Social Entrepreneur Branches Out with Tree House Community

Written by on December 21, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Featured - 11 Comments

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If building tree houses for a living sounds absurd, than investing in the construction of an entire community of geodesic, eco-friendly and self-sustaining tree houses in the forests of California must be down right crazy. Dustin Feidersocial entrepreneur, Change Agent and Founder of O2 Treehouse – couldn’t disagree more.

A lighted tree house built by social entrepreneur and O2 Treehouse founder Dustin Feider.

A lighted tree house built by social entrepreneur and O2 Treehouse founder Dustin Feider.

As a child building forts and climbing trees in the woods of Wisconsin, Dustin never envisioned his childhood love for tree houses coupled with rock-solid carpentry skills and a passion for sustainability would culminate in a social entrepreneurship career.  Dustin is an emerging champion for “living architecture,” a movement fusing art, design and the use of sustainable natural resources for residential and commercial construction.

All of O2 Treehouses are made from sustainable materials and are eco-friendly.

All of O2 Treehouses are made from sustainable materials and are eco-friendly.

Dustin’s vision for changing the way we build is touching lives across the country. Guided by Buckminster Fuller’s social entrepreneurship and his 100% percent for humanity idealism, an idea based on the thought all people in the world should enjoy nature and architecture, Dustin is building an entire community of green tree houses in California’s Redwood and Doug Firs forests. The O2 Treehouse project relies on eco-friendly and sustainable practices that would pass muster with any bona fide treehugger.   Not one hole is drilled into the trees to build these breathtaking, practical structures Dustin designs as backyard retreats, vacation cabins and eco-adventure resorts.

The eco-friendly building process protects trees from restricted growth.

The eco-friendly building process protects trees from restricted growth.

Dustin is nailing down the basics for the Redwood project, which includes finalizing the details for a prefab location in Oakland, where he can pre-build the tree houses, and finding investors.

While Dustin irons out the final details for the Redwood tree house project, he is working on a Venice bamboo structure, which will include two hanging platforms, a catwalk, bamboo sanctuary and rope ladders. He’s prefabricating the structure in the backyard of the Permacultre East house in Mar Vista which has a rich history of improving sustainability and reducing waste.

This bamboo will be part of O2 Treehouse's next sustainable building project.

This bamboo will be part of O2 Treehouse's next sustainable building project.

If these pictures are compelling, check out some of his other work, follow his Change Agent story and show your support for Dustin’s social entrepreneurship tree house project. He’s always looking for volunteers and kind words, drop him a line.

Jennifer

Jennifer provides social media support for Changents.com, a storytelling and social-networking site that connects people changing the world with those who can help them. She helps promote the stories of Change Agents so that they can connect with supporters around the world and rally assistance for their initiatives.

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  • annekevanwaesberghe

    Encouraging to see this happen. I will be moving into a tented home in Bali soon and still looking for products and systems I can include to make it an almost 100% sustainable living concept. I found a product from Holland Evening Breeze that cools the bed inside only and not the whole house or room. Solar panels from cloth and more. If you have suggestions please email me as I will buy the product and find distributors here in Asia.

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    Encouraging to see this happen. I will be moving into a tented home in Bali soon and still looking for products and systems I can include to make it an almost 100% sustainable living concept. I found a product from Holland Evening Breeze that cools the bed inside only and not the whole house or room. Solar panels from cloth and more. If you have suggestions please email me as I will buy the product and find distributors here in Asia.

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