The Energy Savers Initiative aims to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes so that they are more cost efficient. On February 25, after much planning and organizing, a group of students and advisors visited six homes, ran energy audits, fixed minor damages and efficiency issues, and informed the occupants of energy problems, solutions and behavioral tips. More community days like this are being planned to continue to reach out to the community. However, this group of sustainability leaders have much bigger plans.
Have you ever thought about the ingredients that went into your meal before eating it? Better yet...have you taken the time to understand HOW all those ingredients even got to the restaurant where you are eating? Although most consumers do not take into consideration the supply chain that makes their dining experience possible, it is eye opening uncovering the journey items take to reach their final users. Purchase Empower is trying to answer these questions by uncovering and documenting the supply chains of products in State College, PA and the surrounding area.
Rather than develop a specific urban housing solution, our proposal goes to the root of the problem, and works to reduce the need for rural-urban migration. We will work with Grassroots United to introduce rural community centers to co-create community-driven programs to bring opportunities, independence, and recovery. Our design is a simple sustainable community center to be built by community members with local materials. This modular building can adapt to needs of any community and will provide a place to gather, share resources, and learn techniques to create a sustainable community.