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Backyard Initiative: Communities of Light

Backyard Initiative: Communities of Light

Communities Of Light Opening Store At Midtown Global Market 920 East Lake Street

Communities Of Light Opening Store At Midtown Global Market 920 East Lake Street

The Communities of Light Solar Store will open at the Midtown Global Market the week of December 3, 2012 featuring  Solar Lanterns & Generators made by community members at weekly workshops; where self-sufficiency exists and sustainability is alive and well.  Besides solar products, it will feature information on other Back Yard Initiative Citizen Health Action Teams-CHAT. The store will be near the 10th Ave. entrance.  A co-op member said, “We thank the Market for the opportunity to locate our store at the Market.  Our products will be exciting additions to the mix.”Â  Co-op members will design the sales & office space and supply the store with the community designed and  assembled  solar products.  The store space will also serve as an office for co-op members to bring their customers and provide solar generator demonstrations. Communities of Light workshops: Fri. 5:00-8:00 p.m. at 3 selected  Mpls. Parks.  Info: 612-239-4336.

Update on the Backyard Initiative Rebirthing Community: A new project gets approved by the Commission on Health

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center The Commission on Health approved the project of another Citizen Health Action Team (CHAT) of the Backyard Initiative. On February 3, 2011 the Rebirthing Community CHAT received the go-ahead to implement their project which intends to create “Communities of Light.” The Backyard Initiative was started two years ago as a community partnership between Allina Hospitals and Clinics and the residents of Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Central, and Corcoran with the goal of improving the health of the community. The core work of the Backyard Initiative is done within teams of community residents (CHATs) which develop and implement their members”' ideas. Each CHAT appoints two members to sit on the Commission. Rebirthing Community CHAT ”“ Creating Communities of Light The goal of the Rebirthing Community CHAT is to build and strengthen the relationships, the knowledge, and the capacity for community residents to create their own conditions for health through intergenerational dialogue and working together on a solar energy project. They plan to light up the yards and residences in the Backyard with solar-powered lanterns. (more…)

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