I’m helping to make Austin net-zero by: building a green home using reclaimed materials and generating power on-site

Meet David Brearley, a solar energy professional and technical writer. David serves on the Board of Directors for both the Texas Solar Energy Society and Solar Austin. In early 2015, David embarked on a journey to build a green accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that could accommodate guests and also be used as a short-term rental property.

To build it, David and his wife Molly collected a variety of materials from renovation and demolition projects of homes, schools, and even the State Capitol. They also installed a solar array at the property, LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, and more. Read on to discover what inspired David to build green, what his toughest challenges were, and how he incorporated Craigslist finds into the building's design.

Read more:

https://www.austintexas.gov/blog/net-zero-hero-david-brearley

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Workdays

We have decided to cancel  work days because it's hot. We will resume in September.

Events

Since the threat of COVID-19 seems to be lessening, we are resuming organized activities.

Birding Walks in Summer begin at 8:00 am 1st Saturday. Leader:  Kathleen Appelbaum.

Wildflower walks begin at 9:30 am. Leader:  Joe Liggio or Preserve volunteers. 

Coming soon:

Birding walk:  Saturday August 6th, 2022 at 8:00 am. Leaders: Kathleen and Lisa Appelbaum

You could get here early for the wildflower walk and do some birding!

Wildflower Walk:  Saturday, August 6th at 9:30 am.  Leader:  Joe Liggio.

Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (illness or bad weather) to cause cancellation, we will notify you here. 

For more information about events, call 281-421-2469 or email pollytx1@gmail.com.

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