Category Archive for Environmental

Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 5)

This is the fifth blog post about our multitouch wall installation.  To see the previous ones see: Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 & Part 4. (Update 9/7/12: You might want checkout the Presenter Touch Wall, a 65″ multitouch wall built for public spaces.) As I have mentioned in previous posts, while we received permission to share the development process we’ve been unable to say just which “major North American aquarium” we have been working with.

Oil Spill Exhibit Update

Oil Spill Exhibit Update

Back in June, we announced the release of a free multitouch application that combined NOAA oil spill data, visitor contributed Flickr photos, and Google Maps.  (You can see that blog post and video,   …

BP Oil Spill Multitouch Map Mashup

BP Oil Spill Multitouch Map Mashup

Just like everyone else over the last two months, we’ve watched the continuing oil spill in Gulf of Mexico with a sense of helplessness and despair. Not only did has this unnecessary accident taken …

Our third year as a carbon neutral company

Just a couple weeks ago our small company quietly passed a significant milestone-we exceeded 100,000 pounds of carbon avoided. Back in May of 2006, we made the switch to wind power for 90% of electricity needs.  A month later, we became a completely carbon neutral company. We calculated all of our carbon usage and began to purchase credits from NativeEnergy. Each June since, we recalculate our carbon production including travel for business and to and from work. We’re now entering our third year …

KQED QUEST’s Next Step

A new and improved version of  KQED’s QUEST Website, which we helped to develop, is now live. QUEST is an ambitious project utilizing all of KQED’s platforms to not only broadcast science and nature programming, but to also build a community supporting further exploration in the area. Ideum worked with KQED to design a website promoting community participation via an interactive mashup-driven website. The most recent version of QUEST includes a number of improvements intended to simplify the navigation of the site’s ever-expanding …

Nevada coal power plant stopped. For good!

In 2005, we helped design the Nevada Clean Energy website. The Nevada Clean Enerby Coalition is devoted to finding alternative energy sources and opposing the massive Granite Fox power plant, which was to be built in Northern Nevada. Last year, Sempra Energy decided to try to sell its interest in the plant. Just today we found out they’ve given that up as well! Here’s a copy of the “Withdrawl of Application” presented to the Public Utilities Commision of Nevada. This …

Climate Neutral: Year Two

At the beginning of last summer, we decided to make Ideum carbon neutral. (See We’re a Climate Neutral Company.) Since then we’ve been using wind power and purchasing credits to offset our carbon production. As of today, we’ve avoided nearly 50,000 pounds of carbon, the equivalent of planting over 2,000 trees. Just today, I’ve renewed our effort and have adjusted our carbon usage. For example, last year at this time we had five employees and now we have ten (although two are part-time). 90% …

10,000 pounds and counting…

Since Ideum became “climate neutral” back in June, we’ve avoided 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. This is the equivalent of removing 517 cars from the road or planting 764 trees. As we mentioned at the time, the cost of zeroing out our carbon emissions was relatively inexpensive and the process was simple. We have a page that explains more about becoming carbon neutral.