At the R.W. Kern Center, we spend a lot of time talking about innovative topics in environmental sustainability. I was hired to find interesting and engaging ways to teach others about the green technologies we implement in our building.
But I’ve found that these topics don’t always seem interesting right away, because many people don’t understand the ways that our built environment currently works. It’s my job (and my nerdy passion) to get excited about these sustainable technologies, but often I don’t even know how these technologies compare to the more conventional alternatives. This blog series is here to remind or teach you (and me!) how our built environment works (and how ours works smarter at the RWKC!).
What am I talking about? Some examples:
Get my point? So often we offer solutions to problems without helping others understand what the problems are! This blog serves as a way to remind people how we interact with the built environment, where we spend 90% of our lives1. Once we understand how things work, we can move in the direction of improvement. As our colleague Jonathan Wright says (paraphrasing Maya Angelou), “once we know better, we do better.”
My goal is to discuss the stuff you don’t know about, haven’t thought about in a while, or didn’t think to ask. Do you have questions or suggestions for a topic? Let me know in the comments below.
First up: energy.