An energy-efficiency workshop hosted by Montana’s Alternative Energy Resources Organization will be held Friday in Missoula.

The all-day gathering begins at 10 a.m. with a tour of energy saving upgrades at the UM FLAT, 633 S. Fifth St. E., an experiential live-in home that demonstrates sustainable living to University of Montana students. The tour includes a solar array, improved insulation, passive solar design and an energy-monitoring system.

“At this workshop participants will have the opportunity to see the technologies and learn about the resources available to consumers that make energy efficiency and renewable energy systems a possibility,” said Sarah Lesnar, AERO’s energy program manager. “It is also a fun event to learn about a growing industry and movement to live sustainably.”

The workshop will showcase not only actions that residents can take in their own homes, but also what innovative businesses and community members are doing in Missoula to cut energy use and become more resilient.

Energetechs, a business dedicated to the energy efficiency of buildings, will demonstrate an energy audit to familiarize attendees with what is performed during an audit and what is learned about the building. In the UM FLAT’s passive solar renovated garage, Energetechs staff will discuss the principles of passive solar design.

Community groups including Climatewise, Transition Towns and the city of Missoula’s Conservation and Climate Action Planning Task Force will hold a conversation on engaging in the climate action planning effort in Missoula. Transition Towns is a group that aims to create a forum where people within a community can come together to create local solutions to global problems, such as climate change. Climatewise is a process that helps a community brainstorm proactive measures based on the best available science to prepare for climate change, and encourages people to work in cross-sector groups to increase community cohesion.

The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes lunch and a barbecue social hour afterward.

More information is available at www.aeromt.org, or by contacting AERO at (406) 443-7272.

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