Be part of an innovative group of eco-pioneers co-creating the most healthy, beautiful and sustainable San Diego possible! Learn about Permaculture Design, Natural Building and Efficient Water Systems from experienced thought leaders in their associated fields.

***Continuing Education Credits available for AIA & USGBC Members***

Date: Friday, October 16th / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

1 Day San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium ~ $50

Purchase Tickets!

$50 early-bird / before October 15th
$60 normal / before October 17th
$35 Student/AIA/USGBC

There are only 35 spaces available on this symposium – reserve your space NOW!!!

Also check out the Joshua Tree Eco-Design Tour! / Saturday Oct 17 – Sunday Oct 18th

 Itinerary – Friday, October 16th

10am – Energy Innovation Center Tour

(Address: 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. -San Diego, CA 92117) 

The Energy Innovation Center is 1 of 10 buildings in the world to receive a double Platinum LEED certification. During our tour at the EIC we will learn about the latest in energy and environmental technologies. The building exhibits a solar system that produces 20% more energy than it utilizes on a daily basis and a community garden fed by a rainwater catchment and grey water system; amongst many other inspiring features!

11am – Introduction to Permaculture Design

(Presenter: Christopher Marciello of Ecology Artisans)

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking that uses ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.  By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy.

12 – Lunch Break

1pm – Introduction to Natural Building

(Presenter: Rebecca Tasker of Simple Construct)

An introduction to a range of natural and sustainable building systems such adobe, cob, and rammed earth, with a focus on straw bale building as ideally suite to our region. Learn about the surprisingly-sophisticated ways in which simple materials such as clay, sand, and straw perform hi-tech roles like providing super insulation and thermal mass; dealing with water vapor and buffering changes in humidity; protecting from wildfire and earthquake; and creating better acoustics and air quality. Learn the pros and cons of different systems and how they can be effectively and legally utilized in San Diego.

2pm – Efficient Water Systems

(Presenter: Brook Sarson of H2OME)

Learn how to use Integrated Strategies to Provide Water Resilience in Southern California.  With the use of greywater, actively and passively harvested rainwater, and appropriate landscaping you may be able to use little to no municipal/well water to irrigate a productive garden and landscape.  Find out how much rain you can actually capture in a year, how to store it in tanks or in the soil, and how rainwater means you’ll use less water for your plants.  Greywater is a simple way to add to your water budget.  However, there are many things to know and understand about how to use it safely, how to be compliant to local and state codes, and how to find the most efficient ways to get water from each source outside.  Onsite water is far better for your plants, our watersheds, and our state!

Also check out the Joshua Tree Eco-Design Tour!

Saturday, Oct 17 – Sunday Oct 18th

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Research & Education

Supporting Nonprofit Research and Education for Ecologically Designed Systems

A percentage of profits from each tour will be donated to a non-profit research and education program that is developing replicable models for ecologically designed neighborhoods, villages and communities.  Local Earth is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, CA that is committed to supporting the progress of sustainable community development.

The 1st phase of the Local Earth Village Development Model is an interdisciplinary, open-source Eco-Design Challenge to build the world’s most affordable and ecologically designed home for a semi-arid, temperate environment.  Participants in this design challenge will include both university students and working professionals.  The winning home design with be included in the community development plan for Local Earth Villages.  The Local Earth Villages will serve as innovative societal models for urban planning and sustainable community development.

Phase II will be focused on a Living Cluster Model for 10-15 people (baseline -12 people) that includes ecologically designed systems for housing, food production, energy generation, water and waste management.  In the following phase this Living Cluster Model for 10-15 people will then be replicated and incorporated into the EcoVillage Design Model for approximately 140-150 people (baseline -12 Living Cluster Model’s of 12 people = 144 people).  These open-source neighborhood, village and community designs will be utilized to inspire the most ecologically efficient living systems possible.

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