A “GREEN” REALITY SHOW FOR THE RFK’S?
* Now, before you laugh out loud at that headline and say, “you’ve got to be kidding me!” – check out this July 25 story from the NY Daily News:
Bobby Kennedy Jr. has snatched victory – and a TV deal – from the jaws of toxic mold.
For years, the environmental crusader and his wife, Mary, had battled a deadly fungus that had infested their Westchester County home.
“We finally came to the conclusion that there was no way to save the house,” Kennedy tells us. “We had to tear it down. We didn’t feel it was conscionable to sell it to someone else.”
The Kennedys moved to a rental house, hoping someday to build again on their land.
Now they are planning to erect a state-of-the-art green home whose construction will be supervised by “This Old House” star Bob Vila for a 13-part TV series.
Having the last laugh on the mold, the Kennedys are recycling every nail and piece of plasterboard from their old place. They’re hoping that the solar-powered manse will win a coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“We’re pretty confident we can get a gold LEED,” says Kennedy, who is entertaining offers from several TV networks. “Platinum is harder. Some of the ratings depend on how close to rail stations and grocery stores you are.”
The show also will look at houses that are “extremely affordable,” says Bobby.
The couple is also using recycled materials from a former Dutchess County mental institution where Bobby once volunteered. “Mary thinks it’s good that we’re living in an insane asylum,” he laughs.
* Story copyright 2008, the New York Daily News.