We are fast approaching the prime season for learning how to live more sustainably. This summer there will be opportunities galore to take a workshop nearby that will give you hands-on experience and understanding of a wide range of topics.
I have assembled dozens of these workshop and training sessions at one convenient place: www.greenhomebuilding.com
. They are listed chronologically with enough information to give you a sense of whether they might be appropriate for you. If you don't find something there, I have also listed many places that have on-going workshops throughout the year at www.greenhomebuilding.com/education
There are workshops about renewable energy that feature training about photovoltaic, wind, and hydro electric generation. Solar hot water for domestic use is also covered.
The theory and practice of passive solar architecture is taught, along with household energy efficiency in general.
Water conservation techniques, waste water treatment, compost toilets, water systems, and permaculture, are all featured topics at various venues.
In the realm of "natural building" there are many workshops about cob, timber framing, earthbags, earthen plasters, strawbale, stone masonry, cordwood, and green roofs.
There is no better way to learn some of the basics of all of this than by actually trying it out with your own hands. You will soon discover whether a technique is something you would like to use for one of your own projects. And there is the fun of joining with other folks to help each other learn. The instructors are mostly professionals who have dedicated their lives to learning and teaching the various techniques.
If you don't have the time or inclination to participate in such workshops, then you might enjoy attending one of the many expos or conferences that are listed along with the workshops. Much can be learned from browsing the exhibits and sitting in on presentations.
However you do it, there is no better time than now to find out more about how you can become more sustainable in the ways that you live!