UNM Los Alamos

Home and Garden / Creative Arts

Home and Garden / Creative Arts

Harvest the Sun at Home

How do you harvest New Mexico’s most abundant resource for heating, cooking and power? This class will address the basic components of a photovoltaic system for electricity production. Most of the class will focus on passive solar design-harvesting of the sun’s rays directly, and storing heat where and when you will benefit from it most. Learn how thermal mass and insulation are important components of any passive solar design. We will look at some great solar cooker options and cooking techniques. When retrofitting a home, it’s helpful to have an eye towards solar design so the windows are sized and placed correctly. We will look at a couple designs of solar water heaters you can make yourself. Harvesting the sun can also be as easy as opening and closing insulated curtains daily. Tune to the sun and you will see solar opportunities everywhere!

Apr 21 | SAT 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Rm 220 |Amanda Bramble | $55   Register


Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a design system for ecological human habitats and food production systems. This class will introduce you to the foundational principles, ethics, and design methodology that make permaculture and appropriate toolkit for increasing community self-sufficiency. Permaculture is especially relevant for small scale personalized systems like your home, yard, and neighborhood. Learn about zones, microclimates, stacking functions, turning waste into resources, perennial food plants, and self-regulating systems. Examples from Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center will be highlighted.

Apr 21 | SAT 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Rm 220 |Amanda Bramble | $55  Register