I’ve been witnessing an incredible surge of permaculture interest, classes, demonstration gardens, and research at colleges and universities over the past few years. It is very exciting to see this happening, all across the world!
A team of us from UMass Permaculture is creating a venue for all of the campus permaculture groups and individuals to come together, in one place. We’re calling it the Permaculture Your Campus Conference (2nd annual!) and it is happening this June 23-26 at UMass Amherst.
- Watch the 2-minute conference informational video here!
- Register today (by April 22) and save $100!
- Need a scholarship? We have money! More info. here:
Keynote speakers include urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter and award-winning author, Eric Toensmeier, plus many other presentations from campus permaculture designers, students and faculty.
We hope that you’ll consider attending and/or passing this e-mail along to students, faculty, staff and permaculture designers who are working to make their local institutions or campuses more sustainable, using permaculture strategies, tools and techniques. Or anyone you think who might benefit from this conference!
More info. below, and see attachments. Thanks everyone, and onwards!
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About the Permaculture Your Campus Conference
The Permaculture Your Campus Conference is not your typical sustainability conference. We began two years ago because we saw an opportunity for campuses to play a unique and integral role in transitioning our culture into one that is truly sustainable. Globally we face some significant challenges, including climate change, peak oil, and social and economic instability, to name a few. It’s critical that we find solutions fast.
But we believe that we already have many of the solutions, and campuses can pioneer the global sustainability movement by using permaculture as their guiding framework. Over two million freshman students enter colleges every single year in the United States alone. What if those students learned the “basics of sustainability” during their college experience, and brought that new paradigm out into the world with them, into hundreds of different fields?
The mission of the 2013 Permaculture Your Campus Conference is to bring together students, faculty and staff from international colleges, universities, and businesses to learn why and how permaculture design is being used as the guiding framework for some of the most cutting-edge sustainability programs around the world.
At this conference, attendees will examine diverse models of institutional sustainability that were designed using the campus permaculture toolset. Participants are also able to gain hands-on permaculture experience and explore transformative strategies for creating a culture of sustainability at college campuses and other organizations.
Whether you’re a student or faculty or staff participating in campus sustainability, a dining services manager or in the physical plant, this conference will provide you with a new set of tools that will help you in your job, and will help your institution become a leader in the international sustainability and permaculture movements.