Links for March 27th to March 27th

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  • SolarReserve – Home Page – SolarReserve, backed by a strong portfolio of top tier financial firms and supported by an exclusive worldwide license from United Technologies, builds utility-scale solar power plants to deliver clean and renewable energy.
  • Timelinks – Home – Timelinks is an international consortium of metropolitan planners, architectual designers and environmental scientists, applying sustainable technologies in urban design and development projects. Check out the Ziggurat project – a design for a self-sufficient city.
  • The Vertical Farm Project – Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | – A Potential Solution: Farm Vertically. The concept of indoor farming is not new, since hothouse production of tomatoes, a wide variety of herbs, and other produce has been in vogue for some time. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another 3 billion people. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Vertical Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate). Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
  • Thanet Earth – Thanet Earth is an exceptional greenhouse development based on the Isle of Thanet, in Kent. The largest greenhouse complex in the UK, with enough glass to cover 80 football pitches, Thanet Earth grows salad vegetables using state of the art technology and sophisticated growing techniques. We’re also incredibly environmentally friendly so that you can be sure that our tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers have a very low carbon footprint. We'll be adding to this site over the coming months, so please check back here to get the latest news from the greenhouses.
  • Mathieu Lehanneur – Check out number 25 "Local River" for nice indoor aquaculture system designs.
  • Locavores – We are a group of concerned culinary adventurers who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for an entire month. We recognize that the choices we make about what foods we choose to eat are important politically, environmentally, economically, and healthfully. In 2005, we challenged people from the bay area (and all over the world) to eat within a 100 mile radius of their home for the month of August. In 2007 we extended that challenge to the month of September . We encouraged folks to try canning and preserving food for the wintertime. We hope you're enjoying your homemade creations.
  • InfoViewer: Birmingham council plans municipal bank – Birmingham city council, the UK's largest local authority, is planning to create a bank to lend up to £200m ($294m) to small businesses. The bank, likely to be known by its folksy acronym – Bob – rather than its full name, the Bank of Birmingham, would also take retail deposits. It would aim to cushion damage to the local economy from the credit crunch. But it would also hark back to a municipal bank set up in 1916 by Neville Chamberlain, the Birmingham mayor who later became prime minister.
  • Bank of Birmingham – Birmingham City Council is examining the feasibility of establishing a Birmingham Bank. Any enquires, proposals or suggestions about the bank should be sent to: Alison Jarrett, Assistant Director of Finance by email
  • Welcome | National Accounts of Well-being – What are National Accounts of Well-being and why do we need them? nef has set out a radical proposal to guide the direction of modern societies and the lives of people who live in them. In contrast to the conventional narrow focus on economic indicators, it calls for governments to directly and regularly measure people’s subjective well-being: their experiences, feelings and perceptions of how their lives are going, as a new way of assessing societal progress.