Sustainable Living

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09/21/2014 to 09/26/2014
Andrew Faust
Learning to Live Well With the Earth
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/10/2014 to 10/12/2014
Toby Herzlich
Women’s Leadership Lessons From the Living Earth
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/21/2014 to 09/26/2014
Andrew Faust
Learning to Live Well With the Earth
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/10/2014 to 10/12/2014
Toby Herzlich
Women’s Leadership Lessons From the Living Earth
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
During the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP), participants visited Hawthorne Valley Farm to learn about cultivating both outer and inner landscapes.   ELIP is a program of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).    More
Discover new ways to understand natural systems and how to live and work within them. The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program invites people from all walks of life with a passion for exploring ecological design from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. Listen to those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking. More
The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program invites people from all walks of life with a passion for exploring ecological design from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. Listen to those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking. Learn more about the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program   More
Poet Rafael Casal gave a rousing performance at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference, Where We Go From Here. Hear how he describes sustainability from the perspective of those living in South Central Los Angeles, his home. Explore more from Rafael Casal: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/rafael-casal. More
Like many people, Majora Carter, eco-enterpreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, had always aspired to move beyond from the community where she grew up. But after she moved away, and then returned home from college, she realized the political and economic vulnerability of her home neighborhood, and she knew she had to do something about it. Watch Majora Carter via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream More
Throughout nature, we can find useful examples of solutions to systemic engineering problems. Janine Benyus explains how engineers and architects are dealing with the problem of birds flying into glass windows by studying how spiders keep birds from flying into their webs. Watch Janine Benyus at the Where We Go From Here conference via free live stream. More
The fastest way to achieve personal transformation is to change who it is we aspire to be when we grow up. Janine Benyus asks, "What if we aspire to be like nature when we grow up?" That, she explains, is what biomimicry is all about. Explore more from Janine Benyus More
During Omega’s six-week Ecological Literacy Immersion (ELIP) program, Barton Kirk and Pete A. Muñoz led a permaculture project to build a rain garden—and built community along the way. Although it took 30 people a day and a half to build this particular rain garden at Omega, Kirk and Muñoz say that creating a rain garden is something anyone can do. Learn more about the ELIP program         More
Omega Institute How to Create a Lasagna Garden
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening is one of the fastest ways to start a garden and create healthy soil. See how students in the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program created a lasagna garden on Omega’s campus with Tama Jackson from AppleSeed Permaculture.   Learn more about the ELIP program   More
Omega Institute Janine Benyus: Design By Nature 2012: Gecko Technology
In this clip from her talk at the 2012 Design by Nature conference at Omega, Janine Benyus, a pioneer in the biomimicry movement, talks about how gecko technology is influencing the people who make our world. She says, “…a sustainable world already exists…and now it really just takes quieting human cleverness at this point.”   Watch Janine Benyus via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream   More

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Omega Institute Resiliency Is Personal Sustainability
Psychology Today defines resilience as “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.” The American Psychological Association (APA) says resiliency is “an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.” More
Omega Institute Welcome to the Sharing Economy
Chances Are, You're Already Part of It
What is the sharing economy? Beth Buczynski, author of Sharing is Good, told Omega she defines it as being about “access over ownership, and experience over possession.” It seeks to create, she says, “a way for people to access things conveniently and safely enough so they don’t have to go about the collection of personal things like we’ve done in the past.” More
Omega Institute 4 Ways Urban Gardens Strengthen Community
1. Access to Safe, Nutritious FoodUrban agriculture is an important part of an ecologically sustainable and abundant food production system. According to the USDA, 15 percent of global food production takes place in urban environments and provides some food security for growing urban populations. More
Omega Institute Using Your Yes: A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
The impulse that often draws people toward activism is a profound feeling of "No!" This can manifest as an inability to stay silent about a variety of environmental issues, including pollution of the air we breathe and the water we drink, the loss of wild lands and quiet spaces, and the grave risks of climate change. More
Omega Institute What Permaculture Teaches Us About Leadership
Though expressed as design principles for agriculture, the 12 principles of permaculture can also be interpreted more broadly, as important principles for decision making and leadership, helping us take action in an integrated way on a variety issues. Here are a few of these principles, taken beyond the field, the garden, and the forest, to see what they can offer all of us as leaders.  More
Omega Institute How to Approach the Next 20 Years by Chris Martenson
The big story is this: the world has physical limits that we are already encountering, but our economy operates as if none exist. Our economy requires growth. I don't mean require as if it's written in a legal document somewhere, but require in the sense that our economy really only functions well when it’s growing. With growth, jobs are created and debts can be serviced. Without growth, these and many other facets simply and mysteriously crumble causing economic pain and confusion. More
Omega Institute What's Carbon Got to Do With It? By Paul Hawken
An Interview With Paul Hawken
Omega: In your presentation at the 2013 Where We Go From Here Conference, you stated, “Carbon is not our nightmare. It’s the answer to our nightmare.” Can you explain your perspective on the role that carbon plays in our lives? More
Omega Institute The Triple Threat Facing Our Oceans: Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
What You Can Do About Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
Overfishing An area or species is overfished when the fish are caught more quickly than they can reproduce. According to Save Our Seas, roughly three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are currently being overfished and 80 percent are either fully exploited or are declining. A full 90 percent of large predatory fish—including tuna, cod, swordfish, sharks, and other species—are gone. More

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