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Surrey Hills house
Surrey Hills house. In 2001, my partner Lena and I were faced with the prospect of living in a dark and dingy 1930’s duplex “one of a pair” solid brick dwelling built in 1930, renovating it, or buying another house. The old house had a maze of small pokey rooms. We viewed the high cost of selling and buying property, where a lot of money goes to the “middlemen and the taxman”, as a waste of money. We were really keen to make maximum use of the sun for heating and natural lighting, and decided to go ahead with renovating. We prepared a detailed brief covering our requirements, with a strong focus on low environmental impact features. After discussing the project with Andreas and Judy Sederof from Sunpower Design, we felt confident that we could achieve what we wanted, although the site and the existing dwelling presented challenges. It soon became clear to us that the expertise and ideas that experienced “sustainable and solar efficient” architects provide is invaluable.
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CCAT's Vermicomposting Bin

Build your own Vermicomposting System!

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Mar 19 London news: London’s first eco-friendly, human-powered gym is opening [1]

Mar 15 California news: How Cooperation Richmond is empowering marginalized communities to build an equitable economy [2]

Mar 7 Climate action UK: UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890 [3]

Mar 1 South Africa: Cape Town’s water crisis shows the reality for cities on the front line of climate change [4]

Feb 28 Amsterdam: First plastic-free aisle is an example for other supermarkets to follow [5]


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A breeze came wandering from the sky, light as the whispers of a dream; He put the overhanging grasses by, and softly stooped to kiss the stream, The pretty stream, the flattered stream, The shy, yet unreluctant stream of wind.

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Service learning using Appropedia helps to create an essential knowledge base for the world via learning experiences for individuals and classes. The Appropedia Foundation and the Appropedia community work with universities via service learning courses, as well as service learning programs to create these opportunities. Appropedia internships also offer opportunities for service learning.


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Engr305 Appropriate Technology Projects: Below are selected service learning projects from Engr305 Appropriate Technology, which is a course on appropriate technology at Humboldt State University taught by instructor Lonny Grafman.

HBCSL cobb oven

A cobb oven for the Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living  
HBCSL solar shower

A solar shower for the Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living  
Jefferson Community Center compost

A large composting system for Jefferson School  
Jefferson Community Center E305 teach-in

A vermicomposting workshop  
Kiva's straw bale greenhouse

A straw-bale greenhouse  
M Street Eureka rainwater catchment

A rainwater catchment system for residential property  
Mattole Community Center rainwater catchment

A rainwater catchment from the roof of the Mattole Valley Community Center in Petrolia  
Millcreek greywater

A residential greywater processor  
Old Growth Cellar rainwater catchment

A rainwater catchment system for Old Growth Cellars  
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