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A resolute defender of the environment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. parallels our addiction to carbon and the British empire's previous reliance on slavery. More
A resolute defender of the environment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. details how nature provides the setting for lessons in various religions. More
A resolute defender of the environment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains why good economic policy is identical to good environmental policy. Hailed for spearheading the fight to protect New York City's water supply, his work led to the creation of the Watershed Agreement, a landmark piece of environmental legislation, upon which others around the world have been modeled. He is the coauthor of the best-selling book The Riverkeepers. More
Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry through the biology-to-design example of the invention of Velcro. Learn more about Dana Levy More
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What can we learn from nature's genius? Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how this emerging discipline can inform the future of design. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More
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

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Planting Seeds of Well-Being
The days have been getting longer, more light hinting of spring's approach until it’s 7:00 p.m. and still light out. The nose detects spring, often before the eyes. Even with snow still on the ground it’s possible to smell the shift happening. The scent is watery, plantish, earthy. Some days you can even feel spring in the depths of your being, a subtle nostalgia or déjà vu. We’ve been here before, in this time between seasons.  More
Omega Institute Find Greater Health in Unexpected Ways
A beautiful sunrise that suffuses you with peace. A painting that inspires you and moves you to create your own art. The clear night sky whose expanse of stars makes you feel insignificant and significant at the same time. While it may be difficult to put these experiences into words, there are times when you feel a connection happening inside. It’s as if seemingly separate parts of yourself come together, or everything between you and the rest of the world dissolves, and suddenly you feel acutely alive. More
Omega Institute Water Is the Heart of Sustainable Development
Water flows through everything we do as humans. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it, all of us, even if it’s not often enough in the front of our minds. Which is where World Water Day comes in.  Water Is Key to Sustainable Development More
Omega Institute Can Photography Save Our Planet?
Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, explained in an interview with Mother Nature Network how the field came into being. “When I was starting my career as a nature and cultural photographer I was surprised by how little interest most nature photographers had in conservation and More
Omega Institute Nature Nurtures Spirituality & Environmentalism in Kids
You’ve probably heard that kids today spend far less time outdoors than they did two decades ago—it's probably true for you, too. According to studies, American kids spend half as much time outside today as they did in the 1990s, and more than a quarter of British children spend less than 30 minutes a week (that's less than 5 minutes a day) outdoors. More
Omega Institute The Resurgence of Local Currency
A Grassroots Way to Create Lasting System Change
It’s well-established that spending money at locally-owned businesses keeps money circulating in the community to a greater degree than money spent at national chain stores or online outlets. More
Omega Institute In Service of Sustainability: Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
It seems that all religions include teachings on how to be of service to the world and how to care for each other. For Hindus, karma yoga is the yoga of action and selfless service. Christians are encouraged to love one another and bear each others' burdens (Galatians 6:2). Muslims have the concept of īthār, or "preferring others to oneself." The Torah instructs Jews to love their neighbors (Leviticus 19:18). The Dalai Lama, a voice for the global Buddhist community, says, "My religion in kindness." What does this have to do with sustainability? Everything. More
Omega Institute Oysters Return to New York Harbor
New York City was once the oyster capital of the world. With more than 350 square miles of oyster beds in New York Harbor, it's estimated that at one point New York contained half of the world's oysters. Just about 100 years ago, the last of this abundant resource was deemed too polluted to eat and the oyster slipped out of our diet and into history books. More
Omega Center for Sustainable Living Where We Go From Here 2014 resource guide
Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons
Robert "Skip" Backus, Omega CEO and Founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Laura Weiland, Assistant Director, Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Bios: Robert “Skip” BackusLaura Weiland More

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