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Public Invited to Sustainable Energy Workshops

BOONE–The Appalachian State University Sustainable Energy Society presents a series of free workshops during spring semester. All workshops are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 167 of Kerr Scott Hall, located on Rivers Street, unless otherwise noted. The public is invited.

The topics are:

Jan. 31 Green Building in North Carolina, featuring

NC Healthy Built Homes, Energy Star and Advanced Energy System Vision.

Feb. 5 (1 p.m. Saturday) Small Wind on Beech Mountain

Off Campus: Visit the Small Wind Initiative Research & Demonstration Site. Visit for directions.

Feb. 7 REI Open Forum

Help brainstorm ways to spend the university’s proposed Renewable Energy Initiative funds (free pizza, Room 17).

Feb. 14 Composting and Cold Frames

Turn food scraps into dirt and dirt into food year-round.

Feb. 21 Homemade Household Cleaning Products

Learn how to make your own sustainable household cleaners.

Feb. 28 Passive Solar House Design

Design considerations for your home that use abundant solar energy.

March 14 Sustainable Transportation Options

From point B to point A in a slightly different way.

March 21 Mountain Top Removal

Think it sounds bad? Well it is.

April 4 Boone Community Action Update

Local community organizations speak on what’s happening.

April 11 Take Your Bedroom Off the Grid

Start an affordable photovoltaic system.

April 16 (1 p.m. Saturday) Making Biodiesel at the Farm

Off Campus: Tour a small-scale biodiesel processor at the Valle Crucis farm. See for directions.

April 18 Journey of a Solar Technician

Hear the life experiences of Heath Galloway, an appropriate technology graduate, installing big photovoltaic systems in Hawaii and California.

Workshops are led by Sustainable Energy Club members, professionals and community members. All knowledge levels are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Brent at (828) 773-9242 or, or visit