Carbon Economy Series

New Year, Fresh Start
Posted on December 12, 2013

It has been a beautiful year of growth for the Carbon Economy Series. To spread knowledge of a cleaner world to people everywhere has been our goal since the very beginning, and this year, we were able to achieve this in a great way. It is time to look to the future though, and with the New Year comes a chance for the world to take a fresh grasp on the practice of sustainable living.

The Clean Economy Series has been busy filling up the 2014 calendar with wonderful events hosted by the most knowledgeable people in the greening industry. Nate Downey will return at the end of February with a two-day workshop titled “Water is the New Solar.” In April, we will welcome Toby Hemenway to Dallas to lead a talk on “Urban Sustainable Principles and Practices.” This, friends, is only the beginning of our plans for the upcoming year.

Over the past months, we have been putting our hearts and souls into the building of an event to take place at the end of January: the Clean Economy Conference. This conference will teach building resilience through sustainable practices. This is a four-day event, kicking off the evening of January 30th with a farm to table/celebrity chef Gourmet Steward’s Dinner fundraiser. The following three days will see Joel Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer, leading workshops and talks on Local Food Production, teaching that feeding the world via backyard gardens is nothing short of possible.

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Simply put, 2013 has been an invaluable year, an innovative one in which the Carbon Economy Series brought people together to take part in greening the world. But the New Year will bring new possibilities and the chance to spread more knowledge to more households around the world. We are very much looking forward to 2014, and we hope you’ll join us in making this year the best one yet, for the sake of our earth and every being it holds. 

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The Building of the Carbon Economy Series
Posted on November 7, 2013

This time of year tends to bring to mind many memories and leaves me reminiscing through the past. The founding of the Carbon Economy Series is rooted in a lifetime of wonder and knowledge.

I am still the little girl who turned over the rocks to see what was under them. Always wanting to know how things worked, I removed every screw, nut and bolt from my first bike at about three and a half years old. Being the daughter of two brilliant engineers trained to solve problems, I had fantastic role models from whom I’ve received encouragement my entire life. Like my parents, I am constantly looking for ways to improve existing systems.

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The Carbon Economy Series was born in the search for what is good, what works and what can be improved in the areas of health, environment and high performance. It has been a life-long commitment to excellence and determining what works for the good of all.

In 2005, I heard a very compelling reason for me to spread this knowledge – if we increased the soil by 3 inches on all arable land, we would sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to stabilize climate change. When we grow biomass, we grow food, conserve water, store water in soil, increase public health, and reduce our dependence on oil, pesticides and fertilizers. At the same time, we increase biodiversity and sequester carbon to boot. It is a win, win situation.

I am forever grateful for every step in the building of the Carbon Economy Series. As a small non-profit, we seek the most powerful, innovative speakers in the areas of sustainable living and ecological education to bring to college campuses in New Mexico and Texas. To be in the greening industry during this vital time in history is an irreplaceable feeling that fuels me to discover more knowledge and educate the people around me. The delicate balance of our atmosphere is at stake, and I am grateful to be a part of the solution.

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Greening the Workforce
Posted on October 24, 2013

“Going green” is a way of life that has become increasingly more popular over the recent years. Within the household, people are recycling, composting, conserving water and electricity, turning the heat down and piling the blankets on. Our Earth and our ancestors will one day be reaping the benefits from our efforts.

This lifestyle is one that can exist outside the home, as well. Whether a Fortune-500 company or a “mom and pop” store with few employees, environmental sustainability will transform your team’s workplace experience, creating happier and more productive employees. Overall costs will also decrease, making an all-around better experience for your company, its people, its community, and eventually the world.

Bea Boccalandro is an expert in this field, serving as the President of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm that assists companies in designing, executing, and measuring their community involvement, including environmental sustainability. We are extremely excited to have Boccalandro leading a highly interactive half-day workshop on Friday, November 8th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Attendees will learn how to involve their employees in recycling, on-site gardening, energy conservations and other environmental efforts.

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We invite you to join us at this cutting-edge workshop, to begin adding some innovation to your workplace! Transform your employees, your company and possibly the entire world. We are very much looking forward to meeting many new faces.

Events as vital to our future as an environmentally sustainable society would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors: Dallas County Community Colleges, Save Water, Urban Acres, and Natural Awakenings.

Mark your calendars!

Water Harvesting: Sustaining Our World
Posted on October 22, 2013

As one of the most vital natural resources for all life on Earth, our supply of water is being threatened. For decades now, human beings have been leaving faucets running and taking extraordinarily long showers without a second thought. With the population boom our world is seeing, the manner in which human civilization retrieves water in today’s world is being reevaluated.

Techniques that require a creative use of our earth and its products are presently being embraced. It is a time in which going back to the basics is necessary. Water harvesting is predicted by Nate Downey, author of “Harvest the Rain,” to rapidly become one of the most powerful economic engines propelling society towards sustainability. As the world population continues to increase, our water resources remain stagnant, but Downey teaches people a manner of life in which lack of water will never again be a worry.

Harvesting rainwater is a practice that can provide ample water for every person, if we only learn to collect, store, distribute and reuse this water.

Join us to learn how the power of precipitation can benefit you, your wallet, and your home.

Nate Downey will deliver a two-hour presentation, Introduction to the New Water Economy, on October 25, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

The Bold New American Landscape: Passive Water Harvesting workshop will be held on October 26, 2013 from 9am to 5pm. This all-day informational event is $175, and tickets can be purchased here.

Both of these wonderful Dallas, Texas events will be held at Brookhaven College, Room W-102.

We hope to see you all there as we learn together the ways of our new world. As always, we extend a huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Dallas County Community Colleges, Save Water, Urban Acres, and Natural Awakenings.

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Edible Food Forests coming to Seattle and Montana, how about here?
Posted on April 26, 2013

 

Homo sapiens have been around for nearly 200,000 years and have subsisted from a horticultural model for 90% of that time. Agriculture only dates back to 10-12 thousand years ago. As omnivores, we integrated ourselves into the available food system, we hunted, foraged, gathered fruits and nuts along with selecting seeds to plant in specific auspicious places. Archaeologists are now finding that the people of the Americas may have been here longer and were greater in numbers than we suspected.  Living on game and perennials versus annuals like modern agriculture does made our impact on the environment nearly null. It is with tilling, mono cropping, irrigation and the cutting of trees for fuel and shelter that we begin to deplete the vegetative skin, ruin our soil and create deserts. In addition with agriculture comes the necessity of guarding the yield, which requires soldiers and armies. Add petroleum (“cheap energy” not really when one inventories the cost to health, environment and culture) and greed to the equation and we have modern, industrialized agriculture, which is increasing deserts, using water and creating devastation at an alarming rate. What took Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia tens of thousands of years to create: a huge desert. We are creating in the USA in less than one hundred years with the dust bowl and the depletion of one of the largest aquifers known to man Olgallala, as proof of our own foolishness.

Like a lay up in basketball, one must go back a few steps to get a running start and jump to make the basket, we must look at how we fed ourselves in the past take note and move forward. Edible food forests are part of our heritage that must be revived. That is why David Jacke, teacher and author of Edible Food Gardens, is coming to New Mexico to teach us how to integrate forestry as part of our renewable food and energy chain.

I asked Jacke what his workshop is about and he responded by saying:  “Ecosystem agriculture intends to create food-producing habitats that mimic natural ecosystem properties, principles, patterns, and processes. This workshop explores the vision, theory, design, and practice of ecosystem agriculture using temperate forest ecosystems as the primary general model, and one or two habitats of the Santa Fe region as specific models. Lectures, field observations, and experiential classes will reveal the nature of ecosystem architecture, social structure, underground economics, and succession. Participants will draw conclusions from these experiences, developing practical design principles, practices, patterns, and processes for garden design and management. Once we “get” the bigger patterns that connect, we will focus on the natty gritty of perennial polyculture design.”

Our ancestors lived on this land for millennia with a polyculture that Jacke describes as “an effective perennial polyculture is a mixture of useful perennial plants that minimizes competition, creates additive yields, and minimizes the gardener’s work and outside inputs. Polyculture design is the most interesting and challenging part of the forest garden design process. This workshop explores the specific ecological theories behind polyculture design through experiential classes and design exercises. Participants will design at least one perennial polyculture during class using Niche Analysis, Guild Build, Ecological Analogs, Patch Design, or other processes.”

Santa Fe Community College on May 30, June 1 and June 2, 2013. Friday 7-9pm and Saturday and Sunday workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for Friday night, $175 for each full day or $300 for all three days. Discounts are available. Call 505-819-3828 for more information. To register online click here.

Seattle food forest:
http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/21/its-not-fairytale-seattle-build-nations-first-food-forest

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