Workshops, green home tours headline week’s activities
This week the Center for ReSource Conservation will host the Boulder Solar Week, offering participants a number of workshops and tours of 20 innovative green homes in Boulder County.
The week provides participants with information about the solar industry, greening the home, and the different technologies available to make an environmentally-friendly home.
This is the Boulder Solar Week’s second year, but the Center has been offering self-guided green home tours for the past 11 years.
“We started the home tours because the American Solar Energy Society sponsored solar tours in 46 states, and we got involved after receiving a federal grant,” said Energy Division Director Amy Ellsworth.
“Last year we made into a week full of activities. Because of Amendment 37 and the Xcel Energy Rebate program, it was a hot topic around town,” she said.
This year’s workshops cover such topics as living a sustainable life, understanding solar electricity, and solar heating systems. The week is meant to inform and encourage participants to make their own homes green and more environmentally-friendly.
The center works closely with both Xcel Energy and the Environmental Center at CU.
“We are always trying to get the word out to the student population to attract volunteers and engineering and architecture students,” Ellsworth said.
All of this week’s events are open to the public with a fee of $10 for non-CRC members. The workshops begin Monday and the home tours will be Sunday. Interested students can visit www.conservationcenter.org for more information and to register.