This week Awesome Stories brings you compassion, clean air, creative living, ancient fungi and courage.
Compassion Saves Money!
More studies are showing that offering homeless people housing and basic services actually saves money for the cities who implement programs for the homeless. The latest study, by the Florida Commission on Homeless, showed that it costs Florida residents $31,065 per homeless person for each year they live on the streets. Alternatively, it would cost taxpayers just $10,051 per person to give them a permanent place to live and services like job training and health care. If central Florida implements this supportive housing approach, it would save $350 million over the next decade.
I love innovation that helps turn a waste or problem into a resource! Applied CleanTech, has created a compact, transportable system called SRS™ for Sewage Recycling System. Their system turns waste sludge into Recyllose™, their term for a biomaterial that can be used for fuel, bioplastics, pulp and paper. Demo projects have shown the SRS to reduce operating costs by 30%, while increasing a sewer plant’s capacity by a similar amount. This means cities can drastically reduce their waste treatment costs without the need for expensive new plants.
Dance Break with A Tribe Called Red
Here’s another Native American group that caught my attention with their fun and upbeat energy. What do you think?
I remember similar wisdom years ago from a woman named Dvora who taught a beginner’s painting class. Her gift was creating a safe, welcoming environment to help us allow our creative muse room to express. Her core belief was that we are all creative, we simply need to allow the flow and expand our definition of creativity. Creativity might be expressed in our job, cooking, dressing, etc, not simply art. This article offers 10 great tips for living more creatively. I especially like tip #5; life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved. What’s your favorite?
This is a thoughtful article full of pictures from on some of the oldest living things on earth. Rachael Sussman is fascinated by the ancient life on earth and what it means for humanity. She has spent a decade traveling the world to discover and document ancient life. I knew about ancient trees that can be thousands of years old, but I had no idea some moss can be over 3000 years and Pando, a group aspen root system, that is estimated to be about 80,000 years old! Rachel explores the questions of life, death, impermanence, philosophy and what it means to be alive on earth from a broader, more connected perspective.
Meet Chris, an amazingly courageous man who hasn’t let having stumps for arms and legs hold him back from living fully. His reminder that “if you’re letting your appearance hold you back, you’re really missing out” really hit home for me. Instead of worrying about my problems, issues and appearances, maybe it’s time to go for my dreams.
Smog Eating Roof
I love this idea. Students at UC- Riverside have tested a coating for roof tiles that cleans the air. The titanium dioxide coated tiles would breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as created from a car driven 11,000 miles. There are other roofing tiles on the market that help reduce pollution from nitrogen oxides, but no data on how much nitrogen oxide is neutralized. The students created a chamber, coated the tiles and measured the results. The titanium dioxide coated tiles removed between 88 percent and 97 percent of the nitrogen oxides. The best benefit is the cost, which they estimate would only be about $5 per roof! Next, they’ll be testing using the coating on exterior paints to see how it performs. Maybe someone will create a paint that I can apply to my asphalt roof that both reflects the sunlight to lower the heat and cleans the air.