GREEN HOMES – PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE HOUSING IN NEPAL
“This three year (2013-1015) project funded by the European Union aims at promoting sustainable housing technologies and services to contribute towards mitigating climate change and reducing poverty through creation of green jobs and moving towards a green economy. Green Homes or Sustainable Housing is an approach that includes household systems that reduce pressure on natural
resources and carbon emissions, thus resulting in human wellbeing, social equity, and green economy. Besides energy efficient buildings, it also includes ecofriendly practices for water and waste management systems such as rainwater harvesting, and waste/ wastewater recycling.”
Thanks to Jennifer for this tip. She’s one of several people who have been my eyes and ears in Nepal.
Note how earthbag building addresses multiple concerns on the UN Habitat list: risk reduction, green building, green jobs, housing and slum upgrading, poverty reduction, millennium goals, social inequality, etc.
I’ve talked about this stuff for years and so far it hasn’t done much good at the upper level of the UN and big NGOs. Maybe this disaster will highlight the advantages of earthbag and bring about more rapid change. This could very well happen if say 25-50 NGOs build earthbag projects. This would shine a light on the whole situation and show this is what people want.