What's this all about?
We are a nonprofit called PLACE, known for creating cutting-edge sustainable communities for the arts and economic development. We are building the first sustainable community in the world that is powered by waste. We call it E-Generation, and it's ready to happen next year, but we need your help for the last $250,000! With your donations through Indiegogo, we can put together the funds we need to complete the design. And every donor will be sent a first look at our designs!
The mission of PLACE is to create places that foster a sustainable, just and inspiring world. We’re a young organization, but we’ve got a deep roster of experience on our team and board directors when it comes to developing leading-edge communities that are inclusive, affordable, and sustainable.
We believe that we need to leapfrog current standards of sustainability when it comes to building new developments, so we are going to create a community that generates more energy than it consumes. We believe that by creating this first model project, cities all over the country will see the potential, and a major impact can be made to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels and gain energy independence. In a nutshell, this is the plan:
Gimme the details!
In conjunction with Hennepin County and the City of St. Louis Park, we will take an old, derelict building – the former McGarvey coffee roastery – and turn it into a facility that processes organic solid waste (food waste) into clean, renewable energy. We’ve developed a system that uses solar, wind, geothermal and anaerobic digestion to very efficiently convert this waste into biogas, which can then be used to generate electricity. The process is silent, odorless, non-intrusive, and is designed to operate in a dense urban environment.
But that’s only Phase One.
Once the energy facility is up and running, PLACE will develop a cutting edge, transit-oriented community to surround it, all of which will be powered by waste: affordable housing, makers’ space for artists and creatives, commercial space for local businesses, and more.
We want to show the world that our cities and communities can be developed to be empowering, and truly sustainable. Currently, organic solid waste in Minneapolis is trucked far outside the city, costing us money and fuel, and releasing greenhouse gases. With this project, Hennepin County will save money, and we’ll be putting the waste to work to power homes and businesses in a closed loop: the waste creates energy, which allows community to flourish, which generates more waste, and so on. Let's not let good waste go to waste!
What We Need & What You Get
This is a very ambitious vision, but we've worked hard to put all the pieces in place. Everything is aligned to make it happen by May 2014, but we need $2 million to push us over the top. We don't believe it's realistic for us to raise $2 million through crowd sourcing, so we're going for $250,000 to complete design.
Once E-Generation is up and running, we will have time to do what we do best: plan, design, and fund a new community that will be powered by E-Generation. In other words, we'll build a new sustainable community powered by waste.
For your donation, we offer some great perks which you can see to the right: construction tours, signed architectural plans, dinner with our Executive Director Chris Velasco, naming rights, and more!
PLACE specializes in creating partnerships between the public and private, and the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. We have a lot of experience in making complicated projects happen. This project is a major collaboration between these partners:
Our most recent example a community in Ventura, California called WAV (Working Artists Ventura). We developed WAV hand-in-hand with the Ventura community to meet a serious need for affordable housing and artist space, and together, we created something that stands apart: the world’s first sustainable artist community. It’s a huge success, and thriving today. WAV is a vibrant, active community of engaged citizens, formerly homeless families, successful artists, and people of all income levels. The building itself is LEED certified, and includes solar power. It has transformed downtown Ventura. Here's a photo:
We envision this new E-Generation project in St. Louis Park to feature all the best aspects of WAV, and be powered by clean, renewable energy.
With your help, we will create something that has the potential to be a true game-changer. If you've never given to charity before, this is the one; to change the lives of hundreds, and to change the way communities view energy and waste (Save the Waste!).
Imagine communities like this all over the world, designed and built to embrace everything that creates true community: affordable homes and live/work space, art and culture, local businessnes, easy transit access, a lessened dependence on cars, and on-site agriculture: all powered by clean, renewable energy derived from waste.
Together, we can:
- Open E-Generation (Phase I) by May
- Launch the first sustainable community powered by garbage
- Set the stage for many more projects
- Create a tax deduction for you
Create affordable homes for people, and lower government burden