Featured Event — 

Living the Vida Verde: The Locust Ridge Experiment

 Oct. 14, 2016 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) 
Program, 7:00

   The “Locust Ridge Experiment”, begun in 2002, is Cristina Siegel’s effort at a more sustainable home life. For 14 years, Cristina has lived in a passive and active solar home, self-built on beautiful Blue Ridge forested land. The experiment included many forms of “green” building and living:  Passive solar building, photovoltaic electricity, off the grid for 10 years, grid-tied for several years, solar hot water, composting toilet, biodiesel use, using local (very!) and sustainably sourced building materials, reused and repurposed building materials, growing gardens, raising chickens……and a son.

With14 years of life in a very small, solar powered home, Cristina has many details to share, including energy use and data, costs, and quality of life. She will also reflect on personal efforts and actions based on nearly 30 years of environmental research, teaching, non-profit leadership and a deep personal ethic for sustainability. We will hear a clear call to step up to a larger role and make a difference.

With BS and MS degrees in Soil Science and Forestry and PhD studies in Forest Soil Biology, Cristina worked for 15 years in science and academia as a U.S.F.S. Soil Scientist, research and teaching associate at Virginia Tech and Assistant Professor at Hollins University. Since 2010, she has served as the Executive Director of the Clean Valley Council.


This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact Dan Crawford at  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at:


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