Meet some of the wonderful people who have generously shared their green expertise with us at DBL monthly presentations…
Gary Freeborg – October 17, 2012: Swales on Steriods (See additional presentations by Gary below)
In the 70′s and early 80′s Gary worked in the field of sleep electrophysiology at University and Government research labs. In 1982 while conducting independent sleep studies by night, his passion for the land led him to work by day for one of the oldest and most respected Native Plant Nurseries in Texas, The Lowrey Nursery. From there he spent 6 years at Armand Bayou Nature Center, an 1800 acre nature preserve. There he was involved with all aspects of native plants and animals, habitat restoration, organic gardening, environmental interpretation and non-profit fund raising. He then moved to Austin TX, where he and two brothers acquired land and began exploring organic and Biodynamic agriculture, growing native trees, produce and mushrooms. An intensive Permaculture course with Bill Mollison in ‚ 1995 began a process of bringing a wide range of disciplines together with the goal of healing the land by jump-starting natures own cycles. His company BioDiversity offers large and small landowners a wide variety of revolutionary strategies to bring vibrant health back to the land, and increase the biodiversity in soil, plant and animal communities through consulting, education and research.Gary Freeborg Biodiversity – Earth Healing From the Soil Up Austin TX 512- 917-1205 www.buildbiodiversity.com (You may email Gary from his website)
Chris Maxwell-Gaines – November 16, 2011: Onsite Water Collection & Storage: Do’s and Don’ts
Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E. was born and raised in Cameron, Texas. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering specializing in water and wastewater from Texas A&M University in College Station. After college, Chris and his wife spent 2 years in the jungles of South America, serving in the U.S. Peace Corps.
After returning to Austin in 2002, Chris began work at a local civil engineering firm and became a licensed engineer in 2007.
In 2004, Chris and his business partner, Blake West, started Innovative Water Solutions LLC. IWS is a design/build water conservation company that focuses on rainwater/stormwater collection, graywater reuse, and efficient irrigation systems, as well as drainage improvements and water conservative landscaping for residential and commercial projects. To date, they have installed over 2,500,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas.
Currently, Chris is finishing his Master’s degree at the University of Texas in the Community and Regional Planning program of the School of Architecture where he is focusing on water planning at a municipal and regional level.Chris Maxwell-Gaines
Innovative Water Solutions
501 W. Powell Lane, Suite 206 Austin, Texas 78753
(512) 490-0932 www.watercache.com
Marjory Wildcraft Glowka – October 20, 2010: Growing Food in Your Backyard or Small Farm
Marjory used the savings from her first career in electrical engineering to become a professional real estate investor. She and her husband predicted the ‘big crash’ and got out just in time. They see that the food supply is has many problems which has driven them to develop food production systems that anyone can do in their backyard or small farm. Marjory produced the DVD entitled, Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm, which is available through her website.Marjory Wildcraft Glowka Backyard Food Production 830-839-4077 www.backyardfoodproduction.com
(You may email Marjory from her website)
Kirby Fry – September 15, 2010: Introduction to Permaculture
Kirby Fry studied under Bill Mollison, one of the original developers of permaculture, and now teaches and offers design consulting services through his firm, Southern Exposure. He is also familiar with conventional agriculture and forestry, having studied Natural Resource Conservation at Texas A & M University. Kirby also has over 15 years of experience as a building contractor, including several natural building projects. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.Kirby Fry
Email: kirby at sepermaculture.net (Replace “at” with @ and eliminate spaces. This is an attempt to foil spammers)
Michele Hallahan – April 21, 2010: Using Nature’s R&D to Remediate Bodies of Water
Michele’s extensive experience in the environmental arena include a position as Environmental Specialist at the University of Texas, work with internationally renowned ecological designer Dr. John Todd and his Living MachineTM technology, and contract work with the environmental certification group Green Seal. Michele is also a DBL board member.
She established Eco-Logic, a sustainability consultancy, in 2008, where she coordinates sustainability optimization for businesses seeking to reduce utility costs and environmental footprint, as well as improve building utility management. Ecologic provides customized training and public speaking on green building and sustainability topics.
(You may email Michele from her website)
Amanda May – March 17, 2010: Creating Healthy Spaces with Green Cleaning
Amanda desired to create a business that was sustainable, equitable towards its employees and produced a high quality service. Her years in hospitality while in college merged with her past-life as an accountant, combining passion and process— hence the Purple Fig was born!
The emphasis on an affordable high-quality service, sustainability and the equitable distribution of profit distinguishes The Purple Fig from any other household management business in Austin. Their businesses revolves around there are three important reasons to use natural cleaning products: 1) for the health of you and your family, 2) for the health of the housekeeper, and 3) for the health of the environment.Amanda May
The Purple Fig
(You may email Amanda from her website)
Patrick Van Haren – February 17, 2010: If You Don’t Have Bison in Your Backyard / Garden, You Need Compost Tea
Patrick Van Haren. As well as being a full-time partner in Microbial Earth, Patrick has a consulting company focused on the regional sustainability of Central Texas. The company is called Sunergie. Sunergie is focused on the role of soil in providing our food, feed, fiber, fertilizer, fuel, fresh water and fresh air (the 7 F’s) for rural communities throughout Central Texas. Patrick previously worked throughout Europe and North America in animal genetics, artificial insemination and rural economic development, both in large and family sized companies. He was lead in a start-up that pursued a solar thermal technology design for the utility sector. Patrick completed an accelerated (1 year) MBA in entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley MA where he focused on the “Managing Technology Intensive Enterprise” program. He is also a graduate of the two year federal Department of Agriculture – Canadian Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, has a BS in Agriculture Economics and Business from the University of Guelph (Canada), and has served in numerous co-operatives in Canada.Patrick Van Haren
Microbial Earth; Sunergie
405 Academy Drive
Austin TX 78704
www.microbialearth.com and www.sunergie.com
(You may email Patrick from his websites)
Rick Nation – January 20, 2010: Cordwood Construction; Cordwood Construction Site Visit, January 23, 2010
Rick left the “on the road” music business in 1972 and moved to Austin to learn the carpentry trade and play music with his friends on weekends. Combining experience then gained from running a sawmill and building furniture with his college background in architecture, Rick designed and build the “Hand Made House” at RR12 and FM 3237 in the Wimberley, Texas, area. Other hand-crafted cabins, furniture, mantles, kitchen cabinets and rustic interiors followed. Then he spent two years building a cordwood cabin for a country music giant in Spicewood, Texas.
Rick resides in Wimberley and is still making wooden art, playing music with his friends and doing his best to keep the planet a healthy place to live. As Rick says, “I may not be able to change this world as much as I would like to, but I sure can leave it a lot healthier than I found it.”Rick Nation Texas Reconstruction Co. Wimberley, Texas (512) 847 2413 Email: JNation at austin.rr.com (Replace “at” with @ and eliminate spaces. This is an attempt to foil spammers)
Stephen Colley – August 19, 2009: Natural Building Workshops and Conference: A Participant’s Experience
Stephen practices appropriate architecture and is a long-time promoter of green design and sustainable living in central Texas. He has been active for over twenty years in spreading the word about environmentally responsible design and construction in San Antonio and beyond. Stephen was instrumental in the establishment of the residential green building program, Build San Antonio Green, chosen as the 2009 Green Building Program of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He recently served on the [San Antonio] Mayor’s task force on Sustainable Policy as the City charts a significant shift away from conventional building, development, and transportation policy.
A former Chair of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, Stephen is a LEED¬Æ Accredited Professional, and the Coordinator for San Antonio Sustainable Living.
Stephen is also a co-author of the “Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting,” and was one of the stakeholders chosen nationwide by the NAHB to help formulate their national Model Green Home Building Guidelines.Stephen Colley, AIA, LEED AP
San Antonio, TX 78218
210-416-3387 mobile 210-590-2703 www.stephencolley.com
Email: Stephen at stephencolley.com (Replace “at” with @ and eliminate spaces. This is an attempt to foil spammers)
Gary Freeborg – February 18, 2009: Healing the Hydrological Cycle; February 21, 2009: Permaculture Site Visit
In the 70′s and early 80′s Gary worked in the field of sleep electrophysiology at University and Government research labs. In 1982 while conducting independent sleep studies by night, his passion for the land led him to work by day for one of the oldest and most respected Native Plant Nurseries in Texas, The Lowrey Nursery. From there he spent 6 years at Armand Bayou Nature Center, an 1800 acre nature preserve. There he was involved with all aspects of native plants and animals, habitat restoration, organic gardening, environmental interpretation and non-profit fund raising. He then moved to Austin TX, where he and two brothers acquired land and began exploring organic and Biodynamic agriculture, growing native trees, produce and mushrooms. An intensive Permaculture course with Bill Mollison in ‚Äô95 began a process of bringing a wide range of disciplines together with the goal of healing the land by jump-starting natures own cycles. His company BioDiversity offers large and small landowners a wide variety of revolutionary strategies to bring vibrant health back to the land, and increase the biodiversity in soil, plant and animal communities through consulting, education and research.Gary Freeborg Biodiversity – Earth Healing From the Soil Up Austin TX 512- 917-1205 www.buildbiodiversity.com (You may email Gary from his website)
Ben Obregon – March 18, 2009: Introduction to Straw Bale Building
Ben is a registered architect whose first experience with straw was while working at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in 1993. He was one of the founders of the Straw Bale Association of Texas and helped write the Austin Straw Bale Building Code. He and his family have lived in their straw bale home since 1998.Ben Obregon, Architect
The Sustainable Design Center
13429 Overland Pass
Austin TX 78738
512- 263-0177 office
(You may email Ben from his website)
Jenny Nazak – April 15, 2009: Conserving Resources: Reduce, Reduce, Reduce
By profession, Jenny is a licensed Avatar Master. Avatar is a course, taught worldwide since 1987, that equips people with tools for managing their beliefs and their attention– the key determinants of a person’s success and happiness in life.¬† Jenny has been on a lifelong “reduce” adventure which has allowed her to create (not just avoid spending, but actually CREATE) enormous amounts of free time, attention, energy, and MONEY, which she has used for travel, education, projects, serving her community, building financial security, and having more fun than most people think it’s possible for an adult to have.Jenny Nazak
Licensed Avatar Master
512-619-5363 Email: jnazak at yahoo . com (Replace “at” with @ and eliminate spaces. This is an attempt to foil spammers) www.avatarepc.com