The story of one woman's effort to save the world, one green building at a time.
See the introduction to see what this is really all about.
And please feel free to join in and let me know what you think!!
11 August 2008
For back ground for anyone keeping up with the news:
Briefly, my MA thesis was an in-depth analysis of Russia's decision to use force against Chechen and Tartar secessionist movements, my PhD dissertation was on incentives for domestic policy makers to agree to join the Black Sea and Caspian Sea Environment Programmes, focusing on the Caucasus. And of course, I've been studying the social and economic influences region for more than 15 years and working there as a consultant since 2001, with the UNDPKura Project(s), Black Sea Environment Programme, Caspian Environment Programme, IFC Stakeholder Analysis for the BTC Pipeline, etc. I also have now become certified in "mediation and alternative dispute resolution". Suffice to say, this situation is ringing all sorts of bells for me.
In June 2007, I was living in a small house with 3 men and 4 dogs. I'm an international environmental consultant, bouncing around the world helping figure out ways for humans to reduce our negative impacts on the planet. This project emerged out of a need for a place to work, the desire to build something I wanted and to learn what all this "green technology" is really all about. Sure, I've got a PhD and can tell you the socio-economic impacts of transboundary integrated water resource management, but if I'm going to work at home, while home, I need a space. And if I am going to have a space it may as well be a green learning experience too! Almost a year later, it's been a learning experience and then some. But I'm making progress, and I'm having fun.
The funny thing is, the last thing I build before I tackled this office was bookshelves, 2o years ago. They are still standing. Sort of.
Welcome to my blog and all encouragement, comments, and inspiration is appreciated. If you want to laugh at me, that's okay too. I keep the guys at Lowe's in stitches!!