5 Things to Know Today: December 1, 2016
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, India just built the largest solar power plant in the world, meditation might help you save thousands of dollars per year, and Detroit’s building an “agrihood” that focuses on sustainability and community empowerment.
In just eight months, India built the largest solar power plant in the world and could provide energy for up to 150,000 homes. The plant is even cleaned using a robotic system that’s charged by its own solar panels.
Due to increasing awareness around sustainability and eco-friendly living, developers are building energy- and water-efficient features into their high-end homes, using recycled materials during development, and even providing bicycles for residents to borrow.
Meditating daily helped the writer face down anxiety, think more clearly, and get sort out stressful financial situations. She writes, “I found that as my mind began to quiet and de-clutter on the inside, I naturally wanted to clear up my outer world.”
Formerly a 3,200 square-foot apartment building, the center plans to offer classes, hold events, and feature a 200-tree urban orchard and two-acre garden.
Hawaii’s remote location leaves it inaccessible to pipelines and railroads and makes them heavily reliant on foreign oil for gas and electricity. The state is trying to turn things around by leveraging renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydropower, but for now Big Oil is as engrained in Hawaiian culture as surfing.