Eco-Friendly Community from The Georgia Institute of Technology

MOTHER EARTH NEWS asks the Georgia Institute of Technology to design eco-friendly buildings that uses solar heating, wind plants and recycled wastes to create a self-sufficient, low-energy-consumption community.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors
March/April 1975
Add to My MSN

After many hundreds of hours and large investments of their own money, the Georgia Institute of Technology students came up with bushel baskets of valuable Research Center concepts and scale models of eight separate and distinct planned communities.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ELENATHEWISE


Content Tools

Related Content

Greening Your Holiday Season

Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.

Churches Take on the Environment

The green movement is showing up in some unexpected places.

Does the New Windspire Perform Better Than Other Vertical Axis Wind Turbines?

Vertical axis wind turbines don't always produce as much power as expected. Here's what we were able...

Solar Panels Get a Make-Over

A new company has redesigned the typical shape of solar panels to be more three-dimensional.

"Design us an eco-friendly, self-sufficient, low-energy-consumption, minimum impact, pedestrian community," we told one of Professor George Ramsey's classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology." A self contained village of solar-heated houses, wind plants, completely recycled wastes and like that. Define all your systems well enough so you'll know that they'll work but, since we don't yet have a definite site picked out for the center, keep everything loose enough so that it'll fit the piece of property on which we do finally build."

Well that was a big (and an impossible) prescription to fill, of course but George's students did themselves proud. After many hundreds of hours and large investments of their own money, they came up with bushel baskets of valuable Research Center concepts and scale models of eight separate and distinct eco-friendly planned communities. The information in this article can do little more than hint at the ideas, the work, and the craftsmanship that went into those eight models.

As you may have suspected, Professor Ramsey already has another class slaving away on designs for individual components (solar panels, sprouting buildings, waste digesters and methane production units, etc.) that can be integrated into the overall plan for an eco-community. Which means that, although there's still a lot of unanswered questions to answer, we are making progress on the eco-village project.

And now that your appetite's whetted we'll try to bring you completely up to date on MOTHER EARTH NEWS Ecological Research Center and Planned Community in the very next issue of this magazine.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.