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Renewable Energy

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Few things get me more excited than hearing about cities and government doing good!

In this case, Burlington, VT is now receiving 100% of its electricity from renewable sources like wind, water, and biomass (biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms that is burned to produce energy).

For a city that is comprised of approximately 42,000 people (including the University of Vermont) this is an impressive feat. I, for one, could not be happier with Burlington helping to pave the way for other cities to follow suit. Read the full article here.

The importance of renewable energy cannot be stressed enough. The more we invest in this technology now, the less likely we are to suffer under last minute constraints or adjustments. Nature is a powerful force and if we harness it, the world will last longer.

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From deep river technology to ocean currents, windmills, and solar panels, we have an array of options to choose from and making the effort to change now might save us in the future. I know that I’d rather living on a planet that has a healthy ecosystem than one that is dying. I’d rather deal with hearing windmills than breathe in smog.

Imagine for a minute, a city like Boston or NYC become completely sustainable on renewable energy. Picture what that would look like. Cleaner air, less pollution, healthier living. People always talking about living well, living healthy, but rarely take the steps to do so. Think of renewable energy as a step in that direction.

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Day after day, we use our planets resources and often take for granted things that we’ve had our whole lives.

Like water.

I stumbled across this article while browsing CNN (it was a link from this article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/26/tech/city-tomorrow-desalination/index.html) and I couldn’t get it out of my head so I decided to share it with all of you.

People keep talking about the global energy crisis like it’s in the distant future. Well, if we don’t start investing in technologies like this, we won’t be alive to invest in them when we actually need them. My mom has a saying that I love: be prepared and chances are you will won’t need half of what you prepared for. This basically her way of telling me to always pack an extra pair of underwear or a towel or bring a jacket to the fair,  but it’s still good advice. It’s better to have something and NOT need it than to need it and NOT have it.

Water is a valuable resource. Most of us in the United States don’t know or care much about water conservation. But did you know that the western part of the country is actually in a drought? California has been in one for years. Literally. I know that I wasn’t aware of this. But I think this is a great idea that can help in several ways. Solar and fresh water working together? I think this could be the start of something amazing.