Cost of green -4

We were in fact engaged in an experiment, a test ol what can be done now in improving the quality and efficiency of construction with materialseasily available at prices most can afford. If the initial price were to it would not be an appropriate example, at least as some saw the issue. On the other …

Cost of green -3

The objectives were compelling and became more so as wo proceede with designing a building we thought ought to cost about three lars, Internal committees worked, trustees discussed, architects visited, a we traveled individually to see the buildings of Oberlin, Gup headquarters I in San Bruno, California, and a John Abrams building on Martha’s Vine* …

Cost of green -2

History and experience, how- e\er, wore not much help. Scientists, environmental scientists in particular, have been pleased to occupy just about any quartet’s at all even in major scientific enterprises such as the national laboratories, where modern environmental research enjoyed an enormous boost in the post World War II years. There is hardly any low …

Cost of green -1

When only a few scientists were much concerned about the disruption of climate globally and before there was more than talk about the distant point of peak oil production, there was little basis for arguing that saving oil by building solar sources of energy was economical or even wise. A colleague at the University of …

Water, toilets, and yankee independence -4

It should not have come as any surprise that fat-soluble poisons such as DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons with various biotic po* tentials would be concentrated as well from very low concentrations, even j below easily detectable levels, to toxic levels in places far removed and with effects never originally imagined. Sewage is never pure. …

Water, toilets, and yankee independence -3

The discussion was intense with the specialists in nutrient control of algal growth asserting that the sewage, rich in nitrogen, was enriching the coastal waters and good for the fish and fisheries. Others pointed to experience with toxins showing that even very small quantities of fat-soluble substances such as DDT, that are not very soluble …

Water, toilets, and yankee independence -2

Flushing toilets with water generates a substantial flow of sewage, and! building codes take over in defense of the public interest. The fundamental issues are not new, but remain troublesome. In the sparsely occupied agrj ian landscape of the nineteenth century, sewage could often be handle 1 simply with relative safety and the water restored …