Leeding by Example
Text by Lisa Yamada / Photography by John Hook
Anne Tanaka, a LEED accredited professional and interior designer at Philpotts Interiors, is in the middle of telling me about a slew of eco-friendly products when the lights suddenly shut off. "That's another green feature," she says with a laugh. "Light sensors!"
It's a perfect example of how Philpotts Interiors, an interior design firm has been vanguard in their approaches to green building and sustainable design, has been leading the way: by being the example themselves.
"Preservation and learning from the past is extremely important," says Mary, "and this building was all about taking care of and nurturing things. This concept stems from the ahupua'a, where you're managing your resources well, like the water and ocean, soil and plants. As an island, we have to do that. It's extremely important that everybody participates and we all take care."
TIPS FROM PHILPOTTS INTERIORS' GREEN TEAM
Laura Trudeau: I would highly recommend going to U.S. Green Building Council's website. USGBC can have a lot of jargon and is geared toward industry professionals, but Green Home Guide is more for the everyday person.
Kanani Miura: Buy local. Using things around you rather than shipping it conserves energy and doesn't contribute to greenhouse gases.
Lori Lee: Being green doesn't have to cost a lot. Don't be afraid that you can't afford it. Little things, like hanging your clothes to dry, are a good move in the right direction. It doesn't seem like a lot, but if everyone did it, itwould make a huge difference.
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