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Environmental Nonprofit Brings Tiny House to Athens Tech Monday

You’ve seen the tiny house shows, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to pack up and live light, but if you’ve never actually gotten to experience a tiny home, the Creative Animal Foundation will be at Athens Technical College on Monday showing the possibilities of 200-square-foot living and the value of living sustainably.

Classroom talks will start at 9 a.m., and from noon–5 p.m. the tiny house will be open to the public for viewing. You’ll also get the chance to talk sustainability with tour hosts Stephanie Arne, co-founder and board president of CAF, and Tim Davison, co-founder and board vice-president.

Arne, who was host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and Davison, a seasoned traveling educator on conservation, founded the Creative Animal Foundation as a nonprofit dedicated to “the advancement of education and science through a variety of programs dedicated to conservation, environmental sustainability, wildlife preservation, and the protection of our world’s oceans and waterways.”

Arne and Davison are on a tour of the U.S. during 2017 and 2018, visiting 50 cities with the goals of building a community of 1 million “creative animals,” documenting wildlife and people who share a similar passion for the environment and landing in Washington, D.C. for Earth Day.

On the road, they’re traveling with their 203-square-foot tiny house on a pull-behind trailer. The house was built by 84 | Tiny Living and is made of reclaimed barn wood that’s over 100 years old. With LED lighting, Low-E windows, ECO-bamboo flooring and a composting toilet, the house is a model for sustainable, environmentally friendly living.

Pete McGill, director of corporate communications for Athens Tech, said he’s excited for the visit. Students, or potential students, can see how the many skills taught at the school—plumbing, electrical, welding and more—could be used to build sustainable homes.

Talks by and discussions with Arne and Davison, two down-to-earth, enthusiastic partners, center around making the world a better place through sustainability, preservation, conservation and anything else concerned with the environment and the wildlife living in it.