Friday, May 22, 2009

Composting Hotels, Universal Design & Eco-resources!!

-- Quote of the Day --

(Universal Leadership Energy Environment Design): It began with coming home from the hospital and realizing that 80% of the two story home was inaccessible to me. …We began designing a universal design home – a ranch style without stairs or elevators… accommodating our home offices and lifestyle. …We started thinking ‘why don’t we share what we’ve learned with other people with disabilities? ’. …The breakthrough was through a Master Mind group – it was at that moment that they told us ‘Why don’t you build a national demonstration home and get corporate sponsors? ’ …Universal design needs to be addressed, so that the home is usable by all people, without the need for adaptation or any special design. So think of a house for people of all abilities no matter what their physical limitation – they can get into the house without steps, the hallway and doors are wide enough… the kitchen is set up with various heights of countertops and space for someone seated to move around. …I’m four foot two in a seated position, but my husband is six foot four. So a universal design will be set up so that everyone is comfortable. …The intent is to save money from health care systems, and from insurance programs and private investments… if you need assistance you can stay at home and hire that. …It is much cheaper to stay in your own home verses going to a care facility
~ Rosemarie Rossetti - April 14, ’09

This quote was chosen today from a Conscious Discussions talk radio show with Rosemarie Rossetti - during this interview we discussed how anyone of us can Take Back Your Life. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find the link for the
Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

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-- Eco-Resources --

Green & Save: "One of America’s leading free ‘Green’ home and office remodeling resources for anyone that wants to save money and the environment as well as create a healthier property and overall lifestyle."*Highly Recommended* Location:

Eco-Canada: "Reaching participants of the environmental sector including employers, practitioners, educators & students." Location:

-- Positive Eco-News --

The Weekender Newspaper had an article this spring about the Hume Hotel located in Nelson, BC (Canada) and their recycling program for each room (glass, cans, paper, cardboard, etc) that reduced their waste production by a small amount. Inspired by this successful endeavor and dissatisfied with the remaining waste the hotel generated, they participated in an organic recycling system that reportedly saves the hotel $100 per week and diverts 120 liters of organics from their waste stream every single day. Other businesses from cafes to co-op stores and market places are joining in this organic program being implemented in Nelson, BC and similar programs can be found in many communities around the planet.

The most obvious benefit from this organics collection program reduces the volume of waste sent to the landfill, extending the life of the landfill and helping to curb the release of methane into our atmosphere. Participants have the organic material sent to local farms, which convert it into humus (a term for the finished composted product) and use it to build healthy soil. This helps ensure a strong and nutritious local food supply and a sustainable community with a strong economic relationship between businesses and farmers.

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