We visit friends.
Take our webtour...Last month´s meeting we cruised the latest alternate energy sites, found out there were whole malls that featured our delights, and picked up search tricks.
Some of the highlights are posted at our website.
Come to our next meeting
We kick around new ideas...
How about...Doing an online database of salvage building materials... We can all save on our next projects. We´d love to collaborate with Holly at Hamilton County´s Environmental Services (513-946-7779) who has a database & newsletter where you can find all sorts of treasures looking for new owners.
Going to that subdivision of all underground houses out in Indiana? Wouldn´t that be cool?
Scheme about forming our own Gaviotas... Haven´t heard? Gaviotas is the village, the model for how to re-invent the world... now there´s no excuse, not even "if it weren´t for the"...
They did it under incredible circumstances and with amazing flair. Gaviotas, the book by Alan Weisman, was reviewed in our February newsletter.
Or check out the newest model electric car... this year in May we´ve got plans to preview the new hybrid Toyota!! Or maybe next time we´ll test-ride some human-powered vehilcles!
Maybe an outing at Van Melle´s, the candy manufacturer in Northern Kentucky... a leader in implementing environmental and alternate energy solutions in the commercial world, with solar hot water, photovoltaics, geothermal and future wind generator plans. They have the snazziest sunbenders over their skylights!
We also have invitations to see Dave´s shotcrete domes under construction
Skip´s wind turbine and pellet stove in operation.
And with luck Jeanette´s Culvert House may be through the engineering calculations.
And Cossie has plans for Earth Day at one of our local college campuses.
Or maybe we´ll take Tennie´s suggestion and do an event on Feng Shui
Have a great idea for us? Drop us a line.
Paula Gonzales, of Earth Connection... The answer to the steering committee´s challenge may dovetail nicely with some of the most exciting times in AEA history.
Back in the days when the energy crisis was the power behind activity at the AEA, there was a period roughly 15 years ago, around the time when I served for a while as president, that the AEA´s focus was more global and it´s members were more numerous and energetic. We applied for and got grants to fund an impressive list of visiting lecturers and drew crowds of the curious and the beginners.
In our work at Earth Connection, we again see the emergence of a new wave of interest. Though we are now in a transformational period, with only tentative beginnings apparent, that flood of literature for individual readers, to which John referred, is a signal that the personal energy is being nurtured and will emerge in some form soon.
As many things in nature move in cycles, so it may be time for the AEA to consider long term planning to prepare for this new interest. At Earth Connection, this is our focus. This outreach work is our ministry. And collaboration would be welcome. With the AEA, we at Earth Connection could co-sponsor workshops for the novices who have been reading and incubating projects.
This wave can not be neglected nor fail to develop without serious harm to our futures. In places like Holland, the environmentalists have found allies among the insurance community who are beginning to awaken to the reality of the global ecological hazards that are on their doorstep as the North Sea rises and the weather becomes more volatile.
That recognition is beginning to come forward into the consciousness of our community here in the Tristate. At EarthConnection we have just completed an enthusiastically-attended 4-week seminar series on "Envisioning A Sustainable Future", which I gave as EC´s founder. The number grew each week, so we are certain that many folks out there want to learn how to simplify their lives and help heal the planet!! We welcome new faces!!. To accomodate those who would like a tour of this unique structure which is warmed in winter by last summer´s sunshine, EC is open on Tuesday nights until 8 pm and on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 2 pm.
The EC Center, constructed from many reused and recycled materials, features an experimental active solar heating system, historic timber-frame construction, super-insulation, energy-efficient lighting, an extensive resource center, organic gardens, alternative landscaping and short woodland trails. Also, the building may be rented for meetings, seminars and retreats. For information call 451-3932.
Ken and the first Solar Cookers...
I remember the first workshop on solar cookers ever given here. It was a sunny day and Rich Komp was the instructor. Before long I was building solar cookers. Beginning in ´89, I´ve built them for many folks including the one for a gentleman who called a couple years ago and needed a cooker in a couple days so he could get it on a ship going to Honduras. Total now is more than 50 but the interest in solar cooking seems to have disappeared.
I have also held workshops such as the one several years ago at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. One particularly memorable day was the workshop at my home for the women of Grailville. I supply the parts and they assembled the units. We frequently test our new cookers by baking chocolate chip cookies. On this occasion, two of the women were from other countries and planned to take their cookers overseas with them.
(We especially want to thank Ken for all his good-natured help with our cookouts, for his generous and meticulous work in supplying parts and pointers, and for his creativity in improving the early design.
Let´s show Ken that solar cookers are alive and well, we´re just incubating new variations... like maybe a version that´s mountable in a sunny window with access to the cookspace from inside the house, maybe a thermometer, a timer, a PV powered fan for convection... send Ken a note via our PR director!)
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