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Sustainability and You
"... Never send to know for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee." - John Donne
sus tain abil i ty, noun. capability of being sustained.
sus tain able, adj.
Scientists agree: humankind has grown so numerous and so destructive that our collective impact, both locally and planet-wide, is killing the environment upon which we depend for our sustenance and very existence. Moreover, it's killing us, in all kinds of different ways: wars, disease and famine, just for a start.
In the U.S., cancer has become the number one cause of death, and the number one cause of cancer is environmental pollution. What goes around, comes around. At the present rate, deterioration of the environment could easily become catastrophic in this century.
What to do? Space travel is harder than we thought. Good planets are hard to find. High technology solutions have come up wanting. Perhaps we should learn to live in harmony with the natural systems that sustain us and take care of our environment.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, our society has come to understand that nature and natural resources, especially the living ones, turn out to be a lot more valuable and fragile than many used to think. Preservation and conservation turn out to be a lot more economical than cleaning up or re-creating an ecosystem from scratch.
The term, sustainability, known to only a few in 1970, is now a major concern all over America and all over the world. (Try a web search). The need to "Think globally, act locally," has become more urgent and many are heading the call, including here in Tucson and Pima County.
What we're about
What sustainability means to you
Next Generation Homes can cost a bit more to build, but over the first thirty years of residence can cut the real, total, low-term costs of home ownership by up to 50% and even more. This is accomplished by reducing operating, maintenance and repair costs.
Next Generation Homes not only cost less but work a lot better. They are inherently comfortable with little need for heating or cooling. They require a lot less upkeep, meaning homeowners don't have to spend their weekends working on the house.
Next Generation Homes are also healthier. Building products are selected on that basis. The design and ventilation systems maintain fresh air. Low energy use means fewer byproducts, less pollution.
Sustainability is more sustaining to you and yours too: through good conscious choices, you can have a better life and one that is more enjoyable.
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Credits: We would like to thank the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Tucson-Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission, Tucson Commission on Disability Issues and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for support and funding, as well as the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to making these community initiatives such a success.
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