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The '''[[Arcata Green Team]]''', students from [[Humboldt State University]] on an [[Appropedia:Service learning|Appropedia service learning]] project, have created resources for energy-saving in their local community - as well as a funny video. Watch it on the [[Arcata Green Team]] page.</big>
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Appropedia is the site for collaborative approaches to '''sustainability''', '''poverty reduction''' and '''international development'''. Learn more at our [[Appropedia:Mission|Mission]] page.
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The material here is free for your use. So far contributors have made [[Special:Recentchanges|{{NUMBEROFEDITS}} edits]] and uploaded [[Special:Newimages|{{NUMBEROFFILES}} files]].  Search or browse our [[Appropedia:CategoryTree|categories]] or [[Special:Allpages|all '''{{NUMBEROFPAGES}}''' pages]]. 
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Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

Appropedia is for collaborative solutions
in sustainability, appropriate technology, poverty reduction, and permaculture.

You are encouraged to add to and edit Appropedia -
your site to find, co-create and improve the solutions we need. Our vision and mission.

Contributors have made 392,438 edits and uploaded 31,519 files.
Browse our categories or all 8,293 articles.

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Announcements — more

To catch the rain cover.png You made it happen! Get a paperback on Amazon or digitally at http://www.tocatchtherain.org.


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Solar Charged Lawnmower
Solar Charged Lawnmower. An electric lawnmower that utilizes solar power as an energy source will address a number of issues that standard internal combustion engine mowers do not. An electric lawnmower with a solar charger will be easier to use. There is no messy dangerous gasoline to deal with. It will eliminate those pesky trips to the gas station for fill-ups. Just plug the mower into the charging station when not in use and it will be charged and ready for your next mow! Most importantly it eliminates the emissions of an internal combustion mower.

The basic idea is to convert an older non-working gas mower into an electric powered mower by replacing the gas engine with an electric motor that runs from a 12 volt battery. This battery will be charged using photovoltaic panel (A.K.A. - solar panel). I chose to convert an old gas mower rather than just starting with an electric mower due to cost and so I could design the power output. I also planned on using as many used materials as I can. This will help to save these materials from ending up in our already over filled landfills.

I would like to claim that I came up with this solar charged electric mower idea on my own but the truth is I came across an article about one in a "Home Power" magazine (Issue 107) a while back and have wanted to build one ever since. When the opportunity arose to use it as a project in my Engineering 305 class at Humboldt State University I jumped at the chance.

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Corn Cob Charcoal Crusher

Turning corn cob agricultural waste into a cooking fuel that combats deforestation and indoor air pollution.

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Community action news

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Mar 19 New York City news: Composting in NYC [1]

Mar 7 New Zealand: River granted full rights of legal personhood

Mar 5 Sharing cities movement, Barcelona

Mar 5 Norway: Oslo Is (Almost) Car-Free -- And Likes It That Way [2]

Feb 20 Refettorio Gastromotiva, Rio de Janeiro

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Lonny Grafman (right), the founder of Appropedia.org
I love to see projects that make the world a better place manifest. The way a project manifests from inception, brainstorming, researching, creating, testing, iterating, promoting, etc. always fill me with wonder and excitement. There is no one way that it unfolds, but my favorite ways to be part of are those that are collaborative.

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Aleiha's parabolic solar cooker
In physics, energy is an indirectly observed quantity. It is often understood as the ability a physical system has to do work on other physical systems. Since work is defined as a force acting through a distance (a length of space), energy is always equivalent to the ability to exert pulls or pushes against the basic forces of nature, along a path of a certain length.

Sustainable energy is the provision of energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable energy sources are most often regarded as including all renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, solar energy and power, wind power, wave power, geothermal energy and power, biomass fuel and energy, and tidal power. It usually also includes technologies that improve energy efficiency.

While many renewable energy projects are large-scale, renewable technologies are also suited to rural and remote areas, where energy is often crucial in human development. As of 2011, small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide electricity to a few million households, and micro-hydro configured into mini-grids serves many more. Over 44 million households use biogas made in household-scale digesters for lighting and/or cooking, and more than 166 million households rely on a new generation of more-efficient biomass cookstoves.

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ENGR 215 Introduction to Design projects – Fall 2005: RCEA: The Fall 2005 semester of Engineering 215 worked with RCEA to develop educational displays for the general public.

Fall 2005 ENGR 215 Intro to Design Projects - RCEA
A Bright Idea
To create an interactive, educational display that demonstrates the importance of electrical energy conservation  
Biggest Little Thing
To design an interactive display promoting electrical energy conservation  
Thermal Curtain
To educate people about thermal energy conservation  
Know Your Load
To educate people about phantom loads on electrical devices  
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  6. MY REFLECTION ABOUT THE SUBJECT - EMPOWERMENT TECHNOLOGY
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  8. Semester Life
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