Does anyone have an extra $3.75 million laying around. That's
the asking price for Dennis Weaver's Earthship "Sunridge"
located in Ridgway, Colorado. Growing up just west of Dodge
City, Kansas, my family faithfully watched the TV show Gunsmoke.
Weaver played the part of "Chester," Marshal Dillon's sidekick.
Weaver is still acting in movies and on television but his
commitment and dedication to our planet is something to be
praised. In 1989, Weaver built his Earthship incorporating 3,000
used tire-bricks which were rammed with over 300 pounds of dirt
to form thick, dense thermal mass walls. The thinner non
structural walls were made from 350,000 aluminum cans. Natural
stone and tile floors were laid and the wood used to construct
the roof and finish the interior came from dead-standing spruce
and beetle-killed blue pine. The tire walls create a thermal
mass that keeps the indoor climate constant while outdoor
temperatures fluctuate. The house is oriented to the south to
absorb solar radiation that enables year round growing of
fruits, vegetables, and plants.
This Earthship is connected to large solar panels that
supplies almost all the energy needed. The Earthship's monthly
electric bill is around $50, an incredibly low figure for a
10,000 sq. ft. home. In addition to his Earthship, Dennis Weaver
founded The Institute of Ecolonomics (IOE) in 1993. Ecolonomics
is based on his conviction that a truly sustainable future
requires a healthy environment and a prosperous economy. Weaver
believes that "for every environmental or economic problem, the
solution already exists in the mind of an inventor, innovator or
entrepreneur." The mission of the IOE is to demonstrate that
creating a symbiotic relationship between a strong economy and a
healthy ecology is the only formula for a sustainable future.
Goals of the Institute of Ecolonomics include the following:
develop non-polluting technologies that turn into viable
ecolonomic (sustainable) businesses; increase the population
base whose daily practices center around ecolonomic theories;
promote clean and inexhaustible energy sources; support
inventors of ecolonomic technologies; and implement worldwide
ecolonomic curriculum including literature for young people
underscoring the interdependence of our ecology and economy. The
Institute of Ecolonomics Office of Educational Outreach opened
its doors in October 2004 on the campus of Missouri Southern
State University(MSSU) in Joplin.
Graduates of the Ecolonomics Certificate Program have held
two annual Ecolonomics Conferences on Sustainability on campus.
MSSU also offers a Minor in Sustainability and has recently
formed an International Student Ecolonomics Association to
promote these theories worldwide.
For More information go to Weaver's website
VALLEJO COMPOSTING CLASS
VALCORE's next free backyard and earthworm composting class will
be held on September 10 at 38 Sheridan from 10am to Noon. The
last class of the season will be on October 8. Two composting
bins will be given away at each class to two Vallejo residents.
Mark Saturday, September 17 on your calendar. We pickup litter
from 9:00 a.m. to noon, then celebrate with a trash-free picnic
prepared by our girl scout troop. Call 707 55-EARTH for more