Making the choice to ecofy your life does not require accepting inconveniences and discomforts.
In fact, living in a sustainable energy efficient home can be just as joyous (or more) than living in a carbon-guzzling mac mansion on the outskirts of suburbia.
In a recent National Geographic story, Windy Koch relates how a group of architecture students have proven that caring for the planet can coincide perfectly with living in an amazing home:
After Hurricane Sandy pummelled the New Jersey shore in 2012, college students took action. They designed and built a solar home that could survive fierce winds, produce electricity during blackouts and even allow neighbors to charge their electronics.
A team from the Stevens Institute of Technology, based in Hoboken, N.J., took top honors at the Solar Decathlon 2015, a biennial contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that ended Sunday in Irvine, California. Fourteen teams, representing 23 colleges from five countries, competed to build the most affordable, attractive, and efficient solar-powered home.
Stevens’ SURE HOUSE, conceived as the “Coastal Home of the Future,” obtained the most points overall and scored highest in seven of the 10 individual categories, including architecture, engineering, and market appeal. Stevens also competed in the 2011 and 2013 decathlons.
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You see, leaving behind a world worth living in is not going to happen if it requires millions of people to voluntarily accept hardships.
Instead, we need to focus on leveraging our creativity and ingenuity to provide solutions that increase personal satisfaction while reducing the negative impact we have on our planet.
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