- 2021 represented the first time in half a century that large urban counties experienced negative growth
- Migration to suburbs and exurban counties contribute more to carbon emissions, highlighting the need for a transition to renewable energy to combat climate change
- GeoSolar Technologies is an emerging leader with its whole-home system using solar, geothermal, and proprietary air filtration technologies
Americans in 2021 exited urban counties in droves, heading for suburban and exurban counties at a record pace. From an environmental perspective, the transition can have unintended negative consequences, as people generally have more property outside the city, drive more, and use more energy. It doesn’t haven’t to be that way, though, with net-zero pioneers like Norbert Klebl, Co-Founder, Development Director of GeoSolar Technologies (“GST”), leading a charge to rethink how suburban homes are powered, heated, and cooled with renewable resources.
According to the Economic Innovation Group using federal statistics, large urban counties (defined as those with 250,000+ people that include an urban center) experienced a net loss of 863,000 residents in 2021. A stunning 68% of these large urban counties shed population during the year, leading to the first time in 50 years that the aggregated group experienced negative growth.
The suburbs increasingly becoming the popular place to live has put an emphasis on the need for a clear focus on building the communities more sustainably. In a bid to slash carbon dioxide emissions in the coming years with a goal of net zero as early as 2050, cities nationwide are adopting stringent regulations. This summer, Crested Butte, Colorado banned natural gas use in new construction, joining cities and counties in California and New York City with similar laws. Now, Louisville, Colorado is looking to be the second city in the state to force electrification in new construction, a sign of an emerging trend in the mountainous state.
As Klebl noted in a recent Fortune article, there are many challenges related to the implementing net zero processes, including educating planning officials, contractors, and subcontractors. Klebl, recognized as one of the leading zero-carbon experts in the world, is now devoting his time to GeoSolar Technologies, a Denver-based climate technology company and creator of the SmartGreen™ Home system for newly built and existing homes and commercial buildings.
Geothermal and solar technologies are the backbone of SmartGreen™ Homes, which can operate completely disconnected from the electric grid and without the need to any fossil fuels. The patent-pending integrated system captures energy from the sun via rooftop photovoltaic solar panels for the home’s electricity demand. All appliances and mechanicals are electric and GeoSolar has options for electric car charging stations. Geothermal systems involve using the near constant temperature of the earth only a few feet underground for efficient heating and cooling in combination with a proprietary air purification unit that captures disease and illness-carrying pathogens.
GeoSolar has outfitted several test homes in Colorado for analysis where it has demonstrated some of the best results in the industry as measured by the Home Efficiency Ratings System (“HERS”).
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.GeoSolarPlus.com.
NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to GeoSolar Technologies are available in the company’s newsroom at https://ibn.fm/GST
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