This July 4th week, as we celebrate the world's oldest democracy, let's reflect on the many positive grassroots initiatives that are underway.
Please view these 4 videos:
Andrew Faust: "Another world is possible!"
Nic Esposito: "Right here, right now, I think we humans beings are at our most just, most humane, most Earth conscious, than we have ever been before on this planet."
Penny Livingston-Stark: "The good news is, the solutions are here, they are available on every scale."
Charlie Hoxie: Passive Passion, a documentary film "introducing the Passive House standard, a design method that incorporates insulation, air tightness, and heat recovery ventilation to achieve staggering reductions in the energy required to heat and cool a building".
In 1976 a computer simulation team led by Wayne Schick at the Small Homes Council at University of Illinois Urbana developed a design called the
Lo-Cal house. The house was never built, but its design features pioneered the key design facets of today's Passive Houses.http://books.google.com/books?id=H4mEKu4jD6sC&pg=PA513&lpg=PA513&dq=low+calorie+house+small+homes+council+urbana+champaign+illinois&source=bl&ots=KhCZGCOhfo&sig=2SF5gGqXwzVd_YuQCWllxP6q8Q8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_aL-T9vmIIa16wGn2bnXBg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false
Fast forward to 2012, New York architect, Gennaro Brooks-Church is currently building an Earthship House on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Enjoy the fireworks!