The 16th Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon (see below if that's new to you) will take place on Saturday, May 4th. While our house demonstrates many different green building techniques and materials, it's kind of a mishmosh -- this month we'll take a look at three very distinct visions of green buildings.
First, Mark Dixon (of YERT fame) will talk about the Earthship, a rammed-earth, passive-solar "house made of garbage" pioneered by Michael Reynolds in New Mexico. Mark and Christine plan to build an Earthship here in Pittsburgh, and would love to share the process with us.
Richard Piacentini, Executive Director of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, will talk about the brand-new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, the world's most stringent environmental standards. We'll also hear from Elisa Beck, who has been working to meet the Living Building Challenge with the Schwartz Living Market on the South Side, and Marijke Hecht of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy -- the soon-to-be-rebuilt Frick Environmental Center just up the hill will also be a Living Building.Finally, bringing us back to a more accessible residential scale, Salon regulars Ayres Freitas and Lucyna de Barbaro will talk about the Passivhaus they plan to build in Squirrel Hill, which will be so energy-efficient that they'll be able to skip the furnace altogether.
And if you haven't been here before, you may enjoy checking out our roof garden as well as the many other interesting things around our place, from the shiitake logs to the seedling nursery. That'll mainly be happening between 3 & 4 p.m.
3-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill. Please don't arrive before 3pm; we plan on introducing speakers beginning around 4pm after folks have had a chance to meet, mingle, and tour around an interesting and productive urban permaculture site. Please email me to RSVP (important for yesses and maybes, please do so each time -- it helps greatly in several ways. Be sure to include salon in the Subject line, as I receive a ridiculous amount of email every day. Bring food and/or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events), for updates. If you'd like to start making your own kombucha, please bring a pint jar along.
A Sustainability Salon is basically a house party with an environmental theme -- usually with featured speakers on a particular topic -- accompanied by stimulating conversation, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included air quality, health care, solar power, trees & park stewardship, alternative energy & climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings & discussions (led by the filmmakers) over the winter with both YERT and Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, and more food.