Back by popular demand, Salt Spring's Eco-Living and Home Tour returns Sunday, August 16, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year, as the name suggests, the tour expands to include ecological lifestyles along with appropriate technologies that support eco-friendly living.
The tour includes some of Salt Spring's best examples of green building, energy efficiency, water conservation, food production, renewable energy, transportation alternatives, and ecological protection.
New this year are examples of appropriate land stewardship, and a demonstration of a conservation covenant in action. Gardening and permaculture experts will share information in their organic food gardens.
Well-known environmentalist Briony Penn will give guided tours of her new handcrafted sustainable home and the surrounding ecosystem. Local businessman and green technology guru Andrew Haigh will be demonstrating his off-the-grid, hemp bale house with greywater and blackwater pond systems, and many other innovative green technologies. The folks at EcoReality Coop will explain the joys and tribulations of their venture into sustainable community living. Artist Paul Burke of Blue Horse Gallery will show his elegant rain water harvesting system, which is the only source of water for his home and gallery.
Transportation alternatives on display at various locations on the tour include bicycles, electric vehicles and do-it-yourself biodiesel. Carpooling is also a green transportation option. Tour participants are encouraged to meet at Salt Spring Books in Ganges between 9 and 10 am on tour day to be matched up with carpool partners.
Tickets $25, available at Salt Spring Books in Ganges. Phone 250-537-2812 to reserve your tickets with Visa or Mastercard
The 2009 Salt Spring Eco-Living and Home Tour is a non-profit event organized and sponsored by the Earth Festival Society, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy, and the Institute for Sustainability, Education and Action.