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Regenerative Rights-of-way: A Conversation with Brad Lancaster on Rainwater Harvesting
January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| $10.00
Planting and Stewarding Stormwater to Enliven Oases in our Urban Environment
In this energetic presentation, Brad Lancaster, author of the seminal ‘Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond’, will share how to re-design our community commons and streetscapes by adopting regenerative rainwater solutions, rather than focusing on stormwater problems.
In the urban environment, streetscapes are our public land, our commons. And they are abundant! In fact, one-third of a typical city’s footprint is pavement for motor vehicles. These streetscapes are usually designed as drains, rapidly ridding a community of obstructions to traffic flow, as well as perceived “problems” such as rainwater, stormwater, and organic matter. This design often leads to ever-increasing costs for importation of water, flood control, pollution control, heat-island abatement, climate-change mitigation, and health problems.
But a simple shift in perception and design can enable us to see and utilize rainwater, stormwater, organic matter, fertility, and even some obstructions to traffic flow as free, local resources. These resources can be passively harvested to enhance local water supplies, control flooding, filter pollutants, grow cool-islands, mitigate the effects of climate change, and improve health—while generating more resources and more life. The key is to see and enhance the free abundance that we already have by transforming more of our built systems into living systems that can regenerate themselves and our communities.
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
www.HarvestingRainwater.com; 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.
Water Wizard and Program Director at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Brock Dolman, will also be joining this talk to tie together local stormwater issues and solutions. Brock has taught Permaculture for many years and has consulted on regenerative project design and implementation internationally. His passion for this work allows him to provide the audience with adaptation strategies for a dynamically changing planet.
*At the end of this presentation, Brad Lancaster will be selling, and signing books for those who may be interested in purchasing.
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When: Tuesday, January 24th | 6:30pm -8:30pm
Where: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
Cost: $10 entry fee, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds