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Planet Neighborhood

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Planet Neighborhood

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Planet neighborhood. Bullfrog Films, 1997, VHS video, three 56-minute programs, color, closed-captioned, high school, $395.00.

The three programs comprising this short series are individually titled Home, Work and Community. Each is hosted by William McDonough -- architect, environmental designer, and dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville -- and each looks at technologies and design features for saving energy and conserving resources in a variety of contexts. In Home, viewers are shown examples of how an older existing home can be made more energy efficient, how new homes can be designed and constructed to be energy efficient, how refrigerators can be better engineered to be more environmentally friendly, how the 1973 gasoline shortage prompted one man to create a more efficient window glass, and how recycling and composting can help reduce mounting waste and waste disposal problems. In Work, viewers are shown how environmental problems and design flaws in a "sick" building can create health problems for workers in the building and what can be done to design and build healthier buildings, how chemical manufacturing can create pollution problems for the environment and health problems for people and what might be done to reduce them, how shredding old automobiles allows their component materials to be efficiently recycled, and some of the research and development being done on more environmentally friendly automobiles. …

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