Freedom in a Can

Finding Sustainability in 72 Square Feet

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
VIRTUAL Through Zoom

The tiny-house movement hits the road and comes to George Mason University on April 22nd at 5pm hosted virtually via Zoom ( As part of Mason’s Earth Day events hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the couple, David Hutchison and Shari Galiardi will share their tiny-house-on-wheels – a 1957 “canned ham” trailer combining a solar powered electrical system with a golden-age, vintage look.

It was 2012 when they traded our careers and their 3 bedroom home for a life of travel, outdoor adventure, and volunteer service from the 72 sq. ft. vintage “canned ham” travel trailer they call “home.” After 7 years, they’ve redefined our American dream and learned how to sustain it. Leading a more active, and healthy life allows the time to live their values -- time for exploring public lands, time for lifelong learning and new career opportunities, time with family and friends, time to give back, and time for each other.

The themes of their presentation, “Freedom in a Can:Finding Sustainability in 72 Square Feet” include: taking the path less traveled, intentional risk taking, following a dream, living large by living small, exploring the natural world at a human pace, living mobile with solar, and seasonal volunteering and employment.

Join us at 5pm for a Virtual Presentation through Zoom Followed by an open forum, live, online question and answer session

Sponsored by Social Action and Integrative Learning, School of Integrative Studies, University Life, Women and Gender Studies and the LEAD Office.