Sustainable Vocations 2012

Sustainable Vocations

Sustainable Vocations



Date: July 25 at 8:00am until August 11 at 5:00pm

Description: Sustainable Vocations provides an experiential introduction to green vocations and prepares young people (ages 15-24) for diverse leadership roles that integrate sustainability into their communities. In addition to serving as a holistic education and leadership program, graduates receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification.

Join us on this hands-on learning journey to create a more sustainable future

Permaculture Design – Sustainable Living Skills – Leadership & Community Building – Renewable Energy Intro – Green Building & Natural Building Intros – Environmental & Social Justice – Watershed Restoration – Localizing Food & Economy – Animal Husbandry – Rainwater Harvesting & Greywater Design – EcoEntrepreneurship & Sustainable Business – Nature Awareness – The Way of Council and Relationship Building – And More!

Cost: $2,500 tuition. Includes education, meals & camping

Early Bird discount: $2,250 for applications received by May 1, 2012

Priority Financial Aid Application Date: applications for financial aid (scholarships and payment plans) received by May 1, 2012 will receive priority consideration

Limited partial SCHOLARSHIPS are available for low-income youth and families thanks to the generosity of our scholarship fund sponsors. Sustainable Vocations is committed to program accessibility, and we offer creative strategies for those in need of assistance including ideas for raising funds from your network as well as payment plans to spread out the cost of the program. Diverse youth and families are passionately encouraged to inquire.

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The Straw Bale House

The Straw Bale House

I haven’t read more than an excerpt of The Straw Bale House
but what I did read was quite interesting. How building used to be a community activity that brought people together. People used to respect the structures they built and treated them as if they were living. They were made, used, served their purpose and eventually died. The community used items they had readily available to build and repair structures.
Today billion dollar conglomerates build massive structures that often hurt our environment and are built in terms of making money for people who already have plenty of it. Most people don’t think of the impact building massive structures has on our environment.
The Straw Bale House shows a way to build amazingly sturdy and incredibly efficient homes that can benefit the home owners, the community and our environment.


Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What’s more, it’s fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.

The Straw Bale House describes the many benefits of building with straw bales:

•super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50
•good indoor air quality and noise reduction
•a speedy construction process
•construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot
•use of natural and abundant renewable resources
•a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw,
which creates tons of air pollutants

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