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A USAID-funded project in St. Petersburg, Russia, demonstrates practical ways people can conserve resources and save energy. This roof garden, against the background of a grim city landscape, was created by the building’s residents. They united in an eco-group – a small sustainable community that implements the principles of resource saving and lives by the slogan “Start saving the planet in your kitchen.” In the basement of their building, they breed California worms that produce compost, which is used for growing vegetables on the roof. Roof Gardening Club Chairperson Anna Sokol, pictured reclining at the rooftop garden, does not complain about her tiny pension: “Many residents of our building cannot afford a dacha, so why can’t we go up on our own roof and start working for ourselves.”  Photo Credit: Dmitry Feklisov