Media Kit

"ThePOOSH.org is the unique hospitality site for virtually anyone, anywhere in the world wishing to participate in, or start their own sustainable build project."

Recently founded as an international NGO, thePOOSH.org provides its global membership base with the opportunity to share knowledge, labor, and experience in sustainable building.

Vision Statement

Community-driven sustainable construction will simply be known as construction.

 

Mission Statement

To inspire and empower people to build economical, sustainable, and community created structures through an active international network of skilled and unskilled volunteers that exchange knowledge, labor, and experiences at sustainable self-build projects.

Help one another, house one another, sustain life on our planet!

 

ThePOOSH.org connects two groups of people: those who have a sustainable build project with those interested in learning sustainable building techniques. When a sustainable build project is listed on thePOOSH.org, volunteers (dubbed POOSHers!) can then contact projects to visit and learn practical skills in sustainable and natural building. Volunteers can then take these valuable skills with them when they leave, thus allowing more people to learn these techniques for free. ThePOOSH.org is proud that its service can be utilised by both skilled and unskilled persons alike!

After discussing a sustainable build project for a year or two, several founding members of thePOOSH.org decided to build an earthship in Oregon, having had no previous building experience. This coincided with a visit from Jim and Maarja from Europe. Over morning coffee and evening beer, the realization that everybody should have the option to build their own sustainable home or structure progressed, culminating in thePOOSH.org concept!

For a multitude of reasons but, primarily, to get more sustainable structures built, thus making this planet more sustainable in order to sustain human life. ThePOOSH.org is an accessible and realistic alternative to conventional home construction, which is often expensive and complicated. The majority of skills involved in sustainable building can be learned in a matter of hours, as opposed to years. Moreover, it is crucial that our homes and structures function in harmony with our surrounding environments rather than against them.

There are three ways! If you would like to build a sustainable structure, create a profile on which you can list your sustainable build project so that you can be contacted by volunteers. If you would like to learn to build sustainably, create a profile and contact build projects! Finally, if you appreciate our goals and thePOOSH.org project, consider making a donation!

Eric Puro Eric

Eric Puro has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors after graduating from Indiana University with degrees in Economics, Philosophy, and Technology Management.  These experiences have meshed nicely with his constant strive toward sustainable living, and more specifically sustainable construction, which allowed him to co-found thePOOSH.org.  He is passionate about seeing more sustainable houses built on this earth, and is regularly known to pick up a sledge hammer, pick axe, or a handful of cob to see this through.  

 

 

James Self Jim

James Self graduated from the University of Derby with BA Honours Marketing Management. Tired of 'management talk' he worked up to 80hr weeks rigging marques in order to fund a trip to Latin America. On return, James worked for a global industry publication speaking regularly with CEO's and MD's of leading oil & gas companies. Needless to say, this industry created a moral dilemma for James and during another extensive trip to The Americas, he further developed his understanding of sustainable living and realised the importance of sustainable building. It was during this trip that James met Eric through the hospitality site Couchsurfing and the two schemed thePOOSH.org. James has sustainable building experience through many European countries and plans to self-build an Earthship hostel spring 2014 in Estonia. In 2012 James participated in a number of youth and sustainable development focused European Union supported projects and seminars. He can be contacted for any media enquirees.