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This has significant benefits for multi-family building owners, small businesses, and residential customers, offering the promise of switching to clean, renew- able energy, while also reducing cost. Over the course of just two days in , hundreds of Vermont homes were destroyed during Hurricane Irene.
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The way we grow, especially how and where we grow, will have a profound effect on our planet and its inhabitants. Imagine a city block or a college campus sharing resources from building to building, growing food, and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation.
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