Building Sustainable Homes with Straw Bales Almost 40% of all energy used in the United States is for heating, cooling and powering buildings. Nearly 10% more is used to manufacture construction materials. Building a new home is one of the most environmentally costly things we do because it has immediate and ongoing impacts! Energy efficient homes made with carbon- sequestering materials like straw can help us live more sustainably. Learn how straw bale buildings are designed and built. Presentation includes details explaining construction techniques and options, with several images from Jackson County’s nearly 40 permitted straw bale homes. Please register online at ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 18 & up DAY Thursday DATE Nov 9 TIME 6-8pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $5 INSTRUCTOR Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders specializes in straw bale buildings and rainwater catchment systems. Recycling & Waste Reduction for Families Getting your family to participate in a new routine can be difficult. This class is designed to make your family’s transition to “going green” easier. Bring your entire family and learn the benefits of waste reduction and recycling. Get your questions answered and find out what resources are available for support. Please register online at ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES All ages welcome (for families) DAY Thursday DATE Dec 7 TIME 4-5pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST Free INSTRUCTOR Jamie Rosenthal is a Waste Zero Coordinator at Recology Ashland, an Ashland Conservation Commission Member and a Jackson County Master Recycler. Water-wise Landscaping Learn the basics of water-wise landscaping. This class will cover efficient irrigation, drought-tolerant native plants, stormwater features, xeriscaping and creating a site plan. General gardening experience helpful but not required. Please register online at ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 18 & up DAY Thursday DATE Oct 26 TIME 6-7pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST Free INSTRUCTOR Kora Mousseaux is the Urban and Community Planner at Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies at SOU and has a background in sustainability and community garden management. commis s i o n E s t 1 9 0 8 APRC Fall 2017 PlayGuide | 541.488.5340 | The Grove at 1195 E Main St, Ashland 32 sustainability & gardening Pre-registration at ashland.or.us/register required for all programs unless otherwise indicated