Now I have to admit that I was a little disappointed because I had hoped to learn about ecological practices that they followed in order to show me how this community was different than an average apartment building in New York. I never really heard of anything different though. I was told an apartment is about $180 for rent but I never heard how these people worked in order to pay their bills. Right now there are about 70 people who live there including employees and volunteers. I would think after almost 4 decades, you would be able to have a more ecological sound community than I saw. It seemed to me like it was more focused on art than ecology.
This made me realize that Earth Day is here and how can I personally help the earth and how can I encourage students to help the earth. We have really got to do a better job with getting our children in tune with the earth. We have put those energy saver bulbs in our lights and we actually cut off our hot water heater when we don’t need it. I recycle plastic, paper, and glass. I also have a worm compost bin for food scraps and old clothes (they love cotton clothing!) and then I use the worm poop in my garden. This keeps the need for chemical fertilizers out of my garden too. We bought a hybrid car which not only saves on gas but also saves our money too!
If you have other neat suggestions, please let me know in the comments because I am really trying to be a model for students and hope to encourage other adults to do the same.