The "Arabella," a passenger, catamaran, sail boat from Martha's Vineyard to Cuttyhunk Island in southeastern Massachusetts worked for decades, was a successful small business, and is a model of very low emissions public transportation suitable for traveling between Cuttyhunk, the Vineyard Sound and Buzzard's Bay, Boston even, as well as many places around the world.
And Cuttyhunk's windmill which was built around 1977 and stood for decades could have worked for clean energy generation ... but the hook up and storage of wind-generated electricity were too expensive at the time.
And people walk on Cuttyhunk a lot - which generates wellbeing - as well as travel in golf carts (and the electric ones could be charged from wind-generated energy.
All are great models for what is possible on and around Cuttyhunk, as well as in many other places around the globe.
And Cuttyhunk Island is also a kind of model for thinking about the local - place - and energy autonomy.
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/08/hardhack-green-energy-catamaran.html - August 4, 2010)