The 1970s

“ENERGY USE, ALTERNATIVES AND RELATED SUBJECTS” Urban Options is born in 1978.

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The 1970s

“ENERGY USE, ALTERNATIVES AND RELATED SUBJECTS” “The Energy House” is conceptualized in the late 1970s.

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The 1970s

“ENERGY USE, ALTERNATIVES AND RELATED SUBJECTS” Early Urban Options staff and volunteers fashion a solar greenhouse as part of the first Energy House.

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The 1970s

“ENERGY USE, ALTERNATIVES AND RELATED SUBJECT” The original house located on Linden Street. Next door to it is the second “Energy Demonstration House,” which is still the organization’s headquarters today.

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The 1980s

A TIMELY MISSION THEN AND NOW Urban Options defines its purpose and much of the work it would do in subsequent decades: energy efficiency, renewable energy, education and local sustainability. Services offered by Urban Options and remembered fondly by some people still today include a home and garden tool-lending program and a community library.

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The 1980s

A TIMELY MISSION THEN AND NOW For decades, the Pretty Shaky String Band holds weekly jam sessions at Urban Options.

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The 1980s

REDUCE. REUSE. RELOCATE. Despite the efforts of Urban Options staff and supporters, they, in fact, do not save the original house from the wrecking ball.

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The 1980s

REDUCE. REUSE. RELOCATE. Urban Options strikes a deal with the City of East Lansing to relocate the Dutch Colonial Revival house next door to its existing spot at 405 Grove Street. At the time, energy upgrades to this historic building include a passive solar addition, double-pane casement windows, insulation and eventually a solar roof.

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The 1980s

REDUCE. REUSE. RELOCATE. One of the early editions of The Sundial newsletter, November 1981.

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The 1990s

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CLASSIC COMPOST Urban Options increasingly becomes known for introducing new energy-saving technologies into the marketplace—including compact fluorescent light bulbs. Back in the day, CFLs were more expensive than incandescent lights.

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