Water Harvesting Workshop / Green retrofit workshop
Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - 08:00 - 12:00
Empowering Local Communities, Inc. and Watershed Management Group (WMG) are joining together on the day, to host free workshops that teach people cost effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their home, and save money on utility bills.
Empowering Local Communities, Inc will focus on weatherizing and, insulating the homes.
Founder Tres English states that “The average Tucson family produces about as much CO2 in a year as their house and cars weigh – almost 30 tons. On October 10, you can be part of one small step for Tucson and the World by demonstrating the solutions available”
WMG will build landscape features that harvest rainwater, and plant trees to shade the house and yard.
Catlow Shipek explains “40% of the city of Tucson’s energy expenditures are for transportation of water, and the Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the single largest user of electricity in the state”
He claims that “Typically 40-60% of household water use is for outside use. By using water harvesting techniques to grow trees we reduce carbon emissions from water transportation. The trees will then capture carbon and as they grow reduce the urban heat island effect as well as reduce inside cooling needs by shading buildings”
Karin Have host of one of the events states that "I just bought a fixer upper in Barrio Hollywood and 10-10-10 was a great way to meet my neighbors" also "350 is a global idea and it was nice to act locally".
All work parties will be lead by fully trained instructors. To register for the WMG workshop email email@example.com. To register for the home retrofit contact Tres English, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Host: The mission of Watershed Management Group is to improve rural and urban livelihoods by integrating community development and conservation. We provide local residents and community groups with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustainably manage their natural resources. An enterpise of WMG is our Sweat equity co-op. WMG’s Co-op consists of a community of members who work together to make sustainable living a part of their daily lives. The Co-op is based in the barn-raising model, where people volunteer their labor to build sustainable systems (such as water harvesting cisterns and landscapes, greywater systems, food production, compost and waste management systems) and in turn earn the ability to host a workshop at their own home with a volunteer crew. See http://www.watershedmg.org/co-op for more details
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