Sustainability Fair

Fall Sustainability, Peace & Justice Series

 

Shakori Hills has been committed to practicing and promoting Sustainability since its inception. Look around the festival, and you will see composting and recycling bins, solar energy, local foods and gardening, tractors powered by renewable biodiesel, preservation of woodlands and water conservation. The Sustainability Pavilion is the center of this practice, located between the Ticket Booth and the Kids’ Tent. Here we offer a series of demonstrations and discussions where you can learn more and meet leaders in this movement.

Friday, October 10th

1:00pm – Learn about and sign up for Solarize Orange County with Rob Pinder

Come learn from Rob Pinder, founder of Solarize Carrboro, about this grassroots initiative that makes solar power for your home simple and affordable. Enrollment for Solarize Orange County and Chapel Hill kicked off in early September and is now open! Come sign up for your free assessment and to learn how you can inexpensively implement solar electricity in your home.

6:00pm – Green Drinks with Lyle Estill & Carol Peppe Hewitt

Join us as we celebrate Sustainability! Are you working in the field of Sustainability or interested in it? Join local authors Lyle Estill and Carol Peppe Hewitt, along with a who’s who of North Carolina renewable energy and sustainability folks, for a happy hour get-together.  Bring a local drink to enjoy or share; some snacks will be provided.

 

Saturday, October 11th

9:30am – Fall Walkabout with Pierre Lauffer

Pierre will be leading a nature walk and an informative, philosophical group discussion on the historical natural heritage of the Shakori Hills land. With more than 20 years experience in environmental management and planning, Pierre is seeking to change the way regions and communities understand resource usage within the communal context. Open dialogue will touch upon the idea that a community’s public welfare directly relates to the amount of open space maintained as a communal asset.

10am – Making & Using Biodiesel Fuel with Lyle Estill, Piedmont Biofuels

Lyle will lead a down-and-dirty, detailed presentation on this clean and renewable alternative fuel. Learn from the experts how to make one’s car, tractor or home heating an earth-friendly machine; a primer on what biodiesel is, why and how to use it. Piedmont will also be on hand for fuel sales in the parking lot (Friday-Sunday 11am-2pm).

11am – Tiny House Design-Build Round Table with Michael Chandler, Chandler Design-Build

Tiny Houses are growing in interest and sophistication due to their stylistic and functional flexibility, as well as acoustic privacy and affordability.  Michael will share images, plans and construction methods of the many tiny houses he has built in a Question & Answer session – so bring your ideas and questions and get informed answers. Michael is a local green builder, teacher and writer. His company has won the DOE Energy Value Housing Award, NAHB Green Home of the Year, NAHB Master Green Builder of the Year and NAHB Green Builder/Advocate of the Year.

12noon – Common Ground for Peace & Justice with The Independent Progressive Politics Network

Our 19th Common Ground for Peace & Justice Forum will gather in open community space to share, dialogue and discover how to bring the energy and inspiration of Shakori Hills into our daily lives. Come share your hopes, concerns and solutions.

2pm – Affordable Solar Thermal with Jeff Klemm

This workshop will start with an overview of solar thermal for home heating and then delve into how you can apply this technology affordably in your own home.  Jeff Klemm has designed and built his own solar thermal panel and will describe how to build one for under $250.  A materials list and CAD drawing can be provided to interested parties as a guide to build a panel themselves.

3pm – Composting & Zero Waste with Bob & Camille Armantrout

Bob and Camille are zero-waste advocates who have been composting for more than a decade. They will present waste reduction strategies and basic composting techniques using low-tech, inexpensive methods that almost anyone can follow. This interactive discussion is intended to help those new to home composting, as well as seasoned composters improve their personal organic waste management practices.

 

Sunday, October 12

11am – Solar Power & Heat in the Home with David Boynton, Chief Technician, Southern Energy Management

David will lead an interactive discussion about the use of PV and Solar Thermal systems within the home. He will discuss solar energy technology and how to improve home PV systems to achieve the greatest energy savings as well as local, state and national trends in PV systems. Participants will also learn about state and federal tax credits, how they apply to PV emplacements and how to take advantage of them.

12pm – Affordable Solar Thermal with Jeff Klemm

This workshop will start with an overview of solar thermal for home heating, and then delve into how you can apply this technology affordably in your own home. Jeff Klemm has designed and built his own solar thermal panel and will describe how to build one for under $250. A materials list and CAD drawing can be provided to interested parties as a guide to build a panel themselves.

1pm – Small House Sustainable Communities with Harvey Harman

Drawing from a life spent focused on building Community, Harvey Harman will lead this interactive discussion focused on the many benefits of Small House Sustainable communities. Harvey Harman is the Construction Director for Chatham Habitat for Humanity and is currently starting the Living Well Community, an eco village on the Deep River in Randolph County.

2pm – GrassRoots Festival as a Social Enterprise:  Modeled Structures for the Future of Capitalism with Jordan Puryear, GrassRoots Festival Founder

Jordan will lead a discussion on creating socially conscious business enterprises that contribute to community sustainability. Jordan is co-founder of Shakori Hills, Virginia Key and the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festivals, which he has been involved in organizing and running since 1991. The festivals are self-supporting, non-profit corporations whose missions are socially conscious.