Notes from the Field: Building the Red Cloud Training Annex

by Megan Maiolo-Heath
 

Nick, a volunteer from Denver, frames the entrance to the Red Cloud Training Annex.

Our most recent volunteer trip to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, SD, was a very productive weekend that brought us one step closer to having the Red Cloud Training Annex completed!

Ten volunteers from Colorado spent two full days working on framing the entrance, hanging sheet rock, installing plumbing, and building railings.  When the Training Annex is finished, it will house Native American trainees who come to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center to learn about a wide variety of renewable energy applications. The facility will have dorms, bathrooms, a full kitchen, classrooms, and a common area for studying.

Demand for the trainings offered by TWP’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program is high as many Native Americans are developing a deeper desire for green jobs and for helping their tribes adopt new renewable energy practices.  This Annex will nearly double the number of trainees and volunteers we can accommodate.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this volunteer weekend a success!

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