Going Green

Our Future green roof

We are looking to the future and have high hopes and plans for our shelter rooftop spaces. The renderings in the gallery are for both of our shelter buildings. Sylvia Center will be a site for an urban rooftop farm. The agricultural area will be cultivated by interested volunteers and shelter residents. Our Hannah House roof will function as a park and visiting area for our shelter families.

CCO Roof Currently

Currently, CCO volunteer, Andrew Shantz, is growing veggies and herbs on the Sylvia roof.

Currently, CCO volunteer, Andrew Shantz, is growing veggies and herbs on the Sylvia roof.

In 2012, cucumbers, okra, tomatoes and herbs grew six stories up on the Sylvia Center roof. In the future we hope to create a therapeutic space where shelter residents can grow nutritious foods, meet with case managers and enjoy the outdoors.

Note: The building in the back is our elevator housing. Soon our elevator will be done and it will go all the way to the roof.

Green Projects of the past

Wind Turbine Electricity – currently being tested for wind power production at the Sylvia Center.

Sylvia Center being tested for Wind power generation

 

Lighting Replacement – bids are being pursued by CNT Energy Savers, who are funding the total cost.

Existing HVAC upgrade for efficiency – 50% completed in 2010 by CEDA

Recycling – beginning the transition now to recycling as much as we can of our waste.

Reduced water usage – shower heads being installed to reduce flow to minimum requirements, and toilets being swapped out with low water usage.

What’s next:

Aqua-ponics – in the planning phase with City Micro Farms, LLC.  This includes a job training component.

Solar Energy

Green house for growing vegetables.