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BLOG: Local group needs your help to build a year-round greenhouse fueled by 100% green energy

> PUBLISHED August 12, 2016    |    WRITTEN BY KIERAN HANLEY

Iron & Earth is a new organization led by oilsands workers committed to incorporating more renewable energy projects into their work scope. It was co-founded by one of our own, and as such an Eastern Chapter has popped up with the goal of bringing green energy jobs to Newfoundland and Labrador. They hope to do this through pilot projects, retraining programs, advocacy, research and education and believe that the opportunities created will benefit our province both financially and environmentally.

First thing’s first

The first step? A pilot project to build Newfoundland and Labrador’s first 100% renewable energy powered, 365-day-a-year Greenhouse. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the power and efficiency of modern clean energy as a first step to sparking green jobs and the green economy in our province. The building will be heated with geo-thermal energy, use cutting edge materials and incorporate wind and solar technologies to power LED grow lights in the winter months.

They need your help to make it happen

Those aware of green technology trends know that this project is a proven concept worldwide. However, Newfoundland and Labrador is not the friendliest place to engage in renewable energy projects due to various regulations (an issue we will explore in a future issue of the nlpost). As a result, it’s really hard to get projects off of the ground. Pilot projects like this one can play a big role in helping educate the public on these new ideas and their benefits. In this case, Iron & Earth is hoping to raise funds through crowdfunding.

Time is running out

Iron & Earth needs your help to reach the goal of $25,000 by the end of the weekend. It’s a doable goal – especially considering that your donation will be matched by an organization called Bullfrog Power. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians need to learn more about the importance of sustainable foods and energies, and this pilot project will go a long in way contributing to that education. This is a great example of development coming from the community. If these are things you care about and have the means to chip in, follow the links below!

  • Want to learn more about the project? Click here.
  • Want to donate? Click here.
  • Want to learn more about Iron & Earth? Click here.
  • Need some inspiration? View the video below.

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