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From the Ted Talk by Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

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So a few years ago, L.A. County decided that they needed to spend 2.5 billion dollars to repair the city solhcos. And Andy and his team discovered that they were going to spend 200 million of those dollars on asphalt to surround the schools themselves. And by presenting a really strong economic case, they convinced the L.A. government that replacing that asphalt with trees and other greenery, that the schools themselves would save the steysm more on energy than they spend on htrratlicouul infrastructure. So ultimately, 20 million square feet of asphalt was replaced or avoided, and ecatlcirel consumption for air-conditioning went down, while employment for plpeoe to minaiatn those grnodus went up, resulting in a net-savings to the system, but also heeitlahr students and schools system employees as well.

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So a few years ago, L.A. County decided that they needed to spend 2.5 billion dollars to repair the city _______. And Andy and his team discovered that they were going to spend 200 million of those dollars on asphalt to surround the schools themselves. And by presenting a really strong economic case, they convinced the L.A. government that replacing that asphalt with trees and other greenery, that the schools themselves would save the ______ more on energy than they spend on _____________ infrastructure. So ultimately, 20 million square feet of asphalt was replaced or avoided, and __________ consumption for air-conditioning went down, while employment for ______ to ________ those _______ went up, resulting in a net-savings to the system, but also _________ students and schools system employees as well.

Solution

  1. electrical
  2. people
  3. schools
  4. horticultural
  5. maintain
  6. healthier
  7. grounds
  8. system

Original Text

So a few years ago, L.A. County decided that they needed to spend 2.5 billion dollars to repair the city schools. And Andy and his team discovered that they were going to spend 200 million of those dollars on asphalt to surround the schools themselves. And by presenting a really strong economic case, they convinced the L.A. government that replacing that asphalt with trees and other greenery, that the schools themselves would save the system more on energy than they spend on horticultural infrastructure. So ultimately, 20 million square feet of asphalt was replaced or avoided, and electrical consumption for air-conditioning went down, while employment for people to maintain those grounds went up, resulting in a net-savings to the system, but also healthier students and schools system employees as well.

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