Healthy Green Living Proposal

Healthy Green Living

An Altair EcoVillage value
Nov 7, 2016

“Clean Environment” is a core value of Altair EcoVillage: We hope to create an environment that is free from toxic chemicals, limits the use of fragrances, minimizes particulates, and reduces electromagnetic and radio fields.

  1. Clean Cluster: We propose that one of our town house/duplex clusters be built specifically for those with multiple chemical and/or EMF sensitivities. Through building with Passive House design, we control the air quality and humidity, eliminate mold, and encapsulate any and all toxic materials contained in the construction materials. By using prefabricated panels and controlling the construction, we minimize site particulates and the emission of toxins during the building process. In addition to Passive House design, we will provide shielded electrical cables, shielded meters, and hard-wired electronic devices, mechanical/electrical systems, and appliances free of wireless transmissions. For a small premium, residents can choose this option.
  2. Clean Common House: For our “community living room,” residents will agree to minimize the use of toxic cleaning products, the use of fragrances for personal use or in public spaces, and minimize the toxicity of all construction products, furniture, and furnishings. We intend to utilize Passive House design in the Common House as well as much as practicable. Through the consensus process, members will be open to the needs of the chemically-sensitive members in making all decisions.
  3. Clean Site: The community has agreed not to use fossil fuels, toxic chemicals for vegetation maintenance, toxic chemicals for insect treatments, and the burning of trash, leaves, etc. Again, the residents will be responsive to the needs of those who are chemically and EMF-sensitive in selecting lighting systems, methods of landscaping, and site activities which potentially produce particulates.
  4. Private Homes for non-chemically or EMF sensitive: We intend to use Passive House design for a healthy environment for all homes.  It is up to each individual family to choose their life style and the products and furnishings they use, but it is our intention to educate them regarding the benefits derived by limiting toxins, EMF’s, fragrances and particulates.
  5. The Neighbors: It is our vision to become a model of “healthy living” for the larger community, and to that end, we intend to promote our values and extend to our adjoining neighbors what we have learned about the dangers of toxic chemicals, EMF’s, fragrances, and particulates and encourage them to follow our lead.

Primer on Permaculture

Permaculture – Broad Brush

  • Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.
  • Distilled from multiple disciplines – ecology, energy conservation, landscape design, and environmental science – these principles are inherent in any permaculture design, in any climate, and at any scale.
  • Permaculture ethics are more akin to broad moral values or codes of behavior: earth care, people care, and fair share, applied to all actions.
  • Permaculture principles provide a set of universally applicable guidelines used in designing sustainable habitats.
  1. Observe and interact: By taking the time to engage with nature, we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place.  These are often to most valuable, diverse, and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

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7/17/16 Altair EcoVillage