Super Sustainable Saturday 2014
Super Sustainable Saturday addressed both housing and transportation in terms of lowering energy usage, reducing waste, and reducing toxicity. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the volunteer-based Sustainable South Capitol, in partnership with the South Capitol Neighborhood Association (SCNA) and Thurston Energy, held the first ever “Super Sustainable Saturday” at Lincoln Elementary School, and around the neighborhood in homes open for tours. The event drew many visitors on a beautiful sunny day to learn from a variety of community nonprofits and businesses that are focused on sustainability.
At the “Sustainability Hub” at Lincoln, displays included Thurston Energy, SCNA, a display of homemade nontoxic cleaners, South Sound Solar, Thurston Solid Waste, Intercity Transit, Sustainable South Sound, the Olympia Heritage Commission, the Warm Window Project, and Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.
Two companies gave hands-on demonstrations at their tables: Eco Woodworks demonstrated how to restore wood windows, and ECHO Energy demonstrated how to seal ducts (see “Duct Seal Demo” video above).
Along the home tour route, residents shared their experiences with energy efficient ductless heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, solar photovoltaic energy systems, bee keeping, rain gardens, backyard chicken coops, and fruit trees. Some of the tours included instructional lessons given in living rooms, while others were walk-by wonders.
Said Jack Rice, one of the neighbors: “I also saw fascinating old trees, interesting and lovely yard presentations, kids playing, contented appearing adults working in their surrounds. I had a fine and most stimulating day.”
There was also a car show, as several neighbors showed how their electric cars and electric bicycles worked. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt have both been gaining traction as reliable vehicles, and following the path that the Toyota Prius has blazed over the past ten years as a car that is easy on the environment, while being fun and practical to drive.
Guests even enjoyed freshly made Lupe’s Hot Tamales, and the serendipitous timing and placement of a plant sale also being held at the school. All in all, it was a beautiful day to learn how to lighten our impact on the environment, whether staying put at the Sustainability Hub, or moving around to enjoy the tours.