Sustainability Trends: Sustainable Homes and Communities
Earthship home under construction
Embracing sustainable energy by eliminating the use of fossil fuels is the only way to stop global warming. The trend to stop the damage that is causing greenhouse gas emissions has been embraced by many countries. Many countries are converting their energy to wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, solar and other clean energies. Pollution can be reduced and hopefully eliminated by switching to sustainable energy.
The top solar countries are Germany, China, Japan, Italy, United States, France, Spain, United Kingdom and Australia. Last year in Germany, customers were briefly paid to use energy because renewable sources produced more energy that the country needed. How is that for a clean energy success story? Then there is the countries that are top at wind power, they are, China, United States, Germany, Spain, India, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy and Brazil. Thanks to government support on energy-efficient projects and green building projects, these countries have high hopes to become 100% reliable on renewable, clean energy. Many are working on eliminating fossil fuel used, by implementing more sustainable energy production methods. This is great news for earth and those who live on it!
Together with the green movement on the government behalf, many people have started their own green movements in their communities, finding ways to live more sustainably. Changes are being made by the way people build and live in their communities.
Cohousing communities has become very popular. These communities are homes built in shared spaces. It can be in the form of two family homes on one ground or home built as one, but each family still has their own private space. Some spaces might be shared like a laundry, dining area or recreational area. This allows people to have private homes and at the same time give them more of a sustainable lifestyle, bringing together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living.
Other self-sufficient living environments are forming as an aftermath of global warming. People are starting to live off-grid range, some being beyond the reach of any power company and others taking more of a community approach. These communities are formed by like-minded people living together and working together. Everything is wireless, without any power lines and not even sewer lines. This is not quite for everyone, but there are communities around the world that are starting to experiment with the idea of living off grid. They can be seen as sustainable and self-sufficient villages.
Here are some examples of communities that are living off-grid:
Three Rivers recreation Area:They are a mix of multimillion-dollar homes and shacks. They use solar panels, wind turbines and back-up generators to provide electricity. Wells and water hauled can be found across communities. Even though the homes are mostly for vacations, there are 100 permanent residents out of 500 homes that are built across 4,000 acres which is an hour drive from Bend, Ore. This community started in the 1960.
Breitenbush: Near Detroit, Oregon, there is a community that operates the Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center. Energy is supplied to a complex of 100 building by a hydropower plant. At the moment there are 60 people living there permanently.
Greater World Community:This is the world's first Earthship subdivision. The homes are built on two acres or more out of 634-acres which is the total size of the development near Taos, N.M. Solar energy is their main source of energy. The residents share a community land of open green space that is great for hiking, biking and parks.
There is no need to be living completely of grid to be eco-friendly, as there are ways to turn you current home and neighborhood and even apartment block greener for all. In America there are many green-built neighborhoods that are inspiring others to follow. Examples of these neighborhoods are: Mueller in Austin Texas, Madison Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Pine Ridge in Ketchum, Idaho and Prairie Crossing in Grayslake, Illinois.
Becoming more aware of the necessity to turn our environment greener is the first step to save our planet. By building greener, reaching out and educating each other about way to do this is the best we can do. Even if it seems like your communities are one of few that are making changes and that there are plenty impossible to reach, there is hope. The latest news update brings hope that India has found a way to reverse global warming with carbon capture methods that can convert CO" into stone or baking powder. Breakthroughs like this and advancement in technology should encourage us to embrace sustainable communities.
Matt is a blog writer and editor for Georgia Roof Pro. In his writings, he promotes green building techniques and use of reusable energy.
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