Transport yourself…

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gain time, relax and enjoy your trip. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Will you peddle a bike? Or go for a hike? Would you forgo your car if the trip was not far? Would you get on a bus if it wasn’t a fuss? Take a trip on a trolley, and bring your friend Wallie? Every […]

Are you certifiable?

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis It’s in our history and nature to award a decorative object as a sign of our success. Today, we give every child a ribbon because they gave it try. They practiced and participated. It’s showing up that takes the most effort, right? I’m currently a soccer mom, and I want a […]

Is your home really a good investment?

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis The average American is getting older and the average American household is getting smaller. Most of us want to age-in-place where we developed our social connections and invested in our community. We are looking for financially sustainable lifestyles as solutions. And luckily, for some of us, ADUs are that answer. An […]

Why is tiny so BIG?

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Why tiny is so BIG? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In my parent’s generation size represented wealth. Bigger was always better. Now we know that’s simply not true. The more space you have, the more problems you have, whether you can afford them or not. Bigger is not an indicator of quality of life. Today, the […]

What makes a city livable, if not lovable?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Part One: What makes a city livable, if not lovable? By Brett Marlo DeSantis What makes a city livable? How do you define your quality of living? The air smells clean (fingers crossed), you’re not sick (knock on wood), you’re employed (phew!) and (thankfully) only alone when you choose to be? Some of the first […]

Much to do about LOTS.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Much to do about LOTS. By Brett Marlo DeSantis My daughter and I are outside enjoying the mild spring evening. We begin with jumping up and down on our trampoline until we reach near exhaustion (well, at least on my part.) We gently fall down and lay on the springy bottom looking up at the […]

Free building materials, why not?

Posted on May 8, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Free building materials, why not? By Brett Marlo DeSantis Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you already have the materials for your next project right in front of you? Did I mention they are already bought and paid for? Imagine removing an entire wall and transporting it to be reused as an entire wall. That’s just […]

Will you LABEL me please?

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Will you LABEL me please? By Brett Marlo DeSantis So by now you may have gathered that I am a bit “green.” I am actually OK with being labeled. I have an identity and defining characteristics. My label might read: sourced in the U.S.A…. re-use organs before recycling. While labeling a person is an extreme […]