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2018 Workshops

 

Saturday, March 17

11:00am – Norwex presents:  Chemical Crashers –   Learn how to clean your home using just water, no harsh chemicals!  You will also learn a few things about common chemicals we use in our everyday life & how easy it is to eliminate them.  Norwex will save you time, money and your health!

12:00pm – Center for EcoTechnology presents:  Creative Reuse – Creatively reuse otherwise discarded building materials to create new items that are both beautiful and useful. Participants will be able to do a hands on upcycling craft such as making a chalkboard from an old kitchen cabinet door.

1:00 Greening Greenfield presents:  Choosing your next carGreen Car Owners Tell All!  Are you thinking about buying a new or used car that costs less to run, or is gentler to the environment and the wave of the future? Come hear what green car owners have to say about their hybrid Toyota Prius, plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, or Tesla and Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, and how it compares to manufacturers claims. Moderated by Steve Kurkoski, green car fan, this will be a humorous interactive workshop that also includes tips on how to lease, buy new or used, and take-home handout.

2:00 Greening Greenfield presents:  Finding the $ and Prioritizing Solar & Energy-Saving Upgrades.  Do you want to add solar, waste less energy to lower your energy bills, and be part of climate change solutions, but don’t know where to start or how to afford it? Sally Pick, of SJP Environmental Consulting, LLC, will explain how you can upgrade your home over time to waste less energy and to generate fossil-fuel-free electricity with solar. In this new era of budget cuts to climate change solutions, she will tell you about where you can find rebates, incentives, and 0% interest loans for energy upgrades, and with solar incentives and loans that are still available. 

3:00  Pioneer Valley Squared presents:  SMART Solar in Massachusetts for homes and businesses.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

11:00 – Greening Greenfield presents:  How to Heat and Cool Your Home – Affordably.  If you have been thinking about upgrading your heating system to save money, or green your home and reduce your “footprint,” this is the workshop for you. Spartan Giordano, who built his own home and loves gizmos, will talk about the latest heating and cooling systems out there, how to evaluate what is the best for your home, and what questions to ask of your installer. Giordano also owns Spartan Solar, a solar hot water business.

12:00 – Norwex presents:  Chemical Crashers –   Learn how to clean your home using just water, no harsh chemicals!  You will also learn a few things about common chemicals we use in our everyday life & how easy it is to eliminate them.  Norwex will save you time, money and your health!

1:00 – Greening Greenfield presents:  How to build a home that has utility bills of less than $500 a year.  If you are thinking of building a new home that has a very low utility bills, this is the workshop for you. Spartan Giordano will talk about what he learned when designing and building his own home, which, was awarded a prestigious Zero-Net Energy home award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). In addition to design and material considerations, he will talk about questions you should ask your designer/builder to ensure that you get the eco-friendly home of your dreams at an affordable price. Giordano also owns Spartan Solar, a solar hot water business.

2:00 –  Pioneer Valley Squared presents:  SMART Solar in Massachusetts for homes and businesses.

3:00 – Leaffilter presents: The importance of a rainwater management system.  Learn about some of the signs to look for that could lead to problems, and tips on what to do to avoid them.