Something New Under the Sun

 

The real saying is “there’s nothing new under the sun,” but that’s not been true lately.  New things are happening! In addition to the launch of my new Dujardin Design Green Consulting Service, I’ve been invited to serve my communities in new ways. Service to the community is rewarding, but especially so when it speaks to some deep love in your own heart, or supports a belief you hold. Do you agree?

 

 

Photography by Steve Turner, Courtney of David Scott Parker Architects

That’s the case for me with the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Musuem. The first of my new service commitments is that I have joined their Board of Trustees in Norwalk, Connecticut. A national historic landmark, the mansion is considered one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire style country houses in the United States. As a supporter of historic preservation, having restored my own historic Captain’s house on Nantucket Island, I am delighted to share my expertise with the Board.

 

 

Interior photo by Sarah Grote Photography

I had served on the LMMM Board once before, so in a way, this is like returning to a loved home. The Mansion was a technological marvel of its time, with hot and cold indoor plumbing, gas lighting, ventilation, and a central heating system. Unfortunately, that system burned a ton of coal a day, but that was appropriate for the Victorian era, and relied on the best technology available then.

 

 

From the best thinking of times past to the best thinking of today: I’ve also been asked to join the Connecticut Green Building Council‘s (CTGBC) Green Homes Committee, as well as their Health and Wellness Committee. My life has been dedicated to creating healthy homes for my clients, and I am passionate about protecting our health while living holistically. I am so pleased to have been invited to serve alongside some of the area’s best minds in green building and living.

 

 

I believe that we can continue to find new ways to protect our natural resources and still live in comfort and health. The CTGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed and constructed, “helping advance spaces that are better for the environment, and healthier for us to live, work and play in.” Of course, this is exactly the intersection of profession and passion for me!

 

Always advocating for planet Earth: accepting my Design Futures Senior Fellow Award!

On the Green Homes Committee, I’ll be encouraging the adoption of green building practices around the state, whether for new construction or existing homes. The Health and Wellness Committee is responsible for developing awareness of green initiatives for the healthcare industry. I know that our buildings–the “containers” we live and work in– have a definite impact on our day to day health. Of course a green environment will support healing in those struggling with illness–another great way to give back to the world!

 

 

Don’t you love this statement by the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro? “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” And an ocean is a powerful, transformative force. I’ll see you there!

 

 

Nantucket Island, my second home

 

 

 

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