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Hmmm. You’ve heard of nursery schools alongside or inside of nursing homes, right? Here’s a new twist on the theme of reconnecting the young and old. This particular article reminds me of our experiment here in the Green Acres Ecopod: nursing intergenerational relationships in two adjacent houses, with one “old lady” and two young people in each. We all benefit, in so many ways!

The Nursing Home That’s Also A College Dorm

Deventer - The Netherlands - 13 April 2015 -- The Humanitas nursing home for elderly allows 6 university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as “good neighbors,” aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging and the feelings of disconnectedness. -- Student Jordi PRONK (19) with Joke KERDIJK (86) in her apartement. They spend often time singing, playing music and simply talking. -- Photo: Juha ROININEN / EUP-IMAGES

Deventer – The Netherlands – 13 April 2015 — The Humanitas nursing home for elderly allows 6 university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as “good neighbors,” aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging and the feelings of disconnectedness. — Student Jordi PRONK (19) with Joke KERDIJK (86) in her apartement. They spend often time singing, playing music and simply talking. — Photo: Juha ROININEN / EUP-IMAGES

Here’s a story that demonstrates how creative, low cost small scale interventions can have massive effects.

Floating Garden Cleans As It Grows In One of Most Polluted Waterways In US

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It does seem that stories about alternative ways of using energy are proliferating everywhere. Here’s one, via Rhonda.

First Passive House School in Maine Is Also Zero Net Energy

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