I have always felt I'm part of this generation, Gen G, more than I do the Gen X. When the magazine, Gen G, was launched I was there, and have followed each succeeding issue with keen anticipation. There's affinity to what they write about and what I write about. Affinity is kinship, and is home. I am glad that when I did get to write officially for the magazine, the theme is HOME, GREEN HOME. That is my home turf. I am, after all, a builder of homes, by profession.
Truth is I first got interested in GREEN BUILDING, before I learned about GREEN LIVING. The more usual case is that people build homes only once in their lifetime; but get to live the "green life" each day of their lives. Both are important. Most of our living hours are spent within a building, whether it be a home, an office, a school, or a place for some particular activity. The close link between the two, prompted me to discuss both in this blog, www.pinoygreenacademy.com.
Initially, I planned only for a green building and green architecture website; but then I realized the people who need to really learn about these topics are the end-users: the home owners, the building occupants, the market for green real estate products. If they are not interested or even aware of green buildings, and the need for such, then the green homes that will be built in our midst will, probably, only be those inhabited by the green architects themselves.
I had to do a lot of research, a lot of reading, and even a lot of shopping around for green living stuff. I read and I wrote what I learned. I like to share knowledge. I am as much a teacher as I am a student.
In the course of my blogging, I get to meet the people I write about, or the people behind the shops, products, books, events, and projects I write about. I gain a lot of good green friends. Interestingly, I have yet to meet evil green people. Perhaps, green is really about goodness and generosity. You live green lives in consideration, often, of the future lives of our children, or even of lives not our kin or kind.
One of the first posts I've written was entitled Echoing the Sound of the Good Life, and it's about ECHOstore. It is the treasure trove, I called it, from which I drew much of what I know now about healthy, sustainable, and bounteous living. Ms. Jeannie Javelosa, my editor in the magazine, is one of the 3 ladies who founded the store. Their story is now legend in the green community; and their story continues to unfold. Together with Ms. Chit Juan and Ms. Reena Francisco, she has created the GEN G green lifestyle magazine, and also opened the Echo Village Stores. I am glad to have met them. They live inspiring lives --- green, social entrepreneurial lives. They opened for me the opportunity to write also in printed media, in Sunday Times' Green Space, and in Gen G. I also contribute to their stores' eView Newsletter.
This particular 5th issue of Gen G Magazine is a must buy---says so by my mother. My wife agrees as she saw a photo of my daughter in it, too (just a few pages before the page where my own photo as one of the main contributors for the issue is). Shameless plugging aside, I recommend this issue for it covered most aspects of green living in a green home. The content are of much value. Below, I listed What's Inside:
- Home, Green Home --- Gen G Magazine takes a closer look at how homes can be -- and have been -- turned sustainable
- Greening Real Estate --- How the real estate industry is helping promote sustainability
- Green Home 101 --- Basic green know-how
- Green Goods --- What's hot and hotter in the green world
- Pinoy EcoGame --- environmentalism pushed through a board game
- Turning Vegetarian --- a closer look at vegetarianism -- how it is good not just for the body, but the Earth, too
- Debunking Green Myths -- the truth behind green beliefs
- Pina in Focus -- Lulu Tan Gan's latest ecologically conscious collection
- Ramon Castillo of Innovatronix
- Green E-Commerce --- Getting rid of paper transactions may be green, but is e-commerce as green as it's thought to be?
- ECHOvillage --- a store as a must-visit destination? Certainly, with the one-stop shop for everything green
- Green Foodie -- by Reena Francisco
- Green Care by Sonia Astudillo
- GreeNiche by Cathy Untalan
- Postscript by Chit Juan
- Bistro Group: All Natural Rice
- National Bookstore: Red is the New Green
- JICA: Rejuvenating Mangrove Communities
HAPPY GREEN READING!
WORD FROM THE SPONSOR
"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock."