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Published on March 17th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers


Energy Harvest: Having Dinner by Biogas Light

Found photograph: “Srey Poom’s parents eat their dinner by light produced by burning methane gas produced in a biodigester. Breaking down animal waste into clean energy for cooking, lighting and making fertilizer.”

Without looking very hard, we can find plenty of materials that can be put to good use rather than letting them go to waste.

Photo:  CRDTKratie

Program helps Hamilton, Ohio, residents with finance issues.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News July 21, 2004 The Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Jul. 21–HAMILTON, Ohio — Rose Childers knows all she needs to when it comes to managing her finances.

“I have to know what’s going on, I’m 80 years old,” she said.

Childers — along with 30 residents of Belle Tower Apartments — recently completed a six-week financing and banking program, sponsored by LifeSpan’s Credit Counseling Service. website chaco credit union

Officials hosted a reception Tuesday and a financial fitness day at the complex on Woodlawn Avenue in Lindenwald. LifeSpan received a $20,000 grant to host the Mark-to-Market program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program was offered to residents of Belle Tower who live in Section 8 housing.

“They (Belle Tower residents) could have been at risk at having no housing because the rent requirement was going to change,” said Kathy Adams-Smith, director of program development for LifeSpan. this web site chaco credit union

Representatives from Zettler Funeral Home, Lane Public Library, Chaco Credit Union, and Fifth Third and First Financial banks were on hand answer questions about banking and how to pre-plan a funeral.

Credit counselors Ted Brandon and Ruth “Peaches” Atha informed residents of the upcoming rent changes. The other objective for the program was financial education to help better utilize funds and make residents aware of predatory lending.

Judy Beckett, service coordinator through senior independence for Belle Tower, said the six-week program helps bring awareness to the elderly living on a fixed income.

“This is awareness that they still live in the real world,” she said. “I think seniors fee like the world is passing them by.” As for Childers, she said the program was “wonderful.” She said she has no problem managing her finances. She has her own method to deal with telemarketing and possible scams.

Adams-Smith said credit counselors will host other programs and seminars about banking and finances because of demand.

By the end of the reception, residents received certificates for completing the class at the complex.

“Residents found it to be very useful. It focuses on self-sufficiency to grow and become stable,” Adams-Smith said. “We asked local agencies to be here if residents had questions about banking and to encourage literacy. It keeps them more independent mentally and academically.”

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Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.

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