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Carbon Zero Home resides
where the Climate Problem, Affordable Housing,
and Environmental Justice intersect.
 

 

What we do is 

Address Pollution in under-resourced communities

by promoting 

Healthy High-Efficiency homes 

                                             that contribute to

a society centered on Justice.  

           

 

Our mission:

Address Environmental Justice, as it relates to Climate Change

and the threat to children caused by

the location of pollution hazards in marginalized communities,

by promoting one of the central solutions:

healthy lead-free carbon neutral homes.  

 

 

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While the global problem of Climate Change threatens every person on this planet, the biggest local environmental threat is the alarming rates of lead exposure among children in North Minneapolis.

We are dedicated to addressing it, along with all the other environmental hazards that contribute to injustice in our society.
 
In early 2017, we completed our first project, renovating a 123 year old condemned house into a safe, healthy and nearly carbon neutral home in the Hawthorne neighborhood on Minneapolis’ northside.   As we worked in the community, we became aware and increasingly alarmed by the profound rate of lead exposure among children in this area.
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Children in Hawthorne are twice as likely to be exposed to lead as children in Flint, Michigan!
 
While we remain committed to converting older homes to zero carbon, we also feel it’s important to address the biggest environmental threat our city faces.   Lead exposure in infants and young children is permanently disabling.   It can lead to brain damage, emotional instability, lowered IQ, and hearing and speech impairment.This cannot be ignored.   By allowing this to continue, we are condemning these children to a very limited future.
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There are actually many resources available for remedying this problem.   Presently, we are helping to raise awareness and steer people to funds to help them remove lead from their homes, to protect our children.
Carbon Zero Home is committed to addressing the lead problem in North Minneapolis.    Go to Lead information here: Zine body

 

   

 

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On September 4th, 2015, Carbon Zero Home signed the contract for its first rehab project, a 123 year old brick house in north Minneapolis.   We completed the project in February of 2017.   We are now putting our energy into reducing the lead exposure rate among children on the north side of our city.  We will pursue more clean energy homes in the future, but we feel the lead problem in Minneapolis needs immediate attention.

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Those of us with less resources will be impacted sooner and harder by the increasing extremes of our weather.  The historical location of pollution sources in or near low-income communities– which tend to be diverse communities– only exacerbates the impact. 
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Lead is an invisible form of oppression
 
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Families in marginalized communities face 
multiple burdens– some clear and obvious,
some subtle and concealed.  
Because lead exposure arrests an infant’s development,
it can do incredible harm
while being essentially undetectable.
Click this link for details on the lead problem: Zine body  
 
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We are committed to racial and economic justice, and we regard the Energy Revolution as an opportunity to build wealth in lower-income communities.  We regard eradicating lead exposure as a way to give all children a fair start in life.  We believe that safe efficient homes improve health, build dignity, secure families, and stabilize neighborhoods.  Coupling these houses with clean energy sources, and removing pollution sources from neighborhoods, can help retain the wealth that is too often drained from communities of color.   
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If you are concerned about equity, then you are concerned about changes to our climate, and to protecting children from exposure to toxins.