About Daniel McQuillen

I work as an independent interactive developer through my company McQuillen Interactive. In the meantime I’m involved various things: hiking with my wife and kids, programming, learning about permaculture, and of course the beautiful game.

My core interest, however, is in the cross-section of sustainable design and information technology … especially as it relates to things like green building and the life sciences. Back in the day, I was a founding editor of Environmental Design and Construction (the brainchild of John Sailer).

These days, I’m focused on how technology can be used to spread ideas and knowledge about sustainable design. I’m working to keep focused on a few ideas:

  • Alternative energy and energy efficiency are the keys to a positive future.
  • The oceans remember what we put in and take out.
  • We become what we watch, eat, drink and breathe.
  • Things people figured out a long time ago are still relevant.
  • There’s much to do to make the world more equitable, compassionate, safe and well fed.

 

So What Can I Do?

I think our most powerful ability is adapting to change while trying to make better choices, helping correct past mistakes, and growing in the process. Part of that adaptation is uniting ancient knowledge and modern technology. I don’t aspire to turn back the clock, but people did figure out how to do many things in very clever and sustainable ways (Ayurveda, Tibet’s science of mind and compassion, sustainable farming techniques, living in small groups, myth and community). And now here we are, with the tools that we’ve built for better or for worse, so how to make it for the better.

 

A Small Part

My goal is to help transmit techniques and bring sustainable technologies to a wider audience. Working as a consultant, I’ve helped create interactive e-Learning modules to train HVAC engineers on energy efficiency for large buildings. I worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories to create¬†COMFEN, a desktop application that helps architects and engineers make buildings more efficient. I’m also working with the iBiology.org team to create an online course for emerging scientists, a course called¬†“Planning Your Scientific Journey.”

 

Past Publications

Environmental Building

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