Join The Movement | UpGrade Athens County

UpGrade Ohio connects people with local resources to reduce energy use and to access renewable energy solutions, paving the way for a sustainable energy transition in Ohio. UpGrade Ohio has broad support and a strong mandate to implement energy reform.

UpGrade Ohio will transform the energy economy in Ohio by engaging citizens in energy awareness, resulting in citizen action that reduces energy consumption, increases energy efficiency, spurs technological innovation, and improves long-term economic and environmental sustainability for the region.

UpGrade Athens County, a project of UpGrade Ohio, is a semi-finalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize!

It’s a two-year competition that challenges communities to reduce their energy consumption through innovation and community engagement. The winning community receives a $5 million prize to use on transformational energy projects!

The competition ends on the last day of 2016. This is a call to all the UpGraders, in Athens and beyond.


Squeaky Duck Farmstead Tour and Potluck Supper

Sunday | June 26 | 4 -7 pm

2767 SR 56 New Marshfield Ohio

SQDuck_SLN TourSqueaky Duck Farmstead  is a 21st Century Homestead experiment founded by Erin Hogan & Kyle Look in 2014, seeking true sustainability in agriculture. Integrating a market garden, small livestock, and an innovative approach to everything, guests will learn about the farmstead’s multi-faceted approach to successful homesteading.

Some of the practices and elements that will be seen on the tour are: pastured poultry and rabbits, a prototype bin for growing black soldier fly larvae, solar-powered mowing for mulching, our prototype biogas digester, heirloom vegetables, perennials, value-adding, and use of rain capture, drip irrigation, GoSun solar cooker, solar photovoltaic microgrid, and solar dehydrator.

Directions – take SR 56 out of Athens for about 10 miles,  pass the 691 jct watch for #2767 and a SLN sign on the left.

Check out Squeaky Duck Farmstead’s GoFundMe page to learn about their initiatives and goals and consider supporting them: