Home is where the sustainability is

By Savannah Stephens

When Steven Spielberg made ET everyone’s favorite alien in 1982, he probably didn’t foresee an extraterrestrial community here on earth. Thanks to not-so-new technology, however, this has become a reality.

This is the basic structure of an Earthship. Created to sustain a tropical feel year round, these homes rely heavily on sunlight and windows.

This is the basic structure of an Earthship. Created to sustain a tropical feel year round, these homes rely heavily on sunlight and windows.

The Earthship Biotecture Community outside of Taos, New Mexico, consists of a dedicated group determined to reduce their carbon footprint. Lead by eco-architect Michael Reynolds, this off-the-grid housing community uses recycled cans, glassware, and tires to create living structures that dozens of families call home. The homes are designed to cost next to nothing in the way of utilities. In fact,  if anyone in the community owes more than $100 in utilities, Reynolds has agreed to pay the bill himself.

This unconventional building style reflects a moral and spiritual attitude that seems pervasive in the region when it comes to the environment. Reynolds stands out as perhaps the most passionate. To see his story more in-depth, watch his documentary: Garbage Warrior.

Reynolds’ unique view on “garbage” has created beauty in disarray. This photo of a fence taken at sunset during a Environmental Comm. field trip, illustrates the nexus of art and sustainability; something that embodies the feeling of Taos.

Glass bottles and michelin tires help to make this wall both sustainable and beautiful.

Glass bottles and michelin tires help to make this wall both sustainable and beautiful.

I must admit that this trip was truly unique. Our next adventure?  We’re off to explore the acequias that trim this enchanted land. Stay tuned.

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About savvystephens

A history major trying to find out what the lessons of life are.
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