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Omega Instutite's CEO, Skip Backus discusses how Omega decided to handle the problem of water management while reducing our carbon footprint on campus by created the LEED-certified Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). More
The property Omega purchased for its home had been abandoned after its previous incarnation, Camp Boiberik, had closed in 1979. Boiberik was a Yiddish cultural camp founded by the Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute, an organization devoted to Jewish education in New York City and the metropolitan region. (Sholom Aleichem is one Yiddish literature's most beloved authors. Born in Russia in 1859 as Solomon Rabinovitz, he died in New York in 1916. More
Skip Backus talks about the OCSL
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). The OCSL is an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility built to meet the highest standards currently available in sustainable architecture. It is the first green building in America to achieve both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification.   More
Vegetable farmer and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Seeds of Solidarity, Ricky Baruc shares his thoughts on what sustainability really means--letting go of our preconceived notions of life and returning to the wisdom inherent in our ancient practices. Learn more about Ricky Baruc More
Cofounder of the nonprofit organization Seeds of Solidarity, Deb Habib, EdD, demonstrates an urban gardening technique for making soil from cardboard that will feed the bugs in the ground, inhibits weeds, and control moisture. Learn more about Deb Habib: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/deb-habib More
Are you consuming more than you are producing? Deb Habib, EdD, discusses what it means to live sustainably and how to find a balance that works for you. Learn more about Deb Habib   More
Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” In this video, he shares a new way to think about sustainability. Explore more from Deepak Chopra More
Adyashanti, a dynamic and inspiring spiritual teacher, discusses why inner change is the first step towards living in deeper harmony with the world around you as well as the importance of practicing sustainable solutions in order to align your inner and outer realities. Explore more from Adyashanti More
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, including women from the Arctic Circle; North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia, represents a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing. They are women of prayer and women of action who regularly travel the globe to bear witness to the wounds of people and of the earth. More
Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960, under the mentorship of anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Her work at what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. More

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Omega Institute What Is Permaculture, Anyway?
As a term "permaculture" was coined in the late 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, originally as a combination of the words "permanent" and "agriculture." The meaning has since expanded to encompass more conceptually, incorporating social aspects of sustainability, so that today permaculture is generally accepted to be the melding of "permanent" and "culture."  Permanent doesn’t mean unchanging or static, rather it means permanent in the sense of those principles and natural patterns that are resilient, persevering over time. More
Omega Institute OWLC Passive Housing
In the spring of 2011, Omega Institute completed construction on a passive house addition to the main office building to house the Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC).  More
Omega Institute Grow Your Own Food by Eric Toensmeier
Omega: For someone who is new to growing their own food, even if it’s on a fire escape in a city apartment, how do you suggest they get started, in the best, easiest way? More
Writer T.S. Eliot famously stated, “April is the cruelest month,” in the opening of his opus poem “The Waste Land.” For devotees of local food, April might be cruel, but February and March can feel downright brutal, especially if you reside in one of the colder climates. Compared to the local food bounty in May through October, the winter months tend to stretch our reserves, as well as our creativity, for maintaining a strict, or even inspired, local diet. More
Omega Institute Show Your Love With More Sustainable Valentines
Valentine’s Day can evoke a range of emotions for people, depending on your relationships status and how you like to celebrate. It’s also a day that can have a big impact on the environment. Many typical ways to show affection like chocolates, flowers, or a night out on the town may not align with your eco-values. More
Omega Institute 3 Biggest Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact
If you’re interested in lessening your environmental impact and trying to live more sustainably, knowing where to begin can feel overwhelming. Over the past several years countless lists of green steps to take and green product comparisions have been published. All of those steps and comparisons are great, but there's a way to simplify your approach by focusing on just three items: electricity, diet, and transportation.  1. Electricity More
Omega Institute Embrace Winter & Connect With Nature
Outside of the tropics, winter is a time of rest. It's a time when much of the natural world begins to turn inward and withdraw into itself. Everything slows down, insulates itself, reacting and responding to the colder temperatures—including us humans. More
Omega Insitute Print or Digital: It All Has Environmental Impact
For many people an increasing amount of media consumption has become digitized, whether listening to music, watching a movie, or reading the news or a book. It’s part of what’s been dubbed the dematerialization of culture, and has been touted as the future, an important step in creating a more ecologically aware and sustainable world.  More
Omega Institute Blue Zone Secrets to Living Longer & Happier
In the search for a long, healthy life, we come across many creams, tonics, and workout classes promising to keep us toned and feeling good. Some say it’s just a matter of good genes, yet more studies suggest that only about 25 percent of how long we live is actually determined by our DNA. More
Omega Institute Winter Sauerkraut by Eric Steinman
Bringing Life to Your Cabbage
Most people are not prone to excitement about sauerkraut. But if you are among those that have overlooked sauerkraut, you have been missing the simplicity, as well as nutritious bounty, of possibly the best culinary use of cabbage there is. More

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