Green Calgary & Verge Permaculture Present
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond with Brad Lancaster
Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance!
Please join Green Calgary and Verge Permaculture for this inspiring presentation by water harvesting guru Brad Lancaster. Brad is the author of the two-volume Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – and during his presentation you will have the opportunity to learn the eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance.
Brad's presentation will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans for your home and throughout your community.
Brad's front yard in 1994 before he started passivly harvesting storm water. Photo courtesy of www.harvestingrainwater.com
The same shot in 2006 after Brad's work with curb cuts, mulched basins and landscaping. Photo courtesy of www.harvestingrainwater.com
Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls. Greywater harvesting is the process of directing water from household sink, bathtub, shower, and washing-machine drains into the soils of the landscape where the water is naturally filtered and reused to generate more on-site resources. The two work hand in hand, and can reduce our water consumption by 30 to 50%! You’ll see examples enhancing local food security, passively cooling cities in summer, reducing costs of living and energy consumption, controlling erosion, averting flooding, reviving dead waterways, minimizing water pollution, building community, creating celebration, and more.
Living downtown in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 305 mm annually, Brad harvests more than 379,000 liters of rainwater a year on a property of just 0.05 ha.! He and his brother Rodd use that water to nourish an urban oasis in the middle of one of the driest cities in the U.S. - an oasis cooled by living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees and filled with abundant gardens, in a thriving landscape that includes habitat for wildlife.
Copies of Brad's two-volume Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond books will be available for purchase and signing at the event - bring some cash!
(Tickets can be purchased with $20 Calgary Dollars - email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot)
Tickets are available online, at Green Calgary Ecostore (301 14 St. NW) or at the door on September 8.
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Green Calgary is a dynamic, non-profit urban environmental organization with a mission to empower Calgarians to create healthy homes and communities through environmental education, products and services. Since 1978 Green Calgary has sought to address a range of pressing urban environmental issues including pollution, waste management and resource conservation. As the nature and understanding of these and other issues has evolved over the years, so to has Green Calgary’s focus, programs and approach. In addition to providing information and raising awareness, our organization strives to provide the specific tools and resources that empower individuals and groups to make positive environmental changes.