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We're pleased to announce that we are now offering some excellent books from other publishers for sale through our website.
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Brad Lancaster
If you've been waiting for our rainwater harvesting book, you might want to check this book out, meanwhile, as it's going to be a year at least before ours is ready
- Turn water scarcity into water abundance: guide on how to conceptualize, design, and
implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community.
- The Hand-Sculpted House Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley
Ianto is one of the world's greatest living ecological systems designers. He's one radical dude, and this is a good dose of his wisdom.
A beautiful and inspiring manual for building cob structures. Made of the oldest, most available materials imaginable—earth, clay, sand, straw, and water—cob houses are not only compatible with their surroundings, they are their surroundings. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders actually sculpt their structures by hand.
Rocket Mass Heaters (book)
(coming soon) Super efficient wood stoves that YOU can build! This is another Ianto production, with a good dose of editing from yours truly.
We're doing another major overhaul of our greywater books. We'll send at least one free book to anyone who sends us photos, a system example or clever new title that we use. In particular we're looking for real good cover photos. See Ecological design photos wanted for more info.
If these topics interest you and you haven't been to these pages in a while, take a look:
April 22 Workshop: Turning Water Scarcity into Water Abundance
Rain harvesting guru Brad Lancaster will join local ecological systems designer Art Ludwig to show how to actualize the potential of your landscape and neighborhood for rain and greywater harvesting. Simple site assessment tools for the home, plus multiple-use water-harvesting earthworks, will be constructed in this hands-on event. Santa Barbara City College Earth and Biological Science Building, Room EBS 309, Saturday, April 22, 10 AM-2 PM. Wear work clothes. Lunch available for purchase.
For more information on these and other programs offered by the Santa Barbara Ecological Education Coalition (SBEEC) contact Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education at http://www.sbcc.cc.ca.us/continuingeducation/ or at 805-687-0812.
April 28-30 Zaca Lake Retreat
ECOLOGY, ART AND ACTIVISM: AN INTERGENERATIONAL CELEBRATION OF SUSTAINABILITY.
ZACA LAKE RETREAT CENTER, Santa Ynez, CA
Some info on the event:
A gathering of some of the leading eco-spiritual thinkers / artists / activists / writers of our time, including John Seed, Vandana Shiva, Tom Hayden, Ernest Callenbach, Elisabet Sahtouris, Satish Kumar, Jay Harman, Adam Wolpert, Michael Green, for three days of exploratory discussion, reflection and celebration. In addition, delicious organic, vegetarian/vegan meals will be served throughout the retreat to make the weekend an event not to be missed!
For more information, and to register, please click below to visit the retreat announcement http://www.reverentialecology.org/conference2006.htm
You may also telephone 805.201.2810
Google Earth If you haven't checked this out, you should. Topographic and satellite image coverage of the entire globe. Quite amazing—I was able to retrace routes of my bike travels around the Pacific, Europe and North Africa, from a unique, aerial perspective. This tool will surly accelerate change, both good and bad.
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