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Press Release: May 19, 2009

MAKE Magazine Answers President Obama's Call: Special ReMake America issue explores DIY energy, sustainability projects

Sebastopol, CA—On the heels of President Obama's call for "the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things" to rebuild America comes MAKE magazine's special do-it-yourself issue, "ReMake America, Building a Sustainable Future."

Geek your garden. Twitter your energy usage. Creating a sustainable future starts at home, and MAKE magazine's special DIY Energy issue is on sale now to help you get started in your own house, on your own terms.

Framed around 5 cornerstone ideas--Making Things, Energy Usage, Transportation, Food & Water, and Learning--MAKE, Volume 18, shows you how to use the untapped resources of your home, yard, and community to make energy and food, maximize efficiency, and become part of the movement to ReMake America.

Founding editor and publisher of MAKE, Dale Dougherty says, "Everybody I know wants to make the world a better place. The trouble is how to get started. Like all things DIY, the place to start is with yourself--you and your family's home."

MAKE, Volume 18 offers a host of DIY electronics and engineering projects that make almost anything possible. Learn how to:

  • Monitor your home energy efficiency by using ready-made wireless modules to twitter your power usage on the web
  • Make an indoor garden controller that reacts to temperature, light, and moisture with a single microcontroller
  • Build an LED brick that gives fun, colorful, low power lighting
  • Reduce your electricity usage with the help of an engineer's problem-solving methods
  • Build a drip irrigation system, rainwater barrels, indoor composter, and more

"Projects like these, coupled with the energy and enthusiasm of makers, will create a sustainable future for America and the world," says Dougherty.

Find these ideas, and more, in "MAKE, Volume 18: ReMake America," which hits newsstands May 19, 2009.

And if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area at the end of the month, plan on attending Maker Faire at the San Mateo Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31. Maker Faire is the world's largest DIY festival, featuring hundreds of makers, tinkerers, and inventors who are all, in their own way, answering the call to ReMake America.

For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and samples, see the catalog page

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 18
Mark Frauenfelder
ISBN: 9780596157692, $14.99

About Maker Media

MAKE Magazine is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE Magazine is published by Maker Media, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc., the award-winning website, is the companion site to MAKE magazine. Hosted by Phil Torrone, gets more than three million unique visitors per month. Maker Media also publishes, the premiere project-based website by and for people transforming traditional crafts; publishes popular DIY book series including Hacks, DIY Science, Make: Projects, and Craft: Projects; and distributes top-quality DIY kits and books from around the planet at the Maker Shed ( Maker Media also produces the annual Maker Faire (, the world's largest DIY Faire.

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