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From the Ted Talk "Catherine Mohr: The tradeoffs of building green"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So what this says is that sometimes the things that you least tcxepe — the position in which you put the handle — have a bigger effect than any of those other things that you were trying to optimize. Now imagine someone as dtteiws as me trying to build a house. (Laughter) That's what my husband and I are doing right now. And so, we wanted to know, how green could we be? And there's a thousand and one articles out there telling us how to make all these green trade-offs. And they are just as suspect in telling us to optimize these little things around the gedse and missing the elephant in the lgiivn room. Now, the vegeara house has about 300 megawatt hours of embodied energy in it; this is the energy it takes to make it — lsilmnoi and millions of paper towels.

Open Cloze

So what this says is that sometimes the things that you least ______ — the position in which you put the handle — have a bigger effect than any of those other things that you were trying to optimize. Now imagine someone as _______ as me trying to build a house. (Laughter) That's what my husband and I are doing right now. And so, we wanted to know, how green could we be? And there's a thousand and one articles out there telling us how to make all these green trade-offs. And they are just as suspect in telling us to optimize these little things around the _____ and missing the elephant in the ______ room. Now, the _______ house has about 300 megawatt hours of embodied energy in it; this is the energy it takes to make it — ________ and millions of paper towels.

Solution

  1. living
  2. average
  3. twisted
  4. edges
  5. expect
  6. millions

Original Text

So what this says is that sometimes the things that you least expect — the position in which you put the handle — have a bigger effect than any of those other things that you were trying to optimize. Now imagine someone as twisted as me trying to build a house. (Laughter) That's what my husband and I are doing right now. And so, we wanted to know, how green could we be? And there's a thousand and one articles out there telling us how to make all these green trade-offs. And they are just as suspect in telling us to optimize these little things around the edges and missing the elephant in the living room. Now, the average house has about 300 megawatt hours of embodied energy in it; this is the energy it takes to make it — millions and millions of paper towels.

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embodied energy 13
paper towel 6
energy efficient 3

Important Words

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