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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Clean Economy Series

Clean Economy Series

Sprinkler restrictions and fewer fountains are just some of the signs that Texas, like many other states, is facing a water shortage. Water has become an increasingly important commodity as rain clouds have become a scarce resource.

Hear Nate Downey, author and permaculture expert from New Mexico, share concepts and techniques for passive water harvesting and new types of landscaping, as well as the new water economy. Downey will present two programs in October at Brookhaven College to kick off the Dallas County Community College District’s 2013-2014 Clean Economy Series.

Introduction to the New Water Economy
Oct. 25 | 7-9 p.m.
Bldg. W, Room W102
Tickets are $10 per person.

Downey says that the water-harvesting industry will soon join solar energy as an economic engine driving us toward real sustainability. In every water-challenged part of the world from Dallas to Dubai, an astounding variety of jobs will be created when localized water harvesting is done on a massive scale. How do we encourage this kind of water harvesting on a massive scale—before we deplete our rivers, drain our aquifers and devastate our estuaries?

The Bold New American Landscape: Passive Water Harvesting
Oct. 26 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bldg. W, Room W102
Workshop cost is $175

Downey will describe principles, strategies and techniques of passive water harvesting systems that use no moving parts to store moisture, control erosion, prevent pollution and conserve water. Learn how to transform your own landscape into a beautiful, productive, comfortable and water-conscious environment!

There are a limited number of free tickets to each event being offered to employees and to students. To reserve one of these tickets, contact Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, at Ext. 4848. Participants can learn more about Nate Downey and the other Clean Economy Series speakers at