[Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference

RE-USE Consulting go2nacho at comcast.net
Thu May 12 20:24:26 PDT 2011



I am on my way to a building deconstruction conference at Yale University, riding 2000 miles on a 250cc scooter to help reclaimed building material groups on the East Coast.  Someone asked about mileage last time, so here it is:  



Miles ridden: 1350 miles 

Gallons used: 19.098 

Miles/gallon: 70.688 mpg 


FYI: the Decon' 11 Conference - check it out at www.bmra.org/conference (Mon-Wed. next week) 



Facebook of scooter trip - check it out at www.facebook.com/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 




Dave Bennink 
RE-USE Consulting 
dave at decon.us 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 
360-201-6977 


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From: "RE-USE Consulting" <go2nacho at comcast.net> 
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Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:46:36 AM 
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference 




Dave Bennink 
RE-USE Consulting 
dave at decon.us 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 
360-201-6977 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "RE-USE Consulting" <go2nacho at comcast.net> 
To: "Green Building" <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org> 
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Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:46:36 AM 
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference 




I am disappointed to find that the scooter averages only about 60-65 mpg, but on the open road and using some bicycling techniques I know I will try to get that up to 70mpg and I will track that on ( http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 ) 




I have to get back to packing and planning, but know this: 



 I had to make a trade-off in mpg to provide more help to my clients and spend more time with them.  Think of it this way, they say that the materials in a 2000 sq ft home have the embodied energy equal to 1000's of gallons of gas (see http://www.deconstructioninstitute.com/calc4.php ).  If I help these groups get started and 5 of them go on to deconstruct 100 buildings a year, even after accounting for the materials that are not saved, the parts of the 500 buildings diverted could equal over 2,000,000 gallons of gas.  Then and only then would I sleep soundly knowing that I had made up for the 27-30 gallons of gas the scooter used.  



Building deconstruction rules.... 



Dave Bennink 
RE-USE Consulting 
dave at decon.us 

www.reuseconsulting.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 
360-201-6977 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gennaro Brooks-Church" <info at ecobrooklyn.com> 
To: "Green Building" <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org> 
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Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:14:52 AM 
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference 

I don't know....moped, scooter....it is a 250cc bike, no? If anything a 250cc motorcycle gets better mileage than a 250 scooter due to better aerodynamics. I don't mean to be nit picky but if the object is green transportation then isn't a low cc the measure of that, a bicycle being the greenest at 0 cc? 250cc is better than 500cc I guess.  
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gennaro Brooks-Church" <info at ecobrooklyn.com> 
To: "Green Building" <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org> 
Cc: Greenbuilding at bioenergylists.org 
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:14:52 AM 
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference 

I don't know....moped, scooter....it is a 250cc bike, no? If anything a 250cc motorcycle gets better mileage than a 250 scooter due to better aerodynamics. I don't mean to be nit picky but if the object is green transportation then isn't a low cc the measure of that, a bicycle being the greenest at 0 cc? 250cc is better than 500cc I guess.  


 I don't mean to put a negative light on something that is clearly worth doing and will benefit the planet. Maybe I'm getting stuck on small details? 

Gennaro Brooks-Church 

Cell: 1 347 244 3016 USA 
www.EcoBrooklyn.com 
22 2nd St; Brooklyn, NY 11231 




On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM, RE-USE Consulting < go2nacho at comcast.net > wrote: 






2000 mile scooter trip - I had hoped to use a 50cc at 100mpg, but it would have meant skipping about half of the groups that I am trying to provide free consulting to (due to the slow speed).  I think by definition 50cc bikes are 'mopeds'.  



Trying to keep fuel consumption at $100 or less, and I am trying to pin down the mpgs for this bike.  I will be tracking that on my Facebook page for following our progress: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 



I have to fly to my next job after it is over.  There are a dozen out of work construction workers expecting me to train them on building deconstruction and material reuse so they can get back to work.  Thanks. 




Dave Bennink 
RE-USE Consulting 

www.reuseconsulting.com 

dave at decon.us 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Re-Use-Consulting/168260119870367 
360-201-6977 


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From: "Reuben Deumling" < 9watts at gmail.com > 
To: "Green Building" < greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org > 
Cc: Greenbuilding at bioenergylists.org 
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 5:23:48 PM 
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] 2000 miles on a scooter to get to the green building conference 

sounds good to me. 
Even scooters aren't what they used to be. I thought 50cc was the scooter class. What is your anticipated fuel consumption for the trip? Are you returning by scooter as well? 

Reuben Deumling 







On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM, RE-USE Consulting < go2nacho at comcast.net > wrote: 




 a 250cc scooter!  


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