August 24, 2019 at Southdale Library a Cohousing/Energy Education.
Philip Adam on the left and his friend Greg Laden presented the case for getting an electric car as soon as possible! Their presentation was very much appreciated. On screen there were graphs and data that showed how switching to an electric car will not only cut your green house emissions, but improve the local economy as in "Buy Local"
As people switch to electric cars the price of gasoline may also go down for the continued gas users. Who would have guessed that? Technology is being developed to allow idle electric cars to give power back to the grid at peak demand and then be charged at night, thus evening out the peaks and valleys of electric use over 24 hours.
They discussed that some petroleum sources are "dirtier" than other sources, and the tar sands, where Minnesota gets most of its petroleum are some of the worst. They explained how petroleum is "cracked" into different molecules, gasoline is one of the lightest, Then at the very bottom is the bunker fuel oil used on ocean ships.
At the end there is "residue" which can be in asphalt, and can end up burned in Coal Plants to make electricity - but yielding much toxic air pollution with lead, mercury, and cadmium..
In Minnesota the electric generation is getting cleaner as more industrial size wind power is brought on line. Information about the advantages of electric cars is found here from the Fresh Energy website: 2lwej44565rn2mmjlk31pmwq-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Electric-Transportation-web.pdf
We then followed with a presentation a discussion of our urban site search project. The emphasis was on our goal of building to the Passive House Standard, and locating close to transit. Building a multifamily building with many common walls reduces heat loss.
The audience was engaged and had suggestions and questions.
Those attending might be our new neighbors! Here are some California cohousing kids fooling around: