Building Climate Hope at Home


(nature sounds and music) – [Narrator] We’re connected to each other through the places we call home. – [Maggie] We can reconnect with
nature through our homes. Our homes are living ecosystems just like the world around us. – [Sam] If we build and design
our homes and our businesses and our buildings with respect
toward those natural places, then it connects us to those
places in a deeper way. – [Narrator] Climate change is impacting the places we live, the places we love. – [Robin] You know, it’s
really easy to be discouraged by all the news you hear
around you and to think that we have no solutions and we’re kinda swimming upstream against
this ominous future. – [Matt] People need to go
through the process of actually grieving sort of the climate
that we’re leaving behind and then get to the process of actually working towards solutions. – [J] People are afraid to
acknowledge their fears. But the fact is that
sometimes it’s not always our celebrations that unite us,
it’s our fears that unite us. – [Brad] You have to work at
it, you have to have courage to work and to try to solve problems. – [Narrator] The Green
Built Alliance in Western North Carolina models
how a community can work together to create sustainable solutions. – [J] We see the intersection between the people, profit and the place. And so when we look at the
planet that we share and the neighborhood that we all exist in, the air that we have and that we share, we wanna make sure that
as we grow economically, that we’re doing it in a
way that promotes unity, but also promotes health and awareness and it promotes a preservation of the environment in the best way possible. – [Maggie] The Green Built
Alliance is an organization made up of contractors, builders,
realtors, architects, but at the end of the day,
it’s made up of the entire community because everyone
lives in a home and everyone can get behind saving money and saving energy and living healthier. – [Sam] Whether or not you are building or retrofitting a home, your actions will help reduce your carbon footprint, which help reduce the
climate change emissions, will help reduce the toxicity
that a lot of modern day materials create and off gas and
also improve the environment by preserving trees and
forest and water sheds and habitat for creatures that
actually live in places where we take our building materials from. – [Narrator] The Green
Built Homes Program partners with local builders to
certify homes that are better for the environment
and the people who live there. – [Leigha] Green building tries to
address climate change. It tries to address homes
that are uncomfortable and that are unhealthy,
especially as you spend more time inside than we ever did before. – [Stephens] Every time we get to
touch a building design, we make it a little more energy efficient than it would’ve been otherwise and we make the indoor air
quality a little better so the humans are healthier
and we try to get local materials in the building
so the economy is better. – [Paul] Even families who don’t have
a lot of money to work with can live in a home and own
a home that performs well, provides good air quality,
is easy to maintain and will last them for their lifetime. – [Narrator] Offsetting
our carbon footprint and investing in our communities, is a local solution to global pollution. – [Sam] Appalachian Offsets
was designed to help local schools and nonprofits
improve their facilities with renewable energy and
energy efficiency retrofits. – [Matt] So Issac Dickson,
being a carbon neutral school, is I think, one of the
best examples we have of what the future should look like. I want our children to live in a world with a stable climate, to
have the same opportunities to thrive that we have had growing up. – [Robin] Appalachian Offsets
allows a family or a business or an individual to calculate
their carbon footprint and leverage that into a fund that then reduces the
overall community footprint. – [Narrator] Together,
we can make a healthy, hopeful, clean energy future a reality. – [Sophie] The Blue Horizons Project
gives me so much hope for the future because of all the
different stakeholders involved. Everyone has a part to play here. – [Robin] Everyone can do
something to their home to make it a better climate steward. – [Brad] We have to work now
with the homes that we have, because the climate problem
is upon us and we need to act, we need to mobilize, we need to do it now. So that’s the number one thing, we have to work on the existing homes. – [Jonathan] Ultimately,
it’s just bringing health, comfort and durability
to people in their homes, so that they can adapt to
the changes that we feel economically, socially
and with the environment. – [Sophie] Whether they’re
homeowners, they’re businesses, no matter how much money they
make, who they are in our community, our hope is just
to connect people to resources that exist or develop resources
with them in partnership and to really provide services
with people and not for them. – [Narrator] It takes all of
us to build the future we want. – [Steve] I almost see it as we’re planting seeds. We’re doing one home and
then more people learn about that home and then they go
and they plant more seeds. – [J] It doesn’t happen accidentally, it happens when people
decide intentionally, let’s come together and see how we can take care of our planet. – [Mary] The Green Built Alliance
is that drop, that ripple in the ocean because
what we are doing here, locally, has a huge impact
on the entire planet. (soft music)

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