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What simple modifications can we make to lower usage in utilities and possibly render a few common products and processes unneeded?



I'm going to be informal here in the beginning. Please jump in!


Why are we spending time on a mostly aesthetic lawn?  Sure, it helps with erosion, but so do gardens, fruiting trees, etc.  Lawnmowers use fossil fuels and break down.  Grass doesn't feed us and cutting it is a "fruitless" chore.  (Fruiting land could cut out transportation of foods).


Why is water catchment not an automatic piece of properties?  I envision collecting from gutter systems and useing the gravity of falling watter to power turbines on it's way to the gardens / house / storage.


Many in the southwest are creating "earth ships" by using the earth on their properties to build effective insulated homes (with other reclaimed materials).  It is a movement in materials that exist on the property (avoiding removal of dirt and importing brick and insulation). I envision a profession that incorporates designers, architects and landscape architects to design a more effective system.


Category of the action

Building efficiency, Social Action

What actions do you propose?

Who will take these actions?

Where will these actions be taken?

How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

What are other key benefits?

What are the proposal’s costs?

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