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Re: GSBN:Re: Next International Conference

Hi all,

I tried to organize a bus tour as a means for people to travel to Canada for
the ISBBC this year, but needed more time to get it done. Maybe bus tours
would be a way to gather people together from various areas around North
America to save on travel costs and reduce the environmental footprint of
the travel to an ISBBC, while offering people on the bus tours opportunities
to see strawbale and natural buildings along the way. Just an idea!

The convoy tours in the UK and in northern Europe before ISBBC/Denmark in
2004 were not only very informative, a great opportunity to visit with
others in a leisurely way, and to view and talk with owner/builders,
builders and contractors and others along the way. I think we may have even
converted the two French bus drivers into straw-bale enthusiasts as they
visited all of the buildings and sessions at the conference, and asked as we
left how soon we would be returning so they could continue to learn about
and see more straw-bale buildings.


on 10.13.2006 11:04 AM, Kelly Lerner at klerner@...:

> Hi All,
> Laura had it right. I did indeed say that China (the strawbale part
> of it at least) wouldn't be ready for this kind of conference quite
> yet, especially if it is to be held in 2008 (the same year as the
> Olympics). We just don't have the bandwidth to pull it off yet, but
> depending on how the project continues to develop, it might be a
> possibility for the future.
> If the conference does indeed end up in North America again (because
> of the interest and ability to pull it off), I suggest that North
> American participants pay a "close-to-home-tax" that could then
> underwrite the travel and conference costs for non-North American
> participants. Also, I've been thinking a lot about the CO2 emissions
> related to air travel (with air travel included my eco-footprint
> looks like big foot). As we plan for another conference, let's
> discuss what it would take to make both the conference and travel to
> it as carbon neutral as possible. Credits from Native Energy?
> (www.nativeenergy.com) OR $$ to support strawbale construction in
> some other part of the world - Pakistan or Mexico or China or ???
> (yes, I'm a self-interested schemer, especially when it comes to
> international projects :-).
> (see
> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-210-2383135-523,00.html";>http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-210-2383135-523,00.html</a>
> for an interesting discussion of environmentalists and air travel)
> In other related news, Linda Zhu is currently at the Seventh Day
> Adventist Women's Conference being named a "Adventist Woman of the
> Year" for her work developing the China straw-bale technology
> transfer project. If you want to offer congratulations, you can email
> her at adraprc@.... Thank you all for making her feel so
> welcome at the ISBBC. She had a great time and understands a little
> better the breadth and depth of strawbale/natural building across the
> world. She described the first evening as very akin to a "come to
> Jesus" tent revival with Judy as our main preacher. I like to think
> of the strawbale community as having "all the benefits of church, but
> without the religion", the church of Present Day Saints, PDS-SB.
> Amen,
> Kelly
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: laura@...
>> To: GSBN@...
>> Sent: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 7:33 PM
>> Subject: Re: GSBN:Next International Conference
>> I spoke with Kelly at the conference and she said, speaking of China at
>> least, that they are just not ready for the conference to be there yet,
>> but it should be considered for the future. Kelly, am I correct in
>> quoting you?
>> Laura
>> billc wrote:
>>> I agree with Martin that it would be nice to alternate between North
>>> America and some other continent.
>>> On the other hand, I know what a huge undertaking it is to put on
>>> such an event. That means that the planning needs to start fairly
>>> soon. So I would suggest that if no other group steps forward in the
>>> next month or three from one of the other continents - say, by
>>> January 1 - that we go ahead and plan for Colorado or California.
>>> We don't really have any representatives from Asia aside from Kelly
>>> (though we probably should), so it might be a little tricky getting
>>> that to happen. Would anyone from Europe, Africa, or South America
>>> like to publicly consider the possibility?
>>> --
>>> Bill Christensen
>>> <<a  target="_blank" href="http://sustainablesources.com/contact/";>http://sustainablesources.com/contact/</a>>
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