As a headline for understanding my position in blog posts; I think it is important for people to understand my overall mission and goals.
I like to call myself a “practical environmentalist.”
This means that I believe in taking a clearly defined and realistic path towards clean energy, reduced waste, and better environmental conditions. I do not believe that society will EVER sacrifice comfort and cultural norms (for better or for worse). For this reason it is important that we focus on the bonuses of environmentalism. Building a more sustainable home has proven to increase health, productivity, and comfort — while simultaneously decreasing operating costs and environmental impact. These are all fantastic attributes! However, most people still think of “green” homes as lacking the benefits of a modern society (I blame low flush toilets!).
Furthermore, I think it is important to note that I am an advocate for increasing wildlife areas, national parks, and urban ‘green.’ As an avid hiker and explorer; it is imperative that we leave a natural environment that will be utilized by future generations.
My world goals:
- Transition away from the use of coal for electricity generation by the year 2030 & transition away from the use of all non-renewable sources by the year 2050.
- Create a clear a pathway for reducing energy consumption while simultaneously expanding the availability of clean energy.
- Protect the worlds natural areas while growing their accessibility for future generations.
How (I believe) we get there:
- Create/apply a construction method that can be widely accepted as decreasing energy use by 50-70% for residential and commercial buildings. Currently, the best method available is the Passive House approach. Limit energy use to a bare minimum while increasing human comfort/health.
- Increase the adoption of renewable energy. Both onsite (rooftop solar) as well as centralized applications (wind, hydro, and solar power plants). Educate financial institutes and banks on how/why to lend additional funding to these projects.
- Establish a culture of environmentally friendly attitudes. Encourage people to enjoy their parks and green spaces. Also, increase private funding of nature preserves and conservatories. Simultaneously introducing children to the beauty of the natural environment through education and experiences.
To Be Continued: