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David Holmgren on Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability


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In recent years, as we have become more aware of the negative effects of our high-impact lifestyles, a number of environmental responses have been introduced – such as building insulation, energy-efficiency requirements, improvements to public transport, conservation of urban green space, and more water-sensitive urban design. At a personal level, individuals are also adapting by, perhaps, taking in boarders, sharing backyards, or returning to the multi-generational family unit.

We have barely scratched the surface, however, of the profound improvements that the application of permaculture principles and strategies could deliver for the sustainability and liveability of today’s suburbs. Join David Holmgren to explore how suburbs can, and are, responding to the converging economic, energy and climate crises and discover how you can stimulate positive household and community resilience in the face of these pressures.


David Holmgren

David Holmgren is an environmental design consultant, author, teacher and public speaker with an international reputation as a leading sustainability thinker. He is the co-founder (with Bill Mollison) of permaculture, one of Australia’s greatest intellectual exports. Over three decades David has p... Read more


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