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New SLR Warehouse and Sustainable Living Center in Oakland

05 01.11

SLR Sustainable Living Center

In order to prepare for the upcoming tours, SLR has secured a new warehouse to create a collaborative office space, store our existing infrastructure and build out new demonstration showcases, vehicles and much more. Aside from the needs of SLR, our goal is to turn this into a public serving experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice and artistic expression. We will incubate this local sustainability hub to allow people to see solutions in practice and gain access to the knowledge and resources to empower them to take action in their own lives, neighborhoods, towns, cities, and bio-regions.

Components

Demonstration Stations / Educational Exhibits

In a variety of sustainable practices: Rainwater Collection, Grey Water Systems, Composting, Aquaculture, Renewable Energy Systems (Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Pedal Power, etc), Gardens in a variety of Containers, Rooftop, Window boxes,

Urban Garden & Farm

featuring cultivation of vegetables, fruits, Culinary Herbs, Native Plants, Medicinal Plants, Micro-Greens, Chickens, Bees and other beneficial insects and animals, Nursery & Greenhouse

Workshops

Urban Gardening, Farming, Permaculture & Homesteading, Rainwater Harvesting, Greywater Systems, Natural Building: Cob, Strawbale, recycled/reclaimed materials, Mycelium / Mushroom Remediation, Renewable Energy Systems, Food Justice, Food Security, Slow Food, Composting (including Vermiculture), Arts and Crafts

Green Corps – Neighborhood Resiliency Response Teams

Training & coordinating local volunteers in neighborhood sustainability projects

Community Shop Spaces

Bicycle Mechanics, Art BIKES, and bicycle trailers, Metal, Wood & Other Crafts(Silkscreen, Ceramics, etc), Bus /Auto Mechanic (Biofuel Conversions & Carshare)

Art Barn

Featuring a craft & costume shop, open space for rehearsals, classes, and performance.

Rotating Sculpture Garden

Featuring local artists’ creative work using natural materials and environmental themes

5 Comments
bobby harper 15:21:30, 21/01/11

This is possibly one of the most important lessons for humans on this planet Population is expanding so fast and our progress for sustaining it is at a snails pace. The balance needed is in your example. There is so much hope involved in your efforts. may they be multiplied millions of times. Peace

Michelle 06:35:41, 27/01/11

What’s the timeline and how can we involve elementary school students? HFW has an arts-based after-school program, and the art of living consciously is a skill we’d like to facilitate. We currently have a Native Plant Identification & Cultivation class running through mid-June. Any chance of a field trip or partnering in some way?

apeneoula 20:44:14, 15/03/11

You will now have a starting place and a destination, and you will be able to determine what it will cost you to get there. You will be going someplace.

Janaia Donaldson 04:50:29, 23/03/11

Ambitious and exciting plans. We’ll be interested to see how it unfolds. This could well be a model for other communities. Your roadshow looks like a wonderful draw, especially for young people. ~Janaia, host of Peak Moment TV: Locally Reliant Living for Challenging Times.

Dorothy 20:35:04, 14/06/11

Thank God! Smeoone with brains speaks!

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