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Orange County's Project Playhouse features green building for kids

Orange County's Project Playhouse features green building for kids

Playhouses have apparently come a long ways since I was a kid: the wooden posts and chicken wire structure my uncle built at my grandmother’s house has given way to small cottages featuring “flat screen TVs, entertainment systems and video game players.”

Yep, sounds more like mini-mancaves as opposed to spaces for kids to exercise their imagination, but at least one group of architects and builders sees the luxury playhouse concept as an environmental education tool. The Ocean Adventure Lab, designed, built, and supported by LPA, Inc., Turner Construction, ProRepro, and Tangram Interiors, features “…a working wave tank, microscopes, oceanography books, a working projector featuring underwater sea creatures, and a Playstation 2.”

Green blogs unite to ask "Brother/Sister, can you spare $1?"

Green blogs unite to ask "Brother/Sister, can you spare $1?"

Think of a blogger as some crazy guy/gal who sits around in their pajamas all day composing half-sane rants? OK, that’s probably not far off in some cases; most of us, though, do get dressed, and do give a lot of thought to the ideas we share.

No matter how passionate we are about those ideas, though, that’s where many of us stop — it’s our version of “doing our part.” David Quilty, founder of the long-running blog The Good Human, recently noted “As writers, we know that part of good stewardship is sharing information, but even the most intelligent among us can not make change without DOING something.”