Also known as Igyaraq in the Central Alaskan Yup’ik language, Igiugig is a city that is going down an incredible path I hope more cities will follow. You see, Igiugig calls itself a renewable village.
What does that mean? For the residents of Igiugig, it means a number of things:
- They grow their own food — basil, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, you name it.
- They have a greenhouse where they grow that food, powered by three turbines.
- The Kvichak River provides them with water and fish.
- Some residents have solar collectors and power up their homes this way, so their energy costs are now incredibly cheaper than if they had continued to rely on the expensive diesel they were using before.
- Besides supporting themselves, they are also able to feed tourists who come and stay in the area’s lodgings.
- They build their own roads.
- They live by “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”