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“A Freethinking Humanist builds a house; Making my house ethical is up to me”,Date:
January 14, 2004
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Joel Welty’s ultimate plan was not only to build his own domicile into the side of a hill, covered over in earth, but to build a hundred others like it. There were many obstacles and challenges that beset him in this endeavor, however, so he is completing his own place for now. Welty learned through this process and his earlier managerial experience just what is wrong with the way conventional homes are built. He became frustrated with the unnecessary problems that he saw first hand. Essentially, conventional houses, he contends, are flimsy and wasteful.
About Joel Welty
, Great Lakes Humanist Society
Joel Welty, of the Great Lakes Humanist Society is a writer and has been a director of cooperatives and unions, taught school, and worked with groups to become more efficacious and focused among the many hats he has worn. He was also the Director of Property Management for the Foundation for Cooperative Housing. In the novel Sylviron that he authored, Welty blended his interests in cooperatives, the environment and policies that affect society. He has worked as a teacher, consultant and trainer, has served on the board of directors and in organizing committees of various cooperatives and credit unions.