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Local Notes continued Energy Trust Recognized for Helping Homeowners Go Solar

Imagine a world where everyone has access to plenty of healthy, local, organic food. The goal of the Portland yard sharing program is to further that goal by making sure that anyone who wants to garden and grow food for themselves can. One of the biggest barriers to growing food in the city is access to land - despite the fact that many yards, lawns, and backyards have plenty of room to spare. In Portland even the parking strips are often used for raised garden beds. Portland Yard Sharing encourages urban gardening by connecting those who have space to garden and are willing to share with those who would like to grow a garden but lack an appropriate space. The program makes maximum use of city and private space by making sure that even those who dwell in apartments, condos, and shared housing have ample place to garden. It connects neighbors of different socio-economic conditions together in an atmosphere of trust and self-sufficiency doing something that beautifies the homeowner’s yard and provides food for everyone. For more info go to: http://www.yardsharing.org

Energy Trust received a State Leadership in Clean Energy award for its work in supporting Solarize Portland. In collaboration with the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. Solarize Portland helped homeowners in Southeast Portland overcome financial and logistical barriers to installing solar electric systems, and resulted in 120 new solar energy systems in just six months last year. Over two years, multiple neighborhood-based Solarize campaigns throughout Portland resulted in 600 residential installations. Energy Trust was one of seven organizations recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance for “accelerating adoption of clean energy technologies and advancing clean energy markets.”

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