Going Green
one step at a time
Mary Gatch
info@dwellsmart.com
(843) 805-7055
www.dwellsmart.com
Introductions
• DwellSmart opened in
November 2007
– Healthful, eco-friendly
products for safe,
comfortable, and
efficient...
Confessions
I am here …
Part of the
Problem
Part of the
Solution
1. Unconscious Incompetence
2. Conscious Incompetence
3. ...
Change
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
~Mahatma Gandhi
Perspective
Neighbors Food Water Temp Air Quality
Mercury None None 330°F None
Venus None None 900°F Acidic & Crushing
Mar...
Wow!
Food Water Temp Air Quality
Yes! Yes! 59°F Breathable!
WOW!
This place is …
perfect!
There are no passengers on Space...
But, It’s not Enough
• To support our current, collective lifestyles,
we need more than one Earth
Source:
Global Footprint...
Earth Overshoot Day
• August 13th
was Earth Overshoot Day for
2015 (this marked the date by which we’ve consumed
all the r...
Mortgaging our Future
• On Earth Overshoot
Day, we begin the
ecological equivalent
of deficit spending
• By March, the USA...
All Things Connect
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we...
We Must Protect
Wildlife
Atmosphere
Water
Vegetation
Climate Change
Alarming Trends
Images by Robert A. Rohde
Climate Change
Coastal areas
are especially
vulnerable
Images by Robert A. Rohde
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
by Robert A. Rohde based on information from the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Researc...
What Can We Do?
The Top 10
1. Eat less meat
2. Consume less fuel
3. Support or switch to renewable energy sources
4. Lower...
1. Eat Less Meat
*According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Meat production...
2. Consume Less Fuel
Need more
incentive?
Most experts agree
that oil production
has peaked. Prepare
today. Live like gas
...
3. Support Renewable Energy
Biofuels
Wind
Solar
Tidal
4. Heating & Cooling
Reduce energy consumption for heating & cooling
• Adjust thermostat
• Caulk/seal around windows, door...
5. Buy Local
• Create a sustainable living economy
– How?
• Support local farmers
• Favor products made close to home
– Be...
6. Use Less Water
• Conserving Water = Conserving Power
– Reduced power to clean and pump water
– Reduced power for heatin...
7. Lighting & Appliances
• Choose Energy Star lighting and appliance products
• Lighting
– Use dimmer switches, timers, an...
8. Reduce Waste
• Minimize “Disposable”, Choose “Reusable”
• Reduce packaging
• Choose quality, long-lasting products
• Containers:
– Plastic bottles
– Steel food, aluminum, and aerosol cans
– Glass bottles and jars
• Paper products:
– Junk...
10. Compost
• Greens:
– garden waste: grass cuttings, leaves, and flowers
– kitchen waste: vegetable/fruit peelings and co...
Take a Step
It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.
~J. R. R. Tolkien
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Going Green - One Step At A Time

1,923 views

Published on

This presentation is intended to inspire and suggest important steps that we all can take to help protect our planet. It is part of a series of presentations by DwellSmart. For more information on 'going green', please visit www.dwellsmart.com.

Published in: Education, Technology, Business
0 Comments
4 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,923
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
124
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
4
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Going Green - One Step At A Time

  1. 1. Going Green one step at a time Mary Gatch info@dwellsmart.com (843) 805-7055 www.dwellsmart.com
  2. 2. Introductions • DwellSmart opened in November 2007 – Healthful, eco-friendly products for safe, comfortable, and efficient interiors – Located at 146 Williman Street in Charleston, SC
  3. 3. Confessions I am here … Part of the Problem Part of the Solution 1. Unconscious Incompetence 2. Conscious Incompetence 3. Conscious Competence 4. Unconscious Competence Stages of Learning:
  4. 4. Change You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  5. 5. Perspective Neighbors Food Water Temp Air Quality Mercury None None 330°F None Venus None None 900°F Acidic & Crushing Mars None Ice? -81°F Thin, mostly CO2 Jupiter None None -186°F Windy & Poisonous
  6. 6. Wow! Food Water Temp Air Quality Yes! Yes! 59°F Breathable! WOW! This place is … perfect! There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. ~Marshall McLuhan, 1964
  7. 7. But, It’s not Enough • To support our current, collective lifestyles, we need more than one Earth Source: Global Footprint Network www.footprintnetwork.org
  8. 8. Earth Overshoot Day • August 13th was Earth Overshoot Day for 2015 (this marked the date by which we’ve consumed all the resources the Earth can regenerate in a year) Source: Global Footprint Network www.footprintnetwork.org
  9. 9. Mortgaging our Future • On Earth Overshoot Day, we begin the ecological equivalent of deficit spending • By March, the USA used up its fair share • We need 4 Earths for everyone to live the ‘American Lifestyle’ We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Source: Global Footprint Network www.footprintnetwork.org
  10. 10. All Things Connect Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855
  11. 11. We Must Protect Wildlife Atmosphere Water Vegetation
  12. 12. Climate Change Alarming Trends Images by Robert A. Rohde
  13. 13. Climate Change Coastal areas are especially vulnerable Images by Robert A. Rohde
  14. 14. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Robert A. Rohde based on information from the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (based on year 2000 emissions)
  15. 15. What Can We Do? The Top 10 1. Eat less meat 2. Consume less fuel 3. Support or switch to renewable energy sources 4. Lower heating and cooling cost 5. Buy local 6. Use less water 7. Improve lighting and appliance efficiency 8. Reduce waste (e.g., packaging and disposable bags, bottles, and cups) 9. Recycle 10. Compost When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. ~David Orr
  16. 16. 1. Eat Less Meat *According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Meat production generates more greenhouse gas emissions (14-22 percent of global emissions) than either transportation or industry … eat the corn instead
  17. 17. 2. Consume Less Fuel Need more incentive? Most experts agree that oil production has peaked. Prepare today. Live like gas is $10/gallon. • Reduce trips • Walk or bicycle • Carpool • Take public transportation • Tune cars • Drive economically • Buy efficient cars • Combine trips
  18. 18. 3. Support Renewable Energy Biofuels Wind Solar Tidal
  19. 19. 4. Heating & Cooling Reduce energy consumption for heating & cooling • Adjust thermostat • Caulk/seal around windows, doors, outlets • Insulate • Passive solar • Install efficient HVAC systems – Geothermal – High SEER and correctly sized • Efficient water heating – Solar thermal hot water – Instant hot or continuous – Insulate hot water pipes • Use fans and breezes
  20. 20. 5. Buy Local • Create a sustainable living economy – How? • Support local farmers • Favor products made close to home – Benefits • Fresher and more nutritious produce • Reduced carbon emissions from transporting goods • When gas hits $10/gallon, we’ll have a base of local suppliers • Local businesses invest more $’s back into the community
  21. 21. 6. Use Less Water • Conserving Water = Conserving Power – Reduced power to clean and pump water – Reduced power for heating water • How? – General • Capture and use rainwater • Recirculate greywater • Recirculate for instant hot • Promptly fix leaks – Toilets • Use a dual-flush toilets or converters • Use a toilet tummy or brick – Faucets • Turn off water when not in use • Install low-flow faucets and aerators We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, 1732
  22. 22. 7. Lighting & Appliances • Choose Energy Star lighting and appliance products • Lighting – Use dimmer switches, timers, and motion sensors – Switch from incandescent to more efficient bulbs (e.g. CFL and LED) – Take advantage of natural daylight (e.g. windows and tubular skylights) • Appliances – Replace your clunkers (government program in 2010) • Refrigerators • Dishwashers • Washers & dryers – Run full loads through dish and clothes washers – Line dry (or use dryer balls to cut drying time by 20%) – Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use (use smart power strips for computer and media)
  23. 23. 8. Reduce Waste • Minimize “Disposable”, Choose “Reusable” • Reduce packaging • Choose quality, long-lasting products
  24. 24. • Containers: – Plastic bottles – Steel food, aluminum, and aerosol cans – Glass bottles and jars • Paper products: – Junk mail, magazines, newspaper, office paper – Paperboard packaging (e.g. cereal boxes) – Cardboard • Other items: (must be taken to convenience centers or drop sites) – Used motor oil and filters, tires, car batteries, antifreeze – Electronics (e.g. computers), scrap metal & appliances – Paint, used cooking oil – Compact florescent light bulbs & tubes (CFL’s) – Household batteries – Old gasoline and two-stroke mix – Propane tanks (emptied with valves removed) 9. Recycle This Information is applicable to Charleston County, SC.
  25. 25. 10. Compost • Greens: – garden waste: grass cuttings, leaves, and flowers – kitchen waste: vegetable/fruit peelings and cores, leaves and stalks, cooked table scraps, tea leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells and bread – herbivore manure (e.g., from vegetarian animal) • Browns: small amounts of shredded newspaper, paper tissues, wood fire ash, sawdust, vacuum dust, and dryer lint • Do not put the following in your composter: – meat or fish, fats, oils, and dairy products – Weeds, diseased plants, or plants sprayed with herbicide – large branches (unless chipped or chopped up) – cat or dog droppings – large amounts of pine needles – anything else which doesn't decompose (e.g., plastics, glass, or metals)
  26. 26. Take a Step It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish. ~J. R. R. Tolkien

×