Look what came in the mail!

Having received thisaward in 2004 for the “preserving natural resources” PTF is recognized once again, this time for “sustainable development practices.”

Thanks to JB for her help with reading over our application form and to all those at the City of Pasadena who have made it possible for us to live a sustainable life in what, we are proud to say, is the second greenest city in Southern California (Santa Monica being first)

October 16, 2006
Dear Mr Dervaes
Congratulations! The City of Pasadena is pleased to announce that Path to Freedom has been chosen as an Outstanding Recycler for 2006 in the category of Sustainable Development Practices. Your application was reviewed by an impartial panel comprised of representatives from Water and Power, Parks & Natural Resources, Building Systems and Fleet Maintenance, Planning and Development and a past Outstanding Recycler recipient.
Path to Freedom exemplifies sustainable living as demonstrated by the many sustainable development practices implement on the homestead including solar panels; a metal roof* to collect and store rainwater, energy star appliances, energy conservation practices such as harnessing human energy to pedal a bike which in turns transforms that energy to power a bike blender and grain mill; making biodiesel fuel, building a sun oven and earthen oven, incorporating recycled and salvaged materials, to reduce dependency on energy and installing innovative appliances such as the toilet-lid sink to conserve water. The judges agreed that Path to Freedom is an inspiring example of what can be achieved with commitment to sustainable development practices.
The Outstanding Recycler awards will be presented at the November 6, 2006 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center [my note: City Hall under major construction and has been for over a year now, the building is being upgraded to become LEED certified!]
Arlington Rodgers, Jr., Administrator
Department of Public Works

* Note: until this week, we were sure that we’d be installing a metal roof, instead we are leaning towards a more sustainable roofing material. Basically it’s same principle just a different sustainable roof material.

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  1. claire says:

    congratulations! I think you really deserve this award. glad you are getting the recognition.

  2. Jeff S. says:

    You have me on the edge of my seat on the roofing material. I will take a guess….recycled plastic made into slate or cedar looking shakes??


  3. gerry medland says:

    Hi Guys and Gals!
    So proud of you all,your innovations are a continuing inspiration for all of us to follow/apply

  4. Florence says:

    Congratulations! (I’m guessing a tile roof…)

  5. Ed B says:

    Congratulations! You have certainly earned it!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Congrats on the reward!
    As for the roof, why did you decide against metal? From what I’ve seen they last for fifty years and then the metal can be recycled. It’s hard to get more sustainable than that -or so I thought!