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Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival Part 2
September 29, 2009, 6:31 pm
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We had a great time at the Downtown Sioux Falls Harvest and Wine Festival and wanted to say “thank you” to everyone that stopped by!  There were a lot of great questions and interest in straw bale construction.  A couple highlights:

  • A display of design and technical information about straw bale construction including a brief history, tips on choosing bales, infill and structural techniques, moisture protection, insulation and R-values, max compressive strengths, and fire testing data.
  • A straw bale mock up demonstrating how to build a proper foundation and sill plates to protect bales from moisture and one example of pre compression for an infill wall.
  • Additional information about alternative natural materials including rammed earth, cordwood masonry, and compressed earth blocks.

Go to to view additional photos and download display boards.

Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival
September 23, 2009, 3:24 pm
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Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival 2009 | Saturday, September 26, 2009
10:00-4:00 at Fawick Park, Phillips Avenue, East Bank and 5:00-8:00 at 2nd Avenue between 10th and 11th Street

About the Event:

The 2009 Harvest and Wine Festival in downtown Sioux Falls is focused “on sustainability and our South Dakota Heritage.” There will be booths about local history, food, and demonstrations such as stone cutting and straw bale construction as well as the Zoo Mobile, a working beehive, a pet show, horse and wagon rides, and a farmer’s market in Fawick Park from 10-4.  From 5-8 there will be wine and beer sampling and live music on 2nd avenue between 10th and 11th street.

Be sure to check out Chartreuse in Fawick Park.  We will be demonstrating straw bale construction techniques!

To learn more about the event visit the Downtown Sioux Falls Website at or download the Festival Flyer.

City of Sioux Falls Green-ival
September 9, 2009, 4:25 pm
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
10am-2pm at Falls Park

Come visit the first annual Green-ival!  The City of Sioux Falls is sponsoring this free public event that includes arts & crafts vendors, musicians, educational displays, food, recycling companies, clothing, cleaning companies, landscapers and builders, and much more!

Chartreuse will be displaying some green building information for the public so swing by, say hello, and learn about alternative building methods.

The Sioux Falls Green Project is in charge of keeping this event clean and green and they are looking for volunteers.  Trash Talkers will be working from 9:45am to 2:00pm in two hour shifts so if you’re interested, contact Joe at or 605.610.4240.

Also, if you’re one of the first 50 people that take public transportation to this event you will receive a bag filled with fun green stuff from Leading Green Sioux Falls.

For more information visit

July Green Drinks
July 28, 2009, 10:55 pm
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Green Drinks July is here!

Where: Carnaval Brazilian Grill (2401 S Carolyn Ave)
When: July 29, 2009 4:30 until whenever!

Brian Assam will be discussing “Designing an Integral Approach to Building a Greener Business.”

Green Drinks is a monthly mixer organized by Astronaut and the Sioux Falls Green Project for anyone interested in conversation about all aspects of sustainability.  Sioux Falls is just one of 544 cities world wide making green conversation over drinks.  For more information about Green Drinks check out the website at

Repower America Event
June 22, 2009, 1:56 pm
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Repower America in Sioux Falls is having a panel focused on clean energy, living green, and what renewable energy will do for South Dakota on Tuesday, June 22nd.  The panel will include Randy Parry, President of the Rural Learning Center, Joe Bartmann, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Green Project, and Matt McLarty, Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center.  There will also be a conference call with Al Gore starting at 7 pm!  The event will be held at the Sioux Falls Library, Oakview Branch (3700 E. 3rd Street) starting at 7 pm.

Hope to see you there!

To learn more about Repower America visit