Welcome to the July 2004 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "Engineers participate in the
activities which make the resources of nature available
in a form beneficial to man and provide systems which
will perform optimally and economically." - L. M.
K. Boelter, 1957
- A Waste?
So it true that recycle is a waste of time, money
and energy? Let's look at the facts: First off,
it is more expensive to recycle garbage than it
is put it in a landfill. For the average city
it takes $50-$60 a ton to throw trash into the
landfill, and $150 a ton to recycle. Cities, such
a New York, it is estimated to cost up to $250
a ton. In fact, landfills are the cheapest method
of disposing of garage. New landfills are constructed
to pipe the methane gas it produces to local power
plants, supplying approximately 39 million kilowatt-hours
per year - enough to supply about 3,200 homes
(very green energy). So what about recycling?
It takes more money to recycle a plastic bottle
than it does to create a new one. Recycling paper
takes more energy and creates more pollution than
making new paper. There are more steps including
removing the ink, which causes another byproduct.
The processes also use more water than producing
new paper products. But what about the trees?
There is the argument that paper should be recycled
so that we save trees and forests? We have 3 times
more trees now than in the 1920s; in fact we grow
trees just to produce newsprint. It is a sustainable
So now what? Many of us recycle and feel our
need to participate. Environmentalists tell
use that we should and we are helping the planet.
But if it is a waste of time, money and resources
and is less sustainable than we though all along,
what can we do to help. Well one thing recycling
aluminum can is still a good practice. It takes
less money and resources to make an aluminum
can from recycled materials than it to make
a new one. So save the cans and trash everything
But don't take my word a face value. Do your
own research...An article...Recycling
Is Garbage...and the rebuttal...Recycling
Article © Lisa Van Veen
Energy Costs in Half, Solar Pioneer Changes Attitudes
One Bale at a Time
Associate Professor David Bainbridge of the College
of Business at Alliant International University
(AIU) has received the American Solar Energy Society's
Passive Solar Pioneer Award honoring innovative
work on environmentally responsive buildings and
solar energy for ventilation, heating, cooling
Bainbridge was an early proponent of straw
bale building, a technique that provides the
super-insulation needed for high-performance
solar buildings at modest cost. Because of these
advantages, the technique is catching on worldwide
-- straw bale buildings in Mongolia are now
providing energy savings of 80%-plus.
Article © AIU.
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BedZED, the Beddington Zero Energy Development,
is an environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient
mix of housing and work space in Beddington, Sutton.
BedZED will only use energy from renewable
sources generated on site. It is the first large-scale
'carbon neutral' community - i.e. the first
not to add to the amount of carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere. BedZED shows how housing can
be built without degrading the environment.
BedZED is being developed by the Peabody Trust,
working with environmental consultants BioRegional
and architect Bill Dunster, who jointly developed
the zero energy concept.
Article & Picture © BedZED