Local Workshop Series Gives Des Moines Homeowners The Power to Start Living Sustainably

A new hands-on workshop series titled Grow Your Green helps homeowners experience simple ways to live more sustainably. The upcoming session addresses the timely subject of weatherization techniques homeowners can do themselves to eliminate cold drafts and lower energy bills. Presented by Green Iowa AmeriCorps and Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC), the Grow Your Green: Keeping Cozy workshop takes place on Thursday, January 30th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Smokey Row Coffee Co. located at 1910 Cottage Grove in Des Moines. Those interested in this free event are asked to register at facebook.com/icosc or by calling 515-277-6222.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a recent addition to Des Moines area AmeriCorps service programs and the group of five members will be part of COSC’s team through July. The service members are here to lead a community outreach effort to improve energy efficiency in homes. Green Iowa AmeriCorps’ multifaceted approach includes conducting a variety of educational workshops and developing resources with COSC, creating programs with local schools, and coordinating a friendly neighborhood association competition between Beaverdale, Gray’s Lake and Lower Beaver through MidAmerican Energy’s new Save Some Green Neighborhood Initiative.

The Green Iowa AmeriCorps members are producing humorous and informative video skits to promote each Grow Your Green workshop. The episodes are available at http://www.youtube.com/IowaCOSC.

Many of us don’t realize that a common ¼ inch crack around a door or window can be the equivalent of a gaping hole in the wall. Building experts agree that energy efficiency measures offer the greatest return on investment homeowners could ever find. Green Iowa AmeriCorps member Aaron Hammond will lead the Grow Your Green: Keeping Cozy workshop, providing homeowners with empowering hands-on knowledge of weatherization techniques that are easy, effective and even fun.

Grow Your Green Workshop Series: Keeping Cozy
January 30th 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Smokey Row Coffee Co.
1910 Cottage Grove Ave. Des Moines, IA 50314
RSVP: Facebook.com/icosc or 515-277-6222


aaron-hammondAaron Hammond is Green Iowa AmeriCorps’s education coordinator in Des Moines and hails from Kankakee, Illinois, a small city south of Chicago. After he earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago, Aaron spent a year in the Nevada Conversation Corps restoring native ecosystems and managing forests. Most recently, he worked with Greencorps Chicago where he taught at-risk youths bicycle safety, maintenance, and horticultural skills.

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