link friday, 10.11

Busy, busy weekend around these parts. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles is happening in Girard Park all weekend, the Cattle Festival is happening down in Abbeville, ArtWalk is tomorrow evening, and Downtown Alive and Critical Mass are both tonight. And if you're two hours to the east, there's the Jazz Half Marathon (good luck Mom!) and the New Orleans Seafood Festival (which totally balances out the exercise you get in a half marathon). And then there's a Matt Nathanson concert, so...yeah.

If you can't find something to do in South Louisiana this weekend, then you clearly just don't want to leave the house. :)

So before you switch completely into weekend mode, here are a few green-related links I found throughout the week.
  • UL Lafayette architecture students are building the COURhouse, a beautiful sustainable home built on a vacant lot in Freetown. Part of the project involved designing the house and preparing the construction documents.
  • A Boston resident created the Buca Boot for bicycles, which is a locking case that goes on rear bike racks, and works the same as a car's trunk.
  • Food Day is October 26, and there will be a local event held at the Horse Farm in Lafayette from 8am to noon. There will be 'real' food, local farmers, children's activities and educational presentations.
  • Nest, maker of the sweet-ass energy efficient thermostat, is branching out into smoke detectors. The Nest Protect will detect heat, smoke, carbon monoxide, light and motion. It will also be able to send alerts to the homeowner's smartphone about low battery or possible hazards in the home. 
  • ZLOOP's franchise in Louisiana will be out at Festivals Acadiens to educate everyone about how the company recycles electronic waste in order to keep it out of landfills.
Now, get out and enjoy the weekend! Whatever you choose to do, make it greener! Skip plastic bags and disposable bottles. Use cloth bags and stainless steel bottles instead. Ride your bike. Reuse something that isn't trash!

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