Spring, 2013 Academy: Week 2

earthship spring academy week 2 – systems classes, tire pounding cont., thermal wrap, cisterns/plumbing, subfloors, prepping for concrete footing, moving dirt.


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First Aquaponics Salad from Earthship Biotecture Visitor Center

aquaponic sytemFebruary 20. 2013, I made our first AQUAPONIC salad from lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, growing in our Aquaponic system.

This Aquapocic System was built on 9 and 10 October 2012, by James Fry, an Earthship Academy student from 2012, as his independent field study.

Follow him on GrowEverywhere.com/aquaponics, and also see our article Earthship Installs First Aquaponics System at HQ


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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

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Earthship Hotwater Systems

Video overview of the hot water system in an Earthship.

Heating water for household use and to melt ice and snow on the roof.

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with Luigi, Earthship Plumber.
video by Francis Gendron

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Solar-Powered Still Turns Salty Ocean Water Fresh

sent to us by former Earthship Academy student, Viola Sartori

Without access to fresh, clean drinking water, millions of people around the world must endure compromised health conditions and a poor standard of living. Many, mostly women, are forced to walk long hours to find water supplies, which are often polluted, only to face the backbreaking task of carrying it home. By the year 2025, 2/3 of the world population will lack sufficient fresh water, so this problem is only going to get worse if we don’t find a practical solution


Designer Gabriele Diamanti has spent many years traveling the world, and seen this problem repeated over and over. He decided to use his knowledge of industrial design, renewable energy, and social issues to create a possible solution. What emerged is something Diamanti likes to call a solar still: a device that takes salt or brackish water and creates something drinkable.

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Earthship Wetlands…

by Annie Warmke
of Blue Rock Station – Earthship Ohio

winter tomatoes waiting to be pickedEarthship wetlands, the planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising some of the fresh produce you’d like to have in the winter, but find expensive or bland tasting from the supermarket. At Blue Rock Station in southeast Ohio we have learned a few tricks for using our wetlands to compliment our lives.

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Plants in our Earthship Community

What plants do we have in our Earthships here on the Community?

Here is a sample list of some that are growing in the offices that are low maintenance and hearty:

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Centralized Utility Systems Hinder Evolution

When a municipality invests tax revenues into a centralized utility system such as a water facility, a sewage treatment plant or a power plant; they employ the latest technology of the time and spend millions of dollars to design and build the facility.

In addition to the great expense, the process of manifesting a centralized utility takes several years. Due to the great expense of both time and money, this facility will have to serve for at least fifty years. This means that, even though new technology may arrive on the scene, they are locked into the facility they have built for fifty years. This places a fifty year time increment on feedback, knowledge, reconstruction and resulting evolution.

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Earthships on the Weather Channel May 18, 2011

Cantore Stories
Earthships of Taos
They are totally sustainable houses that provide their own energy, water and food. Taos, NM is home to these bizarre looking structures that use the weather and environment to fuel them. Find out all about the Earthships and the man that invented them in this episode of Cantore Stories. Premieres May 18 at 6pm ET.
(many subsequent airings).

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Harvesting Water from Dew

We found this article over at inhabitat.com.

Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

For over one hundred years, scientists and engineers have been studying ways to effectivelyharvest fog as a source of water in arid regions. Although some of these man-made systems have proved useful, the plants and insects that inhabit deserts are far more efficient dew collectors. One ingenious bug known as the “fog beetle” collects drinking water by perching in an opportune position that allows dew droplets to collect in ridges on its back. Seeing this, designer Pak Kitae developed an ingenious biomimicking Dew Bank bottle that could provide hydration to millions ofpeople that lack accessible drinking water.

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