Where environmental concerns are paramount, people often wonder how
to live in an eco-friendly sustainable manner. Sustainable living
has a myriad of facets and can be done on a grand or small scale.
Permaculture, green home renovations (solar panels, tank less
water heaters, low-flow faucets), and hybrid/electric vehicles
are major sustainable efforts.
Now in its 16th year, the annual Urban Wheel Awards (UWA) is set to
once again recognize diversity efforts in the automotive industry.
Hosted by the Emerging Diversity Education Fund and Decisive Media, UWA
recently announced the winners of the 2012 Urban Wheel Company of the
Year Awards who will be honored on January 8, 2012, at the Sound Board
Theater, Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.
Three main tenets of green building design include energy efficiency,
water efficiency, and minimal harm to the surrounding environment. The
scramble to get in on the exploding green market has had some
fundamental and interesting effects in the arena of green home design. One resonating theme among the different types of homes is harmony with
their natural surroundings, reuse of old, or existing materials, and
commitment to a low-impact life.
Melissa V. Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane
University where she is the founding director of the project on gender,
race, and politics in the South. Her previous book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black
Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the
Nat'l Conference of Black Political Scientists. Here, she reflects on her life and career and on American culture and politics while discussing her new book, Sister Citizen.