moving Original Green blog

Thanks to WordPress for getting me started with the Original Green blog, but I’ve discovered iWeb, which allows a more robust site to be put up more easily. All new posts to the Original Green blog can be found there. Click on the link under Blogroll.

The Original Green Site also includes other resources, such as a growing number of pages of Original Green descriptions, a growing list of links, and a podcast (which is also carried in the iTunes Store.) For the home page, or the other pages, click on the links in the Blogroll.

Please visit, and join the discussion… thanks!

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 11:07 am  Leave a Comment  

What Is The Original Green?


Originally, before the Thermostat Age, the places we built had no choice but to be green, otherwise people would freeze to death in the winter, die of heat strokes by summer, or other really bad things would happen to them. Today, as we are working to re-learn how to live sustainably, much of the focus is on the gadgetry of green: Gizmo Green. This notion that we can simply invent more efficient mechanisms, and throw in some bamboo to boot, is only a small part of real sustainability. First, we must build sustainable places, because it does not matter what the carbon footprint of a building is if you have to drive everywhere in order to live there. The four foundations of sustainable places are Feedability, Serviceability, Accessibility, and Defensibility. Only after the place has been made sustainable does it make sense to discuss sustainable buildings. The first of the four foundations of sustainable buildings is Lovability, because it does not matter how efficiently the building performs if it is demolished and carted off to the landfill in a generation or two because it cannot be loved. Even a landmark so revered by the architectural profession as the Boston City Hall is now in danger of just such a fate because it is famously unlovable. Only after the building is lovable can it go on to be sustainable by being Durable, Flexible, and Frugal. This blog will discuss each of these foundations and their implications at length. Participation is invited by anyone interested in pursuing holistic sustainability. Click on the title of this post under “Recent Posts” to the right to respond and to read everyone else’s responses.

Published in: on February 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm  Comments (3)  
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