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These past lectures in Sustainable Design have already brought so much attention to the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. While still in the begin stages of this course, I personally know this class will have a major impact on the students through the remaining lectures.

The class as named, talks about the ideas and ways of sustainability. In one of the first lectures the class was asked to explain sustainability in ones own words. To me the word sustainability means that as a person who lives on the earth needs to maintain/ sustain a lifestyle that not only benefits ourselves as a human species, but as well as a lifestyle that protects and benefits the environment and ecosystems from which we rely on.

The film 11th Hour reflects in detail on how the human race as a whole is destroying our own life source. This documentary explains the idea that we are “superior” to nature, we are living separate from the Environment instead of within the environment. We barrow more than we need and more than earth can produce in time of demand. With new technology advancing from the industrial revolution, the need of energy has grown more then that we can return but give back harmful gases, products, etc. that damage the environment/ecosystem beyond Its own repair leaving the planet to trap the remains and combine them to create issues such as greenhouse gases. We have lost parts of our environment due to the damage we have done ourselves by treating it like property in a greedy economy, therefore leaving It with nothing to give back to help the ecosystem thrive. Ending the documentary with ideas on how to grow with the planet and what It takes to get back to a healthy/natural way of life on planet earth.

Relating to the film is ‘Fashion and Sustainability’ an article that pulls the truth about over farming and cruelty within the work place as well as the animal cruelty that all take place within the production of fashion industries. This article tells about the pesticides that are routinely used in cotton farming, which infects the soil of which the textile is growing as well as the water of which the farming over uses. The cotton production dilemma includes the unhealthy work habits demanded from the work force within the industry and how they are deprived of benefits. Along with this global issue are the several accounts of animal cruelty performed by many industries as a way to mass produce new fur, wool, leather, etc. this section goes on to explain why there is a cruelty act set to prevent the wrong doings to animals and just how important other species are.

In a previous lecture the class was put into learning communities and given an exercise called Wild Things. This exercise involved each community to create a list of dreams and gripes, once completing the list groups would then circulate papers and try to come up with solutions to both listed topics. I enjoyed this exercise because it gave relative topics of which we as communities could discuss and solve together.

With the aid of that exercise I learned more about the thought process of my community members and how we differ in creative design processes allowing us to feed on one another ideas to come up with strong creative solutions.

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After taking this Changing Habits quiz I realized my main practices of the 5.2 tonnes are to eat less dairy, which I do not believe I could and turn down my washing water to 40 degrees C. The major practice i noticed was that i needed to switch to a more green electric service, this surprised me because i already use energy efficient lights as well as monitoring when they are on.

In the Easter Island and Dust Bowl article, it talks about how the over farming of the land and cultivation gave way to natural disasters such as famine and dust storms. Both articles tell how the events taken place within these two situations forecast a grim outcome for our own current society if we do not take action to save the environment we  thrive off.

Environmentally Healthy Interiors
The main takeaway from this article is how much energy we use and waste on a daily bases and how much pollution we are actually putting into our planets ozone.
A personal takeaway and new information is that Sustainable interior design is now more affordable then ever before and with the help of LEED System architects, designers, etc. can gain information on sustainable green building techniques.
More known takeaway is that interior designers can use several former pieces of a building under renovation which is a common trend and practice within the field.
This article gave more insight on how and what sustainable interior design consist of and how easy it could be.

As mentioned in class I hope to expand my knowledge and awareness within sustainable design, within these next few months i hope to gain more details as to why there are issues such as green house gases, and the creative thought processes of sustainable design that we will use to reduce or prevent further harming ourselves and planet.

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