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Lower Overhead Green Energy Reduces


Utility Costs Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut


by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.


Quick Quarters


Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom.com). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame


houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid


appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.


Independent Action Mayors Worldwide


Sign Climate Charter At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate


accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities


long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean


and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.


The CrystalGarden


We offer Gemstones, Crystals, Sage Minerals, Jewelry, Incense, Gifts, CDs


Largest selection of gemstones and crystals in the Triangle area!


www.the-crystal-garden.com Located in Timberlyne Shopping Center


off MLK Drive, at 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, near the Post Office.


Come See Us!


919-265-8038 sam@the-crystal-garden.com


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photo courtesy of passivdom.com


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