Tags: Green Design and Architecture
The show February 15th on WGCH Radio: After the live broadcast, available on Podcast on wgch.com
John Maddocks, AIA, is a fantastic, Green Architect who is both knowledgeable and ethical in his practice of Architecture that is kind to the earth.
1.) How to find a qualified Architect that understands and practices Green Architecture: visit http://www.usgbc.gov for LEED Certified Architects, along with visiting http://www.buildinggreen.com to educate yourself on materials and to become a savvy consumer.
2.) See a track record of Green practices over several years. Everyone wants to advertise themselves as “Green” but very few professionals are qualified to offer the consumer truthful, honorable advice on sustainability and eco-friendly building practices.
3.) Is attention to Permaculture a part of their design when considering a low-impact home that is in-sync with the topography, native plants, beneficial insects and animals? THIS IS A MUST-HAVE in Green Building/Designing/Living!
3.) See the work of the professional. Visit the homes they have done and talk with their past clients. This is part of your due diligence and investigation prior to hiring anyone, along with doing the research you need to in order to educate yourself.
Homes in Europe and other parts of the world have been built to last with local materials and structural methods that have been used for thousands of years.Going “back in time” to native, old culture methods of building standards IS Green!
4.) Visit http://www.greenhomeguide.com to research Green Architects in your area. You may get a list of Architects from doing a zip code, city, or state search. This is a good starting point, but don’t simply rely on any trade organization to be a mark of excellence for any professional you are looking to hire…. Your investigation is only beginning at this point, and never let your own personal standards be compromised for anyone.
5.) Does the Architect show any interest or knowledge in using Structural Insulated Panels, and/or Insulated Concrete Forms? Are recycled materials considered in the structure, such as recycled steel framing? What about how the residence sits on the property? Are such terms and design elements such as “Passive Solar” and minimally invasive construction on the site ever brought into the overall plan?
These are extremely important STARTING POINTS. Any Architect that does not practice with these basic elements is NOT a Green Architect!
Never allow anyone to design a home for you that is “stick framed.” This is NOT ecologically sensible nor sound practice, and it is a major contributor to the depletion of our natural forests.
Additionally, ‘stick framing’ is very wasteful in how it is constructed, and it is prone to mold, pest infestation, and is not fire proof.
I would personally RUN from any Architect who did not understand this primary idea behind Green building. Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of slick marketing, smooth talking, or unproven people who lack the professionalism to seek sustainable building methods on their own.
The word “Green” has become very cliche because of its overuse by unscrupulous conglomerates looking to cash-in financially from ‘looking green’ rather than truly being ecologically responsible…. and it is too bad since there are some talented and visionary professionals who have, for many decades now, been on the cutting edge of Green lifestyles and eco-conscious design.
So don’t get confused with the many mixed messages out there: someone with many years of experience and a sensitivity to the environment as a whole will start to become easier to decipher from the Charlatans– Notice whether a professional shows you design that is thoughtful in saving our Old Growth trees in national forests AND on your property, along with preserving wildlife habitat, and showing a concern for toxins in the environment [and having knowledge about such toxins that can wind up in your home]– theses are all signs that will point you in the right direction to an HONORABLE, GREEN Architect.
6.) Another Green Design Element everyone should include in their plans: Water Conservation and permeable driveways and walkways that help curb water run-off that causes flooding in other parts of town.
The home is where we laugh, celebrate, congregate, love, eat, pray, sleep, raise kids and animals, and find comfort from our daily lives….
This is your most important investment, and making a commitment to your own health [and to the health of the planet] is such a gift of life and truly one that will pay for itself.
Make sure you have fun, and if anyone– ANYONE– during a small or large project is stalling, giving you grief for your ecologically responsible choices, or even making you feel pressured or uncomfortable for any reason…. you stop that project immediately.
You remove the poison out of your life and out of your home, and stop. Breathe. Now make the personal choice to attract the RIGHT people who are truthful, honorable, knowledgeable, creative, Green minded, respectful of your vision and happy to be around….
Life is a journey and you deserve a really cool journey in your Green Building project.
“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.”
–Aristotle, Ancient Greek Philosopher, 384 B.C. – 322 B.C.
Tags: bloody murder via steel leg hold traps, environmental destruction by killing our wildlife, steel leg hold traps kill, stop the stupidity of steel jaw leg hold traps and snares
Beautiful people don’t wear fur. Period.
The agony and pain that steel leg hold traps cause to innocent, sentient beings is beneath contempt and as close to a bloody warfare on our environment as one can get…. So, why does this wretched practice continue? Who are the Barbarians behind this warfare?
This coyote was caught in a steel leghold trap and suffered for many days before he was brutally killed by a Trapper.
My guests on this show, Priscilla Feral of Friends of Animals, domiciled in Darien, Connecticut, and the Honorable Fred Camillo, State Representative for Greenwich, CT joined me to bring light to this important topic that is destroying our natural habitats.
It is shocking to learn that the very people responsible for safeguarding a State’s forests, The Department of Environmental Protection, is at the core of this environmentally destructive behavior.
Do the jaded bureaucrats in this agency realize that the very words that describe their employer state: “Environmental Protection”…. ????????????
This leads to the obvious question of why this pain and suffering of innocent, important wildlife is ongoing and totally ignored by the governmental bureaucrats: Where is the money trail behind this racketeering?
Well, as Priscilla Feral pointed out in the show, the DEP takes money from these trappers and garners a nice profit from charging for annual licenses.
But what about the majority of taxpayers who DO NOT want any of this carnage to take place in their last remaining forest land?
What about the 89% of voters who want trapping banned? Why is an agency that operates itself and pays its salaries from the majority taxpayer base totally ignoring the majority public opinion and why are we not given a voice in this important issue?
The trappers and other ugly industry people, such as the fur garment trade industry, want to keep our forests under siege in order to make money from the skins of these endangered wild animals.
And who really pays for this scheme?
Pets, endangered “non target” animals have been caught in these traps and left to linger in agony for many days and weeks….. even innocent hikers and unsuspecting people have become victims of these cruel, horrendous traps and snares.
What can we do?
Write to your local and state representatives– email, fax, and call— it will take literally 10 minutes to write a quick email or to fax a brief message that you, as a taxpayer, demand that these traps be BANNED in order to save our last remaining natural forests from the destruction of a few ignorant, fringe people who seek to continue to kill everything in sight to support their greedy and bloody habit of exploiting our natural resources.
Mankind is at a crossroads today: we can either save our natural habitats to save the quality of our air, water, and the integrity of our own lives on this earth… or we can be apathetic and let vested interests be the only voice that our elected officials hear.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in Politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
– Plato, Greek Philosopher, 427- 348 B.C.
This endangered Owl was caught in a trap in Connecticut and lingered for many days in pain until he was discovered dragging the trap by a good citizen in the small town of Wallingford, CT. The tragedy is that this endangered Owl suffered a critical infection from the wound and had to be euthanized.
Stop this reckless, willful atrocity NOW. Write, call, and fax your local and state representatives.
This video should be shown in every town meeting so that our disconnected representatives can come face-to-face with this murder of innocent life. http://www.banlegholdtraps.com
Friends of Animals: 203.656.1522
“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”
– Sydney J. Harris, American Journalist and Author
Tags: Environment, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama taxation without representation, Paul Volcker, Ron Paul
“Follow the money” should be on every taxpayers’ mind when we begin to unravel the motivation behind the Obama Administration’s misguided plans that undermine our economy, our health, our environment, our education, and our constitution.
I had to interview Lisa Schneider after reading two of her compelling articles on Newsvine: “What a Difference a Year Makes: Overcoming My Obama Addiction” and “Behind Closed Doors: Brokering Obama’s Broken Promise of True Healthcare Reform.”
These are two of several of Lisa Schneider’s articulate and poignantly written articles that touch on the very issues that most taxpayers today are angry about when it comes to Obama and his rhetoric.
Check out Lisa Schneider on http://www.sperrys.newsvine.com
Wow. It is hard to highlight, even briefly, the intense Propaganda trickery that Obama has proliferated within the Administration he put together.
1.) Ken Salazar appointed to lead the Department of Interior is like putting a big, fat Fox directly into the hen house. Unbelievable. This mad man is a CATTLE RANCHER with a long list of egregious misdeeds to the environment, and now he is the very wretched, soulless creature who is IN CHARGE of overseeing The Bureau of Land Management, The US Fish and Wildlife Service [or "self service" should really be their name], The National Park Service, and The US Geological Survey.
The massacre of our Wolves, which Salazar took upon himself to “delist” as a favor to his cattle rancher lobbyists, is all happening right now…. all under a facade of stupid distractions that have nothing to do saving our environment, which I believe he campaigned heavily on– at least when he was bashing Bush and his bad environmental track record….
Well, guess what? We have a WORSE situation under the Obama Administration than we ever did under Bush….. hard to believe, and as a committed Environmentalist who cares deeply about the ebb and flow of nature and the natural, delicate balance of our eco-system, I am appalled and alarmed enough to start a revolution.
We cannot wait for Obama to be a good person or even remotely knowledgeable about how things work. He simply is not. He has no soul, and he has demonstrated his lack of care and concern–with his TOTAL disregard for our wildlife, the environment, and for the many millions of voices [TAXPAYERS!]– who have tried to call, fax, email, and write to his un-transparent offices our call for action…. and we are totally ignored.
I cannot believe the feigned sound bites of “environmental” messages we are getting from Obama’s PR spin machine: Michelle Obama plants a garden in the white house lawn…. Michelle Obama is calling for more healthy food choices be given to school children…
All the while, mind you, that Obama has yet again let another proverbial Fox right into the hen house with our food quality and safety: he has quietly brought a MONSANTO Executive into his insider Cabinet! Unthinkable.
Okay, so you want to tell people to eat healthy, yet you are now inviting into the fold a notoriously evil Chemical and agri-business that brought us GMO crops that are contaminating our Organic crops and the same company that incessantly and unrelentingly sues and harasses small and medium farmers who are trying to grow Organic and NOT use the Monsanto chemical compounds that are, indeed, ruining our environment.
Make no mistake, Monsanto is as close to a Nazi organization as one can get. They kill and destroy, all in a days work.
2.) Healthcare. What a scary thought that we actually have a President who cannot seem to understand how wrong it is to tackle a big issue like Healthcare without first defining the very definition of what good healthcare is.
What SHOULD health care be? Well, from a Holistic Nutritionist standpoint, it is VERY different from what appears to be the ‘more of the same allopathic drugs and surgery’ road to nowhere.
A good healthcare system is one that does NOT involve pharmaceutical lobbyists getting their way with taxpayer dollars— albeit behind closed doors!
Pharmaceutical drugs kill and seriously harm more people every year than any other thing on this planet.
Surgery is very stressful and damaging to the body, and it is over prescribed in the United States– more than 10 times the average of other developed countries.
What is wrong with a system that has no definition? It has no boundaries. The sky is the limit for the chemical warfare/pharmaceutical industry and for the mega-millions won by the surgical procedures that are totally unnecessary.
Why is good Nutrition, along with healthy [whole food] supplements not ever mentioned in healthcare? Why are holistic, truly good-for-you modalities such as the Rife machine and Ozone, along with Colloidal Silver [a natural antibiotic], Ayervedic, and Homeopathic medicine not EVER mentioned?
In fact, not only are they NOT mentioned, they are literally obliterated from the mainstream flow of information by the very pharmaceutical cartels that also happen to have a multi trillion dollar cash flow from selling their toxic drugs to the under-informed public.
How many good, honorable Doctors who have healed people with natural methods have been murdered or chased out of the United States by the very system that is now operated for maximum profit and ONLY benefits the pharmaceutical cartel? How did this nazi regime get so powerful within the confines of our “free” Democracy? And I do mean NAZI literally– the drug companies we know today ALL have origins from Nazi Germany as Chemical Warfare companies.
In fact, the notorious mark of the beast symbol of “666″ came from Nazi Germany, and it is a vaccine. Vaccines mame, kill, and cause the very degenerative diseases we see today that were NEVER saw 90 years ago.
The very allopathic physicians who wear the white robes, shooting vaccines into people, and prescribing drugs for every imaginable ailment under the sun are the very people who were trained in medical schools that are OWNED, FUNDED and OPERATED by the pharmaceutical companies. Yes, it is very incestuous.
– And Obama is TOTALLY ignorant of all of these facts. Yet, he wants to force down the throats of the American people a broken system that will just be transferred to a governmental bureaucracy that has not one ounce of ability to run any other sector of government efficiently?
3.) The Economy. You need to understand finance very well in order to outsmart the big league Magicians on Wall Street.
Obama has no finance background, understanding, or even and inkling of a grasp on what fiscal responsibility looks like.
Yet, he surrounds himself with the same dangerous people who brought down the economy with their “Derivatives” schemes and other financial house of cards schemes. What is Obama doing in bed with these guys?
I will quote Lisa Schneider on this topic:
“[Obama] ignored the sage advice of Paul Volcker at our expense, and instead listened to the likes of Wall Streeters like Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers.”
“….He sent a clear message that he wants Cap ‘n Trade to move forward and also the Healthcare Bill. …. Both would put inordinate burdens on the middle class in the form of taxes– despite what Obama says.”
Lisa also summed Obama’s freeze up with: “I will spend as much as I can if you allow me to by letting these two programs pass in just this year– and then I’ll freeze anything after that– you know, on programs that might create jobs.”
Well said, Lisa Schneider.
I cannot stand for this Obama-style stifling of dissent from his horrifying policies by marginalizing certain people because they don’t go along with him.
Sorry, but I was a Hillary supporter out of all of the Politicians running for the Office of the President primarily because she was the most qualified in the Democratic camp.
I would have liked to have seen Ron Paul get more traction and attention from the mainstream media because this guy is brilliant, economically very reasonable and progressive, and knows a heck of a lot more than most Politicians who ever dream of running for President.
I liked McCain, but he gave us all a clear message that he was not serious about winning by choosing an empty, unlikeable running mate whose lifestyle is totally environmentally destructive, and whose ignorance and lack of ability speaks volumes every time she opens her mouth.
The fact that Obama was elected was a voice of the people crying out for truth, progressiveness, transparency, and due diligence in our Government… but what we have awoken to realize is that we got “more of the same” and are even worse off now than where we were with Bush.
It is almost surreal to realize all of this. But truth is power, and now that we see the empty suit behind the mirage of “Change” we can stand up and take back our country from the Socialist regime that Obama has tried to mandate, albeit with smoke and mirrors.