The Initiative for Green Habitats represents a long term commitment towards providing solutions for the creation of Sustainable Built Environments. This blog attempts to provide an insight to our views, commentaries on our work, ideas that we are working on, and provoke thought where there are more questions than answers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tenets of Sustainable Living

Perhaps we need a sustainability version !!
If we had to define what would constitute the basic principles when it comes to reducing your ecological footprint what would they be?. Here is one version:
  • Consume less
    • Power
    • Water
    • Building/construction materials- go simple tech as against high-tech
    • Consumer goods
  • Consume local
    • Eat local produce
    • Build using local materials and skills
  • Generate less waste.... Re-use and recycle
    • Build using old or discarded materials... apply clean tech
    • Compost and share with neighbours
    • Choose what you buy.... things that wont contribute to the waste you produce
    • Throw away less
  • Occupy less space
    • Do you really need all that extra built area?
    • Do you really need that big a car?
  • Go independent... as far as possible
    • Build as much with what you have
    • Be self sufficient in your harvesting water and generation of energy (as long as it makes sense in terms of the Life-cycle)
    • Manage what little waste that you generate
  • Travel less and travel green
    • Use your car/two-wheeler less frequently
    • Use a bus instead of your car/bike.
    • Use a cycle for the short distances
    • And if you can walk... go for it.
  • Work as a community
    • Share resources
    • Share travel resources
    • Assist in solving each other's problems
  • Get others to live sustainability, it is your responsibility too
  • Give back
    • Recharge the ground water
    • Share power that you generate
    • Plant as many trees as you possibly can
  • Take only what you need... probably the most important since it is this very appetite that has gotten us into this environmental glut

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