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Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. Chiras Dan Chiras paid his last electric bill in June of In , Dan, a former full-time college professor with years of experience in sustainable development, built a state-of-the-art rammed earth tire and straw bale home in Evergreen, Colorado. He installed solar electric panels on the roof; a year or so later he installed a small wind generator. Since that time, he has met nearly all of his electrical needs for his home and office from these clean, renewable sources.
Dan also heats his home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains feet above sea level with energy from the sun thanks to passive solar design. For backup heat on those cold winter nights, he burns a cord of wood a year, gathered free from his community. Dan has spent much of the past 30 years studying sustainability and applying what he has learned in solar energy, natural building, and green building to his residences, and most of the last ten years sharing the practical knowledge he has gained through writing, lectures, slide shows, and workshops.
His high school environmental science text, Environmental Science, was selected as the official book of the U. Since , Dan has focused most of his attention on residential green building. He has written extensively on the subject. Dan also writes extensively for magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers. He has published nearly articles on environmental issues, sustainability, natural building, natural plaster, green building, and passive solar heating and cooling.
He authored a page article on the environment for Encyclopedia Americana. In , he wrote an extensive piece for World Book on population growth and its many implications.
Dan also wrote the ecology and air pollution sections for Encyclopedia Americana. In addition to his writing, Dan has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Washington, where he taught a course on environmental science. He currently is a Melon Visiting Professor at Colorado College where he teaches courses on renewable energy, ecological design, and sustainable development.
Through his writing and teaching in the s and early s, Dan played a leading role in promoting critical thinking, an understanding of the root causes of environmental issues, systemic solutions to environmental problems, sustainable development. He pioneered a systems approach to sustainable development and has played a lead role in articulating the principles, policies, and practices of sustainable development which seeks ways that business and society can prosper within a healthy environment.
He is currently focusing most of his research and writing on sustainable building and sustainable communities. For more information visit danchiras.
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