Earth Day is celebrated in the United States on April 22 and is designed to increase awareness about and inspire appreciation for the environment. It was started in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.) as an environmental teach-in and is celebrated in many countries every year. LeRoy Troyer, chairman of the Fuller Center board of directors, was active in the early years lobbying for the recognition of the annual Earth Day celebration.
This date is spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. The Fuller Center for Housing launched its first Earth Day Build in 2008 at the Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing in the beautiful and mountainous Pendleton County, W.Va.
Millard and Linda spent a week there building an energy-efficient house for a family of three and renovating and weatherizing an old trailer, making it accessible for a senior in need. The Fuller Center helped her remain in her home, allowing her to be near relatives instead of moving into a nursing home.
The organizations and activities around Earth Day advocate the use of green building practices in affordable housing. The Fuller Center Earth Day builds are more than just a hands-on demonstration of how affordable housing can be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. It is a time to reflect on our current practices, a time to learn from each other and a call to action through which we are inviting other affordable housing providers to recognize the need to be good stewards of the Earth’s resources and to implement green building practices.
Pictured here are students volunteers and homeowners blowing in cellulose insulation into walls of a 1,000-square-foot house. After the walls were filled and the siding board were replaced, the volunteer blew 10 inches of cellulose insulation into the attic. The entire project cost under $500, providing a lifetime of comfort and utility savings for Ivy Nunn and her 13-year-old daughter Tierra.
If you would like to learn more about the Fuller Center Earth Day plans or need help organizing your own event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green building happens all year round. Find out more about some energy-conscious Fuller Center projects: