WATER IS THE NEW SOLAR
Two- hour presentation; May 2014; date to be determined. $10
Solar-electric sales have grown for decades, and it seems this trend will continue. Award-winning author, successful entrepreneur, and long-time permaculture practitioner Nate Downey says that the water-harvesting industry will soon join solar energy as an economic engine driving us toward real sustainability. As supplies of potable water shrink, providers of harvested roof-water and storm-water will have a huge and growing market. It’s not too late to be part of the water-harvesting revolution, and you don’t have to be a plumber either. In every water-challenged part of the world from Dallas to Dubai, an astounding variety of jobs will be created. The questions then become: How do we efficiently manage this new industry? How do we effectively finance it? And how do we encourage localized water harvesting on a massive scale—before we deplete our rivers, drain our aquifers, and devastate our estuaries.
TWO HOUR PRESENTATION
NATE DOWNEY – THE BOLD , NEW AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
PART 2 CISTERNS
Eight-hour workshop; May 2014; date to be determined. $99
This workshop will start with the same theme that begins the October workshop (namely, "Let's replace the dominant landscape-paradigm with highly efficient, productive, beautiful, and comfortable outdoor environments."), but part 2 will focus on harvesting rainwater in storage tanks. Nate has been designing and installing cistern systems for two decades. In this workshop, he'll walk you through the components of a successful systems that turn stormwater into real-life resources. If you are ready to do something about our dwindling water-resources rather than just worry about them, here's an excellent opportunity!
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Nate Downey is author of "Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource". He is an expert in both passive and active water harvesting systems as well as wastewater harvesting and community water harvesting techniques.
For over a decade, Downey has spoken, taught and written about permaculture practices.He owns Santa Fe PermaDesign, a landscape-design firm whose projects emphasize beauty, function and ecology. He is a frequent guest on public radio and writes a popular column called "Permaculture in Practice" for The Santa Fe New Mexican.
At home, in our backyards, in the workplace, regionally, nationally and internationally, his work addresses what he calls "changescapes," "permapatterns," and "permaDesign" — providing practical and visionary ways to be productive and add value to our lives, homes, communities and environment.
Downey says enough rain falls to provide ample water for everyone. "We simply have to collect, store, distribute and reuse a small percentage of that which falls from the sky. Fortunately, this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property's value, lowering your utility bills or simply creating a comfortable oasis for conversation just outside the kitchen door."
Learn how the power of precipitation can work for you. Attend Nate Downey's workshop, part of the Clean Economy Series.
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