Friday, March 6, 2009

Sustainability Workshops Offered at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Tools for ecological survival and sustainable living will be explored in two events at Washington College on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. Scott Kellogg will lecture on "Radical Sustainability and Community Building" on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Casey Academic Forum. On Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Custom House lawn at the foot of High Street, he will demonstrate how to attach rain barrels, construct artificial wetlands for water filtration, and establish aquaculture ponds for food and wildlife habitat.

"These are projects you can do right in your own backyard," says Shannon Holste, who manages the George Goes Green sustainability campaign at the College.

Kellogg is co-founder of the Rhizome Collective and director of its sustainability program. He is an experienced teacher, activist and ecological designer. The Rhizome Collective, a non-profit organization based out of a warehouse on the East Side of Austin, Texas, operates an Educational Center for Urban Sustainability and a Center for Community Organizing. "We are working to build the world we want to live in," he said, adding that community participation is necessary and central to this challenge.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College and the Town of Chestertown. For more information, call 410/810-7162.

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