NATE DOWNEY – Author of "Harvest The Rain"
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW WATER ECONOMY
Two-hour presentation on Oct, 2013 – 7 pm to 9 pm. $10
Brookhaven College, W-102
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.
THE BOLD NEW AMERICAN LANDSCAPE: PASSIVE WATER HARVESTING
Saturday, Oc6, 2013 — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $99
Brookhaven College, Room W-102
This workshop will focus on the new landscape that will eventually replace much of the great American lawn. Author and permaculture expert Nate Downey will describe principles, strategies and techniques of passive water harvesting. Passive systems use no moving parts to store moisture, control erosion, prevent pollution and conserve water. As a longtime permaculture-landscape designer who studied under Bill Mollison, and as an award-winning author of two books on the subject, Nate has applied these principles, patterns and techniques for more than two decades. If you've ever wanted to learn from a masterful creator of beautiful, productive, comfortable and water-conscious environments, now's your chance!
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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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