2011 Conservationists of the Year

Conservationlist of the Year
John & Dot Fisher-Smith 2011

365 days a year, in wind, snow, sun, and rain, Dot and John Fisher-Smith can be seen riding their bicycles around Ashland.  Both are in their 80s.  For the occasional car trip, they own a Prius.  Both activities substantially reduce air pollution and gas consuption.

The home they designed themselves is a model of green construction and energy conservation, including passive solar windows facing south, and radiant floor heating supplied by solar panels.  Of course recycling every possible scrap has been a longtime practice, and they strive to produce as little landfill waste as possible.

They don't maintain a lawn but insted use the land surrounding their home to grow much of their own food in sizeable organic gardens.  They buy localy as much as possible, supporting our local farmers and reducing the impact of long-distance trucking. 

Dot uses recycled material (canvas from an old yurt) to create many of her art works. John's commentaries on Jefferson Public Radio help people to be more conscious about choices in their lives that contribute to community wellbeing.

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