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An intermediate level discussion exploring the areas of Suburbia, New Orleans and Las Vegas as absurd environmental regions.  The talk explores how to identify potential areas of energy and resource ...

An intermediate level discussion exploring the areas of Suburbia, New Orleans and Las Vegas as absurd environmental regions.  The talk explores how to identify potential areas of energy and resource savings and maps out a plan to fix them.

By Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT

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  • 1. T H OFMYTH ESISYPHUSA R O A D M A PFOR FIXING OURBUILDINGS
  • 2. E R I C C O R E Y F R E E DPrincipal, organicarchitect Architect LEED Accredited Professional
  • 3. THE MYTH OFSISYPHUS “does the realization of the futilityrequirelife of suicide? No. It requires REVOLT.” -Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus
  • 4. T I M E T OREVOLT
  • 5. THIS PAST YEAR...
  • 6. IT’S HARD TO BE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST 5 the elisabethkublerross.com stages of grief
  • 7. 1FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Denial. “This cant be happening...”
  • 8. 2FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Anger. “It’s not fair!”
  • 9. 3FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Bargaining. “Can’t this wait a little more?”
  • 10. 4FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Depression. “What’s the point?!”
  • 11. 5FIVE STAGES OF (ENVIRONMENTAL) GRIEF Acceptance. “Everything will be OK!”
  • 12. greenwashnoundisinformation disseminated by an organization so as topresent an environmentally responsible public image.“That oil company is, like, totally greenwashing.”
  • 13. WHAT’S WRONG ?WITH BUILDINGS
  • 14. 45% buildings30%cars 25% industry carbon emissions
  • 15. 72%energy
  • 16. 40%materials
  • 17. leidorf.de
  • 18. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS a plan for REVOLT
  • 19. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANSWhat Is the Future of Suburbia? Can We Univent Suburbia? Stephen J. Dubner - August 12, 2008 Alex Williams - February 10, 2008 “...as we look to the future, “...in the old days it was a slum tenement, suburbia is evolving, resulting in worries [today we] talk about such things over the rise of suburban slums...” as the future of suburbia...” Stranded in Suburbia? Running on Empty Paul Krugman - May 13, 2008 Natalie Canavor - March 13, 2005 “Slums will migrate out and modern day “...see the American suburbs as burb ghost towns are a possibility.” the slums of the future...”
  • 20. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 21. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 22. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 983 2,080 2,349 20041950 1,500 1990 1970
  • 23. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 24. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Palmanova, Italy
  • 25. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 26. 26 MILLION ROADS benfry.com/allstreets/
  • 27. 26 MILLION ROADS
  • 28. $ per household $1100 131,700,000,000 annual cost of highwaysSOURCE: Federal Highway Administration
  • 29. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 30. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 31. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 32. 200 PEOPLE CAN COMMUTE IN... i-sustain.com
  • 33. 177 CARS
  • 34. 3 BUSES
  • 35. 1 LIGHT RAIL TRAIN
  • 36. THEIR BIKES
  • 37. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 18,810 15,000 acres acres manhattan store coverage SOURCE: Good Magazine leidorf.de
  • 38. 38SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS % street lights ALL LIGHTING
  • 39. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS civiltwilightcollective.com
  • 40. 4 SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS1 new homesin SOURCE: Housing Zone
  • 41. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS50 cubic yards WASTE 85% recyclable
  • 42. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31,500,000 tons/yearwaste generated by builders amycaseypainting.com
  • 43. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS WOOD SAVINGS 30-55 % $ 3,400 home each 12 in tons of carbon
  • 44. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2x4@ 16” o.c. SOURCE: Building Science Corporation 2x6@ 24” o.c. LESS WOOD MORE INSULATION
  • 45. $1 a year $ $160 a year $34 a year VAMPIRE LOADS 3,000,000,000 a yearSOURCE: Dept. of Energy - Assumes $0.11 per kilowatt
  • 46. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS terrapass.com
  • 47. 1,200,000 cars off the roadSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  • 48. 1% off ENERGY BILL1˚ lower THERMOSTAT SOURCE: Grist
  • 49. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 30 % SOURCE: California Energy Commission A GE E AK T L D UC
  • 50. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS sycamorefan.com
  • 51. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS brondell.com
  • 52. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS sinkpositive.com
  • 53. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANSVICTORYGARDENS
  • 54. communitygarden.org
  • 55. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Ban the lawn. No straight streets; Require porousPlant Victory Gardens. no road signs. paved lots. Over the counter Demand a Encourage local solar permitting. corner store. developers. Use eminent domain. to implement
  • 56. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 57. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1973 Population 358,400
  • 58. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1991 Population 937,261
  • 59. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2000 Population 1,563,282
  • 60. 12%PORTLAND CEMENT global warming
  • 61. 71,000,000fly ash tons produced tons consumed 29,000,000
  • 62. 35-50%SUBSTITUTE fly ash for cement
  • 63. fly ash alr ea dy15% cut int oc em en t
  • 64. 1 ton = 1 ton of Portland Cement of Carbon Dioxide
  • 65. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS COOL ROOF SAVINGS 70˚ 40˙ C cooler
  • 66. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS COOL ROOF SAVINGS4,000,000,000$ by 2015 $35M $40M $10M CHI LAX SOURCE: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory LAS NYC PHX $16M $37M DFW $20M $20M MIA
  • 67. GREEN ROOF SAVINGS40%energy savings
  • 68. $ 12-24 sq ft green roof 8 $ sq ft green grid hydrotechusa.com
  • 69. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS HOT AIR HOT AIR HOT AIR A/C HOT WATER 40 % off HOT WATER BILL
  • 70. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS19CARPET sq miles
  • 71. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS 420,000 197,000 NEW ORLEANS homes slotsSOURCE: Avant Guide to Vegas; Dept. of Energy; Assumes 920 kWh per house
  • 72. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS39 25 turn it off lamps december7000 watt 3 for a year homes
  • 73. FINISHES locally Recycled, non-toxic, sourced, sustainable. TASKthe work areas Only light LIGHTS to save energy. KILL all electronics Turn off SWITCH when not in use. CABINETRY Use formaldehyde free cabinets & FSC or bamboo doors. MINI natural, healthy Organic, BAR foods. FLOORING trap Hard flooring doesn’t allergens. LINENS free & Organic, chemical non-synthetic. CLEANERS Non toxic cleaners.GREEN HOTEL ROOM
  • 74. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 300 $ echoflexsolutions.com
  • 75. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS SOURCE: Energy Star 130 $ per SIGN per year activesafety.com
  • 76. SUBURBIA $ per LAS VEGAS 300 CAB per year NEW ORLEANSSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  • 77. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 75 percent savings on ENERGY 4 each saving car emissions 6500 $ year
  • 78. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS $ NEW ORLEANS 350 per yearSOURCE: US Department of Energy
  • 79. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS fluxxlab.com
  • 80. FALSE WATER ABUNDANCE 114 160 gallons per day gallons per day ARIZONA COLORADO
  • 81. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS lake mead, nevadaSOURCE: Scripps Institute of Oceanography 2021 extinct
  • 82. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Create a national Allow hotels toAvoid concretein this hot climate. energy code share energy, heat similar to California. & hot water.Permit waterless Enforce true green Permit greywater fixtures. hotel standards. in toilets. to implement
  • 83. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 84. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2005 New Orleans
  • 85. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1871 Chicago Fire
  • 86. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 1906 San Francisco Quake
  • 87. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 2005 New Orleans
  • 88. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 28 August 2005
  • 89. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31 August 2005
  • 90. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 28 August 2005
  • 91. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 31 August 2005
  • 92. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 93. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 94. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS 50x acceptable level of F O R M A L D E H Y D ESOURCE: Newsweek; USA Today
  • 95. REBUILDING IRAQ LOUISIANA SOURCES: US Army Corps of Engineers, US Dept. of State, FEMA, Bechtel, Time Magazine 1,239 SCHOOLS 85 136 HOSPITALS 11 342 POLICE/FIRE 6$120B COST $85B (40% more)
  • 96. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 97. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS schools spend more on trash disposal than new textbooks
  • 98. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS globalgreen.org/neworleans
  • 99. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS esynola.org
  • 100. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS
  • 101. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS chrisjordan.com
  • 102. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS SOURCE: Pugh & Scarpa Architects makeitrightnola.org
  • 103. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS $ $ increase per square foot 4 savings 67 NEW ORLEANSSOURCE: Capital E; US Green Building Council
  • 104. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS firemansfund.com
  • 105. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS ® solarcity.com sungevity.com citizenre.com
  • 106. SUBURBIA LAS VEGAS NEW ORLEANS Form a Establish best Create a Sustainable NoLa practices for green Sustainable NoLa Task Force. homes. Enterprise Zone. Prevent big box Join together.Priority permitting and opportunistic There’s power in for LEED bldgs. development. numbers. to implement
  • 107. 2,000$ each TAX REFUND
  • 108. extinction
  • 109. incandescent bulbs 2010 extinct
  • 110. ashtrays 2015 extinct
  • 111. phonebooks 2020 extinct
  • 112. size zero clothes 2025 extinct
  • 113. petroleum & oil 2035 extinct
  • 114. printed newspapers 2050 extinct
  • 115. unintended consequences
  • 116. glaciers 2020 extinct
  • 117. polar bears 2030 extinct
  • 118. wood 2030 extinct
  • 119. water 2035 extinct
  • 120. clean air 2040 extinct
  • 121. 2020 extinct
  • 122. 1972
  • 123. 1989 extinct
  • 124. $ in claims 200,000,000,000SOURCE: Resolution Management Corporation
  • 125. Deaths AsbestosisSOURCE: National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  • 126. lead paint 310,000 children affected annually SOURCE: USA Today, 10/29/07 1978 extinct
  • 127. LEVEL PLA YING FIELD
  • 128. plastic bags in San Francisco 750,000 $ saved annually 2008 extinct
  • 129. 200? extinct
  • 130. FORMALDEHYDE 10x more allowed1 SOURCE: California Air Resources Board (CARB)10,000in Californians CANCER FROM F O R M A L D E H Y D E
  • 131. vinyl products this is VINYL 200? extinct
  • 132. voc’s in paints ganic ile or nds volat pou com 200? extinct
  • 133. our oil addiction 200? extinct
  • 134. carbon emissions 2030 extinct
  • 135. “I’d put my money onsolar energy.I hope we don’t have to wait til oil we coal run out before & TACKLE THAT.” -Thomas Edison in 1931
  • 136. earthpolicy.org
  • 137. SOURCE: Fox News, MSNBC per minute 85,997 $45,200,000,000$ profit in 2008
  • 138. fine for Valdez disaster in 1989: 125,000,000 $ 24 hours of profit to dispel climate change in 2007: 15,800,000 $ 3 hours of profit24 March 1989 being the most evil corporation: priceless
  • 139. Government 2007 Subsidies $ Oil 78,000,000,000 SOURCE: US Department of Energy Coal 3,302,000,000 Natural Gas 2,149,000,000 Nuclear 1,267,000,000 Wind 724,000,000 Solar 14,000,000
  • 140. “Drill, baby, drill!”“Invent, baby, invent!”
  • 141. 1. Seek energy independence.2. Generate 20% of our electricity from wind in 10 years.3. Use natural gas as a bridge to renewable domestic energy technologies. pickensplan.com
  • 142. 10,000,000,000$ invested 35x
  • 143. 3 rd provider of solar largest emitter of carbonSOURCE: New York Times Magazine, June 22, 2008
  • 144. $800installed
  • 145. SOURCE: The Economist
  • 146. CA LI FO R NI A (Lake Mead)SOURCE: US Department of Energy
  • 147. ALL U.S. ELECTRICITY 674,000,000,000$ solar on every household once 700,000,000,000$ annual cost of foreign oil per year threeMANHA -four ths o f SOURCE: US Department of Energy TTAN
  • 148. 5 ¢people per square mile KILOWATT
  • 149. “you must be theCHANGEyou wish to see in the WORLD...” -Mahatma Gandhi
  • 150. ORGANIZATIONSV I T A L
  • 151. urbanrevision.com
  • 152. architectureforhumanity.org
  • 153. aplusd.org
  • 154. greenforall.org
  • 155. greenlaces.org
  • 156. naturalhomemagazine.com
  • 157. lazyenvironmentalist.com
  • 158. solardecathlon.org
  • 159. greenhomeguide.com
  • 160. greenerbuildings.com
  • 161. September 2009 • Silicon Valley westcoastgreen.com
  • 162. greenbuildingfordummies.com
  • 163. YOUR HOMEWORK 5 what’s next: action steps
  • 164. 1YOUR HOMEWORK take action. do something. think big.
  • 165. 2YOUR HOMEWORK tell others. share your enthusiasm.
  • 166. 3YOUR HOMEWORK fill the materials library with green materials.
  • 167. 4YOUR HOMEWORK make a list of things you will not compromise.
  • 168. 5YOUR HOMEWORK become champion of one issue. innovate.
  • 169. MATERIALSN E W
  • 170. ciralight.com
  • 171. agilewaves.com
  • 172. cbf11.com
  • 173. orangepiel.com
  • 174. plyboo.com
  • 175. stonefruitfloors.com
  • 176. eyeleds.com
  • 177. yiahn.com
  • 178. branchhome.com
  • 179. loomstudio.com/12blocks
  • 180. lulan.com
  • 181. oxygena.it
  • 182. stocorp.com
  • 183. malcolmwells.com
  • 184. rogerdean.com
  • 185. organicarchitect.com
  • 186. DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION:organicarchitect.com/downloads/revolt.pdf ? QUESTIONS organicarchitect