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South Shore resident Jamal Ali composts all organic leftovers from his family's meals. He is devoted to spreading green living to the black community, a group he said has yet to widely adopt eco-friendly habits.

Chicago author urges black community to go green

by Kaitlin Meehan
May 19, 2011

The green movement is more popular than ever, but experts say socioeconomic barriers like high crime and lower household income keep the trend from catching on in all communities.  When a tankless water heater costs $1,500 more than a standard one, environmentalism often takes a backseat to saving money. Kaitlin Meehan shares one local author’s quest to get the black community to go green.