Our final $25,000 MyWhy contest winner hails from Denver, Colorado. Benjamin deLeeuwerk is a Truliant member by way of membership through an employer in Virginia and plans to use the MyWhy contest funds to build a green home.
He’s been in Colorado for about two years and loves the outdoors, mountains, riding motorcycles and hiking (back in Virginia his favorite spots were Humpback Rocks, Skyline Drive and several spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Benjamin’s take on the American dream is living with what is necessary. It’s a life of not collecting material goods, but experiences.
“Over the last several years I’ve been making transitions in my life. Getting rid of things that are unnecessary - material things – minimizing and getting rid of things I don’t use or don’t really need,” he said. In that vein, he plans to use the contest prize money to build a small sustainable home with no debt. His MyWhy entry can be found here.
Beyond the personal fulfilment that comes with being good steward of our planet, there’re a lot of great reasons to build more energy efficient homes, from conserving energy and minimizing waste, to increasing your home’s resale value and reducing your carbon footprint.
Are there certain items he’d like to have in a home? Of course: solar panels for energy, a loft to maximize space, plenty of natural light and a composting toilet. We wish Benjamin good luck as he figures out a build site, materials, blueprints and a floorplan.
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