SustainaFest Launches Tiny House Contest

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SustainaFest to Sell Student-Built Tiny House for $100 and a Few Thoughtful Words!

Annapolis, MD – SustainaFest announces the Tiny House Essay Contest, which will make one person’s dream of sustainable living come true. The winner will assume ownership of a 210-square-foot, hyper-efficient, off-grid home built by Maryland middle and high school students.

Contestants are required to submit $100 and an essay of 350 words or less answering the question, “What are your keys to living a sustainable lifestyle and how would owning the SustainaFest Tiny House help you realize your dream of living that lifestyle?” Submissions must be entered by June 1 and will be evaluated by a panel of academics and celebrity judges. A winner will be announced by June 15.

In 2014, sustainability experts and students from around Maryland engaged in a month-long exploration through SustainaFest’s Student Sustainability Lab. “The program provided a life-changing opportunity for students, educators, professionals and military veterans to combine forces and build this tiny house – a fully habitable, hi-tech, mobile dwelling,” stated George Chmael, Director of SustainaFest. Since construction was completed, the awarding-winning tiny house, a Minim Homes model, has been on a statewide tour of home shows, green expos, schools and other events to promote SustainaFest and serve as an ambassador for sustainability.

“We now want to share the wonder of this construction marvel with a deserving recipient and spread the word about making more sustainable lifestyle choices,” explained Chmael. “This thought-provoking contest is a far superior alternative to selling to the highest bidder and makes home ownership attainable for one fortunate person regardless of the size of their bank account.”

SustainaFest has now designed its own tiny house models, with an eye towards addressing the challenges faced by our community’s most needy members, including the homeless and struggling military veterans. The organization will continue to build houses with students in 2015 and beyond. All proceeds from the contest will support these efforts. To learn more about SustainaFest, including complete contest rules and how to submit your essay, please visit www.sustainafest.org or email us at info@sustainafest.org.

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5 Day Tiny House Hands-On Workshop

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Ready to Change YOUR World? You do not want to miss this!

This is a one-of-a-kind, never before, FIVE DAY, HANDS-ON tiny house workshop! Join us and spend the week with a power-house of tiny house personalities: the renowned tiny house guru Jay Shafer, tiny-houser B.A. Norrgard, and construction professional Daniel Bell at The Sanctuary Minnesota, a scenic, wooded 80 acre facility.

Get your day started with an on-site yoga class & a continental breakfast.

During the day we will break into groups and rotate between swinging hammers and classroom time. We will frame one of Jay’s tiny house designs, and have classroom presentations covering a comprehensive list of tiny house and tiny living topics. B.A. is doing another tiny house road trip and bringing her Gifford house with her for you to tour!

In the evenings we’ll sit around a fire pit outside and have tiny house chat – bring your acoustical instruments and your tiny house community dreams!

    • July 1-5, 2015
    • The Sanctuary Minnesota – Ogilvie, MN

Cost:
$1200
Early bird discount: $1,000 if paid by May 1st, 2015

Click here for all the details!

Union Pacific’s “What Did You Build?” Project

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Hey everyone this really looks like fun. If you have built your own tiny house and want a chance to show it off continue reading.

Recently, Union Pacific Railroad launched an initiative meant to celebrate do-it-yourself enthusiasts while giving back to four organizations: Girls Inc., the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

The campaign is called “What Did You Build?” Participants are asked to submit a photo of something they’ve built, along with a brief description, at up.com/whatdidyoubuild. If their photo is selected, $100 is given to the charity of their choice, and the photo is posted on Union Pacific’s Instagram account: @uprr.

John built a 1940s-style teardrop camper. “I tow it all around Texas and watch UP trains!” Now show us what you’ve built. Go to up.com/whatdidyoubuild

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A Tiny House Tour and BBQ at Yerdle in San Francisco

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The amazing team from “Tiny House, Giant Journey,” Guillaume and Jenna (pictured above), are passing through San Francisco today, and have agreed to park their home in front of the Yerdle HQ for a little Sunday BBQ and open house.

So come on down to Yerdle HQ, this Sunday, March 29, from noon til 4 PM California time, take a tour of a real Tiny House, and learn more about how you can share your stuff and reduce your footprint with Yerdle.

Directions:

501 York Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Noon to 4 PM

Massachusetts Tiny House Building Workshop

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Ian Anderson just contacted me and wanted to share with you an upcoming tiny house workshop.

Due to the overwhelming success of our last workshop, we are planning another one this June. We will be building a Tumbleweed 20 foot Cypress over two weeks.

The first week will focus on framing, sheathing, roof, windows and house wrap. It will be weathertight by the end of the week.

The second week will be all about the finish details- insulation, electricity, plumbing, propane, finish carpentry, etc. We will at least touch on every subject needed to finish the house.

Participants are welcome to sign up for either week or can attend both for the full experience. Camping is available and farm style lunches will be provided.

Here is the information:

  • Week one- June 1-5
  • Week two- June 8-12

Each week is $850 or you can take both together for $1575

Location: Leicester, Massachusetts just outside of Worcester

Full details can be found here:
http://www.worcesterthinktank.com/content/tiny-house-building-workshop-june-2015-ages-16

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