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Wanted: A few strong backs

Aspen Times Staff Report

Got a strong back and a little time?

Volunteers are needed for a wall-raising event at the Aspen School District’s environmental education classroom building on Friday and Saturday. Wendy MacPhail, who teaches art and environmental education for the district’s elementary and high schools, said the work will involve lifting and placing straw bales.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, warm work clothes and a bag lunch. Work will continue all day both days. The work site is next to the elementary school, behind Aspen’s Colorado Mountain College campus.

The building is being constructed with used automobile tires, rammed earth, straw bales and stucco with a framework of log beams and wooden rafters. It will have solar electric panels and solar energy will assist with the heating.

At the beginning of the project last fall, school officials expressed goals of doing more with less, using environmentally sensitive materials, creating a building that would produce its own power, and attempting to produce surplus electricity to sell back to the power company.

For more information, contact MacPhail at 925-8057, extension 552.

The building is being constructed with used automobile tires, rammed earth, straw bales and stucco.

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