Welcome to Building Earth! My name is Clare, and I write here about how to realign our living and building practices to be earth friendly and constructive rather than destructive. I also write about ways that my family is working to do just that.
Although I am a Minnesota girl at heart, I have spent the vast majority of my adult life in other places. I graduated with a degree in Physics from Boston College in 2006. After graduation, I spent 27 months teaching secondary school physics in Tanzania as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. While living in Tanzania, I discovered and grew a passion for living a simpler and more sustainable life. I returned to the U.S. and went on to get a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2013. I spent three years in Detroit studying, building and planting in community gardens, and working as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. In the spring of 2014, my family moved to Madison, WI for my husband’s residency. In 2015 we will be moving to a small town outside of Madison to see if we love the rural American life as much as we loved the rural Tanzanian life.
I started building earth in 2014 as a place to explain the science and engineering behind energy and efficiency, green building practices, and green living.
I believe that we can enjoy all of our modern day creature comforts AND leave a better impact on our environments.
I believe that we belong to the earth, the earth doesn’t belong to us.