Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Smithsonian Folklife Festival & Welsh Sustainability

June 24-28; July 1-5
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with special evening events.
All events are free.

The 43rd annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival is linking traditional culture with sustainable practices in the country of Wales. Wales is leading the way in becoming environmentally sustainable on a national level. Many participants in this year’s Festival specialize in sustainability and will provide valuable insights and experiences to take back to the classroom.

Special Programs:

Convergence on Zero Conference
National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, June 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the Centre for Alternative Technology. Features speakers from Wales and the U.S. on the transition to zero carbon emissions. Registration for this free conference is online at www.convergenceonzero.org.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales
CAT demonstrates practical solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems and offer a free information service on all things green, including wind energy, solar panels, green roofs, building with straw bales, and other sustainable solutions. Festival participants from CAT include Blanche Cameron, a green building designer; Matthew Slack, an energy consultant who lives in a house heated by solar power; and Adam Thorogood, a contributor to ”Zero Carbon Britain.”

Ty Unnos House
A sustainable house that is made from locally-sourced timber. The timber is prefabricated into walls, doors, and windows, all in a range of sizes, which are then used to build affordable and sustainable housing.

Ty Mawr House
Built by Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd., this green house features plasters and mortars made from recycled glass, insulation made from sheep’s wool, and environmentally-friendly floors.

TYF Adventure
The first carbon-neutral adventure company in the world.

In addition, join in family-friendly activities using recycled materials in the Family Activity Area, and enjoy listening to Welsh music about climate change and our world’s condition performed by Gai Toms.

For more information please visit the Wales Smithsonian Cymru Web sites at: www.festival.si.edu and www.wales.com

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