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omega institute skip backus OCSL introduction video
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness.  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
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
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
From developing strong, reliable materials to gathering light and communicating over great distances, Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains what can be learned when you look to nature for solutions. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/dayna-baumeister More

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Omega Institute Gardening in Plain Sight by Eric Toensmeier
An Interview With Eric Toensmeier
Omega: Permaculture has so many interleaving aspects to it. How do you define it to someone who is totally new to the subject? More
lyme disease rash photo
Climate change is having an effect on where the ticks that spread Lyme disease live, making more areas suitable for the ticks that carry the disease. Between the 1970s and 2010, deer ticks spread northward as temperatures rose, researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada say. More
Omega Institute Roasted New Potatoes With Ramps & Morels by Robert Turner
A Spring Foraging Recipe
While some wait around for summer to experience the vibrancy of farm fresh foods, experienced foragers know that by venturing into the forest you can uncover a rarified sampling of all the vitality that spring has to offer. More
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

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