Sustainable  Infrastructure

Learn the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems and waste management. This class will provide the technical know-how you didn’t know you needed.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

INSTRUCTION

  • Taught by Charles Williams, Program Director and lead teacher for Earth Activist Training
  • Classes will be live with recordings available within 48 hours
  • Resources and recordings on the virtual class platform will be available for a year after the course completes

COURSE DATES

  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: August 3-September 7                  (6 weeks)
  • Timing: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm PST

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PAYMENT

  • We offer sliding scale tuition and payment plans to make our courses as accessible as possible
  • Abundant Tuition: $500
  • Standard Tuition: $400
  • Resilient Tuition: $300
  • All amounts are in US dollars

SCHOLARSHIPS & DISCOUNTS

  • Group discounts and Diversity Scholarships available? Yes! Keep reading below

YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

  • All are welcome. There are no prerequisites to this course
  • Permaculture Infrastructure is a required course for the Regenerative Land Management diploma

QUESTIONS? 

We are here for you. Please reach out at: support@earthactivisttraining.org

WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR? 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Managing land ecologically is a resource-intense activity that requires finding a balance between consumption, ecological impact, and financial solvency. This course strives to provide practical answers on how to balance these often complex and sometimes competing needs. Sustainable Infrastructure centers student understanding on the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems, material choices, and waste management. We will explore how to design, maintain and manage energy systems, how to integrate cyclic waste management strategies, and how to evaluate and find low-impact materials for landed projects.

 

 Students will gain tools and strategies for designing and managing the inputs and waste streams for their specific locations and situations. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Through presentations, exercises, and activities, students will learn to: 

  • Evaluate the needs and yields of a property
  • Loop waste streams back into feedstocks 
  • Incorporate recyclable products
  • Minimize the use of non-reusable materials

By the end of the course, students will know how to: 

  •  Identify appropriate renewable energy systems for their specific situations
  • Manage waste streams as a resource
  • Design infrastructure with reduced waste and more significant reuse potential

    COURSE SCHEDULE

    Here’s What You’ll
    Be Learning 

    • Session 0: Approaching Sustainability. We all impact the world around us. Pre-Class students will be asked to reflect on their current ecological impact and to consider their goals and values related to these impacts. We will use tools such as ecological footprint and carbon calculators.
      • Session 1: Material Evaluation and Building Design. How to evaluate the ecological impact of the building and design materials, including passive house design, natural building, and green building. How to design efficiently and  decrease waste. We will evaluate our buildings and systems through the lens of life cycle analysis (LCA), embodied energy, embodied carbon, and ecological footprint.
        • Session 2: Site Analysis and Energy Audit.  Deep dive into the three most common alternative energy systems: solar, wind, and micro hydro. Students will learn how to conduct an energy audit and evaluate a site for potential energy generation, including performing cost-benefit analyses for alternative power generation. Class will include how to set up both on- and off-grid electric systems.
          • Session 3: Alternative Energy Systems and How They Work. Going beyond solar, wind, and hydro we will look a wide range of lesser know technologies and how to adapt them to home and community scale projects. Understanding the basics of pumping water, generating electricity, heating, cooling and cooking using, mechanical motion, pressurized air, methane digesters, biochar, and other off-grid technologies 
            • Session 4: Plumbing and Wiring. Moving from theory to practice session 4 will be a hands on class focused on basic plumbing and electrical. Students will learn the basic skills through the  construction of simple plumbing/electrical projects.
              • Session 5: Animal and Human Waste. Safe management and use of manure, urines, carcasses, and biosolids. Students will learn techniques for managing biological waste and how to safely cycle nutrients back onto the landscape. Together we will take a closer look at compost, vermiculture (composting with worms), bio-digesters, hot pack beds, and manure spreading under the overall theme of systems design
                • Session 6: Heating and Cooling on a Household and Community Scale Students will learn passive and active strategies for heating and cooling.  How to evaluate a site and determine which systems are appropriate and how to link systems for efficiency and redundancy. Focus on solid waste management.
                  • Class Resources: Each session will include a curated online resources component for those wanting to go deeper into each topic. This will include videos, articles and research papers. Along with the topics covered there will be resources section for information not covered explicitly in class such as: Road/trail installation and management, fencing and gates, solid waste management and site safety

                MEET YOUR TEACHER

                Charles Williams, Lead Instructor

                Charles Williams is Earth Activist Training’s Program Director and lead teacher. A long-time permaculture educator and certified permaculture designer, Charles comes to Earth Activist Training through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.

                Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States, including Diana’s Grove in Missouri, Farm & Wilderness summer camp in Vermont, and Starhawk’s Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. His approach simultaneously promotes the preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic.

                His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management. Charles also understands the need for healthy community and knows that skilled human implementation is an essential part of any design. In these challenging times, he finds hope for the future through the interlocking, symbiotic relationship of spirit, community, and action.

                As an accomplished tinkerer Charles brings a wide range of practical and somewhat obscure hand skills. He has installed complex systems such as solar electric arrays, gray water filters, and veggie oil diesel conversions. He has implemented simple systems such as emergency water filtration, humanure composting toilets, and rotational grazing plans. He is talented in wilderness tracking, solo canoeing, gathering and tending wild edibles, starting fire by hand, and mapping. He loves to work with his hands, whether he is tanning hides or repairing a generator, and this love is reflected when he teaches EAT’s hands-on segments.

                Charles believes that no problems are unsolvable as long as we work together to develop and implement our plan effectively and honor the holy in our work.

                OTHER CLASSES WITH CHARLES

                FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION

                Payment Options

                We are dedicated to making this course work for you, and offer a range of options for payment.
                • Certificate Student. For Students looking to get the most out of this course. You will get full access to all course materials and ability to earn a certificate. Sliding scale tuition $300-$500
                • Audit Student. Student who are looking to only attend the live sessions: ($150-$250)
                • Alumni. Those who want a refresher or complete certificate. You need to have take this course with us before ($100)
                • Payment Plan for Certificate Students. Four part payment plans ($100 down with 4 monthly payments of $100)
                • Diversity scholarships. Available for indigenous and people of color working in environmental or food justice
                • Group Discounts. For those who are for coming as a group of 2 or more people.

                Every Abundant Tuition helps support a Diversity Scholarship.

                FULL CERTIFICATE COURSE

                This includes weekly live sessions, access to online class materials, access to google classroom. Requires completion of homework.
                • Abundant Tuition: $500
                • Standard Tuition: $400
                • Resilient Tuition: $300

                AUDIT COURSE PRICE

                This only includes weekly live class sessions.
                • Abundant Tuition: $250
                • Standard Tuition: $200
                • Resilient Tuition: $150
                • All amounts are in US dollar

                 

                PAYMENT PLAN

                • Payment of $100 when you register.
                • Three monthly installments of $100 ($400 total).
                • Our Student Support Team will assist you in setting up this process

                 

                  GROUP DISCOUNTS 

                  • Groups of 2-5 people – Discount of $125 off each ($275 total for each person)
                  • Cohort of 6-10 people – Discount of $150 off each ($250 per person)
                  • Must indicate who all is in your group at registration

                    DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS 

                    • Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of global permaculture and regenerative land movements
                    • We recognize the history of this land called the United States and Canada and seek to do what we can to rectify the deep injustices and systems of inequity that formed and continue to shape society today

                      Supported by your donations, a select number of pay-what-you-can Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous Peoples and People of Color working in environmental and food justice.

                    • These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition ($200), but any amount will be accepted and appreciated

                    If you have any questions we are always here to help: support@earthactivisttraining.org

                    REGISTRATION

                    YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

                    Permaculture Infrastructure is a required course of the Regenerative Land Management diploma program. 

                    OUR NETWORK

                    A core component of this course – and every Earth Activist Training course – is our private forum: Earth Activist Training Online network. This platform is where you will find course resources, your homework, and a network to connect with classmates and other Earth Activist students. 

                    Recordings of each class will be available to you as a resource. You will have access to the course for a year after the course ends should you want to deepen your understanding of the material.

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