Bill's Burrow Earth-Build

For updates and to learn more about the project, go to tamaqua-sustainability.com

STORY

Will Vogler and his father Bill have a grand vision: to create a campus for unique eco-buildings in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

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Will’s first endeavor into natural building came with a small, Earthship-inspired greenhouse he constructed in his backyard.

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This greenhouse, inspired by architect Mike Reynolds’ "Earthship" philosophy, is off-grid and built with reclaimed waste materials such as tires and glass bottles. It harvests rainwater, captures solar energy, and uses the Earth to passively regulate its interior temperature.

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Will saw that these building techniques could provide a low-cost, low-carbon housing option not only for his father, Bill, but for a larger community of like-minded individuals. And so, with the purchase of 18 mountainous acres in Northern Pennsylvania, the Tamaqua Sustainability Project was born.

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TAMAQUA SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

The mission of the Tamaqua Sustainability Project (TSP) is to spread ecological consciousness by providing education and inspiration for living in self-sufficient, resilient, and creative ways.

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BILL'S BURROW

The first structure at TSP is Bill’s Burrow, a 2,500 square foot, solar-passive, off-grid house for Bill and his dog.

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Since breaking ground in 2019, the project has fostered a community of passionate and dedicated volunteers who have been helping Will and Bill build the structure. In partnership with nearby Stonehedge Gardens, TSP has hosted a month-long research-driven apprenticeship and an educational hands-on building workshop. More of both are planned in the upcoming months.

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Bill’s Burrow is now about 75% complete. The Tamaqua Sustainability Project, however, is just being born – and we have a long way to go.

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Completing Bill’s Burrow will serve as a foundation for other experimental low-carbon buildings, apprenticeships, workshops, and classes. Yet Will and Bill’s ability to pay out of pocket for materials and other necessary expenses has dried up. Your support – however small or large – will ensure we have the resources needed to complete the construction of this off-grid house and allow TSP to grow.

EXPENSES

In order to finish construction of Bill’s Burrow, we need $25,000, budgeted as follows:

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For updates and to learn more about the project, go to tamaqua-sustainability.com


REWARDS

$5 – Thank you!
Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook 

$15 – Earthship Model Kit eBook
Digital Earthship Basics eBook Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook 

$30 – Earthship Model Kit Book
Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model 
+ Digital Earthship Basics eBook Download 
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

 $75 – Guided Tour
Guided tour of Bill’s Burrow with Will and Bill with Q&A (virtual or in-person)
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

 $150 – Build Your Own Model Earthship Virtual Class
Attend a Build Your Own Model Earthship class and Q&A (virtual). Build a Model Earthship alongside Eric Ficinus, the author of the Earthship Model Kit Book and a natural builder who has taught at TSP, the Earthship Biotecture Academy, and Domegaia.
+ Guided tour of Bill’s Burrow with Will and Bill (virtual or in-person)
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

 $250 – Solar Workshop
Attend a Solar Workshop led by Bill’s Burrow owner/builder Bill Vogler (virtual or in-person). Learn the basics of solar panels, electrical wiring and batteries, and solar-passive architecture.
+ Guided tour of Bill’s Burrow with Will and Bill (virtual or in-person)
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

$350 – Hands-On Workshop
Attend a DIY Building Workshop to learn "Earthship" techniques such as tire walls, can and bottle walls, and earthen floors (transferable to any other workshop at TSP or Stonehedge)
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

 $500 – Educational Package
Attend a DIY Building Workshop to learn "Earthship" techniques such as tire walls, can and bottle walls, and earthen floors (transferable to any other workshop at TSP or Stonehedge)
+ Attend a Solar Workshop led by Bill’s Burrow owner/builder Bill Vogler (virtual or in-person) 
+ Build Your Own Model Earthship Class and Q&A taught by Eric Ficinus.
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

$600 for 2 people + $100 per additional person – Group Package
Group tour of Bill’s Burrow and the TSP site with Will, Bill and the TSP team (up to 10 people). Also, the TSP team will engrave a brick or tile with a name of your choice, which will permanently be added to the greenhouse in Bill’s Burrow!
+ Attend a DIY Building Workshop (transferable to any other workshop at TSP or Stonehedge)
+ Attend a Solar Workshop led by Bill’s Burrow owner/builder Bill Vogler (virtual or in-person)
+ Build Your Own Model Earthship Class and Q&A taught by Eric Ficinus.
+ Earthship Model Kit Book and Paper Model, with Digital Download
+ Name on the Thank You page of the website and in the eBook

Donations

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  • Travis Sowden 
    • $150 
    • 7 hrs
  • Forrest Shamlian 
    • $5 
    • 1 mo
  • Helen Tracy 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Bruce Ficinus 
    • $333 
    • 1 mo
  • Donna Sullivan-Thomson 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Will Vogler 
Organizer
Tamaqua, PA
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