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“Our health is deeply tied to our living situation,” said Adrean Angles, MPH’15, Medicine Class of 2023. “Sustainable housing means taking control of one’s own living situation and offers a sense of freedom.”
Angles converted a tobacco kiln into a 400-square-foot, off-grid home on Oneida Nation of the Thames. The home has two, 1,000-litre water storage tanks to collect rain and supply water. Power is provided via solar panels and a battery bank, with a generator available as back-up. A small wood stove is the main source of heat for the colder months and offers a place to cook as well.
The second-year medical student says he knows what it’s like to worry about paying rent and hydro and accessing food – one of the reasons he wanted to demonstrate the utility of a tiny home.