'King of Scrounge' to speak about sustainable, off-grid living

SUNY Oswego alumnus Jim Juczak (‘80) will speak about alternative energy systems and living off the grid in a Saturday, March 12, presentation on campus.

Juczak, who taught technology education for 25 years and recently took a position with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will appear from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 360 of Wilber Hall, in a program hosted by the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations.

Author of articles and books, lecturer on a wide variety of self-reliance topics, inventor of new systems and consultant for off-grid energy system design, Juczak has been called the “King of Scrounge.”

His presentation will cover where and how to obtain life’s necessities, cheap cars and fun things for free or nearly free: how to build a home without a mortgage—including for land; and how to obtain building materials, furnishings, food, entertainment, electronics and firewood. Among the strategies he will describe are bartering, trading and repurposing.

Juczak, now regional energy program coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in a 10-county area of the North Country, will focus on practical suggestions for sustainable living: conservation, off-grid applications and other action-oriented approaches. The presentation will include both lecture and hands-on components.

The Juczaks—Jim, his wife Krista and their family—live in a 55-acre intentional community called Woodhenge. Juczak’s first book, “The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging,” has been in print for two years; his second, “Water Supply Systems for the Homesteader,” will be available late in the fall.

Reservations are required by March 7, and there is a $15 fee. Make checks payable to Research Foundation of SUNY-OBCR and mail to the Office of Business and Community Relations, 103 Rich Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126.

For more information, persons with disabilities needing assistance and to RSVP, e-mail thaddeus.mantaro@oswego.edu or call 315-312-3492.

Parking is free on evenings and weekends for those attending this event.

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(Posted: Feb 22, 2011)