Jan Spencer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jan Spencer lives in Eugene, Oregon and has been a strong advocate for creating a green and resilient economy and culture for years. He has a degree in Geography and has traveled to over 35 countries on four continents. Jan has been transforming his 1/4 acre suburban property for 16 years where he grows food, produces passive solar energy, collects rain water and has hosted close to 2000 visitors. He has presented on the East and West Coasts and at many universities and conferences along with numerous radio interviews. Jan designed and coordinated the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene which was held in a suburban…

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Christian Stalberg

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Christian-Stalberg.jpg[/image_frame] Christian Stalberg currently manages Enersim, Ltd., a building energy performance simulation and training company. His interest in sustainability, i.e. ecovillages, comes from having grown up off the grid and a 10+ year career in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation where he worked with both the private and public sectors in recovering from anthropocentric and natural disasters. Before energy modeling and disaster work, Christian had another career in telecomputing beginning in the early 1980s working with personal computers and what eventually became known as the internet. An 'early adopter', Christian was a member of California Certified Organic Farmers and subscribed to Communities magazine in the 1970s. Having…

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How to Start an Ecovillage

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/How-to-start-an-ecovillage.jpg[/image_frame] Today ecovillages represent some of the best solutions we have for correcting human habitation living at cross purposes with the natural world, addressing sectors such as housing, energy, transportation, food, water and human behavior. Come learn about the requirements necessary for a successful ecovillage from someone who has started one. Participants will learn best practices for the process of creating an ecovillage.Ecovillages are a convergence of the various strategies and techniques for living in harmony with the natural world including, but not limited to, energy, food, water, waste, community, democracy, and trust and support systems. I will present a 15-20 minute powerpoint then open it up…

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Chaz Peling

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ChazHead.jpg[/image_frame] Chaz’s passion and knowledge comes from working in the solar energy field for over seven years, as well as having been a pioneer in the alternative energy for off-grid living segment in the 1980’s. He is a life-long entrepreneur, starting and advising three successful business. Chaz also spent time in the telecom/Internet field as a business development manager and sales executive. His experience as a builder and electrician help him administer complex designs in solar equipment. Chaz has completed an AA in electronics technology, while continuing his education with business and solar/electrical courses. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Solar & LEDs for New Closed Loop Agriculture

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