Nearly every person on Earth wants a comfortable home in which to live long and prosper. Unfortunately, the planet is suffering due to the demands of our huge population. We require resources to build and maintain our homes, and the chemicals and agents we put into construction are downright dangerous to our health. But the tide of public awareness is changing. Green Project Consulting, founded in Santa Barbara last December, is educating homeowners, builders, renters, and buyers on the principles of sustainability and making one’s home “green.”
“We’re a company of three,” said Alelia Parenteau, president of Green Project Consulting, “and each of us has an intense passion for preserving the environment and passing our information along to others. We also want to underscore that it reduces your bills to live in a green home.”
A “green” home utilizes solar panels, natural lighting, non-toxic paints and glues, and reused and salvaged building materials; but most homes today are not green. Most were built years ago, and stockpiles of terrible poisons still dwell within them, gradually leaking into the environment and our bodies. But people everywhere — including architects and contractors — are growing sensitive to the importance of changing our old and toxic ways. “A lot of people today are remodeling or rebuilding, and they want to know how they’re doing in terms of greening their homes,” said Parenteau. “We come in and make an assessment — and sometimes we work with architects. We look at the building site in terms of alignment toward the sun, what flora and fauna live there, and we’ll think about recycling the construction waste and where to get salvaged or reused materials.”
Green Project Consulting also deals in landscaping, both ornamental and functional. The firm advises clients in producing beautiful, edible gardens while minimizing water requirements and maintaining a focus on native, low-impact species.
“In the end, people can do what they want to do with their homes; we’re just here to educate them,” said Parenteau. “There are so many ways to make your home green; it can get really daunting if you don’t have the proper guidance.”
For more information, visit GreenProjectConsulting.com.