By Wendell Elliott, Hanna Deacon, and Mary Ellis, current residents of the UM FLAT.
Originally published in Missoula Current, November 9, 2018.
The UM FLAT or University of Montana Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology was founded 10 years ago by Derek Kanwischer, an Environmental Studies graduate student, as his thesis project.
He convinced the university to provide one of the university owned properties on Fifth Street to be a living and learning student house focused on urban sustainability demonstration. Since then, each year six students live on the property and work to advance the FLAT’s mission of building community and advancing everyday sustainability. The house now has solar panels, a large vegetable garden, chickens, compost, and a sustainably remodeled garage turned community gathering space….Read the entire article at missoulacurrent.com.