Integrated Solutions for Drought Speaker Event

To All,

Integrated Solutions for Drought: Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World.

  • Featuring: Brad Lancaster with Special Guests Brock Dolman & Trathen Heckman
  • Date: Thursday, April 17 6:30-8:30.
  • Price: $10 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
  • Location: Petaluma Communtiy Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
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Daily Acts Transform Communities

This dynamic presentation shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enliven free local resources—such as rainwater, greywater, and stormwater; sun, wind, and shade; along with soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun—in a way that generates far more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance simply through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. Costly and consuming habits and infrastructure, disconnected from their surroundings, are reoriented and reconnected to maximize enriching opportunities.

You’ll see many examples of such transformation, including how once-dying wetlands and creek flows are being regenerated with simple hand-built structures made of on-site materials; how ancient sun- and shade-harvesting sites are informing passively heated, cooled, and powered modern homes and retrofits; and how once-blighted, overheated neighborhood streets are being rejuvenated into thriving greenbelts of water, people, wildlife, art, food, and celebration by planting once-drained stormwater, seed, and yard prunings.

This talk is both an invitation for you to engage and partner with your natural surroundings and community, and a treasure map showing you the way—by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing fertile shade, and more to live as one of your community’s inspirational sparks!

Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. He is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond; the website; and its ‘Drops in a Bucket’ Blog.

Brad has taught throughout North America as well as in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Australia. His hometown projects have included working with the City of Tucson and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on water-harvesting systems, demonstration sites, and policy. He has likewise collaborated with state agencies to promote practices that transform costly local “wastes” into free local resources. Brad’s aim is always to boost communities’ true health and wealth by using simple overlapping strategies to augment the region’s hydrology, ecosystems, and economies—living systems upon which we depend.

Brad lives his talk on an oasis-like demonstration site he created and continually improves with his brother and neighbors in downtown Tucson, Arizona. On this eighth of an acre and surrounding public right-of-way, they harvest 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year where less than 12 inches fall from the sky. But it doesn’t end there. The potential of that water is then integrated with the simultaneous harvest of sun, wind, shade, and fertility. Brad is motivated in his work by the tens of thousands of people he has helped inspire to do likewise, go further, and continue our collective evolution.

This event is co-hosted by Daily Acts and Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute. Brad will share the stage with the directors of both organizations, Brock Dolman andTrathen Heckman, who will root the solutions presented with local context and pathways for application right here at home.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency and Wyatt Irrigation Co.- our local partners in water conservation. Learn about Wyatt’s Million Gallon Challenge -an initiative to help our community save a million gallons this growing season.

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