Izzie, Zoe, and I came home on Friday. I wish I could have stayed longer; the three weeks I spent at Twin Oaks went by really quickly! But I’ll definitely be back there again many times… maybe during breaks from college.
Zoe had a work shift with Valerie and asked about sustainability for me. Valerie didn’t have time to talk, so Zoe gave her my email address and she sent me some information. Here are some things that I hadn’t observed:
- The food is organically grown
- Each new building is made to be more sustainable than the one built before. They use passive solar heating, thermal mass, superinsulation, thermal curtains and shutters, and try to maximize natural lighting (maybe that’s why the architecture is so unique?)
- They use low-flow toilets and shower heads
- Most buildings use solar energy to heat hot water. Some buildings use photovoltaic energy. The water used for making tofu is heated by solar power
- There are about 15 cars for 100 people, carpooling is encouraged. One person will leave the farm and shop for the whole community.