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Feb 17/Ryan Harb UMass Permaculture Initiative/Recipient of White House Champions of Change Award

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SBCC Center for Sustainability Presents:

Leading by Example in Sustainability

The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative
with Ryan Harb
recipient of the White House Champions of Change Award

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Afternoon Workshop & Evening Talk
SBCC West Campus, Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum

Workshop: 2-5pm, SBCC BC Forum, $10, limited space, reservations required
Evening Talk: 6:30-9pm, SBCC West Campus/Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum, Admission $5

Permaculture campuses are a trend...that all campuses will be doing in the future...but the time to act is now!
Ryan Harb

~Permaculture is a design system based on ecological principles for creating sustainable human environments ~

The award-winning UMass Permaculture Initiative is a unique and cutting edge Sustainability program that converts unproductive grass lawns on the UMass Amherst campus into ecological, socially responsible, and financially sustainable permaculture landscapes that supply healthy organic food to the UMass dining commons.

A part of a larger transition into a more ecological campus culture, that includes waste reduction, energy conservation, and eco-social responsibility, the UMass Permaculture Initiative was the recipient of the White House Champions of Change Award in 2012.

Join Ryan Harb as he shares the remarkable success of the UMass Permaculture Initiative using Permaculture design strategies that are replicable and adaptable to any organization, on virtually any budget, for any climate.

Permaculture landscapes are environmentally beneficial, save money, increase student & employee satisfaction, and ultimately attract new economic opportunities with awards, grants, crowd funding, and alumni donations. All institutions with campuses or grounds will benefit from having ecological and edible landscapes.

Ryan Harb is Certified Permaculture Designer, Instructor, UMass Amherst faculty member, LEED Accredited Professional, with a BBA in Business Management and the first person in the nation to hold a Master of Science degree in Green Building. Harb is currently designing a new academic program at the University of Massachusetts that empowers students to become change-makers in the world and be creators of a new sustainable culture. A Permaculture Your Campus! conference was convened in 2012, and will be offered again June 2013.

The UMass Permaculture Initiative has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and featured on both MTV and the website.

Workshop: 2-5pm: SBCC BC Forum, $10, limited space, reservations required

Evening Talk: 6:30-9pm,: SBCC West Campus/Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum, Admission $5

Both events take place at the Santa Barbara City College West Campus, 800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109. Parking is free on Sundays. For more info: (805) 965-0581 ext 2177, email:,;

Event Sponsors:
SBCC Center for Sustainability & Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

More Info:

Afternoon Workshop with Ryan Harb details:
Sunday Feb 17
2-5pm: SBCC BC Forum, $10, limited space, reservations required/limited to (40)
To register call or email Margie (805)965-0581 ext 2177, email:

In a workshop designed for students and others interested in effecting change in their communities and campuses, Ryan Harb will share detailed action plans from the UMass Permaculture Initiative and Permaculture Your Campus! conference in 2012. For businesses or institutions trying to become more sustainable, this workshop is for you.


UMass Documentary series:

Permaculture Your Campus Conference:

UMass Permaculture wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!
March 5, 2012

History of UMass Permaculture Initiative:

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