Owner David Kendall spent his career as a marine biologist, acutely aware of the impacts of climate change upon ecosystems and human life. Upon retirement, he and his wife decided to take environmental responsibility into their own hands and lower their carbon footprint as much as possible. In 2012, they downsized to a house in Edmonds, WA, which they then retrofitted with solar panels and renovated to improve energy efficiency. Improvements continued into 2015, when they installed rainwater cisterns and added two vegetable gardens. The property also features a living Emerald Green Arborvitae hedge across the front yard in lieu of a standard cedar fence.