Dr. Jeff Wilson (a.ka. "Professor Dumpster") of Central Texas has decided to sell everything he owns and move into a dumpster for one year. Is this man crazy? Perhaps.
But Professor Dumpster is no dummy. He is an accomplished Environmental Science Professor and Dean at Tillotson University and his post-doctoral work was at Harvard. With his background, he can certainly afford a little nicer abode than a dumpster. But Dr. Wilson is out to make a point about sustainable living. Can you live a pretty good life living in 1% the size of the average new American home? With 1% of the water, 1% of the energy, and 1% of the waste?
The journey began in March of 2014 and will last for 12 months. The dumpster house was placed on the campus of Huston-Tillotson in Austin, Texas and Dr. Wilson moved in. The dumpster began as your average dumpster with a sleeping bag (think camping). Overtime the dumpster house will be fully loaded with the same as any average american home... appliances, water, and the like.
Each phase will be tested and designed by experts and students from elementary school through college. A team of students, experts and sponsors have been helping to organize and showcase the experiment. Over the course of a year, the garbage container will be transformed into not only a sustainable house but also an interactive teaching lab to prove that 'green is the new black'.
The public is welcome to visit Professor Dumpster's new digs and of course sponsor his cause. See the Dumpster Project to donate or check out how Dr. Wilson and his cohorts are progressing.