Bioregional Organizations, Publications/Publishers, Individuals, and Educational Programs

Bioregional Organizations

heartland-all-species1All Species Foundation and Heartland All Species Foundation
Heartland All Species Project mission is to encourage ecologically respectful community at the local level including facilitating groups on community building process and perspective shifting, local food production, and natural no-till gardening.


Alliance for Wild Ethics
: The Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE) is a consortium of individuals and organizations working to ease the spreading devastation of the animate earth through a rapid transformation of culture. We employ the arts, often in tandem with the natural sciences, to provoke deeply felt shifts in the human experience of nature.

Australia’s 80 bioregions: The Web Incorporated is a bioregional organization in Australia working toward development through the Brisbane Regional Environmental Council and Forest ANA Queensland.

Bioregional Visions Council: Guardians of the Earth, contact Laura Kuri at lakuri@cuer.laneta.apc.org or at Privada Colima #17, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 62450

The California Biodiversity Council (CBC) was formed in 1991 to improve coordination and cooperation between the various resource management and environmental protection organizations at federal, state, and local levels.

Committee on Imagination & Place: The Committee on Imagination & Place, based in Lawrence, runs the I & P Press, puts on salons and conferences, and explores the connections between place and imagination through its interdisciplinary members, including scholars, artists, writers, ecologists, architects, activists and more.

com-solutions1The Community Solution is a program of Community Service, Inc.dedicated to the development, growth and enhancement of small local communities. We envision a country where the population is distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally sophisticated. We host the annual U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions. We also produced the powerful and DVD documentary, “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” The Community Solution, P. O. Box 243, Yellow Springs, OH 45387  937-767-2161 or, toll-free 866-767-2161   Email us at info@communitysolution.org

Ecocity Cleveland:What’s a bioregion? Here’s a watershed region that includes Cleveland, a whole bunch of water, and quite a few beings. Good mapping and lots of it, too.

ecocities-21Ecological Cities Project: Rutherford H. Platt,c/o Dept. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, (413) 545-2499. The Ecological Cities Project is a quasi-independent program of research, teaching, and outreach.

The Ecology Center, 801 Sherwood Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59802
phone: 406-728-5733,  fax: 406-728-9432 ecocenter@wildrockies.org
 

Ecology Center: A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. –Aldo Leopold, 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702, tel: 510-548-2220 · fax: 510-548-2240 · info@ecologycenter.org

ef-s-society1E.F. Schumacher Society: Founded in 1980 the mission of the Schumacher Society is to promote the building of strong local economies that link people, land, and community. To accomplish this we develop model programs, including local currencies, community land trusts, and micro-lending; host lectures and other educational events; publish papers; and maintain a library to engage scholars and inspire citizen-activists.

GET: Green Enterprise Toronto is a network to help local businesses and customers to “vote with your dollars” for people, planet, and profit. Chris Lowry, Director, is an entrepreneur who has created and managed both independent media production businesses and non-profit organizations.

gen1Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): The Global Ecovillage Network is a global confederation of people and communities that meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living “sustainable plus” lives by putting more back into the environment than we take out. Also see: Ecovillage Network of the Americas

globalpublicmedia2GIobalPublicMedia is part of a response to the difficulties that both public and profit-making news and other media have when trying to offer analysis and understanding which is not driven by the need to ‘entertain’, increase ratings, save money, make profit and satisfy shareholders.

Green City Milan (Italy, c/o alfonso@espero.it ) has news of urban sustainability efforts, green radio, “decorecycle” art, etc. in Milan. Italian Bioregional Network (c/o morettig@iol.it ) publishes Lato Selvatico magazine and news of Italian bioregional movement from Po River Valley to Naples.

Great River Earth Institute:The Great River Earth Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering personal and cultural transformation through grassroots study and discussion that encourages individuals to examine their deeply held values, accept responsibility for the Earth and choose to live in ways that are as ecologically friendly as possible.

HueHueCoyotl Ecovillage: APARTADO 111, TEPOZTLAN, MORELOS 62520, MEXICO (739) 395-5021 (5015), huehue@laneta.apc.org. Permaculture ecovillage and home of the The Illuminated Elephants Traveling Gypsy Theatre.

Japan Bioregional/Deep Ecology Movement (including Guard Fox Watch) c/o to@jeef.or.jp

International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus: IIFAC’s mission is to work with change-oriented groups in both the public and private sector, as well as with national and international networks, helping them to improve their capacity to collaborate and make good decisions. Located in Mexico, we work in both English and Spanish, all over the world.

Kansas Area Watershed Council: One of the oldest continuous bioregional groups on the continent, KAW Council covers much of Kansas as well as southern Nebraska and eastern Colorado. Founded in 1982, KAW Council hosts annual gatherings, monthly walkabouts, potlucks, presentations and programs, workshops and more, and over the years has helped organize the first continental congress in 1984, and took the lead in bringing the congresses back to life by organizing the 2002 Continental Bioregional Congress on the Prairies. KAW members have been active in bioregional organizing on the local, bioregional and continental level. Join our listserv and visit our website where you can learn more and see writing from our publication of 20 years, Konza.

mt-shasta1Mount Shasta Ecology Bioregional Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the outstanding natural environment and cultural values of Mount Shasta. One of the sacred mountains of the world, and of its surrounding bioregion, recognizing this region is of great importance locally, nationally and internationally in providing pure waters to the Sacramento Valley, rich biodiversity, numerous pristine natural sanctuaries, and sacred areas of high significance to Native American cultures near and far.

National Water Center:In its role as water advocate, the National Water Center strives to look at water with the broadest ideas of ecological balance and harmony. Supporting appropriate technology, bioregionalism, composting toilets, dowsing, ecology, flow forms, stream monitoring, vibrational water, watershed planning; we welcome articles on these subjects at this site.WaterWorks for a complete 50 pages of Water and Bioregionalism. Excellent!

New Haven Bioregional Group: Connecting New Haveners to their life place since 2005, and offering potlucks, programs, information and much more.

ozark2The Ozark Area Community Congress (OACC) is the first and longest-standing bioregional congress on Earth. The Congress first convened in the Ozark hills in 1979, and has agreed to reconvene each year since.

Plainscraft Wilderness & Survival School: Information on living close to the land, exploring and tracking, from Stephen Figgins of Lawrence, KS.

planet-drum3Planet Drum Foundation: Founded in 1973 by Peter Berg, et al. Publishers of the Planet Drum Pulse, source for speakers, workshops, and forums on bioregional themes. Assists in organizing bioregional groups. Provides online calendar for Bioregional events. Sells bioregional books, pamphlets, and periodicals. Supports Bioregional Energy Exchange, a program to help small-scale producers using sustainable and recycled matrerials find markets and friends. One of the programs is Arte Papel, a small Ecuadoran women’s paper recycling association that uses natural fibers and colorants to produce beautiful stationery. PO Box 31251, San Francisco, CA 94131, Shasta Bioregion, USA,415-285-6563, planetdrum@igc.org.Eco-Bahia, an Ecuadoran bioregional Eco City project and collaboration between Planet Drum Foundation and the community of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador.Eco-Bahia can be reached by contacting archtour@srv1.telconet.net , ecopapel@ecuadorexplorer.com , or brianteinert@hotmail.com

Planetary Healer: In 1990, at the North American Bioregional Congress in Maine, the Water Committeee decided to give thanks to the water. We continue this practice of thanksgiving through a project we have named “Awakening the Planetary Healer Within”

Post Carbon Institute, 3683 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 1P2.
Tel (604) 736-9000 Fax (604) 736-9001 Initiated by Julian Darley, author of High Noon for Natural Gas: the New Energy Crisis and co-author of the forthcoming Relocalize Now! Getting Ready for Climate Change and the End of Cheap Oil.. Post Carbon Institute is a think, action and education tank offering research, project tools, education and information to implement proactive strategies to adapt to an energy constrained world.

The Relocalization Network supports Local Post Carbon Groups as they work to develop and implement the strategy of Relocalization in their communities. The Relocalization Network Coordinators support the Network by providing on-line communication tools, developing valuable resources, facilitating meaningful and useful connections between Local Groups and cultivating a sense of working together globally on local responses.

Realistic Living: Founded by Gene and Joyce Marshall, Realistic Living offers prolific publications (books and newsletters) and free downloads of many articles on bioregional living as well as on the home church movement. 3578 N. State Highway, Bonham, TX, 75418.

Regenerative design for all bioregions: AK Bioregionalismus Sauerland (c/o stachelbeere@web.de ) publishes “Die Stachelbeere”, a newsletter for bioregionalism and eco-spirituality and is one of the most active bioregional groups in Germany. Contact: Lief-Thorsten Kramps, Lohmannstrasser 3, D-58119 Hagen/Westfalen (Bioregion Sauerland), Germany. Leif-Thorsten Kramps, Lohmannstr. 3, 58119 Hohenlimburg, Bioregion Sauerland

Riparian Habitat Joint Venture, a project currently underway which protects biodiversity and enhance natural resources as well as the human element they support.

River Network is a national nonprofit organization working for clean and healthy waters. While rivers are our focal point, we are interested in the quality of all fresh waters and the health of all people and ecosystems dependent upon them. We are unique among national organizations, because our very reason for being is to support grassroots groups working for watershed protection. Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, where River Network was founded in 1988. Our staff members are based in Oregon, Idaho, Vermont, North Carolina and Washington, DC. We work from coast to coast.

Salmon Nation: Check out Salmon Nation’s page of bioregional resource links. Salmon Nation is a community of caretakers and citizens that stretches across arbitrary boundaries and bridges urban-rural divides. We bring new meaning to the word cooperative — with unusual alliances of tribes, fishermen, farmers, ranchers, loggers, and urban-dwellers working together to improve our neighborhoods and watersheds.

Toward a Bioregional State (blog by Mark Whitaker), Launched to provide an information service connected with Toward a Bioregional State, the book; the blog is the commentary, your questions and my answers, and news from around the world related to the issues of sustainability and unsustainability in a running muse on various issues of concern or inspiration.

bannerurbanharvestUrban Harvest: Working with Gardens and Orchards to Build Healthy Communities, Bob Randall (bob@urbanharvest.org), 713-880-5540 Fax # 713-880-5545, 1900 Kane St., Houston, 77007
Urban Harvest P.O. Box 980460 Houston, Texas 77098-0460

World Resources Institute: WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives.Today’s environmental challenges are complex and global in nature. They call for visionary and ambitious action grounded in sound science and objective analysis–the kind of action that has distinguished WRI for 25 years.

Bioregional Educational Programs:

Genesis School. Vladir Villagran ( vladirvi@yahoo.com ) has a school in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, that teaches “green values” and conducts a Volunteer Program for anyone interested in getting involved.

Goddard College — Progressive education for creative minds:Goddard’s students are regarded as unique individuals who take charge of their own learning and collaborate with other students, staff and faculty to build a strong community. Goddard encourages students to become creative, passionate, lifelong learners, working and living with an earnest concern for others and the welfare of the Earth. Individualized MA in Environmental Studies (with place-based studies focus), Individualized MA in Transformative Language ArtsMA in Socially Responsible Business & Sustainable Communities, and BA and MA in Health Arts

ecoversityEcoversity is a non-profit educational center which explores and demonstrates concepts of sustainable living, ecological design, and responsibility for the wise stewardship of the Earth.
Established in 1999 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ecoversity offers a unique curriculum designed to regenerate the Earth and revitalize the human spirit.

gaiaGaia University —Gaia University offers international students accredited Bachelors and Master degrees as well as graduate Diplomas through a pioneering educational concept. The self-directed, action learning methodology allows you to combine short residential courses with home-based project work while being supported by a professional network of advisors, tutors, mentors and workshop providers. You combine your ideals with practical experience to promote local and global sustainability, regeneration, justice and peace. Unfold your passions in any areas of Sustainabilty/Regeneration from Bioregionalism to Permaculture, Ecovillage Design, Post Petroleum Energy Descent Planning, Holistic Health, Ancient Wisdom and more

Institute for Social Ecology — Social ecology advocates a reconstructive and transformative outlook on social and environmental issues, and promotes a directly democratic, confederal politics. As a body of ideas, social ecology envisions a moral economy that moves beyond scarcity and hierarchy, toward a world that reharmonizes human communities with the natural world, while celebrating diversity, creativity and freedom – offering MA degrees in partnership with Prescott College, training, publications.

Bioregional Publications/Publishers:

Common Dreams

Context Magazine

The Ecologist

International Institute for Facilitation & Consensus Newsletter

Manas Journal (E.F. Schumacher Society)

New Society Publishers: Welcome to New Society Publishers – the activist publisher focused on solutions and social change. Our Books are tools to Build a New Society. They help you to know the talk, and walk the talk. They’re packed with analysis that’s hard to find, ideas to keep you current, inspiration for the daily struggle, and practical tools to change the world.

New Village

Ode Magazine

Orion Magazine

Permaculture Activist: PO Box 5516, Bloomington, IN 47407 USA 812-335-0383 USA, Peter Bane, publisher (teacher, designer/consultant with Patterns for Abundance in partnership with Keith Johnson)
Ph: int +1 (828) 298-2812 Fax: int +1 (828) 298-6441      http://www.permacultureactivist.net, keith@permacultureactivist.net

Planet Drum Foundation

Realistic Living

 Yes Magazine


Bioregional Individuals:

Stan Slaughter, Eco-Troubadour: Visit Stan’s site and find out about his CDs, tours and other offerings for schools, groups and institutions.

Bioregional Planning Associates (BPA) is a small, woman-owned, specialty-service consulting firm that focuses on ecosystem-based planning, policy formulation and environmental analysis.

 

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