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January 2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] Straw Bale Village and After Holiday Recycling
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter January 2006, vol. 34
in this issue
  • Straw Bale Village
  • Recycling after the Holidays
  • Sustainable Building Class in Glendale, CA
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    Welcome to the January 2006 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: ""Building is the biggest use of energy resources on the planet and produces more greenhouse gases than the transportation sector."
    - Sim Van der Ryn

    Lisa Van Veen

    Straw Bale Village

    This quiet, family oriented village is in the National Historic Landmark city of Jacksonville, Oregon. The nearly nine magical and enchanting acres which make up the project are situated inside the city limits of Jacksonville. The land is hilly and wooded with oak savannahs and madrone groves, creating a sense of solitude around the homes. Owners will enjoy all the pleasures and amenities of the City of Jacksonville and the feel of the country.

    Homes in The Straw Bale Village range in size from 1500 square feet to 3000 square feet with the majority of the homes at 2100 square feet. All of the homes are clustered in a village setting, which means much of the land will be left in its natural state or used for the community spaces described below. A series of trails will access the woods and lead to nature shelters nestled amongst the trees. A community garden and orchard will also be part of the project along with a children’s park and community building. These spaces are designed to encourage neighbors to spend time together, growing as a community.

    Article & Picture © strawbaleconstruction.net

    Recycling after the Holidays

    After the holidays, houses are littered with piles of crumpled wrapping paper and bows, dozens of holiday cards, pine needles on the carpet, and boxes of pesky foam packing “peanuts.” Mail Boxes Etc. offers the following recycling tips to simplify post-holiday cleanup so you can start off the new year with a clean house (and a clean conscience):

    • Recycle packing peanuts. Mail Boxes Etc. accepts clean foam packing peanuts of all sizes, shapes, and colors for reuse. For additional information on peanut recycling consumers can visit www.loosefillpackaging.com.
    • Reuse wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tissue paper, etc. Also, save gift bags and boxes and reuse them throughout the year. Those you can’t reuse, recycle.
    • Recycle greeting cards. Save cards and cut them up to use as gift tags next year. They also make a great resource for children’s art projects, or you can research organizations in your area that could utilize your used greeting card collection.
    • Recycle your tree. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in North America each year. After the holidays, put your tree to good use – chip it to use as mulch around shrubs and flowerbeds or, if you have a live tree, plant it in the yard or donate it to a local school or nursing home to plant on their grounds. You can also check local resources for instructions on recycling options, drop-off locations or pickup dates.
    • Donate old toys, clothes or unwanted gifts. Start off the new year with a clean slate. Take this time each year to donate to local charities any unwanted gifts along with last year’s toys, clothes, or electronics that are still in good shape.

    Article © Mail Boxes Etc.

    Sustainable Building Class in Glendale, CA

    Lisa Van Veen will be teaching a three hour seminar on sustainable building and energy efficiency on February 9, 2006

    Whether you are interested in a new house, remodeling your existing home, or just adding a few sustainable features, this innovative class will show you the “in’s and out’s” of green building and sustainable architecture. Learn about solar and wind energy, wall systems such as straw bale, insulated concrete forms and foam insulation, natural and recycled materials, efficient windows and appliances and more. Learn how to save money through State and local rebates.


    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

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    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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