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Civic Works Tiny House at the B’More Healthy Expo


Civic Works Baltimore Energy Challenge Mobile Energy Education Center was built by participants in Civic Works YouthBuild program, which provides job training and education for low-income Baltimore City youth. Our young participants gained new skills while creating an affordable home that can be used as a model in sustainable living options. The Tiny House project has been an exciting opportunity to create new hands-on training experiences for the young people we serve.

The 200-square-foot home is fully mobile and features more than a dozen “green” and energy-saving materials or technologies, including solar panels, a tankless water heater, a “pedal generator” that produces power via pumping arms and legs, a cool roof and a solar-powered ventilator. The Tiny House does have propane heat and a back-up battery to keep the lights and appliances on when the sun isn’t shining.

The Baltimore Energy Challenge Mobile Energy Education Center is being used to inspire residents and business to become more energy efficient, and to educate students on green technology and additional options in sustainable living.