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Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green is a pleasant place to live. It has a playground, large swimming pool, exercise room, computer lab and a large expanse of green space. Its 344 townhouses sit on 37 acres. The crime rate is low. Its community center provides everything from ESL classes to health fairs. A visitor finds a vital and well-kept housing complex. What’s different about Mayfield Green is that it is neither a for-profit apartment complex nor a form of subsidized housing. It’s a housing cooperative in which the residents actually own a share of the entire property. As owners, they elect the board…
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Solar Chat: Ryan Zariki, Whole Sun Designs

Solar Chat: Ryan Zariki, Whole Sun Designs

Meet Ryan Zaricki, founder extraordinaire of Whole Sun Designs in Wadesville, IN. He grew up knowing that you don’t swim in the Ohio River, you don’t eat the fish, but that never sat right with him. After attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, he headed out to Colorado and worked in green buildings, learning skills in sustainable trades, thinking more critically about electricity and water. He was having fun. His dad needed his help building a house, so he found himself back in Southern Indiana, and he worked for another solar contractor for awhile, moving back and forth…
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Solar Chat: Rectify Solar

Solar Chat: Rectify Solar

Phil Teague was a young man working for Marathon Oil. The bills were getting paid and he was earning a decent living. Then one day he learned about the Alberta tar sands oil and its potentially huge environmental impact. He decided that while the paycheck was nice, he couldn’t live with himself in his job. Thus was born Rectify Solar LLC. Phil with his two brothers formed the company in 2013 to promote solar energy. Based in Indianapolis and Boonville, they perform energy audits and install solar panels as well as vehicle charging stations.  Phil is now a Board Member…
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Solar Chat with Ray Wilson, Solar Homeowner

Solar Chat with Ray Wilson, Solar Homeowner

by Shannon Anderson Solar is on the rise and with electricity costs on the rise also, many people are looking to make the switch. I sat down with my friend Ray Wilson, who has owned photovoltaic panels for several years, about his experience being the first wave of Hoosier solar homes. Ray told us about how his background in agricultural engineering coupled with the 1973 oil embargo and price surging made him a bit of an energy expert at the Farm Bureau, he says “I became really interested in energy and the finite amount of it. Farmers are always interested…
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Home Arts

Home Arts

Climate solutions come in all sizes from colossal wind and solar installations to a house on the corner of a quiet street in North Manchester where Foy Spicer, her husband, Jim, and 2 year old daughter, June, are making it work. “I am convinced that the best food is home grown and that nourishing eats can be enjoyed on a tiny budget” says Foy.  It probably helps that Foy is an educated horticulturist but far beyond the  degree is her dedication to a simple, healthy, and affordable lifestyle. It all starts with a plan.  The family dining table becomes a…
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