Sustainability Fair

Fall Sustainability, Peace & Justice Series


GAzeboSustFairShakori Hills has been committed to practicing and promoting environmental sustainability since its inception. Look around the festival and you will see composting and recycling bins, solar electric panels, local foods, an organic community garden, 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 local leaders in this movement.

Friday, October 9

6pm – Shakori Hills Green Drinks!

A locally sourced wine/beer/cider/spirits and local food Happy Hour! Join a who’s who of NC local drink and local food folks and toast all things local! Swap stories of local fuel, local food & drink, and local finance, and all things sustainable. Bring a local drink to enjoy or share if you wish. We’ll have snacks and local beverage samples as well.


Saturday, October 10

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 system 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).

MichaelChandlerSmallHouse11am – 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 20th 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. If an act of injustice occurs are you prepared to stand for justice? Do you know what it looks like to live your principles every day? We can – and need to – be honest about how our culture creates and maintains ways to divide and undermine us. Our challenge is to change how power is expressed in our lives. Come share your hopes, concerns and solutions.

1:00 pm – Sacred Ecology and Nature Spirituality; Nature as Beloved, Inspiration, Healer and Teacher with Leif Diamant

Nature is the original source of many religions and spiritualities. Nature is our home; wildness is our roots. This workshop will explore and practice ways to experience Nature as the Beloved. We are designed, as human beings, to Love Nature. We will discuss and practice behaviors that can deepen and expand this primary resource in our daily lives. When we do, we open our hearts, minds and bodies to vibrant beauty, health, love, joy, creativity, peace and perspective. Leif Diamant is an organic farmer in Silk Hope (Box Turtle Community Supported Agriculture), licensed psychotherapist, naturalist and botanist and ordained interspiritual minister. He has taught classes at UNC, Duke, Warren Wilson College and NC Botanical Gardens,

CobWorkshop12 pm – Building with Cob and Straw bales! with Greg Allen, Mud Dauber School of Natural Building

The most time-tested of all building methods are the ones that utilize natural, little-processed materials. Imagine being able to construct your own living spaces out of the clay, grass, stone and trees that you can harvest from your own property or immediate area! And imagine further towards a culture in which all members are empowered builders. Natural building has an intrinsic beauty (much like a forest, a mountain or an ocean is beautiful), is healthful for the builders and inhabitants, is intuitive to learn and exists in harmony with our natural world. Greg will speak about and present photos of buildings that he has constructed using cob, straw bale, roundwood and other natural materials; there will also be images from the Mud Dauber School’s natural building workshops, in which students with no previous experience leave an intense week of hands-on building with the confidence to take on their own project!

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.

4pm – 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.


Sunday, October 11

10am – Affordable Passive Solar Trombe Wall Home Heating with Joseph Ballentine

This workshop will demonstrate how to affordably build a modified solar Trombe wall. A Trombe wall is a passive solar building method used to heat your home. Jeff Klemm and Joseph Ballentine have designed and built a solar panel using both passive and active solar techniques utilizing easily available and inexpensive or recycled materials.

11am – Affordable Solar Thermal Water Heater with Jeff Klemm

This workshop will start with an overview of solar thermal – for water heating – and then delve into how to 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 yourself for approximately $250 to $300. A materials list and CAD drawing can be provided to interested parties as a guide to build a panel themselves.

12pm – Home Solar Power Electricity with Ed Witkin of Carrboro Solar Works

Ed will lead an interactive discussion about the use of PV 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 solar technologies and how to take advantage of them.

1pm – Small House Sustainable Communities w/ Harvey Harman and Laurie Cone

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. Laurie Cone is a high school Environmental Science teacher in Raleigh, a big fan of downsizing and a member of the Living Well community.

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.

4pm – Endangered Species & Ecosystem Stability With Fuzz Sanderson

Enter The Anthropocene with Eyes Open! This Class will be an exploration of what is happening with endangered species and some of the ripple effects associated with loss of species. The format will be a brief introduction to the topic and then a facilitated discussion/question and answer session. We will cover: Reasons for endangerment of species, Ecosystem stability, Keystone Species, What is the Anthropocene and What is our Role? There is hope and the possibility of a bright future.

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