Thursday, June 24, 2010
Posted by Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams at 6:51 AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Posted by Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams at 9:05 AM
Monday, June 14, 2010
We looked at the plan. Net zero or no, this development was full of unsustainable characteristics. First, and perhaps most importantly, it was out in the middle of nowhere. Yeah, so you’re net zero while you’re at home…but what about driving 5 miles to the nearest town, or 15 miles to the nearest small city (and Wal-Mart)?
Maybe I’ll go to my neighbor’s house. Nope, not happening either since the neighborhood is a series of disconnected cul de sacs.
At least I can go for a walk in the woods, right? Well…sort of. This is a Greenfield development that’s tearing into undeveloped land. And, unfortunately the golf course pushed the development into a critical wildlife habitat and very close to the blue ribbon trout spawning stream. Walking in the woods is going to be a bit limited.
This may be a net-zero development….but it doesn’t take away from the fact it’s still sprawl.
Posted by Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams at 7:35 AM
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Did you know that the biggest energy hog in most homes is your clothes dryer? Nope, me either! And did you know that you’re probably not allowed to have a clothesline or clothes tree in your yard? Most HOAs and many city codes explicitly forbid them!
What can you do? Well, you can be like my neighbor and have a covert clothesline that you can easily take down/hide/retract when the HOA inspection committee is coming through. Or you can do something about it!
Petition your HOA – there may be a few people on the Board that have some environmental sensibilities. Contact your local planning and zoning professionals. Get involved in the Right 2 Dry movement.
And, of course, wash your clothes less frequently (shhh…don’t tell anyone that I have a pair of jeans that I have literally NEVER washed. They don’t smell and they’re not visibly dirty…so, no harm to my friends). And don’t use that dryer if you can avoid it!
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Posted by Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams at 7:32 AM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Did you know that water treatment plants are the largest user of electricity in most communities? In total, water treatment plants use 4% of the entire U.S. electricity use. FOUR PERCENT! That’s a lot for a single use! And, 80% of that electricity is used to MOVE the water.
Maybe water-efficient landscaping would have been a better selection. Oops.
Posted by Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams at 5:26 PM