12 Simple Steps

to Combat Climate Change

Everything we do has an impact…

Each Tuesday – starting on December 1st, we’ll be bringing you a tip to help combat climate change. It doesn’t have to be a ‘big thing’ but there are so many simple, little steps you can take to reduce your negative impact on our environment. Look for a new tip each Tuesday.
And we’d love to hear from you: What are you doing? What tips are working for you? Share your comments here.

Step #1: Transportation

Happy December and welcome to Tip #1 from our series “12 Simple Steps You Can Take to Combat Climate Change”

This tip is about transportation. And its easy. Next time you have to get somewhere, think of how you could reduce your impact by using a bike, walking or public transportation. Every little step counts (no pun intended).

Step # 2: Environmentally Friendly Vehicles

This one is about transportation (again) but this time, a focus on vehicles.

Its worth your time to do your homework on electric and hybrid vehicles. They’re come a long way in just a short time. Keep reading this week for more about vehicles that are making a lesser impact on our environment!

Step #3: Could this Meeting be a Call?

Ask yourself: Could this meeting be a call? In the age of COVID-19 we’ve all become video call experts. So, before scheduling and driving to your next in-person meeting see if you can video conference or just talk on the phone.

This one small step can add up and have a big impact. Yes, there will be times when you do need to meet face-to-face. For those occasions, try to walk, bike, carpool or take advantage of public transportation.

Step #4: Your Diet can Have an Impact

Did you know what you eat can impact the environment?

It’s true.

And while you don’t have to convert to plant-only diet and stop eating meat, you should understand that cutting back even a little bit can have an impact.

Step #5: Keep it Local!

A few more key words while we’re talking about food and combatting climate change: sustainable, local, organic.

Check out local farmer’s markets when you can, buy local and choose organic when you can. These options not only use less resources to transport and shopping locally is good for your small and family farms! Every little bit helps!

Step #6: Get Your Garden Growing!

Do you have a garden? Often, growing your own food is THE MOST environmentally friendly alternative. Small or large, any garden is both an economic and environmental win.

Don’t have a green thumb? There are tons of resources – articles, vides, tutorials for starting your own garden as well as what is best for your location.

Step #7: Buildings, Energy Audits and Rebates

Tip #7 is about energy efficient buildings. Did you know that 40% of all energy used in the US goes to power, heat and cool our buildings?

You CAN change this. An energy audit of your home or office could show you ways to save energy and save money.

Step #8: Energy Efficient in your Office

This tip is about energy efficiency where we work. Challenge your office to reduce energy usage by 15%. An energy audit can help you determine the best ways to do that. Every little bit helps!

Paul & Michalina’s Fantastic
Grand Canyon Trip

NOVEMBER 2020 | Paul Kriescher, and his wife Michalina, recently finished a 2-week road-trip to/from the Grand Canyon via a camper van, rented through Escape Camper Vans, where they used the calculations in these Carbon Offset Slides to determine that they will buy 70+ trees through the Arbor Day Foundation to offset the carbon emissions from their fantastic trip! Check this out for you future road trips, or simply for your daily commuting.


Heart of a Building Supports Habitat for Humanity

Heart of a Building is proud to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley. Habitat for Humanity makes homeownership possible for families in low-income neighborhoods throughout the world through no-interest mortgages (with monthly payments of no more than 30% of gross monthly income), sweat-equity from the family, and volunteer labor.

Heart of a Building produced a video story about the ways that HFH St. Vrain is prioritizing energy efficiency in their building projects. Moving closer to net-zero energy in Habitat-built homes makes them even more affordable for families owning a home for the first time. You can watch the video on Habitat for Humanity St. Vrain’s website at  https://www.stvrainhabitat.org/homes  or https://www.stvrainhabitat.org/news-and-events.

Heart of a Building Executive Producer Paul Kriescher has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for nearly 30 years. If you share Paul’s heart-connection too, please support HFH St. Vrain by purchasing building materials for your next project via their Habitat ReStore website or by making a donation directly to support their next energy-efficient building project.

Heart Of A Building Launches First Feature Documentary!

OCTOBER 1st, 2020 | Heart Of A Building premiered its first video documentary in a well attended virtual launch party hosted by Executive Producer Paul Kriescher. 

The 60-minute documentary shares the stories of builders, designers, architects, engineers, and consumers in Denver, Colorado. These visionaries went to extra lengths to design, finance, and construct sustainable, environmentally sound commercial and residential buildings. The event asked viewers to think about an important question — “what is YOUR why?”

The launch event included a panel of presenters who were involved in the featured building projects. Panelists discussed their heart-centered reasons for adopting energy-efficient building practices and participated in a Q & A session about technical components of the building projects. Participating in the panel along with Paul Kriescher were Brian Dunbar (Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment and Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University), Cody and Lisa Farmer (Mainstream Corporation), Gary Kinzie (Developer/Builder), Con Frank (Designer/Builder), John Bringenberg (Petros Pace Finance), and Milt Hetrick (Retired Engineer).

The premiere video featured stories of three innovative building projects.

The First Universalist Church of Denver put their “why” into action by honoring one of the central tenets of their faith with a large-scale renovation of their existing building. Panelists John Bringenberg and Milt Hetrick are members of First Universalist who made sure the new building included solar and geothermal heat pump systems.

The Greenspire Apartments provides affordable housing that was built with the heart-centered “why” of leaving the world a better place for future generations. Panelists Gary Kinzie and Cody and Lisa Farmer worked to put the 44-unit apartment building project on the path toward Passive House Certification. 

The Con Frank / Wes Geary project is a residential home built by panelist Con Frank.  Homeowner Wes Geary’s “why” was a belief that “some things are more important than money.” 

The featured documentary and technical videos about components of the building process are available on the Heart of a Building website and on YouTube. And don’t forget to share the documentary with colleagues and others in your community who are interested in constructing sustainable, environmentally sound buildings.

Heart of a Building will offer future webinars, workshops, CEU training sessions, and other events about the technical work involved in regenerative building construction. 

Interested in being notified about future events? Or would you like to propose a project for a future Heart of a Building video story? Contact Paul at PaulK@heartofabuilding.com.

Paul Kriescher, Executive Producer/Host


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