Production and Conservation

Production and Conservation

SustainFloyd’s areas of interest include the production and conservation of energy. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the concept of sustainable energy – energy that meets our needs without doing harm now or in the future – and educate the community about energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

One of our first projects was to participate in an event related to 350.org, the organization formed to bring attention to the fact that our use of fossil and fuels and our heavily consumption based life styles are raising the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to threatening levels.

We continue to plan, develop, and implement energy projects that not only educate but are hands-on and functional. We have shown a number of informative films about energy related issues and continue to encourage small local steps towards a sustainable energy system.

Energy Committee

Energy Committee

SustainFloyd has an active Energy Committee, chaired by Ricardo Brown. The group pictured here (L to R: Woody Crenshaw, Mike Burton, Billy Weitzenfeld, Dave Albee, Ricardo Brown) provided the vision and the man-power behind the creation of a mobile solar generator, seen as an educational tool. The group continues to meet and work on new initiatives to increase awareness of energy issues. The committee also helped facilitate a study of Floyd County’s 2009 carbon footprint by Dr. Sean McGinnis and have been central to several energy education initiatives.
Solar Wagon

Solar Wagon

Affectionately known as the Solar VoltzWagon, our mobile solar generator has become a feature at events around Floyd and beyond. It has been used to power bands, parties and cell phone charging stations. The Solar Voltzwagon is a 6×12 utility trailer equipped with 1500 watts of solar PV, which is capable of powering a small house. It is scheduled to be connected into the community market where it will be the main source of power.

Our hope is that this project will inform people, inspire people, and enable people to make solar a practical part of their lives. This is an example of our effort to use functional, working systems to educate and inform the public.

Tiny House Tour

Tiny House Tour

SustainFloyd offered its first Tiny House Tour in May 2014. Floyd County tiny-house owners opened their homes for the community to visit. For them, thinking small is thinking smart and “smaller footprint” is both an ecological ethic and a description of their floor plan–as little as 120 square feet! For the tour 5 Tiny House owners welcomed visitors into their homes and talked about the motivation behind building small and the experience of living small. It was clear from the overwhelming response to this tour that there is a great interest in the concept of simpler living, a direction which holds great benefits for a sustainable future.
Solar Home Ramble

Solar Home Ramble

This was a solar home tour in Floyd County with 12 solar sites that represented a wide variety of solar system sizes and installations. The tour sold 90 tickets, used volunteers at each site, and included a reception, which was very well attended, at the end of the day. The reception included food and drink, presentations and conversation. This is another example of our effort to provide education and information through an interactive process. Homeowners were eager to share their stories of the benefits of their solar installations and several visitors responded by initiating their own solar projects.