At the Radix Center, we believe it is possible to meet human needs while simultaneously restoring ecosystems. Good environmental stewardship is rewarded by better health, wholesome food, and strong communities. The Radix Center teaches practical skills that can be applied to create environmental and economic sustainability. An emphasis is placed on issues of food security, health, and the remediation of contaminated soils.
Over the past year, thousands of people have visited the Radix Center through organized workshops, class trips, open houses, and casual drop-ins. Classes from the Albany Free School, Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), Tech Valley High, Woodland Hill Montessori School, & Albany County Opportunity Inc. Olivia Rorie Head Start have attended workshops at the Radix Center. Educators from the Fiver Rivers Nature Center toured Radix, a local 4H group has regular meetings at Radix, and in partnership with Siena College the high school group 4H Earth Club has used Radix. Through a partnership with RPI, groups of public school science teachers have also attended workshops at Radix. In December, 25 teens attended Radix workshops as part of the Take Action Summit organized by A Renaissance Circle.
Numerous college students have attended workshops at the Radix Center, including student groups and classes from Skidmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the College of Saint Rose, Bloomfield College, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Physics, and the Public Health classes from the State University of New York at Albany, the College at New Paltz (SUNY) & Southern Vermont Community College. Representatives from the NYS Department of Health, Department of Conservation, Environmental Facilities Corporation, Dormitory Authority of NY (DASNY), NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Albany County, and the Albany Common Council have all toured the Radix Center.
Over 70 people attended the 2 Regenerative Urban Sustainability Trainings we offered in the spring and fall of 2013.
Educational Director Scott Kellogg gave presentations about the Radix Center at McGill University, Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, the Brooklyn Commons, the Mansion Neighborhood Association Meeting, the Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hudson Valley Community College, Siena College, Connecting Sustainability Educators Forum at RPI, FACES Program at Pine Hills Elementary (Albany), the College at Oneonta (SUNY), Bioshelter Workshop, (Holyoke, MA), University of Vermont, Northeastern Organic Farmers’ Association annual conference, the Earth Activist Training, the FEAST permaculture training, Waterways Reskilling Conference, and a youth sustainability education program at Hackett Middle School in coordination with SUNY Albany’s Green Team.
In addition to workshops, we also run the Community Compost Initiative, a compost pickup service, and launched a CSE – Community Supported Environmental Education Organization – that delivers weekly produce to subscribers.
This year we have built new garden beds, added new ducks, chickens, and pigeons to our flock, expanded our duck-a-poop-a-ponics, and built a biothermal water heater. This spring we intend to remove the asphalt in front of the greenhouse! We will also be offering another RUST in June 2014.
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