The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, May 23, with a presentation by Blythe Collins and Emilia Emerson about Community Sustainability. Collins and Emerson are Energy Corps interns with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). In this presentation, they will discuss the ten principles of community sustainability within the scope of Butte– how Butte excels in some areas and how it can continue to improve in others. Butte’s unique history means that it has an enormous potential to become a center for development, industry, and tourism within Montana. The goal of Energy Corps is to outline ways this can be achieved while letting Butte remain true to its cultural heritage
The Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Prior to Energy Corps, Blythe Collins spent 5+ years working as a freelance teacher in Chicago, West Michigan, South Korea, and Kuwait. She joined Energy Corps in January 2018 and will serve in Butte as a SMART Schools Educator with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Emilia Emerson joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and serves at NCAT as the Energy Corps Team Leader. She focuses on member support through team building, mentorship, and project coordination. She hopes to utilize her design and illustration skills to create materials that raise awareness and interest in sustainability
The presentation will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.
Brown Bag Lunches are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Upcoming lectures will focus on topics of local interest. For more information, contact the Archives at 782-3280.