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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
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
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
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
http://www.eomega.org/ocsl Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. She serves on the board of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, is chair of the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. More
Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how a sense of curiosity about the way nature works will help you thrive as a designer. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More

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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
Omega Institute Nature Is a Delightful & Collaborative Problem Solver by Janine Benyus
An Interview With Janine Benyus
Omega:  In your talk, you said, “We’ve built our economy around a metaphor that has more to do with the Cold War than with life.” Can you explain what you meant? Janine: When ecology as a science started a century ago there were two gentleman, Fredric Clements and Henry Gleason. They presented opposing viewpoints. Frederic Clements said that ecosystems are communities. They organize themselves and are actually giving each other mutual aid. They actually create conditions that are more and more conducive to their living together.  More
Omega Institute Stop Hunting for the Next Sound
A Nature Meditation
“The truth can be found right here. The Great Spirit is within and that’s the truth.” Bob Berkebile shared this wisdom at the 2013 Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference: Where We Go From Here. The teaching comes from one of his most influential teachers, Iroquois Chief Leon Shenandoah, who National Geographic referred to as the “chief of chiefs.” More
Omega Institute Future Pesticides Won't Be Pesticides At All by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said the pesticides of the future will not be chemical pesticides, but "helping the helpers." What does that mean? More
Omega Institute Nature Will Always Be More Delightful Than You Can Imagine by Janine Benyus
Omega: You described an experiment in which you ask people go into the woods, sit, observe, and let nature come to them. It seems the same exercise could have been designed by a meditation teacher. "Do you have a meditation practice?"  More

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