Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Green Living Challenge, Part I: The Adventure Begins

For those of you who enjoy bad movies, the title of this blog refers to the disastrous Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which killed several careers and left Joel Grey seriously wounded. My favorite part was Remo spending the entire movie strengthening his fingers so he could spend two seconds breaking this dude's gas mask. You also have to love that they were so confident the movie would spawn sequels they titled it The Adventure Begins. And if all that doesn't get you, there's the twirling.

Over the next couple of months, I'll be providing updates on my progress towards completing ACE's Green Living Challenge. I'll start with the biggest chunk of points possible:

Live in a multi-family apartment or condominium unit (bonus for promoting denser residential areas)

Simply put, living in a multi-family dwelling vastly reduces your environmental footprint. Instead of 30 driveways, we have one parking lot. Instead of 30 lawns crying out for fertilizer, we have one. Instead of 30 impermeable roofs sending runoff into our streams, we have one. Instead of being spread out over miles of sprawl, pushing units further from businesses and public transportation, I can walk to Ballston or Virginia Square Metro stations in 10 minutes, or walk to Clarendon in 30 minutes.

Points for this action: 35
Total points to date: 35
Points needed to complete Green Living Challenge: 100
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