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Newsletter: Understanding Water, Grey Water Courses in New Mexico

August 2003

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Dear Systems Design Enthusiasts:

Ecological systems design differs from most conventional professions in that its focus is on the web of interconnections.

If I'd followed in the footsteps of my school comrades to become, say, an engineer of smart bombs, the most essential part of my job would be ignoring the connections between my work and everything else.

Web design is one of the few mainstream occupations where consideration of interconnectedness is recognized as fundamental to the job.


Understanding water class

In June I taught my first class on Understanding water class to a group of very cool instructors from the Wilderness Youth Project. Here's a bit from the description:

We'll approach the topic from a wide range of perspectives: hydrologist, microbiologist, plant physiologist, chemist, backpacker, and wild nature spirit. If you can track across this whole spectrum you'll get the most out of it...

The class was an eye opener for me. It was such a pleasure to share this body of information I can't believe I've been sitting on it for so long. If you'd like us to prioritize work on the Understanding Water book/ CD-ROM, please cast a vote at the Vote for new contentpage. Meanwhile, there are a few hours of interesting reading linked from the Understanding water class course description page.


Cob building course in Coquille, Oregon

I'll be sharing my perspectives on Water Systems for Natural Building and Structurally Sound Cob at Ianto Evan's Cob Building course in Coquille, Oregon, August 5th-10th. Contact the Cob Cottage company for information on their course.


Ecological design courses in New Mexico

I'm planning to give a long awaited water and greywater systems design course in October 2003, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information contact Amy Pilling at Ecoversity, 505 424-9797 x2#, and see Gray water workshop for more info.


Water Systems presentation at the Natural Building Colloquium

I'll be presenting the Water Systems for Natural Building information again sometime during the Natural Building Colloquium, October 5 11, 2003 at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, New Mexico. For information, e mail Catherine Wanek.


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