A non-partisan, neutral perspective supporting diversity in the color of water

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oregon Not As Green As You Think

The parade of "living buildings" keeps on getting longer. One of the more interesting entries is the Earthship.  I learned of the Earthship from an article in the Ottawa Citizen, where a convert was being foreclosed. A sad story, indeed, when a living building falls victim to the global meltdown in the mortgage market.

Water is a big part of the Earthship philosophy, where "Earthships catch water on the roof, from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times". Recalling the "green" reputation that Oregon boasts, one has to rethink just how true this proclamation is when viewing "Earthship Pockets of Freedom Map updated: Oregon." Wyoming is "greener" than Oregon!

The Greywater Gadget of the Week goes to the water treatment system promoted by Earthship, the WOM. The Water Organizing Module is part of their retrofit package for your existing home. Almost a Dr. Suess-like contraption worth looking into for those living buildings that rely on rainwater harvesting for their water supplies, like the Oregon Sustainability Center.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to hear about the building that could use and recycle rainwater.Well a green home is well done when it can survive mostly on the natural capacities.