In this issue:

From vine to wine-Cedar Band’s beverage company secures its place in the industry

California vineyard

Cedar City, Utah – The drive along Interstate 15, which meanders from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border in Montana, can get plenty lonely. After 30 miles of virtually no services, there’s a reprieve: the well-stocked and clean convenience store and smoke shop, Cedar Band Trading Post, which the Cedar Band of Paiutes opened in 2012. Read more

From food waste to renewable energy

Every year, tons of discarded food makes its way to landfills around the globe. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates roughly one third of food produced annually is wasted – about 1.3 billion tons. In the United States, food waste is the single largest component sent into landfills. Read more

Families break ground on Guam’s first self-help housing project

After several years of planning and hope, the first group ever of self-help housing families on the island of Guam have begun construction on 13 homes. The families are participating in the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. Read more

It was a day of firsts in Williams, California

On June 26, the first group of 10 homeowners participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mutual Self-Help Housing Program helped raise the first wall of the first self-help home in Williams, California. Read more

Housing counseling training

RCAC became a national HUD-approved housing counseling intermediary in 2005. Our housing counseling training staff has trained thousands of housing counselors and/or program managers since 2006. In 2016, RCAC became a HUD training partner.

To see a list of RCAC housing counseling trainings, go here.

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Pumps, Motors and Energy Efficiency Basics

Join us in this interactive workshop that includes four modules that cover pump and motor terminology, efficiency fundamentals, Total Dynamic Head (TDH), friction loss, motors and electrical energy, and energy audits.

July 26, 2017 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Dona Ana Community College
Technical Studies Bldg Room 141
3400 S. Espina Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Register here

Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Systems

This session will offer an overview of “Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management,” USDA/EPA’s new guidebook followed by a self-assessment exercise. Participants will get an overview of the guide, understand how to choose focus areas, and learn from other utilities about common problems and solutions.

August 15, 2017 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Water Resource Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA 98661

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