Cabin Rendering: Sam Berrigan, EcoForm Design

RPA and Ecoform Design Present:




Happy Hour


with Nine Pin Cider

Saturday, June 20 at 6 p.m. on Zoom

Have you heard about hempcrete, the amazing green building material? Now’s your chance to learn more!


Join us for a fun happy hour virtual lecture and hear about how this sustainable building material could change the future, and about a cabin restoration project right here on the Rensselaer Plateau!

Right now, a dilapidated hunting cabin at RPA’s Albert Family Community Forest is slated for an incredible makeover by Ecoform Design to become an ADA-compliant nature classroom and meeting space. Ecoform co-founders Sam Berrigan and Cam Kasper - both members of the Class of 2020 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - started experimenting with hempcrete while they were Sustainability Studies students at RPI.


When Sam and Cam learned about hempcrete's amazing insulation and carbon sequestration properties, they knew that it was the future of green building! They decided to take on this renovation to refine their methods and give our community an accessible place to gather and continue to connect with nature.


They have already been awarded prizes for their innovative techniques, and a grant from Climate Smart Community, East Nassau. During this lecture, Cam and Sam will tell us all about the cabin renovation project and about hempcrete's hopeful future in sustainable, environmentally-friendly building.

Did Someone Say Happy Hour?

Albany's own Nine Pin Cider Works has generously partnered with us for this event and is offering all registrants 10% off cider ordered for this event. (If you haven’t tried their locally made hard cider, you've been missing out.)

After registering, you will receive a discount code and can either order online at their website or by calling 518-449-9999. (Free pickup or local delivery; shipping available for non-local addresses.)

For pickup or local delivery, please order no later than June 17.

A suggested donation is $5 for this event goes to support the cabin renovation project, but registration is available free of charge and we encourage anyone who is interested to please join!


If you registered for the “Beer and Build” workshop cancelled due to Covid-19,

your previous donation has already been applied to this event.


Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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Background photo: Nate Simms