speaker-info

Dan Chiras

The Evergreen Institute

New Society Publishers

www.evergreeninstitute.org

Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information.

Dan will be speaking at the North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs

Workshops

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Understanding Your Renewable Energy Options

In this one-hour workshop we’ll explore all your renewable energy options including passive solar heating and cooling, solar electricity, solar hot air, and solar hot water for domestic hot water and heating. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each so you can make intelligent decisions when converting your home to renewable energy.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Renewable Energy Q&A

Author and expert Dan Chiras hosts a wide-ranging discussion on the many ways in which we can harness and conserve energy with sustainable and efficient methods, from high-tech to low-tech. Bring your questions as Chiras provides answers on a wide array of renewable energy topics, how they work together, and the pros and cons of different modalities.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Sustainability Stage presented by Prestige Subaru
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Off-Grid Aquaponics

If built correctly, aquaponics greenhouses can be powered entirely by solar and wind energy. In this workshop, Dan Chiras explores ways to create off-grid aquaponics systems that power fans, pumps and lights using solar and wind energy, and that provide heat through active and passive solar technologies (including the new super-efficient, year-round Chinese greenhouse).
Renewable Energy

Available In:

Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably?
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses

The Chinese greenhouse is a completely independent structure that will allow you to grow warm-weather vegetables using only solar energy during the off-season: that is, through the late fall, winter, and early spring. That means no costly heating systems! Learn how you can even improve the performance of a Chinese greenhouse (or any greenhouse) through short- and long-term heat banking and ways to naturally cool a greenhouse in the summer.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sustainability Stage presented by Prestige Subaru
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

DIY Composting Toilet and Bin

Almost half the water you use in your house gets flushed down the toilet, wasting water, energy, and valuable nutrients that could be going back into your garden. To be truly sustainable, we need to recycle everything. We also need to compost all organic materials, such as food scraps and yard waste, returning the nutrients to the Earth. That includes humanure, the nutrient-rich excretions human societies produce in massive quantities each and every day. Dan Chiras and Chris "Uncle Mud" McClellan show how to build a safe, low-cost, odor-free, and highly effective humanure composting system, consisting of a sawdust toilet and compost bin. This system works well in homes, cabins, cottages, and even camping spots. It can also be used in emergencies. (For extra insight, be sure to catch Chiras’ "The Scoop on Poop" workshop Sunday morning.)
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Achieving Self-Sufficiency

Dan Chiras describes the five most important steps you can take right now to become more self-sufficient or totally self-sufficient in energy, food, water, waste, and other key areas, no matter where you live (city, country, or in between). He also examines personal characteristics that make the journey to self-sufficiency much easier.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined