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Greywater Workshop Saturday, November 15, 2014 at L.A. Eco-Village and other upcoming greywater events at LAEV and elsewhere

Los Angeles: (Last workshop of the year is this weekend! Nov. 15th)

1) Greywater Design and Installation workshop. Learn how to design and install your own Laundry-to-landscape greywater system. We’ll walk you through the design process and give you hands-on practice by creating a “mock up” system using real parts. Watch a video of an L2L system on Ask This Old House.

Nov. 15th, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (This workshop will also include a tour of a L2L system.) For more info and for registration click here.

Time and place: 10am-12:30pm at the Los Angeles Eco-Village (117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004)
Cost: Sliding scale $15-$40
Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape, and a site plan with dimensions of your house and yard.

2) City of Thousand Oaks- Come to a series of free workshops hosted by Cal American Water and City of Thousand Oaks (taught by Laura Allen of Greywater Action).

Intro to Greywater: Thursday, Nov. 20th at 7pm. More info here.
Laundry-to-landscape design and install workshop: Sat Dec. 6th 10am. More info here.

3) Greywater Installer’s 5 day course. January 26th-30th in Los Angeles. This 5 day class is designed for people wanting to install greywater systems professionally or for their friends and family.

You will learn about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. We’ll cover basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. You will learn how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally you’ll learn about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. By the end of the course you will know about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code.

There will be an optional exam and installation for people wishing to be certified and listed on our website. The “installer’s page” contains contact info for graduates who wish to be listed, as well as an internal list serve for installers to share info, experiences, and get support.

Location: Los Angeles, CA (LA EcoVillage 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90004)
Cost: $650, limited work trade available (send requests to Learn more about the content and see the week’s schedule here.
For more information or to register go here.

Bay Area
Hands-on Rainwater Catchment Workshop

December 6, 2014 – 11:00am to 4:00pm
Come learn about simple, backyard rainwater harvesting systems. We’ll cover common types of rainharvesting systems, storage options, system components, how to size a system, and irrigation methods. We’ll install a rain water catchment system at a real house. This system will:

provide storage
reduce stormwater runoff and sewage overflows
recharge aquifers
increase your backyard harvest
lower your water bill

Cost: $30- $100 sliding scale, limited work trade spots available
Location: Oakland, CA (exact address provided after registration)
Register here

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Los Angeles Green Festival Friday Sept 12 thru Sun Sept 14, 2014 at L.A. Convention Center

About the Green Festival.

Check out the 40 page: Preview Guide.

Volunteer Opportunities:  here.

More than 20,000 attended the L.A. Green Festival last year.

Great kids activities too!

Come visit the Los Angeles Eco-Village booth (#550), and so many other organizations you may want to catch up with.

Lots of interesting speakers, demonstrations of all kinds, and a place to run into old friends and colleagues and meet new ones.

Friday, September 12th from noon to 6:00pm
Saturday, September 13th from 10am to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 14th from 10am to 6:00pm


Los Angeles Convention Center – South Hall G
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Buy discounted tickets on-line here:

and Get In Free if:

You come by bike and use the LACBC Bike Valet service
You come by Metro and show your Tap Card.

Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.

Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

Green Festival offers something for everyone, with the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green from food, fashion and health to energy, construction and design. People can shop and enjoy vegan, vegetarian, organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and inspirational speakers.

Mission and Vision:

Green Festival is inspiring and empowering consumers, communities and businesses to work green, play green and live green.

At Green Festival, we are committed to:

  • Showcasing the best and latest green products and services in the market
  • Making ‘green’ practical, viable and accessible to everyone by promoting sustainability in everyday life choices and actions
  • Providing the ultimate marketplace for green brands and consumers who want to integrate sustainability into their lives
  • Striving to be a zero-waste marketplace where consumers can be assured that companies are committed to environmental sustainability
  • Representing a diverse, sustainable community that is socially and environmentally responsible
  • Encouraging companies to adopt green and fair trade principles through Green America’s certification process
  • Supporting vegan-vegetarian diets that are focused on organic, non-GMO and local artisanal foods as part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
  • Serving as a launching pad for Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and consumer programs in sustainability

Much more info about Green Festivals here:

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Declan Kennedy in Dialog: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Prof. Declan Kennedy is an Irish architect, urban planner, permaculture designer and ecologist. Founder  of the Permaculture Institute of Europe, he has been teaching and practicing urban design, landscape and agricultural planning since 1972.

Declan served as Professor of Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin, Chairman of the Board of the Global Eco-village Network – – and as Chairman of the Advisory Board at Gaia University International –

Declan coauthored with his late wife, Prof. Margrit Kennedy, Designing Ecological Settlements

At 80 years of age, Declan continues traveling the world and teaches ecovillage design from the ecological community which he co-founded and where he lives, Lebensgarten Steyerberg in Lower Saxony, Germany – (in English at: ).

Some people say “It is 5 minutes to 12 – for the Earth and for the environment.”
Declan Kennedy says, “the situation on Earth has already tipped over – it is already 5 minutes after 12! But – the good thing about midnight is – it is the beginning of a new day! So – let’s start afresh!”

Please join us for this rare treat of hanging out with Declan.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm*

WHERE: L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004

FEE:  $5 to $15 sliding scale.  No one turned away.

RESERVATIONS: or 213/738-1254

*Join us for a veggie potluck in our courtyard at 6:30 pm, if you’d like.  PLEASE bring your own non throwaway eating ware and make this a zero waste event.



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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)–Europe Conference July 9-13, 2014 at Zegg near Berlin Germany

Over time, GEN is becoming richer in fascinating tools, mutual support, interesting people, important connections and deep insights. Let’s celebrate what we have created as a strong network, carrying forth the power to live sustainably in a post-growth world.

This year we will focus on strengthening the bonds between the national and local networks as well as reaching out to the Global South in mutual support. Amongst other interesting presenters we are proud to welcome Anna Breytenbach, the „Animal Whisperer“ from South Africa. Experienced members from long-term communities will share and support your process in founding or strengthening your community initiative, we will look into the transition of traditional villages and urban neighbourhoods into living communities and more.

 For more info and registration please go to our website at

GEN – Global Ecovillage Network


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Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater July 2, 2014 at 7pm at L.A. Eco-Village with Laura Allen

Interested in Reusing Greywater?

Greywater is water from sinks, showers, and washing machines. Instead of sending it down the sewer it can be safely and simply redirected into the landscape for irrigation. Reusing household greywater saves water, saves time, and reduces water flowing into the sewer system. Find out if a greywater system is a good match for your home and landscape in our informative evening slideshow presentation “Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater”. 

Learn about

  • Common types of systems
  • Advantages and limitation of different systems
  • Plant friendly soaps and products
  • How much water you may save
  • System costs
  • Codes and regulations.

Location: 7pm-8:30pm at  Los Angeles Eco Village 117 Bimini Place Los Angeles, CA 90004

Cost: $5 to $15 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Come join this event, no RSVP required.

This talk sponsored by Greywater Action in association with Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana and CRSP.
About Laura Allen
Laura is a founding member of Greywater Action and a resident-member of Los Angeles Eco-Village.  She has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban sustainable water solutions. She has a BA in Environmental Science, a teaching credential and a masters in education from New College of CA. She is a co-editor of the anthology Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. Laura leads classes and workshops on urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and composting toilets. Laura also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.

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Greywater Design and Installation Workshop, SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 from 10am – 12:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Learn how to install the popular “laundry to landscape” (L2L) greywater system in this design workshop.

Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you’ll learn about in class.


  • How to design a system for your home and landscape
  • How to build a system- you’ll create a “mock-up” of a real system with real greywater parts
  • What parts you’ll need for your home
  • How much greywater you produce and how many plants you can water
  • What soaps and detergents are “greywater friendly”


  • Real L2L greywater system
  • Gravity “branched drain” greywater system from sinks

Cost: Sliding scale $15 to $40, limited work trade positions available

Location: The Los Angeles EcoVillage 117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004

Register here. 

Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.

For more information on an L2L system refer to the SF Graywater Guide for Outdoor Irrigation, downloadable here or watch a video of an installation of this system on Ask This Old House.

Sponsored by Greywater Action in association with Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana and CRSP

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering, Seattle area, September 18-21 2014 Fall Equinox weekend

Join Permaculture’s Finest Women for a Weekend in the Woods!

Welcome to the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering September 18-21 2014! This is our 4th year and we are gracing the greater Seattle area! Join us at Camp Hamilton near Monroe/Duvall for a long weekend together sharing skills, ideas and collaborating! Contributing & Collecting in Collaboration!
Where ‘Full Steam Ahead’ melds with ‘Relax and Receive’ for Continuous Thrivability
Considering how much permaculture activity is brewing in our respective regions these days, from public food forests to natural buildings and successful kickstarter campaigns, the subject of permaculture is upfront and growing! We will take a central focus of taking permaculture beyond an interest or hobby to inspiring women with permaculture examples to find their path to right-livelihood and thrive! Thivelihood!! This years Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is FREE with ticket for whole weekend. See ticketing page for details.Spend a weekend with strong, committed women who share Permaculture ethics and vocabulary.  Come connect, learn, and laugh!  In a breathtaking space, surrounded by nature and amazing women, you will be inspired and invigorated.

Presenters for 2014 include:

We have an amazing line up of extraordinary speakers!
Jessi Bloom – Best-selling permaculture author, green industry advisor, & owner of design/build 
N.W. Bloom 
Marisha Auerbach – International advanced permaculture educator & consultant to environmental non-profits
EagleSongFounder of RavenCroft Gardens and Healing From the Ground Up herbal apprentice program
Jacqueline FreemanBiodynamic Beekeeper and owner of Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Venersborg, WA
Jeanette Acosta Author and composer raised by traditional indigenous healers, designer and ethnobotanist 
Emet Degirmenci International urban and indigenous permaculture community design

Honored Guest Starhawk – The Fifth Sacred Thing,The Last Wild Witch & Earth Activist Training

Join this amazing opportunity to gather with other revolutionary women!

Picture We are delighted to be creating this gathering and look forward to sharing it with YOU!
Help us spread the word, “Like” and share us on Facebook

To get up-to-date announcements about the gathering and to be part of the biggest (maybe the only!) online group of permaculture women please sign up for the google group:

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FULL: Greywater Installer’s Workshop (5 day) May 12-16, 2014 at L.A. Eco-Village

This workshop is full. We offer these courses about once a year.  But let us know if you’d like to sign up for one sooner

Interested in learning all about greywater, installing your own system, or becoming a greywater installer for your area? This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, low-tech residential greywater systems. The course will cover five common greywater systems, how to determine which is appropriate for the site, and how to install them. It will also cover plants, products, codes, and more advanced greywater systems.

Participants will be eligible to take an exam and conduct an installation, to become certified, having their contact info listed on the Greywater Action website, a portal for greywater inquiries from across the country, and join a listserve of other installers to share info and experiences.

Who should attend: Landscapers, Plumbers, Homeowners, Tradespeople, Water conservation officers, Code inspectors, Environmentalists.

You receive: continental breakfast, a greywater book and binder, as well as certification with Greywater Action (if all course requirements are met).


Water workshops at L.A. Eco-Village are sponsored by Greywater Action:
and coordinated by LAEV resident member and Greywater Action founding member Laura Allen

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Pacific Electric Worker Co-op Kick-Off Party: Fri., April 25 at 6pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Kick Off Party for
Pacific Electric
Worker-Owned LLCFriday, April 25th at 6pm

We are a full service electrical and solar contracting firm based in Los Angeles committed to serving our clients, supporting our workers, creating jobs, and practicing environmental sustainability.
Learn More About Our Service
Support a Democratic Workplace
Get Inspired*

Enjoy some homemade food, locally brewed beer and cider
Music by DJ Nova Jade
Live music – Pawing at the Ceiling
Featuring locally crafted pendent lights by Melba Thorne
Childcare available upon request in RSVP
Friday, April 25, 2014
LA Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at L.A. Eco-Village, Sat. Nov 2, 2013 from 7pm to midnight

What:               Dia de los Muertos Celebration with Jimmy Lizama and friends

When:              Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 7pm to midnight

Where:           140 Bimini Place, Los Angeles Eco-Village, 90004


It’s Daylight Savings on November 3rd!  That means it’s darker earlier and
that means it’s probably a good time to talk about DYNAMOS


 I won’t have anything bicycle to sell you on November 2nd, but I want to introduce all you
discerning bicyclists to the little place by having a space warming party!

 Please grace us with your good vibes and honor our past ones on who can’t be
here in the flesh to party with us in this Dia De Los Muertos celebration.

 Much love and respect.

-El Pinche Jimmy*

*Long time L.A. Eco-Village member, founder of the popular Bicycle Kitchen,  well-known bicycle activist, bicycle messenger in the Downtown LA area, and TEDx alumni, Jimmy’s new venture is the Relampago* space in the heart of the Los Angeles Eco-Village where he will be creating custom made wheels and bicycle dynamos.

Join Jimmy and friends and enjoy good food, great music, craft beer, dancing and other amenities.  Please bring your good vibs to welcome the space into life, adding yet another dimension to the ever aspiring Los Angeles Eco-Village.

This is a fundraising and fun-raising event, so your donations are invited.  Watch for details.

*Relampago Wheelery aspires to be a source for custom wheel builds, dynamo lighting, and a forum for the continuing dialog of why bicyles are so important to the health and future of Los Angeles.

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