Building the Sentiment of a Community

by Cate Stone, National Program Intern

Silas Red Cloud and Leo White Bear show off their Ground Source Heating certificates at the 2012 Rhythms for the Planet fundraiser in Fort Collins, CO.

Through sustainability and learning, a greater knowledge of yourself and your community can be achieved. Having pride in what you do, what you have accomplished, and seeing that pride reflected back through others’ eyes offers one of life’s greatest rewards.

As a new member to the Trees, Water & People family, I was exuberant about the chance to attend Rhythms for the Planet, an event that would allow me to see firsthand the special relationship TWP shares with the Fort Collins community. Although I enjoyed the entire evening, one moment in particular stands out in my mind as the shining star. Watching Leo and Silas receive their certificates for completing their Ground Source Heat Training made me feel so honored to be a witness and to be involved with TWP. Seeing their excitement, their eyes light up with happiness and pride as they were applauded for their awesome achievement was truly moving.  Having only been with Trees, Water & People for a few months, this was the first opportunity I had to see how our program affects individual lives. As I watched Henry hand Leo and Silas their certificates and sensing the mutual pride and respect shared between them I became aware of the equal amount of pride spread throughout the audience. People Leo and Silas have never met, like me for example, grinning wide, clapping loudly, and being genuinely happy and proud of these two men. Feeling that sense of community, the notion that I do not need to know you to be appreciative of who you are, is exactly why so many people support TWP and the programs they create.

Building the sentiment of a community that crosses boundaries is what will one day help those boundaries to disappear. Leo and Silas, congratulations on your success, and thank you for letting me share that with you.

Photo of the Week: First Ground-Source Heat Training at RCREC

Ground-Source Heat Training at RCREC
A proud group of trainees at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center learned how to install a ground-source heating system, utilizing the power of the sun to heat the new Red Cloud Training Annex. Thank you to The Carolyn Foundation for funding this training!

**Announcing** Ground Source Heat Training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center

Ground Source Heating

Trees, Water & People, the nonprofit arm of the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), has funding that will allow us to grant a scholarship to 10 trainees for our Ground-Source Heat Training, scheduled for December 15-21, 2011. We are very happy to offer this opportunity to qualified and enthusiastic candidates!

What: Ground-Source Heat Installation Training

Learn how to heat a building using the heat stored in the ground beneath it!

Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, SD

Who: Ten trainees from Tribes throughout the country will join Henry Red Cloud and Trees, Water & People for this hands-on training.

When: December 15-21, 2011 (including arrival and departure days)

*You must complete the attached application to be considered for the training.*

Applications Due Wednesday, December 7