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Are YOU Living Green? What one Asheville real estate investor answered.

Living "Green".  It's About the Positive Momentum       the tree of life is GREEN in Asheville                                                                      

One mellow afternoon last summer, as we watched the sun filter thorugh an old, old tree, a novelist and client-friend of ours talked about living "green" as we headed back from our review of some amazing conservation land.

 A " rare bird", this author, a family man, an outdoorsman with the means to invest in what matters most to his heart, namely conservation real estate in the Greater Asheville area, is also a new urbanist.

With both these perspectives in mind, that day, I asked him what living "green" was all about. Without hesitation, his fingers keeping track, he counted out:

1)    BE humane- from the inside-out. Call your neighbors and talk before you make judgments.
2)    Only then, take considered action.
3)    Discipline yourself with diet, exercise, and humor.
4)    Enhance compassion for all living things.
5)    Reduce your impact on what's around you.
6)    Engage in a sustainable lifestyle.
7)    Make eco-wise choices.
8)    Honor nature's cycles.
9)    Think about quality of life. Do NOT compromise it for your grandkids.
10)  Adopt a philosophy of deep stewardship.

Low-impact Living. Long-term Sustainability. The Sounds, the Subtleties, and Stewardship.

Our friend's recommendations could be the anthem for low-impact living and long-term sustainability- even a celebration, if you will, of reducing energy, using renewable resources, working and playing near your home, inhabiting high-performance, healthy-built structures, selecting locally-grown foods, and  respecting one another and our common birthright , clean water and air.

 I am thinking today that when this happens, low-impact living, "green" living becomes a celebration of human ingenuity.



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I think it starts with simple choices, and that may build in to advocacy
Posted by Rick Callaham, Spokane Realtor (Team Quintana Real Estate) about 11 years ago


What a beautiful list of ways to be in this world....a very wise man, indeed.

If only all the world lived this way...perfect harmony.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 11 years ago

Does this mean that someone's compter is fixed?  :) 

The meaning behind your post is awesome.  These are all items that, from things I see, it seems that people have gotten away from.  I really like this post!

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP ( about 11 years ago
Your friend is very wise...and obviously has the soul of a poet. What inspiring thoughts!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Welcome Back JaneAnne! Like Stephanie, the meaning behind your post is awesome. I hope they are not necessarily in that order. My fav's are 1, 2, 9 & 10.

9)    Think about quality of life. Do NOT compromise it for your grandkids. This brings memories to mind of raking leaves EVERY weekend in the backyard in the fall...probably the fondest memories of my Dad...he was a work - a - holic but could always be depended on for the fun stuff...wheelbarrow rides on top of the leaves we raked! A workaholic who knew how to make work fun! With leaf blowers and lawn tractors with mulchers these days...families miss out on so much fun!!! and precious memories!!!

I'm glad UR back!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) about 11 years ago
JaneAnne - If we all follow that list our environment would be healthy and the quality of life for all would improve drastically.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 11 years ago
What a wonderful list!  I am going to print it out and keep it on my desk as a daily reminder.  It's so important to keep centered!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago

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