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Our Sustainable Training Center provides free public access to classes, presentations, literature and hands-on activities to all those who wish to learn more about sustainable living. These events are currently conducted at our facility located in Sarasota, Florida, as well as through other public speaking venues. Attendance is free and available to children, adults, entire families and community groups.
Through this program, Sustainable Living Academy offers a full range of online and locally organized speaking engagements to help individuals and groups acquire the knowledge and support to implement sustainable practices for their home, family, business or community. The training center provides access to: books, videos and classes for introduction, demonstration, and hands-on instruction on a variety of sustainable topics including:
- Food (garden, greenhouse, organic, permaculture, vertical, hydroponics, aquaponics, etc.)
- Housing (stone, mud bricks, hay bale, wood and thatch, earthbag, recycled garbage, etc.)
- Energy (solar, wind, thermal, water, biogas, mechanical versus electrical, etc.)
- Waste Management (composting, recycling, mindful consumerism, etc.)
- Self-Sustainability (fabrication, resource management, power generation, etc.)
- Community (purpose, governance, funding, membership, location selection, etc.)
Training Center Description
Our Sustainable Training Center services are currently provided through our nonprofit headquarters located in Sarasota, Florida during our normal business hours. We offer both regularly scheduled classes, presentations and lectures, as well as events that are hosted when we have a guest speaker. Some weekly and monthly events allow for walk-in or open attendance while others require online preregistration.
Most of our events are available for people of all ages from children to adults with some events offered specifically for younger attendees or those with special needs or physical requirements. Our Training Center events and services include:
Training Center Classes
There are hundreds of techniques and variations on the seemingly simple task of producing your own sustainable food. These techniques can include: greens, grains, trees, indoor, outdoor, livestock and with any number of variations including: greenhouse, raised bed, organic, permaculture, vertical, hydroponics, livestock, etc. with a focus to meeting adequate nutritional requirements.
Sustainable housing can include everything from tee-pees and tents, stone and mud bricks, log, wood, thatch, earth bag, hay bale, cob, recycled garbage and other natural materials. Considerations are given to natural lighting, heating, cooling, water, space utilization, energy inefficiency, as well as geographic location and access to essential natural resources to ensure long-term sustainability.
Many alternative fuels such as biogas, plant-based oils, coal, and natural gas, require considerable resources (physical and chemical processes) before they are converted into useful energy. Active renewables such as solar panels, hydro-electrical plants, and wind turbines often require advanced technology in contrast to passive renewables such as water mill, windmill and radiant heat.
Essential services are necessary for sustaining human life and might include: collection of food and water, disposal of waste and sewage, health and medical treatment, education and other emergency needs. This services may include equipment, products, technology and know-how to to complete a sustainable plan or to compensate for changes in demographics, climate or environment.
The community structure and lifestyle plays a large role in the overall success of the community objective. Social harmony and stability can be influenced by factors that include: how close people live and work together, the agreed doctrine for behavior, the application of conflict resolution, support and team building skills, and the development and application of problem solving skills.
Training Center Attendance
Participation in the training center classes, lectures and activities is totally free. To attend an event, please check our schedule and complete a preregistration if required. If you decide to attend one of our walk-in or open attendance events, please arrive early to ensure you find an available seat.
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Our Sustainable Boot Camp program offers the opportunity to become fully immersed in a sustainable lifestyle for periods ranging from days, weeks or months at a time. With this program, participants can take time away from their normal or conventional lifestyle to experience living in a sustainable environment.
We offer 3 programs of sustainable living immersion to match the participant’s background and desired experience. Those interested in participating must complete an online application and interview with one of our boot camp staff members to help determine the best match between the participant’s skills and our program requirements.
It’s important to note that evaluation of a participant’s skills is not limited to book knowledge or practical experience with sustainable practices. Each program incorporates progressively more sustainable lifestyle challenges that may affect the participant’s ability to adjust. Some of these factors include: physical or manual labor, dietary adjustments, access to modern electronics and conveniences, group participation and cooperation, as well as emotional maturity and stability.
Our Sustainable Boot Camp immersion programs include:
Boot Camp Immersion Experiences
Our Sustainable Boot Camp Immersion Experiences requires on-site participation at our nonprofit headquarters located in Sarasota, Florida. Participation in this program is FREE of charge and requires a personal commitment by the attendee for a predefined period of days or weeks to live and work at the Sustainable Living Academy premises.
While immersed in the Boot Camp, you will participate as an active member of a group that lives in and maintains the sustainable program environment. Each Boot Camp Program has different requirements for physical participation due to the specific accessibility and availability to technology, automation and electrical power. The more sustainable the program, the less automation and more physical activity is required to maintain it. As a result, participation requires completion of an application and consultation with a representative from Sustainable Living Academy. During the Boot Camp Immersion Experiences, you will participate in daily activities that may include:
Boot Camp Attendance
To participate in this boot camp, you must complete the Boot Camp Application Form and agree to the Terms of Participation. Prior to attendance, your application will be reviewed and a personal interview conducted with one of our staff to determine which Boot Camp Immersion Program best matches your sustainable knowledge, experience and physical abilities.
Once the optimal Boot Camp Immersion Program has been defined, you will be scheduled for on-site participation in the program. Scheduling is based on availability of space in our boot camp program, as well as your ability to live, work and reside at our boot camp for the agreed and predefined period of days or weeks.
To read more detailed information on the specific sustainable living environments, conditions and requirements for participation, please read the detailed description for Program 1, Program 2 or Program 3.