My newest venture in natural building is with an organization called Community Rebuilds. I was particularly drawn to the new summer/fall semester in Crested Butte, CO because we are piloting a three-story strawbale duplex! I am really excited to be sharing this experience and to highlight how impressive this organization is. Community Rebuilds (CR) mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Emily Niehaus, founder, noticed the lack of afforable housing in Moab when she was a loan officer for the Eastern Utah Community Federal Credit Union in 2004. She wanted to replace trailers with sustainable, energy efficient homes for the working community. Through several years of securing grants, building a board, and recruiting a student intern labor force, the first home was built in 2010. By the end of this year, there will be a total fo 21 homes total. So far I am three weeks into my program and I am enjoying the process. Week One was orientation and the Week 2 we traveled as a group to Moab, UT to help the their intern crew, meet Emily, and tour some previous CR homes.