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GoinGGreen, Every Home an Eco-Home
"Green" is today's popular term for living a responsible life that supports our life supporting environment. "GoinGGreen Every Home an Ecohome" is an engaging 30 minute overview of how all urban homes can green their water, their power, their landscaping, and even their indoor lighting. And quality of life improves with these simple steps that can also reduce cost of living.
If going green is that beneficial, why aren't we all doing it?
That's the 64,000 dollar question! "GoinGGreen: Every Home an Ecohome" answers that question with simple tips for sustainability, xeriscaping, composting, solar power, organic gardening...and hope!
This short overview of the Eco-Home Network's demonstration home in Los Angeles is a wonderful way to get started. With a bit of background that is followed with practical steps that are explained to a class of students touring the demo home, you learn more than a dozen choices you can make. Things like:
The list goes on...in a pleasant tour of this unpretentious home that composts, enjoys fresh garden produce, and hosts visitors with fresh, organic, tomato juice treats!
- Use biodegradable cleansers and washing detergents so that you can use the water on your fruit trees and garden.
- Install an inexpensive solar tube for daylight in dark, interior rooms.
- Use drip irrigation (it can even be solar powered) to reduce water use, and solve the slug and snail problem!
- Xeriscape with native and drought tolerant plants
Tony Shalhoub is an enthusiast of environmental progress, and lends his delightful narration to the excellent production that is well organized, uplifting, and informative. And motivational. "There are so many doors to possibilities. Start where it is most compelling to you...and that opens doors to other changes," says Julia Russell, the founder of the Eco-Home Network, the nonprofit group that developed and maintains the Eco-home.
Eco-Home™ Network is a nonprofit dedicated to educating people about sustainable living - with a focus on urban eco living; it's in Los Feliz, CA. GoingGreen was produced in conjunction with E-HN. |
Check out their website at www.ecohome.org and buy or rent the "GoinGGreen: Every Home an Eco-Home" DVD through the environmental distributor, Green Planet Films www.GreenPlanetFilms.org.
The show has a free companion 11-page Discussion Guide that is the perfect complement for a movie-and-a-visit houseparty, classroom or civic program to guide a discussion of local resources and strategies that can make a difference in homes and small businesses.