PRIMARY SPECIALIZATION AND INTERESTS
Organic gardening, permaculture and eco-village design, transition towns and resilient community planning, natural building, bioregionalism and local food self-reliance, food not lawns & urban edible landscaping, bicycling & traveling. Objective is to act as an agent of positive change for the world while enhancing community development and fostering a more sustainable life-style by way of: creating community participatory and consultation processes; innovative ecological design & planning solutions; and educating others for self-empowerment and self-resilience.
EDUCATION AND COURSE CERTIFICATES
MLA Landscape Architecture. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA USA Graduate Candidate June 2010
BSc Environmental Science: Sustainable Ecological Design. Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University (WWU), Bellingham, WA USA - 2000
Permaculture Design Certificate: Permaculture Institute of Australia and Friends of the Trees Society, USA - Michael Pilarski at Herb 'N Relief Farm, Methow Valley, Twisp, WA USA - July 1999
Associates of Arts & Science Degree: Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA USA 1997
CERTIFICATES FROM ABROAD
Eco-Village Design Course & Practicum Certificate: EcoLogicalSolutions Ltd. and Global Eco-Village Network Inc. - Max Lindegger at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, Maleny QLD, Australia - November 2002
Eco-Village & Sustainable Community Design Course Certificate: ERDA Institute - Robyn Francis and Peter Cuming at Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education Centre, Nimbin NSW, Australia - September 2002
Diploma in Sustainable Land-Use Design & Management, and Certificates in: Organic Production; Applied Permaculture Design & Sustainable Resource Management; and Sustainable Community Development & Land based Project Management. P.L.A.N.E.T. Organic (Permaculture, Low-impact Agriculture, and Natural Ecology Training) - a year long course in bioregional sustainability through the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (EEA) - Robina McCurdy in Golden Bay, New Zealand - 2002
Founder (2003) and Director of Earthcare Design Solutions, a community based organization offering such services as permaculture, sustainable settlement and ecological design education and consultation based in Bellingham, Washington USA. EDS has either organized or taught at over x Permaculture and Ecovillage Design Courses across Western Washington, California, New Zealand, Australia and British Columbia, Canada.
Founder/curriculum designer, and program coordinator (2004 2006) of the Permaculture & Community Design Program for O.U.R. Eco-village and TOPIA: The Sustainable Community Learning Institute in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, Canada. Over two years of curriculum design, development and teaching for this non-profit school of sustainable living including one season as the organic food production manager for the community.
Associate Faculty member (2003) with the Village Design Institute based in Bellingham, Washington, USA. Co-developed curriculum for two fully residential mind-body immersion courses in Eco Village Design that has been successfully held at Pragtri Farm near Arlington, WA. (Evergreen Land Trust) in July 2003; and at Bodhi Creek Farm & Retreat near Kendall, WA. in July 2005.
Nimbin Eco-Village Project. Applied research for, and prepared the Nimbin Eco-Village Draft Strategy for Stage II: Community Consultation document for Nimbin Eco-Village Pty. Ltd. - Robyn Francis: Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education Centre, Nimbin NSW, Australia ~ October - November 2002.
The Outback Farm (OELS - Outdoor Experiential Learning Site) on campus at WWU, Bellingham, Washington, USA:
- Co-founded & co-directed the Outback Farm Renewable Energy Project ~ 1999-2000
- Co-facilitated 'Applied Human Ecology: Sustainable Systems' class to university students using the Outback Farm as the classroom - Fairhaven College at WWU ~ 1999-2000
- Coordinated an Outback Farm Fall Harvest Benefit Concert to raise money and awareness in keeping threatening campus development away from the farm ~ 1999
- Founding member and president of the WWU Associated Students Club 'Sustainable Futures' which helps to direct and assist the programs at the Outback Farm ~ 1998-2000