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Sustainable Living

What is it?
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David Prochaska

on 11 January 2012

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Transcript of Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living -

A lifestyle that tries to reduce the use of
Earth's resources and minimize polution
There are many ways to live
a sustainable lifestyle.
Recycled Materials
materials from older homes and buildings that were
torn down or remodeled
materials from cars, trains, trucks, boats, and more
Building Materials
This home uses
recycled car tires,
local concrete
stuffed with cans and bottles and wood from an old house
Energy Efficient Building Materials
Materials that keep the heat inside during the winter and
the cold inside during the summer.

This uses the heater and air conditioning systems much less
or not at all.
Self-powered
Homes
The homes have solar panels and windmills for electricity.
Underground cooling
system
Solar water heaters
FOOD
Eating Local
less gasoline used to transport it

Organic / Bio
no pesticides (chemicals that kill insects)
no chemical fertilizerers

Grown in and around the home.
Food plants used as landscaping and decoration
Transportation
Choosing ways to travel that reduce or
do not add carbon to the atmosphere.

Ex: Biking, walking, public bus/tram,
hybrid cars
Water
Collection
Systems
Collect rainwater for household use and watering plants.
Liquid Waste

Grey Water - water from the sinks and shower
Used to water plants, flows to toilets

Black Water - water from toilets
naturally treated by a local septic tank
fertilizes the soil
South Facing Windows

Summer - the sun is high in the sky and does not shine directly inside, keeping it cool.

Winter - the sun is low in the sky and shines into the home, warming it
They do not need to get electricity or gas from
an outside company and/or burn fossil fuels
Solar panels and windmills do not produce greenhouse gasses
Renewable Materials
materials that can be easily grown ex: bamboo
Local Materials
less gasoline used to transport them
Local Materials
less gasoline used to transport
Renewable Resources
New materials come from sources that are easy to replace.
Ex: Bamboo - it grows very fast and is very strong
It can be as simple as using used door handles, lights and furniture.
This prevents:
These things from taking up space in a landfill or trash dump
New resources being used to make new things
Fossil fuels burned for electricity to make things
Buy
used
materials
These Youtube videos explain how one house was made to be
100% susainable.
Videos
Reducing Trash
Reusing storage containers instead of throwing them away.
Buying food in bulk without plastic or glass containers.
Recycling
Orgainic waste - trash that used to be alive
Ex: apple core, banana peel, chicken bones
Organic trash is put in a compost pile or container where it is turned into nutritious soil for their plants.
Home Design
Insulation

Homes are build with lots of insulation.
Insulators of heat do not let heat go though easily.

Insulation keeps the heat inside in the winter,
and keeps the heat outside in the summer.
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