Excellent Municipalities, good news

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Now that the tidal wave of debt, bad payments, public debt, variable rate mortgages, unemployment queues and retrenchments has finally caught up with us, this is the right time for us to look to the future, starting with our local Town Councils. Starting with our own areas. In order for us to claw Italy back, metre by metre, from the hands of the politicians that are rotten to the core. If we don’t do it now, when will we then ever be able to do so?
Municipalities have the power to change the whole of Italy. Excellent Municipalities, good news. Whatever happens in one Municipality can be replicated in 8,000 other Municipalities. It is like a good virus, the virus of knowledge.
In the coming weeks, this blog will be starting up two initiatives, as follows:
- a social network, in which the blog’s civic lists will be able to share experiences and contacts
- a book by Marco Boschini, entitled "Viaggio nell'Italia dei Comuni a cinque stelle" (A voyage through Italy’s 5-star Municipalities), which is freely downloadable on line and describes the activities of all the virtuous Municipalities throughout the whole of Italy.
Today we have received some good news regarding three virtuous Municipalities: Colorno (Parma), Settimo Rottaro (Turin), Correggio (Reggio Emilia).

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"Colorno's 'Environmentally friendly crèche'":
The municipal crèche in Colorno has begun implementing a new initiative called the “Environmentally friendly crèche”.
The project involves the trial use, during October and November, of washable nappies instead of the biodegradable disposable ones, which were introduced by the current Town Council with effect from the last school year. The washable nappies offer a number of advantages all at the same time, namely: the children’s wellbeing (they are made of natural fabric without any synthetics), a reduction in the amount of refuse and a cost saving.
An intervention for the benefit of the environment and the health of the citizens.” www.comune.colorno.pr.it

"Settimo Rottaro, 'Fountain delivering both natural and sparkling water'"
A public fountain delivering both natural and sparkling water has been inaugurated at Settimo Rottaro.
The fountain will enable all of the residents of the town to take back control of a precious asset, namely water, while reducing the amount of waste produced by the use of bottled water. The fountain is able to deliver chilled natural or sparkling water. This proves that concrete, financially viable and sustainable actions do not always have to remain a pipe dream." www.intornoallago.it/Settimo_Rottaro

"Correggio, 'The solar-powered Municipality'"
From 2005 to the present, a number of energy saving interventions have been undertaken, involving renewable energy sources. Solar-power systems have been installed at the secondary schools, as well as solar heating plants at a number of sporting facilities.
These interventions have been accompanied by the upgrading of public lighting in the area. Here are some of the more significant data regarding energy savings: Approximately one thousand 125 Watt, metal iodide (white light) light globes have been replaced with 70 Watt, high-pressure sodium (yellow light) light globes. As regards the overall power usage, this has gone down from 602 kW to 538 kW, which is an energy saving of some 64 kW; the amount of energy consumed in one calendar year has dropped from 2,509,019 kWh down to 2,314,991 kWh, a difference of 275,028 kWh, which is equivalent to avoiding the emission of some 184 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in a single year. The overall level of ambient lighting has indeed risen from 6,000 lumen (unit of measurement of light intensity) to 6,600: therefore, thanks to new light fittings and sodium light globes, energy has been saved by means of better lighting." www.comune.correggio.re.it

With the collaboration of Marco Boschini, Comuni virtuosi.

Ps: Antonio Di Pietro oggi lancia il referendum contro il "Lodo Alfano" a Piazza Navona. Potete seguire la diretta dal suo sito. Firmate contro la legge che protegge la banda dei quattro.

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