Solar-powered KontererART city in Poland is made of reused shipping containers


Instead of designing several freestanding pavilions, the architects created a single big building with interconnected containers housing different activities and spaces. The Bar and Carbo Gallery, which was left over from last year’s event, was converted into an arrangement base. The surrounding containers house the music workshop, Aktywator office, scene, food, toilets and warehouses. These were attached to the bar and gallery at a 90-degree angle, creating a U-shaped composition. The exterior of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

It’s Been One Year Since Vermont Made History

One year ago today, Vermont made history. May 20, 2013, was the day Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill to make Vermont the third state in the US with a Death with Dignity law—the first law of its kind on the East Coast, and the first passed through the legislative process. I was honored to be among the crowd which gathered to witness the bill signing ceremony. What a day!

It was a day full of emotion and elation. Some folks at the ceremony were facing serious illnesses and were relieved to know they’d have more options if their prognoses became terminal. People who’d carefully considered what’s best for themselves their entire lives simply wanted more control over their final days. Each person I talked to recognized that what might be the best decision for one person may not be what others would choose, but one truth prevailed: all individuals should be able to make that decision for themselves.

These principles are fundamental to Death with Dignity laws. People who’ve made all the major decisions in their lives—whether or when to get married, buy a house, have children—typically also want to have the option to make their final decision about how they die. As Governor Shumlin said during his speech, Death with Dignity “does not compel anyone to do anything they don’t choose in sound mind to do.” It’s the decision of a terminally ill, mentally competent individual, and no one else.

Vermont’s law, which emulates the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts, was achieved after more than 10 years of dedicated work together with our partners in Vermont. And our work didn’t stop there.

Soon after the law went into effect, National Center board member George Eighmey (who was with me at the bill signing ceremony) and other professionals familiar with the processes in Oregon and Washington worked closely with Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen to develop a system in full compliance with the Vermont law.

With our firsthand knowledge of Death with Dignity laws, we also quickly became a resource to help doctors and pharmacists in the state learn more about their rights, the safeguards in the law, and the request process. In addition, throughout the year, we provided information directly to terminally ill Vermonters seeking information about the state’s new law.

With Vermont’s law in place and celebrating one year, momentum toward Death with Dignity policy reform is now growing from, quite literally, coast to coast. It’s a matter of perseverance and time before all terminally ill Americans will have the option to control the manner and timing of their own deaths. With your support, the Death with Dignity National Center will be there every step of the way!

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History is Made

Vermont: the first state to pass a Death with Dignity law through legislation!

Lawmakers in Vermont supported the rights of terminally ill individuals and passed a Vermont law designed on the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts—the first one to be enacted through a legislative process and first of its kind on the east coast.

Today’s historic event comes after more than 10 years of diligent work by our partners, Patient Choices Vermont. From the beginning in 2002, our family of organizations has been directly involved as a full partner with Patient Choices Vermont. Together, we’ve changed the entire conversation around end-of-life care policy reform.

The new Vermont law emulates the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts and provides a process for mentally competent, terminally ill patients to achieve a peaceful death by ingesting medication provided by their physician.

This was the kind of option Rep. Dick Mallary and his wife Jean wanted for themselves and the reason for their passionate supporter of Patient Choices Vermont. Unfortunately, the law didn’t pass in time for former Rep. Mallary.  In September, 2011, suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, he chose to end his life. Without the protections afforded by the new Vermont law he was forced to die alone for fear his loved ones could be charged with a crime. Today, Governor Shumlin’s signature ensures terminally ill Vermonters are able to die in the comfort of their own homes and say their final goodbyes to loved ones in a peaceful setting.

This new law, and all of the information shared throughout the multi-year effort to pass it, has directly changed the national conversation around death, dying, and assisted death. This is a giant step forward for our entire movement, and all of us here at the Death with Dignity National Center are proud to have worked with Patient Choices Vermont to build the foundation for Vermont:

  • Eli Stutsman, founder of Oregon Death with Dignity and author of the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts provided countless hours of legal counsel over the duration of the Vermont effort;
  • With our supporter’s help, DDNC raised and donated over $200,000 directly to Patient Choices Vermont to fund their educational efforts, constituent outreach, and town forums.;
  • We provided nearly 2,000 staff hours in educational efforts, political strategy consultation, and constituent outreach;
  • Leadership, political strategy, and a historic perspective of the Death with Dignity movement and the Oregon experience were provided over 11 years of on the ground in person meetings, phone calls, and emails.

Every step of the way we worked alongside Patient Choices Vermont, sharing our years of experience advocating for Death with Dignity laws.

Everyone deserves to decide how to live the rest of their lives when death is near. We’ll continue to move forward as people throughout the US join their voices together to demand more end-of-life options. The Death with Dignity National Center will stand with them, just as we did this year in Vermont, last year in Massachusetts, in Washington in 2008, and 19 years ago in Oregon.

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Biodegradable Coffins Made From Recycled Paper Pulp

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Even though Halloween is over, here is one super sustainable design solution that is bound to keep the green spirits happy for the rest of the year. Direct from Denmark, Bendt Stov recently launched DanCof, an innovative range of eco-coffins and urns that have been molded from biodegradable, long fiber recycled paper (PULP). Taking good habits beyond the grave, Bendt Stov’s innovative coffins will allow the environmentally conscious to carry their green credentials into the afterlife.

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