Archives for January 2012

Earthship Programs

GLOBAL EARTHSHIP BUILD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
• These occur around the USA and around the world with our build teams in conjunction with scheduled client, demonstration or relief projects.
• There is a $100 flat scheduling fee per person.
These are strictly hands-on learning opportunities. No formal classes offered during these builds.
These are non-certificate opportunities.
• On specified Earthship Build Learning Opportunities, Field Study credit for the Earthship Academy will be offered.

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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Growing food in Green Buildings

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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A peek into Earthship Biotecture

by Jonah Reynolds | jonah@earthship.com

Do you adapt a design to suit the location or suburb or is it purely for new open parcels of stand alone land?

We have been doing this for over 40 years and have experienced most every situation when the goal is providing shelter that is absolutely sustainable. We have learned a lot from the world, from nature and from humanity and its methods of business. Therefore we have created standard designs over the decades and now offer the Global Model Earthship. This model is a standard design, all figured out and is the result of over 40 years of research and development. This model will work in any climate on the planet. That is something we must offer, as a business and as part of our research.

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Non-Profit Hoping To Bring ‘Earthship’ To Philadelphia

January 9, 2012

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new non-profit in Philadelphia, with an eye on reducing the city’s carbon footprint, is hoping an event in February will help spread the word and maybe reduce some eyesores in the urban landscape.

If you say “Earthship” to someone the idea conjured up is of spaceships or something other worldly. But Rashida Ali-Campbell, with Earthship Philadelphia, says it is really a home made of found materials including tires, plastic bottles and flattened aluminum cans. The tires, packed with dirt, acts as the building’s foundation.

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Over Half of Germany’s Renewable Energy Owned By Citizens & Farmers, Not Utility Companies


Thomas Kohler/CC BY-SA 2.0

Germany’s promotion of renewable energy rightly gets singled out for its effectiveness, most often by me as an example of how to do things well versus the fits and starts method of promotion common in the US. Over at Wind-Works, Paul Gipe points out another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of all renewable energy in Germany is owned by individual citizens or farms, totaling $100 billion worth of private investment in clean energy.

Breaking that down into solar power and wind power, 50% of Germany’s solar PV is owned by individuals and farms, while 54% of its wind power is held by the same groups.

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