Be A Good Ancestor: The Story of a Near-Zero Emission 1962 Eichler

Jume Irmscher  |  February 27, 2022

Eichler

Written by PotlucK Productions
 

A beautiful 1962 Eichler has undergone extensive home improvements to fit the near-zero carbon emission life of its homeowners, Geoff and Bev Ainscow.

 

Meet the Ainscows

 
In 1968 Geoff and his wife, Bev, sailed from their birthplace in Manchester, England to the San Francisco Bay Area to become embroiled in the technological and social new age revolution taking place in California. They set up their home in Sunnyvale and raised two children. Geoff’s life traveled on two tracks, one a daytime engineering and management career at Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley, the other studying the human maturation process and the condition of life on planet Earth. Both richly combined into a life of activism and teaching to spread the knowledge of a living Earth and what humans must do to bring about a sustainable, just, and meaningful life. Explosive change best describes Geoff’s life, from being born into WWII, to a life of free-thinking in California. Geoff and a team designed, produced, and published the Deep Time Walk, an app describing the history of Earth. He has been an active member of the Elders Action Network since its beginning in 2016.
 

The Sustainable Project: How To Be A Good Ancestor

 
Geoff and Bev filmed the Good Ancestor video of their Sunnyvale Eichler, just 4 weeks before Bev tragically died in 2021. The aim was to inspire viewers to think and act like Good Ancestors. Geoff and Bev have been curious seekers with a desire to be conscious global citizens for a lifetime in large part by constantly finding ways to improve their homes to be more environmentally sustainable. Wanting to share what they’re doing and hopefully inspire others, they partnered with Potluck Productions to share how they’ve achieved their sustainable life.
 
The humorous video follows Geoff and Bev on a tour through their home, touching on several topics:
 
  • Solar panels
  • Passive solar sun scoops
  • Zero electricity bill
  • Smart appliances (set to run at non-peak hours)
  • LED bulbs
  • Double pane outside windows
  • Electric vehicles
  • Electric folding bikes
  • Compost system and low-water garden/landscaping
  • Rainwater harvesting

Good Ancestor Video Team: PotlucK Productions

 
Dan Damman and Chris Thomas, as Potluck Productions, have been producing branded content, documentaries, comedy sketches, and other films from the heart, like “Good Ancestor” since 2004 for clients like Mother Jones, Senator Barbara Boxer, She the People, Democracy for America, DailyKos, and Netroots Nation. Other clients include Levi Strauss & Co., the Red Tab Foundation, Tides Foundation, MoveOn.org, Dockers, and many more. They are in development on an amazing feature film project encouraging self-awareness, a dramedy called “The Yogi Trademark” that explores our culture’s competitive nature through competitive yoga.

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