– At this point permaculture is fast becoming a buzzword in the fields of green building and design. But what is it? Permaculture design inherently focuses on solving problems within the context of ecological health, providing for human needs, and building resiliency. You can use the permaculture design process to create more “sustainable” buildings, landscapes, and social systems. Permaculture can be equally applied to a rural farmstead, an urban lot, a city park, an apartment complex, or a bowling alley. In all cases permaculture’s “applied common sense” approach will help you meet client goals while acting as stewards of the earth. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun! We’ll get into permaculture definitions, ethics & principles as well as looking at some of the tools permaculturists use to create functional, integrated designs. We will look at some examples of permaculture systems in action and showcase some “All-Star” permaculture plants for the Pacific Northwest. Finally, we’ll crack out the pens and paper and put some of this new information into practice with a design scenario. This session is intended to pique your interest and get you excited to learn more about the permaculture design system and explore how it fits into your business and life. You will walk away with a better understanding of permaculture design and a variety of resources that you can use to kick start your permaculture education.