Sustainable Compromises: A Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living - Our Sustainable Future (Paperback)Alan Boye (author)
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Living simply isn't always simple. When Alan Boye first lived in sustainable housing, he was young, idealistic, and not much susceptible to compromise-until rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and loneliness drove him out of the utilities-free yurt he'd built in New Mexico. Thirty-five years later, he decided to try again. This time, with an idealism tempered by experience and practical considerations, Boye and his wife constructed an off-the-grid, energy-efficient, straw bale house in Vermont.
Sustainable Compromises chronicles these two remarkable attempts to live simply in two disparate American eras. Writing with hard-won authority and humor, Boye takes up the "how-to" practicalities of "building green," from finances to nuts and bolts to strains on friends and family. With Walden as a historical and philosophical touchstone and his own experience as a practical guide, he also explores the ethical and environmental concerns that have framed such undertakings from Thoreau's day to our own. A firsthand account of the pleasures and pitfalls of living simply, his book is a deeply informed and engaging reflection on what sustainability really means-in personal, communal, ethical, and environmental terms.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Not only is this book beautifully written, with wisdom and humor, it also offers a practical guide for `sustainable' home builders of any age. Boye writes with an impressive intelligence, immediately drawing readers in not only to the story but to the mind and heart of the author."-Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under a Wing: A Memoir-- Reeve Lindbergh
"Alan Boye's humor and generosity run through this book, as does his gentle compassion for the people and places he loves."-Miriam Karmel, author of Being Esther-- Miriam Karmel
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