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21 April

We Need Your Help With This Campaign: Habitat For Humanity of Omaha-Nebraskans For Solar-Indiegogo


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers, (Please click on red links below),

Just a quick reminder about an Indiegogo campaign at and sharing an email from our friends Helen and Ken at the Nebraskans For Solar and Habitat For Humanity below:

Habitat For Humanity of Omaha with Solar Energy (credit: Habitat For Humanity & Nebraskans For Solar)


Hi, Sunisthefuture,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful and generous contribution to our Indiegogo campaign–and for all your help in sharing the project with others!

We have sufficient funds to solar power the first house in the historic Benson neighborhood in Omaha. Habitat volunteers are completely renovating the house and making it energy efficient, with Energy Star appliances, lots of insulation, and LED lights.

And now we are halfway toward solar powering the second Habitat house, thanks to yours and many other contributions, as well as a donation from Bank of the West. It’s a new house in South Omaha, which volunteers are now building and should be completed in August.

We’ll send you another email with photos when all five houses are built and rehabbed, with as many solar installations as we can raise funds for. We’ll also send the two solar books you’ve selected–we hope you’ll enjoy them.

Best regards always,

Helen and Ken, on behalf of Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha


Those of you who would like to contribute to this campaign may find out more by visiting:

There are only 32 days left to raise the $32,500 goal for this campaign. So far, $8,473 of the $32,500 has been raised. Your help by foregoing a cup of coffee, a movie, or a new shirt/pants this month as a contribution to this Indiegogo campaign (for Habitat For Humanity of Omaha) will translate into thousands of dollars of savings and reduction of CO2 emission for these five low-income families for many years to come. Your donations are tax-deductible. All Indiegogo funds raised for this campaign will go directly to Habitat For Humanity of Omaha.

I hope any of you who is involved with your local community centers or Habitat For Humanity will also consider installing solar projects (such as solar hot water heater) to be implemented via collaboration campaign(s) through crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo.( Let’s  spread more sunshine throughout our planet earth!

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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12 September

Solar Decathlon (20)-Parson’s The New School for Design, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and Stevens Institute of Technology’s Empowerhouse Design of 2011


Dear Readers,

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at Thank you very much. We are at a critical juncture in human history when individual effort and participation in the transition into renewable energy age is desperately needed!  Your signature will be very meaningful in helping all earthlings!  For a summary of why we need to switch to power the earth with Wind-Water-Sunlight quickly, reasons are explained by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson at There are more than sixteen episodes of discussions on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) available at Please feel free to read/listen to them (type in feed-in-tariff in the search box at right).  Keep in mind that signing this petition only means that you are in favor of renewable energy and FIT/CLEAN Program and does not obligate you to provide any financial support. We simply want our combined voice to be heard even if we are not spending millions of lobbying dollars. We want to demonstrate that our system of democracy will work for people in all socio-economic strata. So please join us in this earthly movement by signing this petition and participating in our common goal of moving toward the renewable and solar energy age.

Now,  we will turn our attention to a collaborative effort, the Empowerhouse, by three schools of design: Parson, Milano, and Stevens’ for a design that is both sustainable and affordable.  The Empowerhouse design was  first built  on the campus of Stevens Institute (in the Deanwood, Ward 7 District ), another house of the same design built in the lab in a controlled environment, then shipped down to Washington D.C. for Solar Decathlon.  Upon completion of Solar Decathlon, the house used for Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C.  will join the original house at the building site to become a two-family project. This house will be Washington D.C.’s first passive house (from both design and  technological view point) , definitely a historical site!  Empowerhouse is a true collaboration by people in the local community, Department of Energy,  the Habitat for Humanity, District Planning Office of Washington D.C., local A & C Commission, and students and faculty of the three schools.  The incentive for Empowerhouse is to design an affordable yet quality home for low income residents such that the energy cost for these residents will be practically  non-existent.  A project such as this is infused with collaboration from multi-directions and multi-groups of people;it is a celebration from the day of its groundbreaking. This approach to  sustainability is truly integrative, bringing about not only technological changes but also social changes. The large front porch integrates the family with community by encouraging greater interactions with neighbors and community.  As one enters the house, the entryway  frames the  view for  the garden way beyond.  One may find the mechanical closet and laundry room hidden in the entryway.  An electrical reversible heat pump system together with an energy recovery ventilator provides warm water and constant supply of fresh air throughout the house. A carefully scaled PV array, complimented by a green roof module system,  brings this house at site to net zero energy.  There is also an easily displayed monitor empowering the residents to  control their environment while monitoring their energy usage.  Water efficient low flow fixtures are installed to reduce water consumption throughout the house.  A large space with  South facing windows is well lit and is being used for kitchen and social and family interactions.  Kitchen is equipped with recycling and composting features, in addition to featured island for  entertaining. From this large window one can also see the vegetable garden and children playing in the back porch.  Planters are integrated into the house for residents to grow their own food and a rain garden collects and filters rainwater.  Placement, dimension, and shape of the windows are taking into considerations of views, daylight, and solar thermal gains. The overhang over the South porch shades during summer.  The unique sky oriented loft provides a multi-functional space (reading, playing, star gazing) while bringing natural light into the center of the home.  It is a pleasure for me to present to you this wonderful collaborative effort —>

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