Let's say you love the Earth. You see an article in a magazine about a guy who built a 'green' house using mostly twigs, pinecones and abandoned bird nests. You want to build a green home, too. So you find an architect, show him the magazine and say, 'Give me one just like this.'

Good luck with that. 

Although I'm not much of a Dilbert fan, I'm loving "How I (Almost) Saved the Earth," a dry (not to mention mostly dead-on) essay that ran this weekend in the Wall Street Journal written by Scott Adams, the man behind the comic strip about the aforementioned white-collar office drone. It's all about the trials and tribulations that Bay Area-based Adams encountered while building "arguably the greenest home for miles around."

Adams covers a lot of ground from home solar ("Photovoltaic systems are a waste of money. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat, because I love the Earth, damn it") to water conservation in the garden ("White pebbles are the way to go if you want to save the Earth. I was born with almost no sense of style whatsoever, and even I hate looking at pebble lawns, although I do respect the choice") to aesthetics ("As a rule, the greener the home, the uglier it will be. I went into the process thinking that green homes were ugly because hippies have bad taste. That turns out to be nothing but a coincidence. The problem is deeper"). 

Read all of Adams' essay here for a good chuckle and some insight into the ins and outs of building and maintaining a green home.

Via [The Wall Street Journal]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.