The Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc.
281 Humboldt Avenue
Our campaign is about educating Boston residents about energy efficiency, energy self-sufficiency, environmentalism and conservation. We are bringing this message to our urban community, because we believe that climate change and the skyrocketing costs of energy make it obvious and URGENT that they become empowered to take action! We ask them to become Green Neighbors!
We reach the general public via our Energy Fairs inside their neighborhoods At our annual Spring Plantings where folks learn how to grow food at home in their yard, on their porch or inside their house. At our monthly Green Entrepreneur Small Business Network seminars. Also at forums with speakers such as Van Jones of Green For All and Jim Hunt, former Chief of Environmental and Energy Services for the City of Boston as well as our Green Jobs Roundtable with trainers and employers. We follow these outreach events with Low Carbon Living home energy conservation workshops. Finally, we inform them of opportunities to lobby for funds to green our neighborhoods and help residents lower their carbon output. This would include grants/low-cost loans for weatherization, insulation, high E windows, wind power devices, solar PV, thermal hot water heaters and more…Our work gets folks to voluntarily change their lifestyles, bringing a longer lasting GREEN change to their lives and communities.
We have also expanded our outreach into the international arena by starting a sustainable Development project for Liberia.
Suitable Sustainable GREEN Technology Solutions:
Riverine micro-hydroelectric – not a dam. River water is piped, or run in a canal, to a turbine which turns and generates electricity. The water can then be re-piped to the river and/or used for farming, human consumption or aquaculture ponds.
Passive Solar Biodigester – human, animal and plant waste can be placed in these devices. Bacterial action within kill most pathogens that are in human waste, such as cholera, reducing the likelihood of human contamination. Kills many pathogens that cause diarrhea, a major killer of children. As a by-product, the bacteria produce the biogas methane which can be burned for cooking, light and to produce electricity with a generator. The remaining mixture is an excellent organic fertilizer. Bio-digesters can be a variety of sizes.
Agriculture for local consumption – Plants that supply the nutritional needs of the local populace should be grown to provide proper sustenance. Not just for cash crops or for export. Strictly for local, and when sufficient amounts of produce are grown, for national Liberian consumption. This includes the use of gardens by everyone in the cities and rural areas.
Worm Farming (Vermiculture) – worms can be fed plant matter that humans do not consume. They produce casings (manure) which provide an excellent organic fertilizer. Worms can be fed to chickens and fish when there are a sufficient numbers of worms.
Aquaculture (fish farming) – fish are raised in a pond or tank. They produce an excellent source of protein and fats that humans require for good nutrition. Can be fed worms.
Aquaponics – plants are grown over an Aquaculture pond with their roots in the pond where they feed on fish waste material. This cleans the water making it safe for the fish and suitable for agriculture and/or return to the river.
Zero Energy homes - techniques to cool, warm and provide electricity.
Solar Personal Rapid Transit - Fast, ski-lift like, 4-6 person pod cars that leave main track for passenger transfer.