Chippewa Valley
Sustainable Future Festival

Forest St. Community Gardens
Sat. Sept. 17th, 2016

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2013 Workshops

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Time
Location
Topic
10:00
Main Building
DIY Solar Power Installation
by Steve Terwillinger
11:00 Main Building Fermentation as Food Preservation: A Traditional Food Art Form (Just Like Grandma Did) by Noel Kroeplin
1:00 Main Building One Family's Story: Recovering from Western Civilization
by Kenton Whitman
2:00 Main Building Beekeeping by Ellen Sorenson
10:00
Tent B
Garbology 101- A Brief Pictorial Review of the 3 Million Year History of Garbage Disposal by Humans by Terry Mesch
11:00 Tent B City Wide Compost Collection - A discussion of Eau Claire possibilities by Glen Fisher
1:00 Tent B Building a Climate Change Justice Movement in the Chippewa Valley by Kate Hale Wilson
2:00 Tent B How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work by Jesse Green
10:00
Barn A
Rainbarrel Workshop by Mike Erickson and Dan Zerr
(See descriptions below)

2013 Workshop Description

DIY Solar Power Installation by Steve Terwillinger
Steve and Ellen Terwilliger installed a 6 Kw solar photo voltaic system at their residence in Eau Claire in December 2011. All work was done by Steve and his cousin Scott. The system has allowed them to be "carbon neutral" for all of their residential energy needs. Steve's presentation details the full process of the planning and installation.


Steve Terwilliger is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Art & Design at UWEC. He has studied transportation design as well as energy, resource and sustainability concerns for many years. His presentation on Sustainable Transportation was given at the conclusion of the recent Eau Claire Sustainability Study Group. He also has a presentation on his very successful self-installed home solar electric system (DIY Solar PV) and one on Fossil Fuel Depletion and Sustainable Energy.


Fermentation as Food Preservation: A Traditional Food Art Form (Just Like Grandma Did) by Noel Kroeplin

From sauerkraut to kimchi and far beyond, fermentation is one of the earliest forms of food preservation. It requires no boiling or freezing and just... happens. Noel will demonstrate the simple, basic techniques of lactofermentation by preparing sauerkraut. Just like grandma's. There will be time for discussion of other forms of fermentation including fermentation of vegetables, meat curing, alternative "sodas", sourdough, cheese and more!

Noel is passionate about living creatures, from the microbial to megafauna. She grew up on a farm in the Chippewa Valley and returned nearly four years ago to plant her roots. Nearly every step of her life has incorporated food and agriculture. When she took a course based on principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Noel became hooked on fermentation. She currently wanders the northwoods with her dog, is the Operations Coordinator at Just Local Food Cooperative, gardens, ferments and generally enjoys life.



Building a Climate Change Justice Movement in the Chippewa Valley by Kate Hale Wilson

Climate change is our civilizations greatest challenge. While a majority of local people believe immediate action is needed, many are discouraged by powerful interests and misinformation, and the daunting task of building a sustainable energy future. Luckily, citizens in Eau Claire are creating a climate justice movement to take action from city hall to U.S. Capitol. Learn about opportunities to be involved in Eau Claire Climate Action Now (CAN) and Eau Claire Citizens Climate Lobby!

Kate Hale Wilson is a group organizer with the Citizens Climate Lobby Eau Claire Team, the former UW-Eau Claire Sustainability Fellow, and retired faculty member in the English Department at UW-Eau Claire.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work by Jesse

This presentation is about how geothermal heat pumps work and different applications. A question and answer session at the end.

Jesse works with Water Source Heating and Cooling has been installing geothermal heat pumps in Western Wisconsin since 1983. They've installed approximately 2,000 geothermal systems, with the installations being done in residential and light commercial applications.



Garbology 101- A Brief Pictorial Review of the 3 Million Year History of Garbage Disposal by Humans by Terry Mesch

An educational and entertaining 40-50 minute PowerPoint presentation about garbage disposal/ recycling/reuse/reduction throughout human history. Discusses disposal methods of choice from prehistoric times when we were hunter-gatherers to early civilization to modern times. Notes major (and minor) events that caused dramatic changes to the ways in which we handle our waste. Examines present day options such as recycling, reduction, composting, reuse, etc.

Terry has been Coordinator of Pepin County's Recycling/Solid Waste Program for more than 20 years. He was President of Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, the state's largest association of recycling professionals. He is a Master Composter and has presented Garbology 101 to a variety of groups from elementary school to college environmental organizations to senior citizen groups.


Rain Barrel Workshop by Dan Zerr and Mike Erickson

Learn how you can help keep excess runoff from washing pollutants into storm drains and local water bodies, through the use of rain barrels. You'll learn some of the reasons why rain barrels are a good idea, and you'll learn how to make your own, and take it home with you! There is a fee for this workshop to cover the cost of the barrel and materials. To pre-register call 715-839-6226 there is a limit to the class size so sign up early!

Mike Erickson, with Eau Claire County Land Conservation, and Daniel Zerr with UW-Extension, have been conducting rain barrel workshops in the Chippewa Valley for several years.


One Family's Story: Recovering from Western Civilization by Kenton Whitman

One family's journey from a blind pursuit of the American Dream to living in a sustainable community model. From successful entrepreneurs who owned their own home and land, to spending a year electricity-free living in a yurt, to "finding their tribe" in a community living situation, Kenton and Rebecca, along with their daughter Mirabelle, have explored multiple ways of living in today's society. Kenton will share their story of moving from a life of unexamined goals and motivations to a life of "walking their talk" and finding a way to make a living while still adhering to their values. He'll include practical advice and inspiration for finding your own tribe, developing a heart-felt career, and living in a way that is environmentally and emotionally sustainable.

Kenton Whitman is the nature and outdoors columnist for the Dunn County News, and the founder of ReWild University, a wilderness survival/mindfulness/martial arts school in Menomonie, WI that helps people recover from the mental, emotional, and physical ills of our culture, and return to a more natural, joyful, eco-holistic, and healthy way of living.


City Wide Compost Collection - A discussion of Eau Claire possibilities by Glen Fisher

City wide compost collection faces several challenges from being implemented in the City of Eau Claire. A large portion of our waste stream is organic material that does not need to be deposited in landfills. As a city of 60,000+ it is important to explore avenues to reduce our waste stream. This presentation will cover the current municipal codes and a brief history of solid waste collection in the city. Come learn how Eau Claire can work towards drastically reducing our landfill waste.

Graduate of the UWEC, Glen Fisher is now a citizen activist in Eau Claire


Hobby Bee Keeping - by Ellen Sorenson

This presentation will introduce you to some of the issues surrounding beekeeping today. Expect to learn about producing local honey, the pollination role served by honeybees and the difficulties apiarists face with Colony Collapse Disorder.

Ellen Sorenson is a hobby beekeeper and geographer. Ellen's journey with beekeeping began in college when she helped to start an apiary on the campus of UWEC in 2009. She has given lectures and countless tours of her bee yard. Ms. Sorenson has focused her studies on the effects of geospatial relationships on Wisconsin's hobbyist beekeeper.

 

Mission

"To increase knowledge about sustainability to the citizens
of the Chippewa Valley. Specifically, citizens will learn how to infuse sustainable practices into their lives,
basic tenets of sustainability, and learn how other groups
in the area are conducting sustainability activities."

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