FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Navajo Nation’s first energy efficient “green” home
brings electricity, clean water and jobs to rural residents
CANYON DIABLO, Arizona – December 5, 2013 -- The George family is eager to move into their new home and have electricity for the first time. Their entire lives, these elders and their handicapped children lived off the grid. Until today, they lived in a makeshift two-bedroom dwelling built with toxic railroad ties and a badly leaking roof.
And on Friday, December 6, 2013 they will move into their new home. This green building is a technological showcase that demonstrates economical and innovative ways to bring electricity, clean water, and heating and cooling to off-grid Navajo families -- even in an unforgiving environment where temperatures vary from -30 to 110°F. More importantly, the home is a testament to the Navajo people’s ability to live in harmony with nature.
Several thousand Navajos still live without electricity and running water. Often, they drive 50 miles or more over dirt roads to get wood and water, and light their houses with kerosene lamps. Because they don’t have power, many Navajos can’t store fresh foods and medicine, or run medical devices. (more…)