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Sustainable Community Living How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World The quality and accessibility of our food supply is a mounting issue today. With GMOs, chemical pesticides and low-nutrition processed foods now commonplace in the mainstream supply, taking control of your own food supply is one of the smartest things you can do – for your health and for your hip pocket. So, with limited space, how can we create an independent food supply? I recently came across this amazing video of a man, urban farmer Will Allen, who has figured out a self-sustaining system that can grow 1 million pounds of food every year, on just 3 acres of land, using the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system. If you’re interested in starting your own Aquaponics system in your home, be sure to check out our exclusive special offer to Wake Up World readers at the bottom of this page. Grow 1 Million Pounds of Food on 3 Acres * Maintaining 3 acres of land in green houses * Producing 10,000 fish Growing Power

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Eating HealthyGardeningGIYGrow Food Not Lawns Related Posts « How To Keep Your Home Garden Monsanto-Free Cancer Doctor Explains How Cooking with Turmeric Leads to Amazing Health Benefits »

Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Here are 10 tips to keep your home comfortable this winter. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. 5. The tiny gaps between window sashes, jambs, headers, and sills and between the sash and the rails all add up. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

OECD calls for policy reform and technology to prevent impending water crisis The OECD has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the future (Photo: Shutterstock) Image Gallery (2 images) Worldwide population growth and the related rapid increase in urbanization is already posing problems in many areas for the management of that most precious of resources, water. With these problems only set to intensify, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the face of demographic growth and climate change. Called Meeting the Water Reform Challenge, the report says that urgent reform of water policies is crucial in order to preserve human and environmental health as well as economic growth. According to UN figures, more than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Global water demand (Source: The Environmental Outlook Baseline,output from IMAGE suite of models) Source: OECD About the Author

Global Village Construction Set by Marcin Jakubowski Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world. So Far we’ve prototyped 8 of the 50 Machines and we’ve been expanding rapidly. We are 100% crowd-funded. Please watch these videos if you are new to the project: What Makes the Global Village Construction Set so special? Why should I help fund this project? The library of instructional material that we produce will make replication a straightforward task. What will you do with the $40,000? Absolutely!

Institute of Sustainable Building Housing positive energy feedback! - Tech News Par Robert PELZER - Président du BET BETEC Voici un exemple de bâtiment de 30 logements collectifs à énergie positive. Trois de ces logements ont été « instrumentés » pour connaître en continu les relevés de consommations réelles. Cette synthèse présentée lors de l’Université ICO du 11 au 13 mai 2011, vous livre les résultats. 1°/ Fiche signalétique du projet BEPOS 30 logements à structure bois type BEPOS ; à énergie positive « Les Héliades » Z.U.S. de Saint Roch Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges SA Le Toit Vosgien – BP 31 – 88100 SAINT DIE DES VOSGES Architecte F. 2°/ Intégration et structure bois L'intégration du projet à son environnement a conduit à réaliser au préalable une simulation dynamique pour déterminer le nombre de bâtiments, leur orientation, les positions dans le site et les uns par rapport aux autres. Une structure bois a été choisie comme mode constructif pour les 2 bâtiments 3°/ Vecteur air pour le chauffage 4°/ Relevés des températures sur 1 an 5°/ Relevés des consommations de chauffage

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