RUST – The Radical Urban Sustainability Training - is an intensive weekend workshop of skills for building ecologically resilient communities in today’s cities. In this class, sustainability experts Scott Kellogg and Lauren Ross gives attendees a “toolbox” of techniques and knowledge usable by anyone wanting to create sustainable systems in their own communities. Through a combination of group hands-on activities and lectures, participants will learn how to build infrastructure for self-reliance by utilizing salvaged and recycled materials. These systems can be applied in either urban or rural environments, and in many cases can be put to use in even an apartment spaces.
Special emphasis in the class is put on the interrelatedness of sustainability and struggles for social justice. The many innovative sustainability features on display in the Albany Free School neighborhood will be used as teaching tools.
Typical topics & hands-on demos
* Low-tech bioremediation (cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and bacteria)
* Rainwater harvesting
* Aquaculture: ponds, plants, fish, algae
* Constructed wetlands/greywater
* Autonomous technologies:wind turbines & passive solar
* Worm composting and soldier flies
* Raised bed gardening and soil alchemy
* City chickens and micro-livestock
* Struggles for land and gentrification
* Brownfield restoration
* Biofuels: methane digesters, wood gas and veggie oil vehicles
* Mycoscaping:edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation
* Energy depletion and climate justice
* Sustainable and efficient wood burning
The book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008), by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew, was written as a companion to the RUST workshop. It is highly recommended that course attendees read the book so that they may be more familiar with the systems described within it. Doing so will allow you the opportunity to ask questions, have diagrams to refer to, and will contribute to you having a more rewarding experience at RUST overall.