CBSE-Hubs (Community Based Sustainable Economy Hubs)

by Barry Hanson | Apr 03, 2013
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Establish, and fund for a few years, one CBSE-Hub to serve as a model for others using underutilized land such as brownfields. The CBSE-Hub would address the following areas of economic interest: end use energy, food, banking and transportation. Its one overriding mandate would be to retain as much money in the community as possible. It would have a positive return on investment and would create a significant number of jobs. The potential for St. Paul is $1 billion per year for end use energy (heat, electricity, transportation fuel), $1.2 billion for food expenditures and an unknown but large amount of money in banking services since local banks such as the state owned Bank of North Dakota would provide access to capital. About 40% of all corporate profits in the US go to financial institutions that produce nothing and 70% of the economy is consumer driven for basic goods, many of which can be produced locally if people are given the opportunity to take control of their economic destiny. The CBSE-Hub would give that opportunity.

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CBSE-Hubs (Community Based Sustainable Economy Hubs)

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Establish, and fund for a few years, one CBSE-Hub to serve as a model for others using underutilized land such as brownfields. The CBSE-Hub would address the following areas of economic interest: end use energy, food, banking and transportation. Its one overriding mandate would be to retain as much money in the community as possible. It would have a positive return on investment and would create a significant number of jobs. The potential for St. Paul is $1 billion per year for end use energy (heat, electricity, transportation fuel), $1.2 billion for food expenditures and an unknown but large amount of money in banking services since local banks such as the state owned Bank of North Dakota would provide access to capital. About 40% of all corporate profits in the US go to financial institutions that produce nothing and 70% of the economy is consumer driven for basic goods, many of which can be produced locally if people are given the opportunity to take control of their economic destiny. The CBSE-Hub would give that opportunity.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Co-ops are a great concept and work well but don’t go far enough in creating wealth and jobs. The CBSE-Hub is different because it employs conversion technologies (in the case of end use energy for example) that are scaled down and relatively inexpensive to capitalize. A couple of examples would be to use urban wood waste, energy crops grown on brownfields such as brush willow, some MSW even, and powderize this biomass at the Hub using equipment that is now available. The powder then is used as a replacement for natural gas or oil as a heating fuel or for use directly in an external combustion mCHP unit (micro combined heat and power).

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

By replacing boiler burners with powder burners or even using biomass powder as a feedstock for a briquetting/pelletizing industry jobs are created and heating fuel is procured locally at $5 per million BTUs vs $15-$30 per million BTUs for an imported fuel. The mCHP also produces electricity of course so micro grids could be established to compete with the utility. Small scale indirect fired gasifiers now can produce spec diesel fuel directly from plastic, etc.

One CBSE-Hub could reasonably have a ROI of $22 million per year; St. Paul could support ten such hubs. Just as importantly would be the increase in community involvement that comes with a local coordinated effort centered around the accommodation of basic needs such as food, energy and banking and transportation.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea would have staying power because allows communities to prevent the flow of money out of their area via large multinational corporations and other entities that do not have a stake in the community. A population area of 300,000 would have about $2 billion up for grabs; the $200 million ROI for ten CBSE-Hubs represents a capture of only 10% of that “trade deficit”. People tend to become more politically active and aware when they have a direct economic stake involved.

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