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megimoo
08-13-2008, 11:48 AM
EcoGeek Colorado Creating US’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Community

The latest trend in the green movement – other than EVs – seems to be greenhousing communities. Considering everyone needs a place to live, this is a perfect focus for injecting green technology into daily living. Arvada, Colorado is all over this concept, going farther than solar roofing, or LEED certification goals. They’re setting up a community that will completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

Called Geos, the 25-acre area will have 250 homes from smaller 850 square feet to mansion-sized 3,500+ square feet placed in four neighborhoods. While that’s a whole lot of houses, they’ll be keeping a whopping 40% of the area as green space.

Using active and passive solar energy for daytime heating and electricity, the homes will be placed and constructed to maximize sun exposure, with rooftops housing PV panels. Excess power is stored in the grid. For un-sunny days, winter heating, and summer cooling, geothermal energy will be used.

Each home will be hooked up to a very cool energy monitoring system (not sure what model…) so the homeowner can keep an eye, and leash, on energy consumption.
http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1989/

patriot45
08-13-2008, 03:06 PM
Live green and die green in Colorado!!

Colo. Springs to consider 'green burials'






Associated Press - August 10, 2008 2:44 PM ET

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Springs City Council will consider a proposal to offer "green burials" at the city's two cemeteries.

The burials would consist of bodies being put in bags, wicker baskets or egg-carton boxes and city officials say the approach would be less expensive than traditional burials. According to the proposal, the city would also cut its costs because such burials would require no watering or sprinkler systems for the plots and minimal mowing.

The proposal is being considered Monday as council members try to build new product lines and services for the Evergreen and Fairview cemeteries.

City officials say the cemeteries need $3.5 million in equipment and improvements.

megimoo
08-13-2008, 03:28 PM
Live green and die green in Colorado!!

Colo. Springs to consider 'green burials'If Its so cheap why do they need $3.5 million ?