A Not So “Tiny” New Year Announcement

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A Not So “Tiny” New Year Announcement

We are pleased to announce that on December  31, 2015 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), powerful online research database, donated funds to sponsor a solar renewable energy system to TerraBluTeams.org, our 501c3 non-profit, to complete a unique sustainable education project built in Massachusetts.

Ms. Vera Struck, explains that her project, Silver Bullet Tiny House, is an innovative example of sustainable renewable energy design and is based on bio-mimicry. She will inspire individuals with the Silver Bullet at regional workshops, and institutions, capping off a summer tour in Colorado Springs, August 5-7th, 2016, at the 2nd International Tiny House Jamboree.

Struck said,” The Silver Bullet Tiny House is an excellent classroom exhibit for living a sustainable lifestyle. All the materials were sustainably vetted and are non-toxic; of which 60% are reclaimed and repurposed resources. EBSCO gave us our first seed money to develop sustainable lifestyle curriculum and has provided scholarships for dozens of students to our hands-on Living the Sustainable Tiny Life workshops since 2012. We are thrilled they will be helping us complete the project to enable us to expand our educational outreach.”
 
EBSCO will sponsor an event this Spring at their Ipswich facility kicking off the TerraBluTeams National Sustainable Lifestyle Tour. The Silver Bullet Tiny House has been featured globally on Youtube, and the personal story of Ms. Struck’s tiny house journey was recently released in an e-book, “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”.

Why Tiny? Why Now?

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Last week I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a brief history of the tiny house movement and speak about my Silver Bullet tiny house journey/build to a group that convenes monthly called Local Poverty Matters.

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I spoke about my moral imperative of solving climate change, the desperate lack of affordable housing, and my homelessness as a single human in a world of diminishing resources.

Most of the homeless, like me, do not want a hand-out. We want a hand-up. After being socially ostracized, discounted and marginalized, we are often invisible to other Americans. The American Dream I grew up with is dead. So I invented and chose a new American Dream. I created the Silver Bullet Tiny House Challenge.

Could I build a non-toxic, off-grid, all renewable energy fed, resilient sustainable lifestyle in a mobile tiny house on wheels? Could it be made of reclaimed, repurposed sustainable materials and cost less than $20,000.? Could it serve as a mobile educational exhibit that could inspire individuals and families to decrease their carbon footprint, their economic costs and improve their community involvement by freeing up more time and control of their lives?

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Taking my future in my own hands, I designed a beautiful, biomimetic tiny house that nurtures my sustainable lifestyle. I used reclaimed resources, found sponsors, repurposed what others left on the roadside, and made my own home. Nature is never more than four feet away from me in any direction. I love that.

The details of my story and build are in my recently released e-Book, if you want to know more. Proceeds from the book support me giving workshops on sustainable living across the USA starting in Spring, 2016.

Here’s the thing about my homelessness. Deciding to take my own fate in my own hands, even with obstacles like my disabilities*, my poor health, no funds, no social or career possibilities imminent, fostered within me a resilience I only fantasized was possible. That is, until I achieved my solution.

Creating my own hand-up was not easy; however, others were inspired by my passion, drive and commitment to live a simple, tiny, healthier, zero-waste footprint lifestyle and they helped me any way they could.

I gained self-esteem, construction skills galore, lost weight, grew muscle (both physically and psychologically), found my “happy place” and finally, I gained social and community acceptance. The journey was incredibly challenging with many turning points in which I almost quit. But like all great journeys and projects, when finished, the joy and glory of seeing my accomplishment, knowing I reached all my goals, was an amazing reward.

I have achieved wellness all around. I will live in a non-toxic, all renewable energy, self bio-mimetically designed, hand-built, mobile home.

That’s why “tiny” and that’s why “now”.

You can donate here. Every dollar helps me to help others.

* Although I have been classified by the State of Massachusetts as disabled, I have never collected any disability income from any source, private or public, Federal or State.

Celebrate Earth Day with Us-Coming Events!!!

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Mark Your Earth Day Calendars!!!

At several Earth Day Festivals April 15 – 25th, we will be demonstrating “College Dorm Sustainability Hacks” and speaking about the net-zero sustainable Silver Bullet Tiny House Exhibit designed and built by our Founder, Vera Struck, as an education module for a “tiny sustainable lifestyle”, at the following Earth Day Festivals, Sustainability Events, and tiny house workshops.

APRIL 16th, THURSDAY,  11AM – 2:30PM  

BU Medical Campus, Talbot Green 

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/bumc-earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 22nd, WEDNESDAY,  11AM-2:30PM      

Boston University Main Campus, GSU Plaza

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 25th, SATURDAY 10AM – 4PM

Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, Amherst Town Common

https://www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

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MAY 1st-3rd, Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Silver Bullet Tiny House Builder and sustainability lifestyle designer, Vera Struck, author of the soon to be released “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, will also be speaking at Deek’s next workshop in Connecticut May 1-3. Sign up now before he is sold out!

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2015/01/relaxshackscom-may-2015-tiny-house.html

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Tiny Sustainable Home can be built in 4 days w/screwdriver

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Leave it to the French to design this potentially popular, sustainable, and affordable pre-fab solution from Multipod Studio. It will cost about $41K (which includes labor, but doesn’t include finishing touches like waterproofing, electricity, and plumbing).

Perhaps the tiny house community has innovators not far behind in a pre-fab customizable version? Please comment here if you know of any…