An explanation of the questions
GREEN13 is structured to follow my view of how we successfully adopt changes in our lives, through the personal experiences and opinions of environmental advocates within our community.
While I believe in taking direct and practical action, the "just do it" mentality seems to be better suited for shorter, intense actions. Lifestyle changes require shifts in thinking, a lot of education, and an unlimited source of motivation. The process includes wanting, learning, doing, and sharing.
The process in more detail:
Understand your motivations
Educate yourself about the harms of how we live now
Educate yourself about sustainable alternatives
Adopt new behaviors which enhance your quality of life while decreasing your environmental footprint
Maintain these new behaviors
Share your thoughts and actions with others
Set new goals
For the interviews I wanted specific information about ask pertinent questions that approached this from both the individual and the community perspective.
What person influenced you most regarding environmental issues?
What event opened your eyes to environmental issues?
B. Harms of how we live now
Name one habit or convenience you gave up for environmental reasons.
Name something you wish more people realized is harmful to the environment.
What is the most important thing you do personally to conserve natural resources?
What alternative do you feel more people need to learn?
D. Adopt new behaviors
What contribution are you uniquely able to make toward environmental causes?
What do you think is the next step for Kansas City as a community at the present time?
E. Maintain new behaviors
What change to your lifestyle or behavior was the hardest to adopt or maintain?
What do you think Kansas City has done well?
F. Share with others
What is your most successful green building project?
What is a good example of environmental design in Kansas City?
G. Set new goals
What is the biggest change you hope to see in society within your lifetime?
With these questions I began approaching local leaders in environmental design, intending to publish them in the newsletter of the KC Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The results were wonderful, which prompted me to launch SOVOZDESIGN.COM and share these with a wider audience.
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