25 Research Rd.
John Shiel has visited ecovillages around the world and will describe how these communities formed, and how some were successful in developing their sustainability. He will show how establishing a sustainable community in an urban area contributes to the village’s success and can lead to lower overall ecological impact.
He will discuss the importance of:
- Connected Communities living locally
- Local currency
- Local food growing
- Houses and infrastructure that:
- Power themselves
- Have low or negative embodied energy
- Low energy transport
- Zero Waste
John Shiel is a member of Narara Ecovillage Co-operative and the Principal of EnviroSustain, Built Environment Sustainability Consultants. He is a member of Beyond Zero Emissions and is the Immediate Past Chairman of Permaculture Hunter. Formerly, John was a power station civil engineer and an IT consultant with a multi-national. His has an engineering PhD in retrofitting houses for climate change.