CMC in Glenwood Springs offers series of noncredit sustainable living workshops |

CMC in Glenwood Springs offers series of noncredit sustainable living workshops

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Colorado Mountain College has a variety of courses that may not fall within the boundaries of traditional academics. But that’s what makes the local community college so unique in Western Colorado.

Starting Sept. 18, CMC is offering a new series of noncredit workshops to educate those interested in a more sustainable living environment close to home, called the Sustainable Living Series. The series consists of five workshops with topics ranging from potential energy saving and how to make your home more energy efficient, to how to grow your own garden and start your own compost pile.

“A lot of people are talking about green living and sustainable living but what does that really mean? And how can we incorporate it into our lives?” said Jonathan Satz, CMC director of community education.

Satz, who also came up with the idea for the series, recruited local experts in the fields that will be covered in each of the workshops. Folks like Jim Duke, proprietor of Caca Loco Composting located at the South Canyon Landfill.

“We’ve got some people here that are real experts in the field to share their knowledge with us in an open forum and discuss these topics,” Satz said.

Each of the five workshops will be one night each and cost $24, or $96 for the series, Satz said. Sort of a buy four get one free kind of thing. The idea behind the workshops is to promote sustainable education to valley residents and promote the ideology of sustainable living that CMC believes in.

“This series reflects our own goals, to be a more sustainable campus, too,” Satz said. “Part of sustainable living is growing foods or using foods that are locally produced, and there is nothing more local than right in your own garden.”

Satz said that he hopes to continue the series through the winter and include more topics of discussion as well. And for those worried that there may not be enough interest from the community to ensure the workshops will happen, that is not the case, according to Satz.

“Based on the numbers we have enough students that all of the workshops will happen,” he said. “There is plenty of room in all the classes for others, and they are going to happen.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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