Creating A Sustainable Future On The Grid

By Lindsay Dolan | Editorial, Urban Design

Unlike most people I went down many different career paths before I realized my passion was right under my feet… literally! My love for nature began when I was a young child. I would spend my time playing in the woods, in the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains. I had a wonderfully “natural” childhood, filled with horse shows, ATVs, camping, hiking, and pulling weeds from our backyard garden.

As I grew older and moved from that lifestyle into a suburban one, I expressed my love for the land through many hobbies. I spent my time gardening, and researching about new sustainable community and living practices. When I compared my research to current environmental standards I soon realized I needed to take responsibility for my environment. To maintain a healthy lifestyle and create a sustainable future isn’t just beneficial for the body but also the Earth. So I started advocating the benefits of recycling to my family, friends, and coworkers.


A sustainable future in Rio De Jeneiro, Brazi by Fábrica Arquitetura and CAMPO aud. Image via Center for Architecture.

I once heard the only way to change the world was to be the change you want to see. In our current society, it’s hard to be one with the Earth and not fall off the grid. There must be a balance. We must find a way to build sustainable homes, grow food efficiently, and create a sustainable energy source for everyone in order to establish a foundation for a sustainable future. With this challenge in mind, I have set out to do just that.

With this desire to create a sustainable society, I decided Earth Sciences was the best major of study for me. With this degree I would love to get a job as an Urban Planner, where I can implement new environmental practices into the everyday lives of everyone. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Power House Growers to share my passion with you!

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