It looks like others have already been progressing into the area of energy services using the multi level marketing business model.  This methodology could explode when coordinated with the deployment of smart microgrids, or micro-intelligrids.  Some of my renewable ammonia contacts don't think too highly of this methodology.  But on the other hand, the process could really help to grow the renewable ammonia test markets at strategic locations.  These are exciting days.
 
 
How does one build a machine of geographical size?  There are lots of components and the whole thing seems to be feasible and profitable, over time...  But it's difficult on a shoestring budget, for now.  I'm still out here, doing my best, though.  Thanks for visiting the site, friends.  I do keep an eye on the number of daily page views.  At least some word it getting out.  Cheers.
 
 
It's been two years since updating this blog.  At least more of the main content has made the front page.  I'm studying for an MBA now, and so I hope to get more of a foundation for promoting these ideas.  Maybe we should think about adding a twitter link?  We'll see.
 
 

The couple of us spearheading what is currently being called "Sustainable Macomb" met again for the second time.  We had met last week with a representative of WIU to discuss the possibility of having the new Performing Arts Center be a sustainable building.  It will be at least LEED Silver Certified, but whether we can do better will be discussed with other officials at a later date.  Today, we discussed broadening the group to include many people with diverse interests in the various facets of sustainability.  We will likely send a letter to the local churches as an initial outreach to the community.

 
 

I've been getting more positive feedback from local officials.  I have met with or been in dialog with a number of organizations including local representatives, the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  They have recommended additional resources, requested additional time to review my proposal, and scheduled to converse again.  It is generally agreed that a more specific written proposal will be required.  The proposed extended feasibility study will yield data necessary for such a professional proposal.

 
 

At our first meeting of what we are currently calling "Sustainable Macomb," we discussed what first small steps we would like to take.  We decided that promoting sustainability at our local university could serve as an example to the rest of the community.  We will be recommending that the new performing arts center at WIU (Western Illinois University) be built to LEED (Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design) or similar specifications.  In addition to being environmentally friendly, this could potentially save the university and the state money and increase campus prestige by showing more visionary leadership.

 
 

Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 PM, there will be a small group meeting at a local citizen's home to discuss Macomb's economic potential as a model sustainable city.

 
 

It's been a few weeks since I've written anything.  But we've scheduled a local meeting, gotten permission to link to a few more sites, and have been gaining support for Macomb's potential as a model green city in Illinois.  Check out the new links.

 
 

Visits to this site are increasing!  Google now lists us under pertinent searches!  I'm not sure exactly how their engine works, but for the first few days there, we weren't yet showing up in searches.  I've posted to Stumble Upon, as well.

 
 

I had the opportunity to meet with a member of the McDonough County board this afternoon over coffee.  We discussed strategies for development and success.  First on the agenda is to gather a team who would be interested in Macomb and McDonough County's sustainability.  After we get three to four people, we can meet with him again.  He recommended that the group grow to a core of 20.  If anyone is interested in this opportunity, feel free to leave a comment on the blog.  You may also use the contact form.

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