October 29, 2016 – AGM, new Coordinator invited, looking forward

Greetings!  Past Members and any interested folks are warmly invited to the October 29 Annual General Meeting of the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society.  Special Invitation:  If you become a Member at this AGM ($5 fee), you can receive free entry to the Cedar Basket Making Class that follows.  In any event, Heartwood is at a […]

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Heartwood summer break, Fall AGM & restart

After a summer break extended by a major challenge (see farewell below), we at Heartwood Folk School are now ready to restart in the fall.  This is to continue our mission of teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills – as do other wonderful organizations in our Pender community.  Up next is an October 17 […]

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September 20th, 2015

March, 2015: Practical Solar Photovoltaics class

Now we’ve captured a Gabriola Island solar expert for our next sustainable energy classes, in March, 2015.  The focus will be “Practical Solar Photovoltaics – Sample Installation & Creating your own Small Solar PV Home Back-Up System”.  Please see here for more, and you too can have a solar panel or two up on the roof…

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February 19th, 2015

New Pender Energy Research Report & 2015 Classes

Following up on Heartwood’s November, 2014 energy classes (see here for more), there is now an updated Pender Energy Research Report.  This is an introductory, practical comparison of solar and other renewable energy options for islanders.  Note:  A professional solar thermal install by March 31, 2015 could be eligible for the CRD incentive/rebate.  Start by checking out the above report!

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January 6th, 2015

November, 2014: Solar & Sustainable Energy Classes

Heartwood is happy to announce November, 2014 energy classes on new options for solar and other forms of renewable energy.  See here to learn about “Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic – Intro to New Options & Incentives“, and “Heat Pump, Wind, Water & Geothermal Energy – Intro to Local Options“. (solar water heating image below, courtesy of Pacific […]

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September 20th, 2014

We are the Heartwood Folk School!

Here’s good news…  Of all our activities to date, our practical skills-teaching has had the most powerful community impact and interest.  This is why on February 8, 2014, Members unanimously voted for our non-profit society to become the Heartwood Folk School Society!  We invite everyone to our first classes under our new name – a Knitting & […]

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Rainwater harvesting guide

Here’s additional info from John McQuaid of www.waterwindsolar.com, who spoke at the November 17, 2012 Pender Energy Day (see November 19 post).  McQuaid installs both rainwater catchment and renewable energy technologies.  The Regional District of Nanaimo has a useful Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices Guidebook for homeowners, available here: http://www.rdn.bc.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID2430atID5059.pdf.  Let’s make good use of our winter rains, and also […]

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This Saturday’s ENERGY DAY

Latest news: Laurie of Recycling’s RE-CYCLE SHOP will kindly be offering some bike tune-ups at this Saturday’s ENERGY ACTION DAY (November 17, 2012, 10 am to 3 pm, School Gym).  Then there’s what you might affectionately call the interested “groups and geeks” energy conversation (all welcome to share or just listen in), from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The new speaker […]

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November 15th, 2012

coming soon: 2012 Pender Energy Day

Here’s what’s next  – a second annual day for community members to learn about renewable energy and energy conservation! * new date: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 am to 3 pm, School Gym): Thje second annual Pender Energy Day is coming up in a few weeks.  This is a free community event for anyone who wants to learn […]

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October 10th, 2012

2011 Energy Day, nut tree project, and DVD

So there was a power failure, setting up a dark gym with headlamps, multiple competing events, and finally an evacuation!  Despite all this, PENDER’S FIRST ENERGY DAY on November 12, 2011 (see poster) was very well-attended and went amazingly well.  About 150 Pender adults and kids came through, and I’m sure the Kikuchi family’s deliciously-sustainable food […]

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November 20th, 2011

Solar Water Heating Meeting

Pender’s first Energy Action Day on November 12 was very well-attended and went amazingly! [see poster and summary for more].  Now as a follow-up, we’ve scheduled a Solar Water Heating Information Meeting for Tuesday, November 22, 2011 (see minutes).  

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November 17th, 2011

Upcoming PCT Events

As Pender Community Transition shifts into fall action, here are some upcoming events! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 (7:00 pm, Hall Lounge) – ENERGY GROUP MEETING: Anyone interested in energy conservation and low-carbon, renewable and perpetual energy sources on Pender is welcome to come out, to follow-up on our first Energy Group Meeting.  We’re going to discuss our upcoming Solar […]

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August 22nd, 2011

Energy & Emissions: say what you think!

Greetings!  This is the category for community posts about Energy & Emissions.  For a start, you could check out the May, 2011 Energy Group Minutes which were the first step to follow up on the PCT Energy Research Report (including alternative energy cost comparisons for homeowner and community projects).  There’s also the Energy References, Tips & Skills relating to this research, and the Energy […]

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April 1st, 2011

Response to Research Project Questions

Email from Niall Parker (in response to PCT Energy Research Questions from Zorah Staar): Question 1: If a Pender homeowner with average Pender sun and wind had about $5,000 to spend on energy projects, what should they spend it on?  My tentative answer [from Zorah Staar]: ½ on energy conservation (e.g. better insulation), and ½ on […]

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April 1st, 2011

Burning Age must end

From Julie Johnston: Without having read everything yet [from the Pender energy research project], I’d like to say one thing:  The Burning Age is over.  No more fuel-based energy.  No more burning.  Burning = carbon in almost every case, and we can’t afford to be less bad by emitting less carbon. As we read through the research […]

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April 1st, 2011

Response to Energy Research Project

From David Rippner (in response to 3 PCT questions about Pender energy priorities): Your ideas about conservation and solar thermal are probably the best way.  Because of a combination of high latitude, low hydro energy prices and the lack of any solar incentives, photovoltaics (“PV”, in the industry) aren’t a wise choice for us here, […]

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April 1st, 2011

Energy: Community Building, Food & Water

From Peter Carter: Hi Zorah, you have come a long way, this is great.  First doing any project on energy together is great because it builds community.  Having said that my perspective and proposals will not fit with the general view.  Soon this civilization will collapse. Post peak oil and catastrophic levels of atmospheric GHGs make […]

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April 1st, 2011

Global Solar Transition Achievable in 20 years

From Julie Johnston: Below is the comment I posted on The Grist today about this press release (“Global Solar Transition Achievable in 20 Years”, link below).  I can’t quite tell, though, if they’ve actually figured out *how much* fossil fuel we’ll have to burn to create the infrastructure to get us to 100% perpetual energy […]

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April 1st, 2011