Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Austin's Rhizome Collective offers vision and methods of sustainable city living.

The Rhizome Collective was recently evicted by Austin code enforcement officials from the building they'd occupied and transformed since the year 2000. Their warehouse home featured wind power, rainwater catchment, aquaculture and a lush permaculture food forest.

In 2008 they published, Toolbox for Sustainable City Living, A Do-it-Ourselves Guide by Stacy Pettigrew and Scott Kellogg. Illustrated by Juan Martinez and Beth Ferguson .

From Radicalsustainability.org:
The Toolbox for Sustainable City Living is a DIY guide for creating locally-based, ecologically sustainable communities in today's cities. Its straightforward text, vibrant illustrations and accessible diagrams explain how urbanites can have local access and control over life's essential resources: food production, water security, waste management, autonomous energy, and bioremediation of toxic soils. Written for people with limited financial means, the book emphasizes building these systems with cheap, salvaged and recycled materials when possible. This book will be an essential tool for transitioning into a sustainable future threatened by the converging trends of global warming and energy depletion.

SASL member Joe Barfield writes" It has taken me around the corner in terms of a practical understanding of how much I can influence my immediate environment and destiny. "

He has pointed out links to interviews with Pettigrew and Kellogg.

Sustainable Building Conversations with People Involved with Sustainable Buildings.

Personal is Political: Toolbox for Sustainable City Living

Joe's favorite Kellogg recording is available on iTunes. It was recorded at Washington College in Chestertown Maryland, March 22, 2009. Toolbox for Sustainable Living, Scott Kellogg Cofounder of the Rhizone Collective. Album: Center for Environment and Society.

You can also download a short video about their clean-up a brown field site in Austin.

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