Aaron's Rain Barrels & more

Community Involvement

Here is a growing list of donations we have made to schools and other projects that are useful and important for developing an awareness of water conservation, sustainability, community involvement and self sufficiency.

Rain Barrels at Beall Park Community Center

We finally installed one of the rain barrels yesterday at a local community center. The building is used by the City of Bozeman’s Parks and Recreation Department – they are really excited to have the rain barrel to use and are planning to expand the garden next to the barrel. We are also looking into another project, a demonstration rain garden where we’ll do the expansion with them or another location in the City.

Rain Barrel at Beall Park Community Center

I have attached a couple photos and a copy of a press release that was in the Bozeman Chronicle on Sunday. The first photo is our artist, Ben Manion, and the third is the barrel at the Beall Park Community Center.

Thanks again and I hope to work with you again!

Sharlyn

Rain Barrels at Fort Belvoir

Tom Boylan, LEED AP Development Associate from Clark Realty Capital, LLC diplayed a couple of our whiskey rain barrels in a ceremony by the Department of the Army and Clark Realty Capital named “An Innovative Partnership, A Sustainable Future” at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir.

Green Belvoir at Fort Belvoir Rain Barrels

During the ceremony, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will awarded Fort Belvoir’s Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center as the first military project ever to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction (LEED-NC) Platinum certification.

During the ceremony, remarks will be made by Colonel Blixt, Melissa Gallagher-Rodgers, government sector manager at USGBC, and Mr. Nolan. Following remarks, Ms. Gallagher-Rodgers will present Clark and the Army with a plaque to commemorate the LEED certification, and neighborhood children will pour captured rainwater collected through the project’s eco-friendly system into a new solar birdbath for the butterfly garden. [More…]

Rain Barrels in New Orleans

Installing rain barrel diverter at The Samuel J. Green Charter School New OrleansAaron designed a rain diverter for The Edible Schoolyard at The Samuel J. Green Charter School New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His challenge was to make a unit that plugged directly into an existing oversized drainage pipe to fill a rain barrel to be used for a nearby butterfly garden. He mailed his ingenious plug-in diverter with easy to follow instructions as a kit and with help from community organizers, families and students, the day was a complete success!

Anna Smith Sr. Project Geologist Kleinfelder East wrote:

Thank you again for your donation, you are truly helping a new generation of children to learn to be self-sufficient and end the grip of the poverty cycle. This school takes up a whole block and there are homes that face the school across the street, and this community has actually started harvesting their water from their gutters and is watering gardens with it. The school apparently does a “demo-day” on the second Saturday of every month and teaches the community about gardening and resources. Your rain barrel turned into a whole tutorial and the community went home and made their own!

Rain Barrel Display

“Your rain barrel display was a big hit.” -Helen H. Childers – Festival of Flowers Director Mobile, Alabama.

Rain Barrel Display

The festival is a 5 day flower show featuring life sized gardens within 300,000 sq. ft of tents. Their special feature this year was green living display called the Frogmore estate that featured a vegetative roof, shredded newspaper insulation, north south site orientation for maximum sunlight effect, and recycled construction products and one of our oak rain barrels with a painted diverter to blend into the trim.

External Media:
Festival of Flowers 2008 Press Release