Renewable Energy Plant Combining Wind, Solar, and Battery Storage Opens in Oregon
The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility which opened in September is the first facility in the North America to integrate wind, solar and battery storage on such a large scale in one location. “The facility can produce more than half of the power that was generated by Oregon’s last coal plant, which was demolished earlier this month.” AP has more here.
Dementia Resistant Visual System Helps Seniors and Impaired Navigate
A project in Singapore uses bright colors and clear signs to help seniors and those afflicted with dementia to navigate their neighborhoods safely and independently. Here’s more from the Good News Network.
US President Pardons Simple Marijuana Possession
President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law and encouraged states to do likewise. At the federal level, marijuana is still classified as class I along with drugs like heroin. Biden’s pardon moves toward more realistic balance and is particularly important for black and brown people who have been charged and convicted at disproportionate rates. Here’s more from NPR.
Front Yard Bikes Teaches Kids to Build Their Own Bikes and More
Dustin LaFont, a former history teacher in Louisiana, has taught hundreds of kids to build their own bikes, and much more. You can read (and watch more) about Dustin and his inspiring work in this episode of CNN Heroes. Below is an older video about Front Yard Bikes which is still going strong having added programs for gardening, welding, and academic accountability.
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