The sustainable materials and resources community Ecolect has just launched Limelight, a monthly series dedicated to featuring Ecolect members doing extraordinary sustainable design. The debut designer is Teresita Cochran, CEO and co-founder of SMIT, or Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology. In addition to checking out its Grow hybrid energy device at MoMA's Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit, get an inside look at SMIT through the eyes, well, words rather, of Ms. Cochran. Here she describes Grow:
Using flexible solar cells as leaves, GROW takes the shape of ivy growing on a building; wind power is generated by the fluttering of these solar leaves. GROW is a modular, lightweight system that can attach to any building surface. We are exploring possibilities of using a leasing/take-back system for GROW so that we as the producers are ultimately responsible for its end-life and recycling.