Brennan Blazer Bird

Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator, natural builder, appropriate techie, and water harvester who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. He is the founder of the Peace On Earthbench Movement (POEM), an international movement that inspires youth to transform plastic waste into an artistic community-gathering place (www.earthbench.org). He teaches workshops on composting, zero waste, solar cooking, natural building, water harvesting, ecological design, and more. Brennan is based in Oakland, CA and is currently leading a venture called SolutionCraft, where he helps design, build, and teach about ecological infrastructure ranging from earthen tiny homes to outdoor solar showers and ecological kitchens (www.solutioncraft.org).

Workshops & Presentations

  • Water Harvesting Design Principles

    60 min | Lucid University Learning Piazza

    Holistic watershed management is the critical guiding principle to any ecological design. Come learn the basics of water harvesting on a residential or land project scale – we will discuss how-to calculate rainwater flow and tank size; how-to integrate rainwater systems into your design; how-to passively collect rainwater in different earthworks systems; how-to best harvest greywater from your bathroom or laundry; how-to design compost toilets; and more. We will also discuss the practice of green infrastructure and how we can better redesign our cities and homes to reconnect the water cycle with the carbon cycle.

  • Natural Building and Ecological Design Principles-Cob Demo: Building a Teeny Tiny House!

    60 min | Lucid University Learning Piazza

    A critical ecological design principle is to start small-scale and work up! Today you will have the opportunity to design and build your own house – a teeny tiny house – and learn all the natural building and ecological design principles along the way. We will briefly discuss different natural building techniques (cob, adobe, earthbags, etc.); we will review ecological design principles like passive solar design, living roofs, rainwater catchment, and more; and then we will get our hands (and feet) dirty by putting these ideas into small-scale practice!

  • Collaboration for a Regenerative Future

    120 min | Altar of Spirit

    With this panel we explore the bases of collaborative collective action, and what it can offer in this time of global transformation. What do we mean by regenerative, and why is it important to think of regeneration as a collaborative effort? What are some of the best practices of collaborative projects? What are roadblocks to collaboration and potential strategies for moving beyond them to achieve a cooperative culture? How might collaborating for a regenerative future look different in the city versus in the country, and are there ways to better connect urban and rural communities? What kind of future do we envision is possible for the local and global community, and what is it going to take to get there together?

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