Greening Urban Areas

by hsc on August 5th, 2011

GELT (Green Economy Leadership Training) is helping to make a difference one city at a time. They host a summer training program in Highland Park, MI that teaches young adults how to conserve energy, develop green initiatives and lead. Highland Park is 2.9 square miles and has absorbed Detroit’s economic problems, which geographically surrounds it on all sides.

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In Highland Park, A Region Raises a Hoop Hous

Posted on July 7, 2011 by

written by Joel Batterman

A barn-raising in the heart of Detroit? That’s certainly what it felt like as activists from across the region gathered in Highland Park on Sunday, June 26, to construct a 2000-square-foot hoop house from plastic sheeting and metal tubes. This solar-powered greenhouse can grow food year-round—even in Michigan winters. Armed with the right equipment, it doesn’t take more than a day to construct one. As UniverCities Energy Data Intern Jordan Eizenga and other Suburbs Alliance staff found, it does take a number of willing hands.

Jordan Eizenga is framed by the house’s metal structure.

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