Department of Defense

Green fitness centers

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How much electricity does it cost to run a fitness center? Well, how much alternative energy could you fit into one? Fitness centers at military installations tend to be complexes with at least one large building. The opportunities to take advantage or alternative energy solutions are numerous: acres of roof space for solar panels; hundreds of people willing to peddle, spin, climb, or row generators; open fields where at least one wind turbine could help power floodlights, yet we continue to build fitness centers that cost hundreds of thousands to operate. Let's learn from examples like Oregon's The Green Microgym and reduce the cost while staying fit.

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Idea No. 8206