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Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Two female students holding signs that say "Keep our school green"

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.

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Extending the Growing Season

Grow Appalachia Program Director David  Cooke stands inside a gothic-style high tunnel built for Greenhouse17, a domestic violence shelter outside of Lexington, Ky. Photo courtesy Grow Appalachia

Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.

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Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.

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Home Projects to Save Energy and Money

Harper Robinson of Conservation Pros connects a water heater blanket by applying insulation tape.

Appalachian Voices recently produced several short instructional videos about home projects that can lower your energy bill as well as help you protect the environment by consuming less energy.

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Vermicompost: Let earthworms green your kitchen

Of more than 4,000 species of worms, only a few are good for composting. Photo by Jimmy Davidson

Vermicomposting relies on earthworms to turn kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment more quickly and with less odor than conventional composting methods.

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Accelerating Appalachia’s Energy Savings

Appalachian Voices’ Energy Savings for Appalachia initiative is working with regional electric cooperatives to provide energy efficiency options for their members.

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Power of Cooperation: Co-ops put solar on rooftops

Augusta Solar Co-op member and homeowner Keith Shank stands with a representative of the solar installation company in front of his new solar array. Photo courtesy VA SUN

By banding together in solar cooperatives, residents are negotiating better prices for home solar installations, supporting each other through the process, and becoming more empowered solar advocates.

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Plugging-in Off the Grid

The 3D-printed home and vehicle sit on display at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in East Tennessee.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has designed a 3D-printed single-room building and a 3D-printed vehicle that can wirelessly share energy with each other.

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Knoxville Homes Get an Energy Makeover

Mayor Rogero and Dorothy Ware on KEEM opening day. Image courtesy of City of Knoxville Office of Sustainability and Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Housing & Energy

The Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover project is working to weatherize 1,278 homes by September 2017. They aim to reduce energy spending by at least 25 percent for each home weatherized.

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Vaughn’s Diesel

Dean Vaughn's diesel trucks — plus his farm equipment and several past vehicles — are all powered by his homemade biodiesel. Photo by Dean Vaughn

A Tennessee man has built his own biodiesel fuel processor and now uses cooking oil to run his farm equipment and truck.

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