fence with a guardhouse. Inside are four buildings. One … Continue reading

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New Grease Market

Yesterday I helped Van debug his grease delivery system. He’s a small hauler in the area that focuses on grease traps, and is expanding into yellow grease. When I first met Van, his customers were begging him to pick up … Continue reading

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Re-entering the Atmosphere

I’ve been out of pocket for awhile now, and my first day back on biodiesel was an adventure, like so many others. I felt like a spaceship coming home to earth, and I new that I would need to get … Continue reading

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Project Bio Bus Comes to Town

I have sequestered myself on Kilby Island for the week in yet another attempt to get caught up on my work. No kids. Very little Internet. No one knows the phone number, And the cell phone is out of range. … Continue reading

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Glycerin Composting

We have had a devil of a time composting our glycerin at Piedmont Biofuels. The stuff comes off as a liquid, forty gallons at a time, and when we simply dump it in a designated spot, it merely creates a … Continue reading

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