Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

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The majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana-based company, Whitefish Energy, to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that had only two full-time employees at the time Hurricane Maria hit the island.

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Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

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6 ways you can help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is battering the Houston area, affecting around 6.8 million people, according to federal disaster declarations. How can you help? Whether you live close to the disaster in Texas or on the other side of the world, here are ways you can support people hit by the storm.

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9 incredible pod homes to help you win at off-grid living

If your #lifegoals include living off the grid somewhere, surrounded by nature, then check this out. We’ve rounded up the best off-grid living pods that are not only affordable, but can be moved almost anywhere.

Pod Space pre-fab pop-up pods
Pod Space’s award winning pre-fab pods can be installed just about anywhere you can dream of. The modular pods are customizable, so you can use them as a backyard office, an extra room, or even a fully-equipped tiny home. The best part is the floor-to-ceiling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Could coffee help fight cancer?

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How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

From the pyramids at Giza to Stonehenge, to Machu Pichu – there is a reason that all of the longest lasting human structures are made of stone. Stone lasts forever, is natural, and is readily available in the environment. When it comes to outdoor landscaping or interior applications that see a lot of use and moisture (think kitchens and bathrooms), natural stone is often the most durable and lowest-maintenance choice for surfaces. Unlike wood, plastics or composite materials, stone will not rot,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How virtual reality can help paraplegic patients learn to walk again

For most people, virtual reality summons thoughts of fun and games, but for paraplegic patients, the game is very real. People who were once told they would never walk again are closer than ever at taking real steps, thanks to training with VR technology. The Walk Again Project (WAP) has been at the forefront of the race to help paraplegics walk again, and a new trial using VR training with eight patients has resulted in some renewed motor control in every single case.

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I can’t believe how quickly this year’s flown by. Thankfully, there’s still time to make your donation and get your 2013 tax deduction!

Your gift will make it possible for us to continue working with advocates like Penny in Texas. A few years back, Penny learned she had stage III breast cancer, and like many who face a grave cancer diagnosis, the first word that came to mind was Death. Prolonged and pain filled.

The fear she faced led her to research different end-of-life options and the Death with Dignity laws we promote. Knowing our organization is there to help gave her comfort and peace of mind.

The national conversation about Death with Dignity is growing and changing at a faster pace than ever, and we look forward to building our local partnerships with advocates like Penny.

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