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The Sixth Community Solutions Conference

The Power of Individual Action: Hear from people who are leading the way in personal CO2 emissions curtailment. Learn about a personal energy and emissions budget.
Keynotes: Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over and 11 other books; Mario Arrastía, Cuban author of The Undefeatable God Sun and five other books; and Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity.
Friday Evening, November 7 – Sunday, November 9, 2014, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Register with the brochure form here.
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Housing Transportation Food
U.S. homes generate 27% of the nation’s CO2 emissions. This includes both the embodied energy to construct the buildings and the operating energy (heating, cooling, water heating, etc.) to operate the buildings. Our homes are too large, poorly insulated, and include too many energy-using machines. Today we know how to build homes that use 80% less energy. And we now know how to get similar reductions when retrofitting existing homes.
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Cars generate 24% of U.S. CO2 emissions. Pluggable hybrids (PHEVs) and battery electric cars (BEVs) replace gasoline made from oil with electricity obtained from power plants that burn coal and natural gas. Electric transportation will reduce CO2 emissions by only about 15% – far too little and much too late to save the atmosphere. But if we shared rides, automobile CO2 emissions could be cut by 80% within a decade. 
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Food production generates 18% of U.S. CO2. The fastest way to reduce food related emissions is to change our diets, by reducing the amount of energy intensive foods consumed – including factory meat and dairy products. We must also reduce the amount of manufactured foods we eat that are based on grains and soybean oils. A fundamental change in the way we grow, process, transport and store our food is needed.
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