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  • Getting Ready to Go 100% Solar – A Comprehensive Update

    Crestone Mountain Zen Center is becoming a regional example for the globally necessary transition to a Zero Carbon lifestyle. We are currently working on four interrelated areas. Fundraising and Financing Fuel Conversion from Combustion to Solar Electric Energy Efficiency Electric Cars and Carbon Offsets When it comes to fundraising, we just celebrated a big success…

  • October Work Week: Fire Mitigation/Firewood Production

    In addition to the Work Week in May, we will have a second Work Week from October 5-13, 2019. We are looking for volunteers to help us with an exciting new approach that integrates fire control with forest health and the production of firewood as a low-carbon energy source. Come join us this fall for…

  • Offsetting Car and Air Travel – Another Step on the Path to Zero Carbon

    CMZC is partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset the Center’s car and air travel by supporting a tropical reforestation project. Baker Roshi and Zenki Roshi are making personal payments to the same program to make up for the carbon pollution caused by their teaching activity outside the Center and overseas.   Offsets in Numbers CMZC obtained an…

  • What is Wild Dharma?

    We just completed our mountains-and-waters journey in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Take a look at the slideshow above. In one of the dharma talks, Zenki Roshi addressed the question of why we take our Zen practice into the wild:     Wild Dharma is now an established part of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center’s…

  • VIDEO: 15% Energy Reduction Complete

    With donations from 147 Sangha members, we made our campus 15% more energy efficient. We are excited about the results! Take a look at the video above to see a documentation of the implementation process. As a next step, we are working on a fuel conversion plan to eliminate all propane combustion and completely switch to…

  • Zero Carbon – Looking Ahead to Phase Two

      In early December, we asked the Sangha and all of our guests and supporters to support our energy efficiency projects – Phase One of our larger Zero Carbon vision. Today, we’re excited to share with you that we reached our $25,000 fundraising goal and even exceeded it by $3,000. This means we can now…

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    New Optional 3% Fee – Building the Zero Carbon Campus Together!

    In looking for ways to finance and incrementally realize our Zero Carbon Campus Vision in the context of our wider ecological initiative, we decided to add a 3% fee to all of our Zen and Guest rates. Unlike a tax that gets added to almost anything you buy (and that you don’t have to pay here at…

  • After the Energy Audit… Next Steps

    In January 2017, we completed a campus-wide energy assessment followed by a fuel conversion analysis in July. Both studies were funded entirely from Sangha contributions. Thank you donors! We now have a model of energy consumption, efficiency potentials, and fuel conversion ideas for each of our 12 buildings. The data tells us it’s possible to…

  • Wild Sangres: Supported by and Supporting Wilderness

    From August 14-19, Zenki Roshi and a group of nine fellow Wild Dharma practitioners completed our third 5-day mountains-and-waters journey through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. With an average of 5 miles and 2,000 ft of elevation gain each day, we walked up Cotton Creek, crossed over into the Rito Alto watershed, and climbed over two…

  • We Just Harvested Our First Quart of CMZC Honey

    We couldn’t take too much honey from the bees because three of our four hives aren’t fully acclimated yet. We needed to distribute most of the honey from the strongest and healthiest hive to the weaker three colonies to keep all of the bees well nourished. We were, however, able to harvest one comb for…