Category Archives: Sustainability

Articles on sustainable practices, often in the context of historic preservation, energy use, environmental impact, urban homesteads, local food production.

Earth Day 2014 on Building Moxie

Today, April 22, 2014, is Earth Day 2014. As has become something of a tradition in recent years, I’d been invited again this year to submit an Earth Day article for Building Moxie. My topic this year is the single … Continue reading

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Environmental Impact of Demolishing and Replacing the Sanford-Bristol House

Recently, I’d conducted a formal study of the gross environmental impact of demolishing the Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1790) of Milford, Connecticut, and replacing it with a smaller, replica home. What follows here is a brief synopsis of my findings. A … Continue reading

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Environmental Impact of Demolition-Replacement: Sanford-Bristol House Case Study

Preservationists and residents alike have spoken at length in support of the recently threatened Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1790), of Milford, Connecticut. An architecturally unique and irreplaceable historic home, it’s also a highly visible element of Milford’s River Park Historic District. … Continue reading

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A Sustainable Laundry Washer

Back in April, I’d published an article called Will this Detergent turn my Greywater a Lighter Shade of Gray? which, among other things, declared a commitment to traditional hand washing of laundry, as one means of extreme energy and water … Continue reading

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Will this Detergent turn my Greywater a Lighter Shade of Gray?

While grocery shopping yesterday (which happened to be April 2nd — the second day of Earth Month), I happened to stumble upon a bottle of Seventh Generation’s Free & Clear Natural 4X Laundry Detergent, something I’d never heard of before: … Continue reading

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Blog Action Day 2011: Sustainable Food Production Begins At Home

Not too long ago, I felt compelled to check how many web pages out there were targeting the keyword combinations sustainable old home and sustainable old house. Why? Well, a core interest of mine is the preservation of older homes. … Continue reading

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