What is Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living is a lifestyle which reduces a household or business’s use of natural resources. This is done in an attempt to lower a person’s carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet. People who want to live in natural balance with Earth’s natural ecology conduct their lives with the awareness and philosophy of how human activity can affect the rest of the world.
This practice will help to preserve the Earth for future generations of all life forms, or as it has been expressed - as "(to meet) the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainable living in the 21st century means a shift toward a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a focus on diversified transport system. Part of this shift also addresses self-sufficiency and the ability of individuals (or societies) to consume only what they produce.
The sustainable features of the Hazell house were built into an existing house that the couple bought in 2001in North Manly. The building design company Envirotecture Projects, headed by Dick Clark, designed the eco-friendly house. Dick Clark explains “It is no more expensive designing an environmentally friendly house if you get the fundamental things like orientation correct, which ensures that everything falls into place. In fact, energy-efficient designs should be ultimately less expensive than conventional models.” The house features excellent cross-ventilation and passive solar elements such as a concrete floor structure and internal brick walls that retain the heat in the winter and keep the inside cool in the summer.
A Passive House in an Active Environment
As land becomes scarcer in our major and regional cities, lots with ideal solar access will become the exception rather than the norm. We must be able to design passive solarbuildings on these lots, to ensure they are naturally comfortable and have minimal negative environmental impacts. This project stands on a coastal site with less than ideal orientation, and which is flood affected - these characteristics combined to impose difficulties which required some unusual responses. But as time goes by, many of these design responses will become commonplace.
Located at Manly Dam, the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) is a business within the Department of Public Works and Services. It provides consulting services in the area of water, coastal and environmental solutions. MHL's services include:-
Surfers at Queenscliff, North Steyne and Manly do more than patrol the beaches - they are also setting an environmental example. In 2007, on the initiative of then Mayor Peter Macdonald, the clubhouses were supplied with solar hot water and photovoltaic cells, allowing them to generate all the power they need.
Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Food and Shopping
In April 1997 Manly Food Co-op opened its doors to the Manly community. Keelah Lam was the driving force behind the idea. Along with a group of like-minded community members, the group obtained a development grant from the Manly Council, started a newsletter and the Manly Food Cooperative was launched. Twelve years down the track, the Co-op continues as a community-owned not-for-profit business providing organic, bulk, waste-free shopping as an alternative to mainstream supermarkets.