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Building a Cob House in Ohio

by Paula Apynys | July 11th, 2014

A site visitor sent me an email asking if I knew whether there were any restrictions or legal issues affecting the building of a Cob house in Ohio. She had been trying to find an answer to that question and was having trouble figuring out who to contact.

For those not familiar with Cob Construction, here’s Wikipedia on the subject, starting with:

Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, some kind of fibrous or organic material (straw) and earth. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements.

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Enough is Enough

by Paula Apynys | June 11th, 2014

by Rob Dietz & Dan O’Neill

The book’s tagline is Building A Sustainable Economy In A World Of Finite Resources.

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Rob Dietz is the former Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) and Dan O’Neill is the Chief Economist for CASSE. From their Mission page:

CASSE offers a positive solution to our economic and ecological predicament – a steady state economy provides a hopeful way to achieve sustainability and equity in an increasingly constrained world.

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Cleveland’s Environmental History in a nutshell

by Paula Apynys | January 11th, 2014

In terms of general environmentalism, we suspect that the major cities around the state have had experiences broadly similar to Cleveland’s.

An article of interest we came across is an entry called “Environmentalism”, in The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. It provides a brief history of environmentalism in Cleveland.

“When Connecticut settlers first arrived 200 years ago, they viewed the estuary of the (Cuyahoga) river either as a miasmic, disease-ridden swamp or as a green valley full of life. Those with the latter opinion left accounts describing clear waters, bountiful fish spawning grounds, rich bottom lands, and abundant wildlife.” But the commercial possibilities of the area were evident and the Cleveland area was quickly developed and industrialized. Read the rest of this entry »

Ohio’s Landscape

by Paula Apynys | January 10th, 2014
OhioRegionsStuff I probably learned in school and forgot: from

“Ohio’s topography consists of rolling plains for the most part. In the north, Ohio borders Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Plains, part of the Great Lakes Plains, extend southward from the lake into Ohio. The Allegheny Plateau is located in the east. The Central or Till Plains cover the western portion of the state.”