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Environmentally sound building methods to be discussed at Women's Studies lecture

Sister Kathleen Erickson from the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony will discuss environmentally sound building methods from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in New Mexico State University's Science Hall Room 124.

her lecture, sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Sister Erickson will discuss projects the center has been involved in to help women develop their own spiritual, social and economic potential. She will also talk about the recent collaboration between the Centro Mujeres Tonantzin in Juarez, Mexico, and the Anthony center.

The two centers designed a Border PACT grant to disseminate information around the border about environmentally sound building methods. The women use a tire-and-earth technique to construct walls of buildings, and through grant funding will draft a manuscript and design education and training sessions on alternative building methods.

The center in Juarez builds ecological dry toilets using molds, concrete and other materials for areas in the city where there is no running water. The toilets are odor-free and are sold cheaply to families who are trained to maintain them properly.

Border PACT grants are funded by the Ford Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information contact the Women's Studies Program at (505) 646-3448.

Sarah Wheeler
Nov. 14, 2002