Geothermal Townhouses Transform Lawn into Regenerative Woods & Meadows

Communicating with Mother Nature

by Aggie Perilli

The Grandview Chase Condominium Development (GCCD) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, owns approximately 27 acres of rolling lawns bordered by a field with a stream running through it. Over the past two years, GCCD board members Mark Wiker and I pursued a federal grant to transform GCCD’s unsustainable field of lawn into beautiful regenerative woods and meadows.

Rewarded for our initiatives, this past spring, the GCCD townhouse association received a grant worth $66,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore GCCD’s riparian buffer with native trees, meadow grasses, and rain or wildflower gardens.

Prevent Disasters: Replace Nuclear Power with Clean Energy

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

In August, I was dismayed to write about 14 significant events or near misses at nuclear power plants in the United States last year. Near misses raise the risk of accidents that can be lethal for workers, neighbors, and the environment.

While writing that post, an earthquake underscored the imperative of replacing nuclear power (and fossil fuels) with cost-effective renewables that are safe and clean.

Last year’s near misses occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (three times) and Virginia.