Social Entrepreneurship and the Permaculture Movement – Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011
This event is being presented by Connecting Environmental Professionals.
Guest presenter Rob Avis will be sharing his inspirational story on the road to sustainable living, and the permaculture movement here in Calgary.
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Location: WEST, 225 7th Ave SW
Aspen Room (2nd level), located on the +15 and +30 levels of the Scotia Centre on Stephen Ave
Social Entrepreneurship and the Permaculture Movement
Three years ago, Rob Avis & his wife Michelle made a bold move: they quit their secure and well paying engineering jobs in Calgary’s Oil & Gas sector and went travelling. Their intention was to re-educate themselves in sustainability and find a way to apply their skills, talents, follow their passions and make a living doing “earth repair”. Join Rob as he shares his story, talks about their transition from pipeline designers to ecological designers, from white collar engineers to grassroots community builders, from corporate employees to social entrepreneurs. He will also share some of the exciting things happening within the permaculture movement here in Calgary.
More about Rob Avis
Offering a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the world, Rob’s portfolio includes a three month internship at the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia, a six month sabbatical learning about renewable energy systems in Denmark and off-the-beaten track travels throughout Mexico examining sustainable agriculture practices. He has hands-on experience with numerous concepts including low-energy homes, wind turbines, biological waste-water treatment and water harvesting. Bringing together mechanical engineering, renewable energy and permaculture systems, his consulting company Verge Permaculture (www.vergepermaculture.ca) specializes in creating sustainable human environments using whole-systems philosophies and working with nature. When not teaching or consulting you’ll find Rob in the basement experimenting with ferments (baking bread & brewing beer) or foraging in the garden.
* Non-CEP-members will be charged $5 at the door or can purchase a life time membership for $30.