Energy democracy is an umbrella term that combines a recognition of the need for local, clean energy systems with the need to equitably share the energy resources that are available. Underneath this umbrella are Community Solutions’ decades-long concerns with energy conservation, appropriate technologies (such as the passive house) and the development of renewable energy systems-- all of which are reflected in our media and written materials. In addition to this, our Energy Navigators project brings energy literacy to our low-income neighbors in Ohio and beyond, and the Environmental Dashboard project will clearly show the environmental impact of our activities.
This is a group of 14 people advocating for the establishment of a cohousing community on the Antioch College campus. Read more about the group in The Yellow Springs News.
William Beale is an engineer, but above all else an outspoken proponent of electric vehicles, clean energy, and creative solutions to energy needs like pyrolysis. Mr. Beale was the inaugural winner of the Arthur Morgan Award. In a series of op-eds and letters to the editor, Beale has recommended government investment in electric car retrofits, solar water heaters, super insulation of homes, and bio-gas generators. He writes: "What we need is not less government interaction, but more of the right kind, the kind that knows what the future is and helps that future, instead of ignoring the future and helping the past. The past is named fossil fuels."
What if we could create and retrofit buildings that will use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling? And, what if at the same time we could cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent – the amount scientists say we must cut all emissions before 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change? Passive House Revolution shows that this intriguing scenario is not only possible but actually starting to unfold. In North America today, buildings use almost 50 percent of all the energy consumed. Passive housing is revolutionizing the way we think about buildings and energy.
The Antioch Solar Farm is an Antioch College initiative to produce clean energy. Sheep are brought in to graze on the grass between the solar panels to make this project more sustainable. Check out the Climate Solutions Video Chanel for a video on the Antioch Solar Farm and many more videos on renewable energy.
The Stirling Engine is a power source which is remarkable due mainly to its efficiency although Stirling Engines can vary greatly in size and power. This example was built by a Yellow Springs High School student. Read more about how we can avoid the trap of tearing down the younger generation and instead build onto them.