Why Sustainability: A Tree We Plant for Others

Presentation by William Scholtens
Originally Delivered October 12, 2011
Arlington Heights Public Library

William was invited to address the topic of "greening your home" in a lecture given to Arlington Heights residents. Rather than give a list of dos and don'ts, he used this as an opportunity to display how the decisions we make in a local Chicago area have worldwide impact. It is this belief that when someone understands the "why" the human mind and creative spirit are unleashed to solve the "how" and the "what" in their own homes. This lecture was positively received by 80 residents and continues to develop dialogue today. We love the Greek proverb quoted on page one the presentation:

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

May our children's grandchildren "sit in the shade" of the design decisions we "plant" today.

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