Wake-Up Call: Sustainable Design in Charlottesville

The Charlottesville Waldorf School announced plans this week to become the “greenest school in America.” Here’s a bit from the press release.

It will feature a completely integrated “green” design featuring straw bale construction, a rammed earth wall, a living roof, geothermal heating and cooling, water reclamation and passive solar technologies.

How can spending a bit more money when contructing a new building save lots more money in electrical and other bills down the road? Can any contractor handle the ‘green’ job? How is the ecoMOD project moving from developing less expensive urban housing to assisting victims of hurricane Katrina? On this week’s edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Charlottesville Waldorf Foundation chair Sarah Tremaine joins U.Va Architecture professor John Quale for a discussion. Quale is the director of the ecoMOD project at the University.

The monologue touches on some of the average aspects of Americans. Rick Moore opines on how partisan political decisions are unfortunately average as well.

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