Brad Lancaster

Free Water (Video)

Watch "Free Water" — a 3-minute film on the potential of urban water harvesting featuring Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. It just got accepted to another online competition, and if it gets enough views/votes it could screen at the SXSW 2013 Eco Fest, which would be a huge boost for exposure to such regenerative strategies. Share/encourage others to watch it too!

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Extendable/Retractable Roof Overhang for Sun and Shade Harvesting

This video highlights how properly designed roof overhangs and window awnings can provide free shade and cooling in the hot summer months, as well as maximizing sun exposure and free light and heating in the cold winter months. For more info, see: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume I, Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into your Life and Landscape Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume II, […]

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Please Vote for ‘Free Water’ Video

Free Water is a semi-finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it’s among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available […]

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Human-Empowered, Enlightened, and Energized Transport

by Brad Lancaster Years ago at a red light I looked into the car beside me and saw the frowning driver’s hair blowing into the back seat as though she were leaning into a mighty storm. But her windows were up. The gale was coming from her air conditioner — on a beautiful day when an open window could just as easily cool and refresh. Then I coughed, and looked […]

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Roman- and Byzantine-era Cisterns of the Past Reviving Life in the Present

Editor’s Note: Brad Lancaster has established himself as one of the world’s leading permaculture dryland authorities. Brad will be participating in the soon-to-begin International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan, across September 2011, both with co-teaching the pre-IPC PDC and as one of the speakers at the Conference itself. If you wish to book your place on IPC10, you should move fast…. Photos and text by Brad Lancaster In northern Jordan […]

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Green Burials

by Brad Lancaster, who is, incidentally, co-teaching the upcoming PDC in Palestine – a course many may wish to attend so as to support this valuable regenerative work! A conventional cemetery When I was little I was terrified of death. I often cried myself to sleep as I thought of the end of life. It seemed so bleak, pointless, and severe. Mom tried to comfort me with the concept of […]

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Harvesting Urban Drool

© Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com Urban drool running down concreted channel Tujunga Wash, Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Brad Lancaster All around the world I see water wastefully flowing down and out of urban street curbs and concreted storm drains even though it has not rained in months. It is not stormwater I see flowing. It is urban drool. Others call it “nuisance runoff” – water from leaky pipes, driveway car […]

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Street Orchards for Community Security

© Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com Fig. 24.The heat island effect. An excessively wide, exposed, solar-oven-like residential street in Tucson, Arizona absorbs the sun’s heat during the day like a battery, then radiates it out at night. This local warming effect has raised summer temperatures in Tucson by 6°F (3°C) since the 1940s, which contributes to global warming since the higher temperatures result in people using air conditioners more, which are powered […]

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