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Greening of the Campus Conference


I ran into you last fall at the AASHE conference and I was wondering if you were going to attend the BSU/AASHE conference next September.

-- Alexander Pfeiffenberger

Industrial symbiosis and industrial ecology

Hi Joshua,

I just saw your edits - great to see your valuable contributions here!

I was just chatting with Wikipedian and Urbepedian ChaeraniDEPRECATED TEMPLATE - PLEASE USE {{W}} INSTEAD. about her master's paper... Industrial symbiosis and industrial ecology definitely need to be on Appropedia, as does natural capitalism - I'd suggest we start with a single page, and split later if appropriate. --Chriswaterguy · talk 05:32, 25 April 2007 (PDT)

Okay, I lumped the first two together, but made natural capitalism separate. They're just stubs - I figure it's always better to have a stub than nothing, as long as there's at least a good link.

What would be great is if someone allowed us to use some good quality information on these topics - i.e. released their material under GFDL. Do you have any suggestions? INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS, Literature and Taxonomy by Chertow (2000) looks useful. --Chriswaterguy · talk 06:37, 25 April 2007 (PDT)

Maybe you'd wanna email Marian Chertow directly and ask whether she would be interested in writing short article for Appro.. Chaerani 01:12, 26 April 2007 (PDT)

Hi Dr. Pearce,

Thank you for that article. It was definitly interesting- in fact back home at my college I have to submit a senior year project when I return from Clarion University in order to be given my degree. Over the past few days I was thinking of what to do it on- this seems perfect. I look forward to meeting with you in person on thursday.

--Fatima 16:55, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Ecological sanitation

Hi Joshua,

Is ecological sanitation an example of industrial ecology? I know it's not industrial, but otherwise it seems like a perfect fit. --Chriswaterguy · talk 05:20, 18 October 2007 (PDT)


Hi Joshua,

"Great catch and a spectacular learning opportunity for my students. It is really interesting that the main African American Enviro group tends to be against the majority of mainstream groups. All kinds of good material. E.g. That nuclear energy is "emission free" -- I have a paper coming out on the topic and embodied energy in 2008. "

Even more interesting in my mind that they are so strongly pro-Bush - but then, they adopt so many Republican/environment-skeptic positions that I shouldn't be surprised. Anyway, I welcome an alternative voice - they as well as the mainstream voices all need to be examined.
btw, don't forget to sign! And if you have time, have a look at Appropedia submission for BFI prize - we want to get the basics done within a day, then set the wordsmiths to making it hang together nicely. I'm going to add something about service learning - feel free to expand that or correct other glaring omissions. --Chriswaterguy · talk 09:28, 28 October 2007 (PDT)

Natural Sequence Farming

"Hi Chris

Actually I had already caught the student purging the page and warned him -- if it is not corrected by 5pm Friday I will go back and fix everything. Sorry for the trouble -

--Joshua 05:50, 6 December 2007 (PST)"

No problem - it's part of the learning process!

I'm wondering about the practice of putting the class notices on pre-existing pages though - note we don't have a policy or guideline on this, but we should think about it. Another editor may already be editing that page. Or even if they're not, someone being asked to refrain from editing a page that they started may not create good feelings. Perhaps a branch of the article should be created, to be merged once the class is finished?

Anyway, good to see your students active on the site! --Chriswaterguy · talk 22:22, 6 December 2007 (PST)

Article count and Spanish translation

Hi Joshua,

Thank you for pointing out the article count issue. It broke during our most recent update, I just tried to fix it and I made it worse. At a loss of how to fix it, I have changed the main page to cite all of our pages, which in some ways is more accurate since we have a lot of content outside of the Article Namespace. I also added edit and file counts. We are currently redesigning the front page, so hopefully this will either be moot or fixed.

I am very excited about Spanish translation. I think that this could provide a great mutual benefit to service learning language courses - giving students something real to work on, providing more sustainability material in Spanish and providing teachers a mechanism to check work. We are ready to roll on that, and I would love to discuss it more. I am planning on approaching a couple of courses this semester as well. Let's coordinate. Via email?

Thank you, --Lonny 18:33, 1 January 2008 (PST)

Thanks Dr. Pearce! I'll start doing that.--Fatima 18:53, 12 February 2008 (PST)

Hello Dr.Pearce, I created a page Polymer recycling and another one how is plastic recycled. I tried to make the page how is plastic recycled under polymer recycling. When I open the page it says it is under that category but when I open the Polymer recycling page there it doesn't show that there is anything under it. Could you tell me how to fix it please? Thanks--Doaa 11:50, 11 April 2008 (PDT)

How can I make Polymer recycling a category? Can it be a category under the category green chemistry? I also want to know how to form a subcategory?

Thanks--Doaa 12:09, 11 April 2008 (PDT)

Deleting a page

Thanks Dr. Pearce. Is it possible to delete a page that I created? There is a page Polymer recycling that I want to delete. --Doaa 13:19, 11 April 2008 (PDT)


Dr. Pearce,
Some of the articles on the Practical Action website are already on appropedia in the ITDGbot page category. Should I still port those articles from the website to appropedia?--Fatima 17:45, 15 April 2008 (PDT)

Thanks Dr.Pearce. I'm not sure what you mean by 'search for the name of your article or keyword in appropedia -- and then link anywhere it pops up back to your article'...--Fatima 12:34, 16 April 2008 (PDT)

Sorry about this, but how do I 'hypelink' those pages to Turmeric (using it just as an example)? I--Fatima 12:54, 16 April 2008 (PDT)

PH 254

Hey Dr. Pearce,
Just wondering if you could have a look at my page Electrospray and see if you think there is anything else that I should add before the end of the semester. I will, of course, continue to add information as I do some research with this during my senior project next year. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
Sean McFarland 13:40, 27 April 2008 (PDT)



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Changes to Appropedia

Dr. Pearce, the following are some changes i would suggest to appropedia. I will compile a more extensive list later but i've got exams to worry about so this is just a quick list:

- I would use your template as the default template. It is much cleaner then the original. Although i would not use your editor as the defauls as it is too unfinished
- I would not use any transparent background gifs. They do not appear correctly on all monitors (sometimes having solid white backgrounds). They are very low quality especially for a logo.
- If they chose not to go to your template, at least go to another. Textured backgrounds like the bricks are just not up to date anymore and don't look professional.
- After an image is uploaded there should be the option to go back to the page you were on. It gives you the option to close the window but I just want to go back to wherever i was.
- You should be warned before you navigate away from a page you are currently editing- it's hard to know which links will navigate away from what you are editing which can result in lost information.
- You should be able to automatically go to the classic view (this should be an option within preferences).
- while uploading it should automatically add the original extension if none is given. I doubt the code is there to do conversion between file types during upload so why would you even give the option to change the file extension?
- I am not sure i understand the logo and that it is catchy and representative of appropedia and all it stands for (though that could be me just not knowing the story behind it)

That's all for now. All that being said i think it's an amazing idea and is leaps ahead then some of the other wiki's out there. Hope some of this helps and isn't taken in the wrong light.


Did you want the whole of Use of Silicon Anodes in Lithium Ion Batteries deleted? I wasn't sure, as the notice was in one of the sections, and there has been some editing since you placed the notice.

Also re Hot-Melt Extrusion - are the images also copyvios? What I'm wondering is: if an editor just deleted the copyvio text, and an admin removed the copyvio images... would there be a stub article left behind? (Maybe not a good one, but something to prompt a reader to build on it.) In such cases, the class attribution could be removed, if it's not the sort of article that the class would want to claim credit for.

Thanks for all your work! --Chriswaterguy 23:49, 13 January 2010 (UTC)


example? --Joshua 15:53, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

MECH 425 Reference Additions

Hi Professor,

I just added some of the referencing to the AT Sourcebook page and am wondering if that's what you were looking for.

Thanks! --5sg12 19:35, 15 January 2010 (UTC)