Kuzumaki Off the Grid

This is cool! A little town in Japan, called Kuzumaki generates 161% of its power needs from clean energy.

A marvel, since Japan is a resource-scarce nation, importing 90% of its fuel.

The town, of 8,000 residents, utilizes solar panel arrays, wind farms and methane gas from dairy cow dung. The extra power is sold to neighboring communities.

Kuzumaki’s self-sufficiency is the brainchild of its former mayor, who lobbied for government funding and grants. Now he promotes tourism to Kuzumaki, which hosts more than 400,000 visitors a year.

But, the Kuzumaki’s population is shrinking as younger people move out and older residents die off. Even still, citizens hope their little town serves as a model for the rest of the world.

Imagine New York City or Los Angeles off the grid. It’d take a lot of cow crap!

Via Time Magazine.

Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese

Gerry is your typical yoga practicing, no pizza or meat eating Italian guy from New Jersey. Seriously, his family still isn't speaking to him. Professionally, Gerrys been Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD's blogger since 2005.