Scotland’s Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind to boost their mission. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, and selling the power to the National Grid, the charitable organization hopes to generate enough revenue to build 500 affordable homes over the next 25 years. Dubbed Fishermen Three, the 7.5-megawatt project at Hoprigshiels in Cockburnspath is a joint effort between BHA and the equally philanthropic Community Energy Scotland . The latter’s share of the revenue will enable it to help communities across Scotland leverage their own renewable energy initiatives. “The idea for the wind farm came when BHA realized that we had to be innovative in order to solve the dilemma of how to keep building new homes for social rental, which are so badly needed in this area, at a time when funding for new housing through traditional channels was in decline,” Helen Forsyth, chief executive of BHA, said in a statement. “The wind farm will provide BHA with a reliable, predictable, low-maintenance source of income that will allow us to build a steady stream of new affordable homes at a time when services are all too often being cut.” Related: 6 reasons the clean energy revolution doesn’t need Trump’s blessing Nicholas Gubbins, chief executive of CES, said that the United Kingdom’s energy system is shifting, but with changes come fresh opportunities. “We want to make sure that communities are at the forefront of the opportunities that this will create for new low-carbon energy developments,” he added. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, agrees that renewables are the way of the future. He said, “Locally owned renewables in areas such as the Borders have the potential to help drive social, economic and environmental change at a local level.” Via the Guardian Photos by Unsplash
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Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch , the charitable organizing has changed their focus and is now renovating existing homes for large scale adaptive reuse projects . In order to stick to their plan to provide affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity has rolled with the punches, buying up foreclosed homes in order to house their clients comfortably. Read the rest of Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , affordable housing , eco design , foreclose homes , foreclosed homes , foreclosed houses , green design , habitat for humanity , home renovations , house renovations , land cost , land prices , real estate , renovations , sustainable design , volunteer
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According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables around the world continues to surge, reaching $237.2 billion in 2011 , up almost 8 percent from the previous year. Despite austerity measures, expiring tax credits and the continued global hunt for oil, developed and developing nations alike are striving to add more non-fossil fuels to their energy portfolio. Read the rest of United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , “wind power” , clean energy investment , investment in renewables , Pew Charitable Trusts , renewable energy , renewables , solar , Solar Power , stimulus , tax credits
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Image credit: Franco Folini /Flickr As you may know, TerraCycle partners with the public in what we call Brigades to collect everything from wine corks to Sharpie pens, and most famously, Capri Sun juice packs. Each piece collected earns 2 cents donated to the charitable organization or school of people’s choice.
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Most residents of San Francisco’s Mission District are aware of Mission Street Food , a restaurant-within-a restaurant that operates on Thursday and Saturday evenings inside a nondescript Chinese joint called Lung Shan . A new guest chef steps into the kitchen each time, and all proceeds are donated to charity. It’s been a raging success, and now Mission Street Food wants to go full-time.