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Old 02-17-09, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Central NY area green building seminars

Don't know if there are any other central new yorkers here, but:

Green Building Seminar Series
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
First Unitarian Church of Ithaca Annex (208 E. Buffalo St., near Aurora); dates subject to change.

February 24: "Green Options for Renovating and Maintaining Your Home" This talk is grounded in real projects involving houses ranging in age from over 100 to under 20 years old and covers topics from tightening up an inefficient home to complete makeovers and additions.

March 3: "Site Planning" Whether you’re building a new house on 100 acres or a quarter acre, putting on an addition, or looking for landscaping ideas, this seminar will help you through the thought process. Topics will include site assessment, working with and preserving natural topography and vegetation, water management, making the most*and limiting the harmful effects*of the sun and wind, using native plants, and basic permaculture principles.

March 10: "Wastewater Treatment Systems" Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of new technologies, like peat filters and aerobic systems, that can effectively treat a families wastewater when a site wont accommodate a conventional septic system.

[no seminar 3/17]

March 24: "Solar and Wind Electric" Whether you’re off-the-grid or on, looking to start small or for a commercial-sized system, find out your options, how to size your system, and some of the financial incentives available.

March 31: "Green Heating Options" Starting with house design, speakers will cover the basics of point-source heating, geothermal and solar thermal systems, and masonry heaters/stoves.

Seminars are presented by Tompkins County Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Ithaca Green Building Alliance. Fee: $5/seminar or $20/series, Ithaca Hours accepted and scholarships are available. For more information, contact Guillermo Metz at or 272-2292, x.185, or visit Cornell Cooperative Extension - Down for maintenance or Ithaca Green Building Alliance.

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