It’s a common joke that we are behind the times here in Alabama. I personally like to think that we move a little slower here because we allow ourselves to stop and smell the roses every once in awhile…but that’s beside the point. The rest of the country has been slowly “going green” and now Alabama is starting to follow suit. In the words of Martha Stewart, “it’s a good thing.”
Perhaps its the current economic situation and the high gas prices, or just a growing awareness that what we do on this planet does have repercussions. In any case, it is important that we all develop a consciousness towards the environment. New construction is a huge area of pollution and waste. From the items we use to build to the way we dispose of the stuff we tear down. It all matters. It can be hard to know what to do if you are looking to be responsible, luckily there is help right here in the heart of Birmingham.
The Green Resource Center for Alabama in Homewood’s Rosedale neighborhood is a great place to start. They serve as a place for consumers, land-use planners, and business policy makers to seek eco-friendly solutions and direction. They also serve as a gallery of ideas in the form of their own building’s renovation. They employ energy efficient windows and flooring made from renewable resources. They also have information on green lighting alternatives, home systems designed to conserve water and a roof top garden.
If you’re interested in getting to know some “green” terminology, stay tuned to the workshops calendar for my upcoming workshop on all things green.