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Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction

On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper than being just about me; my journey sheds light upon our culture’s ‘jobs versus the environment’ debate; upon this region’s challenge to manage the explosive nature of oil by rail; upon carbon energy’s…See More
Jun 29
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Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient

I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are an admitted distant second to actually hanging up my wings […See More
Jun 2
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Time for a wellness exam?

No, not for you!  Nor your kid.  I’m talking about your house.When was the last time someone knowledgeable was in your crawlspace or attic?  What… you don’t hang out there and know its current condition? C’mon now…That’s my point… for the same reason that annual wellness exams are recommended for you, someone experienced should periodically study your home’s health and well-being.How often?  One obvious time is when you’re about to invest into a substantial remodeling project, or if it’s been 5…See More
Jan 14
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Conditioned Space

Feelin’ pretty cozy?  Chances are you’re reading this blog post while inside conditioned space whose air temperature is being controlled by you or some other human.  We typically move around from conditioned space to conditioned space:  our car, home or place of work.  We’ll go outside and travel through unconditioned space in order to gain access to our next managed, conditioned cocoon. Comfort zone to comfort zone, minimizing discomfort while in transition.Comfort drives so much of what we…See More
Dec 23, 2015
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Passing the Baton

If all goes well I must relinquish the throne here in about three months.  That’s the optimistic time frame when A-1 Builders will morph into a worker-owned cooperative (WOC).  I use the phrase ‘must relinquish the throne’ rather lightly given that I’m bringing it upon myself; this shift in power is voluntary. Instead of Presidential decisions, they will be made by 6 hopeful owners, myself included, each of whom has worked here at least 5 years, each person bearing one vote, 6 rowing as hard as…See More
Nov 27, 2015
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It Takes a Village...

Have you seen the finished Community Bicycle Repair & Information Station, or C-BRIS, that we designed and built on our property on Northwest Avenue?  Better yet, have you used it?It’s here for you; built for you… hoping to help you get on your bike more and more.  And with plenty of information and maps for walking, hiking…See More
Sep 23, 2015
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Be Working On Yours

This builder doesn’t build house boats.  No, the typical home we work on simply doesn’t float. Not a big deal, unless predictions come to pass that waters may rise.Data is already in hand confirming the truth of these predictions.  Daily we learn more and more about the perfect storm, brought to you by the science of climate change. Water is expected to rise by such-and-such an amount by so-and-so a date, and, for those of us with eyes open, we’re observing this sea change already.Yes, we’ll…See More
Aug 6, 2015
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No "Happy Chapter" here

I’ve heard this term ‘happy chapter’ used to refer to so many a documentary or news report that, although terribly depressing, ends on a happy note.   So, for example, a piece about global warming might end with a description of what’s being done about it.  ‘There’s work being done’, implies the happy chapter; ‘others are on top of it. Not to worry all that much.’Yes, there’s a compelling motivation for me, or any author or news reporter, to leave you upbeat.  You’ll like me more; my message…See More
Jul 7, 2015
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Enough Already

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must be the pain in order to…See More
Jun 5, 2015
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Culturally Induced Madness

When I was born in 1951 new homes averaged about 300 square feet per person.  Compare this to about 900 square feet per person in 2003… a tripling in size in just 50 years. With this super-sizing comes the inherent fact that our homes generate more pollution and global warming gases than our cars! Our homes demand more energy consumption (12.2 barrels per person per year) than the food we eat (10 barrels per year) and the cars we drive (9 barrels per year).No wonder we’re referred to…See More
May 4, 2015
Holly O'Neil commented on Rick Dubrow's blog post Mutating Within
"I am so excited for you, Rick!  I think this is an excellent direction to go, and have great confidence that you all can pull it off!"
Apr 29, 2015
Angela MacLeod commented on Rick Dubrow's blog post Mutating Within
"I like hearing about this mutation. Having worked at the Community Food Co-op for many years I experienced a different work model than most of our culture engages in. It has always been my hope that other businesses would shift to worker owned or…"
Apr 26, 2015
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Apr 26, 2015
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Mutating Within

I’m 64 years old now. Beyond 60, the youth of old age.  Approaching retirement; defining retirement; exploring succession planning.What will A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio look like during, and after, Cindi and I extract ourselves from the helm.  Will this extraction be slow or sudden? Will we reduce our hours along a descending, straight line, or along a series of steps leading from fulltime to zero? Great questions, ones we’re discussing daily.  But this blog post is less about…See More
Apr 17, 2015
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Watch Our Cycling Kiosk Emerge

A-1 Builders turns 60 this September and it’s time to celebrate this new decade by giving back to our community… again!While 60 may be referred to as the youth of old age for humans, not so for businesses and organizations. Although in a legal sense corporations may be considered persons, they sure don’t age the same way! We’re a perfect example. Although A-1 is turning 60, we’re exploring the transformation of our firm into a worker-owned cooperative!  (My next blog post will be all about…See More
Apr 3, 2015
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Pulverized, Ground-up Civilization

Dust permeates our indoor environment.  It’s everywhere, some of it natural – dead skin, soil, pollen, dust mites.  Some of it unnatural - chemicals, pesticides, rubber, herbicides - all these and more comprise the dust inside our homes and places of work.What many people don't know is that toxic chemicals are brought inside all the time, simply by wearing your shoes indoors, or from your pets coming in after romping around the yard.  We breathe this soup and, frankly, we’re allergic to much of…See More
Mar 16, 2015

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Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 9:24am 0 Comments

On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.

I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper than being just about me; my journey sheds light upon our culture’s ‘jobs versus the environment’ debate; upon this region’s challenge to manage the explosive nature of oil by rail;…

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Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are an admitted distant second to actually hanging up my wings […

Continue

Time for a wellness exam?

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

No, not for you!  Nor your kid.  I’m talking about your house.

When was the last time someone knowledgeable was in your crawlspace or attic?  What… you don’t hang out there and know its current condition? C’mon now

That’s my point… for the same reason that annual wellness exams are recommended for you, someone experienced should periodically study your home’s health and well-being.

How often?  One obvious time is when you’re about to…

Continue

Conditioned Space

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

Feelin’ pretty cozy?  Chances are you’re reading this blog post while inside conditioned space whose air temperature is being controlled by you or some other human.  We typically move around from conditioned space to conditioned space:  our car, home or place of work.  We’ll go outside and travel through unconditioned space in order to gain access to our next managed, conditioned cocoon. Comfort zone to comfort zone, minimizing discomfort while in transition.

Comfort drives so…

Continue

Passing the Baton

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

If all goes well I must relinquish the throne here in about three months.  That’s the optimistic time frame when A-1 Builders will morph into a worker-owned cooperative (WOC).  I use the phrase ‘must relinquish the throne’ rather lightly given that I’m bringing it upon myself; this shift in power is voluntary. Instead of Presidential decisions, they will be made by 6 hopeful owners, myself included, each of whom has worked here at least 5 years, each person bearing one vote, 6…

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