Gooseneck Tiny House For Sale

Looking to live tiny and want a massive jump start? We designed the home using building plans from tinyhousebuild.com along with fatandcrunchy.com. Price: $34,000

  • 280 square foot layout (8×24 lower section of trailer, 8×9.5 gooseneck extension for a loft room)
  • Custom trailer from Wright Trailers (triple axle, electronic brakes, gooseneck design for safe driving)
  • Spacious bathroom with neo angle shower stall and separett composting toilet
  • Sleeping loft on trailer hitch side, storage area above bathroom, and loft space/bedroom on opposite end of house with tongue and groove ceiling
  • Rough electric completed, multiple circuits for lots of options
    • Both electric and propane clothes washer/dryer and cook stove options already configured
  • Integrity window/door package (Marvin). Slider door not installed yet but on site. 2 sky lights.
  • Architectural shingles
  • Custom cherry staircase designed for pull out drawers under stair treads
  • All exterior trim and additional building products included

 

Contact us if you are interested in a quick finish customizing this tiny house however you want to start living tiny!

Seth

413-824-9573

sethmansur@gmail.com

 

Larger pictures below!

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2015 Going Out With A Green Bang!

Wow, there sure has been a lot of buzz going on in the world of sustainability the past few weeks! Looking back, when I created my major around Sustainable Development at the BDIC department at UMass Amherst in 2005 people thought I was nuts. Now, with the Paris talks wrapped up, the renewable ITC extension likely getting extended along with a likely lift to the cap for MA net-metering, I am very excited to implement my decade plus experience in renewable energy to the coming year.

Paris climate agreement:

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Now, like every environmental step forward in the past – we cannot rest on our laurels. It is great to see so much collaboration, from the business world to the governments. From the talks, I like the focus on: investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

Federal ITC – Investment Tax Credit

 

While we aren’t counting our eggs before they hatch, it is looking good to see some type of ITC extension. For those not familiar with the ITC, it rewards people/organizations that invest in renewable technology for their home/business/school/etc by giving a 30% tax credit to help significantly reduce the cost of the technology.

The proposed ITC extension will create a steady draw down that will allow the renewable industry a little more time to get established while helping a lot of clients along the way!

Net Metering Cap In Massachusetts

Similar to the ITC, lifting the cap on net metering isn’t official yet but it is looking very good! I just called my representative again today to let him know about my position on net metering, and was glad to hear there is a lot of positive buzz about the prospects of a bill getting passed soon.

Net metering is the process of allowing customers to get credit for the extra electricity put into the grid when it isn’t being used. What is great about solar and net metering, is that the most amount of energy from solar is produced in the middle of the day when demand is the highest. The extra kWh from solar actually helps stabilize the grid. Challenges arise when solar reaches more than 15% of production, where the night time electricity demand can be difficult to manage – which is the reason I am very excited about distributed battery technology, capturing the energy in the middle of the day from the sun and allowing customers to draw from it when needed – lot’s to talk about with this so I will leave this to a future post.

End of year!!!

Let’s plan and get focused for the coming year. Ideas and laws alone won’t help us realize the sustainable world we are seeking. It will take diligent effort from all of us to apply the benefits for renewables. If you haven’t had a solar audit for your home or business yet, contact Seth @: s.mansur@ethosolar.com; 508-436-4081

 

 

Unemployment & Suicide

Let’s all band together to help people find meaningful employment, I had never considered the connection with suicide.
Please send anyone looking for green employment our way with their resume or at least contact info so my team can help them get active and employed with a green energy position: greencareeropportunities@gmail.com

What is “Akrasia”? I Bet It’s Part of Your Life…

What a great read! Akrasia is something all social entrepreneurs face at times. Thanks for the tips!!

The Little Black Book of Business

It’s not too often that I come across a nifty word online, but this week I did.

Akrasia: The paradox of wanting to do something beneficial, but failing to do it.

The word/concept spoke to me as we enter the New Year, and it helped me name WHY I don’t do what I know I should be doing.

So why do we wait to do things that can help us?

Because – for most situations – the results aren’t instantaneous.

Our Achilles’ heel is living in an “everything NOW culture.”

We can push an app button and find local restaurants NOW.
We are told we can take a diet pill and get results NOW.
We can enter info online and get approved for a credit card NOW.

However, to embrace some beneficial changes, we need to let go of NOW and accept the concept of LATER.

We need to invest in our…

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A Work In Progress…

Hey everyone! 

I am excited to make some big updates to my page to better communicate all of the opportunities to engage in and support the sustainability revolution. After more than a decade focused on sustainability in numerous areas of life, my goal is to bring together my experiences and resources in a way the helps the sustainability movement.

The website template I am using now is only temporary, since I can only have 1 menu button to organize the pages! 2015 is off to a great start, I look forward to providing valuable content as often as the community is ready for it!!

If you can take a minute to share your thoughts on what type of sustainable content is most needed here on the vast interWeb I’d love to get your feedback!

Nutrient Dense Food For Students

The more crops we grow in our soil with conventional methods, the more we mine all the nutrition out of the soil and feed our children empty calories (think donuts from the garden!). We can do better, and nutrient dense agriculture is a great method to quickly re-mineralized the soil that the glaciers scraped clean over 10,000 years ago.

Yes, getting a soil test and measuring exact quantities in soil is great. Don’t get overwhelmed, buy a bag of the spring and fall blend and spread the minerals over your soil. Add in some organic matter, and you will be amazed how you soil biology and food grown will become much healthier. At our school we re-mineralized, and mulched with paper and wood chips on top and people are amazed at the produce we grew in the first year on marginal soil!

Bio nutrient food association: http://bionutrient.org/

An additional step you can take is to mulch or compost with seaweed, since there are dozens of minerals in the sea that get transferred to your garden. This is how the Findhorn community in northern Scotland were growing enormous 50 pound cabbages in the sandy soil up there!

Findhorn Ecovillage: http://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/

A Sustainability Focused 6th Grade Science Curriculum

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Have you been looking to move beyond the state standards and teach sustainability education? Join me with the work I am doing to integrate the Mass State Science/Technology/Engineering and Common Core Standards with Sustainability and Permaculture principles and ethics.

Below is my first unit of the year, thoughts/feedback?

This curriculum models the curriculum and practical application schedule seen at vocational schools that rotates between academic and shop weeks. 

Key:

 C-Content week

L-Lab week

P-Project week

Unit 1: Intro to Earth Science and Energy Resources: August-September

Stage 1: Identify Desired Results:Students will understand essential concepts about heat transfer in the Earth system, and apply understanding to sustainability and permaculture principles.

MA Standards:

  • ES2: Describe the layers of the earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic core.
  • ES4: Explain the relationship among the energy provided by the sun, the global patterns of atmospheric movement, and the temperature differences among water, land, and atmosphere.
  • ES10: Compare and contrast properties and conditions of objects in the solar system (i.e., sun, planets, and moons) to those on Earth (i.e., gravitational force, distance from the sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions).

Established Goals:

  • Students will use an understanding the Earth’s natural resources to analyze their resource use (carbon footprint) and set a goal to reduce resource increase resource mindfulness.
  • Students will understand and be able to apply the basic concepts and principles of sustainability (i.e.: meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs) and permaculture (earth care, people care, resource share).
What essential questions will be considered?

  • How does heat transfer throughout the Earth system?
  • What energy sources do humans use?
  • How do renewable and non-renewable energy sources differ?
  • Where is pollution created?
  • What steps can be done to conserve resources and steward the environment?
What understandings are desired?Students will understand that:

  • An atom is the basic unit of matter, and is organized on the periodic table of the elements
  • The majority of current energy sources is non-renewable
  • Humans have an essential connection to and interdependence with the natural world
  • Scientists use quantitative, qualitative, experimental and non-experimental methods of scientific inquiry to understand the Earth
  • As in all scientific disciplines, knowledge in Earth science is subject to revision
  • Earth can be conceived as an interacting set of processes and structures composed of the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere
  • Radiation, conduction, and convection transfer energy through Earth’s systems
Students will know:

  • Key terms
  • Types of renewable and non-renewable power sources
  • Variables influencing local, national, international pollution
  • General health problems caused by pollution
  • Triple bottom line of sustainability (people, planet, profit)
  • Permaculture principles (earth care, people care, resource share)
Students will be able to:

  • Calculate density using basic scientific instruments (triple beam balance, volume cylinder, ruler)
  • Identify resource conserving actions
  • Construct a simple solar collector/array
  • Read and interpret an electric bill (understand metric units listed)
  • Envision a world that is sustainable, along with the primary changes that would need to be made by individuals, local communities, and countries in order to achieve this
Stage 2: Assessments

  1. Student interest survey
  2. Daily formative writing assignments, primarily daily logbook
  3. 2 quizzes
  4. 1 lab
  5. 1 project
  6. 4-week vocabulary grade

 

Wk 1C Name game, issue books, nature walk, class expectations and student learning goal setting, Organize binders Create Student Homework Cards
Wk 2C Textbook – Ecology: Earth’s Natural Resources1-1: What are fossil fuels?

1-2: Energy from the sun

1-3: Wind and Water

Section reviews for homework

Brain pop video most days

Introduction to technical writing

Begin daily farmers almanac updates

Wk3L Making plastic, Solar heating, Carbon Footprint AnalysisFriday: Quiz 1
WK4C Intro to: Periodic Table of the Elements.Textbook – Ecology: Earth’s Natural Resources

1-4: Nuclear Energy

1-5: Alternative Energy Sources

Wk5P Solar oven/Solar collector, Chain reaction (p.29)Friday: Quiz 2
Vocabulary 1.fossil fuel2.hydrocarbon

3.combustion

4.photovoltaic cell

5.hydroelectric power

6.nucleus

7.nuclear fission

8.nuclear fusion

9.geothermal energy

10.tidal energy