Sample text for Good green homes / Jennifer Roberts.

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When it comes to sustainability, where do you begin? Is it possible-or desirable-to have a good green home without addressing the sustainability of your neighborhood or wider community? It's a chicken-and-egg dilemma. Do you paint your living room with a nontoxic paint that doesn't pollute the air inside your home, even though there's an outdated power plant in your neighborhood that's polluting the air outside your home? Or do you first lobby to get the power plant cleaned up before worrying about the paint on your walls? Do either, both, or find a third, fourth, or fifth solution. The key to change is action. Take a small step. Do something that feels manageable today or this weekend. Then do another thing.
One place to start is to pay more attention to your surroundings. The closer you look, the better you'll come to understand how the natural environment-as well as the built environment around us-interacts with your home and affects your life. Paying closer attention needn't feel daunting. If your house overheats in the summer, for example, notice the changing path of sunlight through the day and through the seasons. Perhaps you can plant deciduous trees near the west and south walls to provide cooling shade. Come fall, the trees will drop their leaves and the sun's rays will help heat your home during the colder months.
If you're apartment hunting, notice how much daylight each room gets. If you work from home, perhaps you can find an apartment with good northern exposure so that your workspace is illuminated with even, indirect daylight throughout the day.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Architecture -- Environmental aspects.
Architecture, Domestic.
Ecological houses.