WaterShed stakes its claim for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

WaterShed stakes its claim for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

This is an interesting example of how simple improving sustainability and decreasing one’s carbon footprint can be. The WaterShed, as it’s called, is a house constructed for the Solar Decathon competition, and is designed to capture both solar energy and rain water. Solar panels on the roof are combined with a greenroof that aids in regulating the building’s internal temperature. Integrated solar panels on the roof allow the building to generate 100% of its own energy.

Found originally on Gizmag.com – in the ecogizmo section

And so it begins…

Dear everyone out there in the internet world:

This is my first blog, which as I mention under the About page is for my senior project, and I’m hoping for a successful launch to kick off the beginning of spring. I plan, especially if this actually gets some momentum and attention from people, to continue writing past graduating college this coming June.

So, a little about what you’ll find here as much as I can describe or plan:

Again, as you can read about in the About page, I’m at school for essentially environmental studies (self designed major), but I have focused on green building, technology and health/environmental problems found mostly in urban areas.

I became interested in public outreach during a class I took earlier this year when we learned about body-burdens and the lack of public awareness of what many consumer products are made from. Body-burdens are the chemicals found in almost everything we use daily that are then absorbed into the body. A well known example would be mercury from tuna; if someone consumes too much tuna mercury levels can rise in their bloodstream, which can lead to a number of health problems. This got me motivated to investigate further into consumer products and chemical-free alternatives.

I am also extremely interested in technology, and in stride with the theme of sustainability, I am  focusing on how technology can allow us to reduce resources, limit waste, and conserve energy.

Knowing me, there will be posts that may be less related to sustainability than most, but I’m trying to stick with my broad themes for the most part. And I guess we will just see where this experiment takes me!

Thanks everyone and I’d love any suggestions or comments on how I can improve this blog!