Welcome to GreenDwellerOctober 31, 2007
Ever since I first read about Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio in my second year of architecture school, I have wanted to pursue environmental design. I obtained my LEED® accreditation almost two years ago. Now I am preparing a thesis project that aims to be “zero-energy,” and hope to graduate this spring and transition into a career focused on sustainability in architecture.
But a nagging suspicion has been following me the past few months… I’m not really that “green.” It usually surfaces as I walk out of a dining hall with yet another Styrofoam container, or as I notice my cell phone charger has been plugged in for a week straight, or as I open a window to cool down a room that is overheated by a radiator I can’t turn off. How can I practice sustainable design if I don’t try to live sustainably as well?
I’d like to get the maximum value from the smallest environmental impact. I think there is a way to live a sustainable life that includes some comforts and accepts there are some things outside control (like the radiator!). This is a median that can get lost between the daunting expectations of hard-core environmentalists and the consumer culture of popular society. To achieve it requires research and changes in the way I live and use my time. That’s why this blog exists. If I’m bothering to look up carbon emissions, product chemicals, food processes, renewable energy systems, and sustainable techniques, I might as well share my findings. Hopefully you’ll give me some feedback and more things to think about. Maybe we’ll start a discussion. If we manage that, then this blog would truly be a success. But for right now this is starting out as my online green karma conscience. I’d better shape up, because either way you’ll be hearing about it.