Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator and natural builder who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. He is the founder of the Peace On Earthbench Movement (POEM), an international movement that inspires youth to transform plastic waste into an artistic community-gathering place (www.earthbench.org). Currently Bird lives at an ecological collective in Oakland, CA and is a full-time Garden and Sustainability Educator at Alta Vista School in San Francisco. Bird’s dream is to start a solar food truck and mobile ecological kitchen classroom to take this ecological education and appropriate technology on the road (www.solutioncraft.org).
Workshops & Presentations
Appropriate Cooking Technology – The Fossil Fuel-Free Meal!
Appropriate cooking technology harnesses renewable energy to cook meals that are healthy for our planet and us. Solar thermal energy is a readily available and renewable way to cook our food; dehydrate our fruits and vegetables; and pasteurize water. Rocket stoves use a fuel-efficient combustion chamber to minimize the amount of wood needed for cooking. Come learn how to build and use these technologies as we cook and enjoy a fossil-fuel-free snack!
Ecological Design Principles – Build a Teeny Tiny House!
A critical ecological design principle is to start small-scale and work up! Today you will have the opportunity to design and build your own house – a teeny tiny house – and learn all the natural building and ecological design principles along the way. We will briefly discuss different natural building techniques, passive solar design, living roofs, rainwater catchment, and more, all the while getting our hands dirty in this interactive workshop.