17 Apr '12, 11am

When Neighbors Meet to Compare Energy Bills, Much Bigger Ideas Are Born

When Neighbors Meet to Compare Energy Bills, Much Bigger Ideas Are Born

Transition Town Totnes /Video screen capture When I posted about the award-winning Transition Streets program , I wrote about neighborhood groups which coached each other in energy conservation and lower carbon living. But that initial focus on cutting each others carbon at home seems to have spawned something much bigger and more exciting—a deeper, more collaborative sense of community. From solar power spreading across rooftops on one street to dramatic reductions in participants' household energy bills, there's no doubt that the initiative has been a success according simply by merit of the carbon reductions achieved so far. But from a neighborhood cinema program through community orchards to car sharing, seed swaps and ride sharing, what strikes me is that once neighbors get talking to each other, the potential for even more ambitious projects becomes apparent. I once ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/when-neighbors-meet-com...

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