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Collaborative planning process - link to video story

MU Extension uses a planning and design charrette to develop a facility in Cooper County. A French word to describe a collaborative planning process, a charrette will allow public input on the building's unique design features. The vision is for a high-profile Educational Resource and Innovation Center (ERIC).


Energy Publications

Information about ways to save energy in your home.


Healthy Homes in Missouri

The Healthy Homes in Missouri program is a network of Missouri Housing Specialists educating families on home health hazards. Some of the most serious health problems for adults and children may start at home. This program introduces you to some of these concerns and provides resources to help you learn what you can do about them.


Photovoltaics + Wind Power = Hybrid Home Energy Systems

This workshop will summarize how these systems work, their installation and operating costs, and methods of integrating them into home electrical systems. Breakout sessions will address specific questions of homeowners. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their house plans and current energy bills to better design their alternative energy system.


H.O.M.E.: Home Ownership Made Easier

First Time Home Buyers Program
The homebuyer education class explains the home-buying process to prospective homeowners, especially first time home-buyers. Topics include: financial preparedness, renting vs. owning, how much house you can afford, working with professionals to find an ideal house, home maintenance and energy management, buyer assistance programs, mortgages, closing costs and homeowners insurance.


Passive Solar Design for Missouri Homes

This workshop will discuss basic design rules that can be used in Missouri homes. Detailed schematics will be discussed with homeowners in breakout sessions. Homeowners will gain knowledge of how they can adopt passive strategies in their existing homes. Homeowners that are building new homes will leave with information for designing their new home to harness the sun for their particular site.


Home Energy Conservation: Saving Energy in Missouri Homes

This workshop informs homeowners where their home’s energy is consumed and ways to audit any energy losses. Energy saving methods will be introduced and include low, moderate, and significant initial-cost methods. Instructions will be given on how to calculate the savings added from adding energy saving measures. Included in this session will be "landscaping for energy savings", learn how to use landscaping in your yard to cut down energy costs. The workshop includes handouts as well as a kit to assist you in doing an energy audit of your home.

HomeWorks: Maintaining Your Housing Investment

This is a program for first time homebuyers and other homeowners about basic home repairs, maintenance and financial management necessary to successfully maintain a home.

Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes

This is a national consumer education program concerned with increasing awareness among consumers and helping in improving the quality of indoor air in homes. This project was developed to provide basic but comprehensive information to consumers on how to get a handle on indoor air quality.

Community Revitalization and Sustainability

This is a community participatory process-training program. Extension specialists work with the community to enable residents to take charge and make decisions about their own communities. This in turn leads to enhanced community sustainability and improved environmental stewardship in both residential and commercial sections of the community.

Affordable Housing Through Community Partnership

Quality affordable housing has been an expressed need in various communities in both rural and urban areas of Missouri. This type of housing development can take place successfully through a participatory planning process in which all the community stake-holders are involved. The goal of this program is to prepare extension specialists to serve as educators and facilitators in this participatory process to enable the community to successfully develop quality affordable housing in their area. This program will cover issues of consensus building, trust generation, forming community coalitions, generating action plans fir affordable housing development. In addition, this program will provide information about various types of affordable housing options available and funding sources for this type of development.



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