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Fw: Earthship Philadelphia

From: Sean
Sent on: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:51 AM
Below is an article claiming Philadelphia wants to be the greenest city in America.  That sounds like a challenge.

By the way, my password was changed.  Sorry about that (either a hijacked cell phone session or my son playing games on a website that looked to be safe or somebody guessed my password which already had both numbers and symbols).  Thank you to those people alerting me to the problem, so that I could keep the situation from being even more of a nuisance.

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From: Philadelphia Earthship <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, September 21,[masked]:59 PM
Subject: Earthship Philadelphia

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Posted By: Rashida Ali-Campbell
To: Members in Philadelphia Earthship

Earthship Philadelphia

"Let us imagine an enclosure of virtually any scale that lets sunlight into itself and that prevents heat from escaping when the interior microclimate is too cool. It also reflects sunlight, and it dumps heat out into the night sky when it’s interior is too warm. Let us further conceive that, within this enclosure, sufficient heat could be stored in the ground to provide several days worth, even if the sun did not shine. We would then have a system that would maintain a very stable interior microclimate without requiring mechanical heating or cooling. Let us then also imagine a building that is designed not only to provide shelter from the weather, but also to provide some food; fresh water: liquid and solid waste disposal; space heating and cooling; power for cooking and refrigeration; and electricity for communications, lighting and household appliances.”~Sean Wellesley-Miller and Day Chahroudi 1974


My name is Rashida Ali-Campbell. This quote is from 1974. Today this home is a reality. An Earthship™ is a type of passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials. Earthships minimize reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. They are built to utilize the available local resources, and solar energy. The Earthship, as it exists today, began to take shape in the 1970s. Mike Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture, a company that specializes in designing and building Earthships, wanted to create a home that would do three things; first, it would be sustainable, using material indigenous to the entire planet as well as recycled materials wherever possible. Second, the homes would rely on natural energy sources and be independent from the “grid”, therefore being less susceptible to natural disasters and free from the electrical and water lines. Finally, it would be economically feasible for the average person with no specialized construction skills to be able to create.

LoveLovingLove Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia. We feel that we are able to help heal and transform the city. Our goal is bring Earthship technology to Philadelphia. We feel that these homes are a viable solution to poverty in America. We have been working with Jonah Reynolds, acclaimed builder and speaker, to bring the first Thermal Mass Dwelling to Philadelphia. Earthship Biotecture has been building all over the world and have been featured in a film called, “The Garbage Warrior” on the Sundance Channel™. When this project is completed it will be the first one in an urban setting in the United States.

This is a taste of true urban sustainability and freedom. This is the answer to the financial crisis because it creates "green jobs" and generates and contributes to property tax. Further, the first Earthship in an urban environment, in the United States will be making history. It is forward thinking and it will bring much publicity and opportunity to those that support us. We have support from: Governor Ed Rendell, Senator Arlen Specter, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Anthony Hardy Williams, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and other notable figures in the city. To realize this home, we need a vacant lot. The neighborhood that this home is built in will change forever. Besides raising the property value ( Wharton Study on Restoration of Neighborhoods and Property Value), it will become a gathering place for people in the urban sustainability movement, including the Mayor who hopes to boast having the "greenest" city in America. This is the future of sustainability.

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