“Rainwater Harvesters Reap Bounty in Arid Tucson,” an August 15, 2013, blog post from the Great American Adaptation Road Trip.
“American Oasis,” a 2013 pilot multimedia piece featuring Brad and others who are building on the Sonoran Desert region’s water-harvesting heritage and traditions.
“Extreme Digging,” by Melanie Lenart, Scientific American Guest Blog, August 13, 2012.
“Taking the Permaculture Path to Community Resilience,” by Steve Whitman, AICP, and Sharon Ferguson, American Planning Association’s Practicing Planner, Vol 10, No 2, Summer 2012.
“Where Every Day Is Earth Day,” by Julianna Crisalli, Aliso Viejo Patch, April 22, 2012.
“Weed & Water Wednesday: A Favorite Desert Garden,” by Jessica Kellner, on Natural Home & Garden’s website, November 30, 2011.
“Think Green: Expert Offers Tips on Water Conservation to Local Builders,” by Adam D. Young, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, April 15, 2011.
“In Tucson, Saving the Bath Water Too,” by Amy Feldman, in Time.com’s Intelligent Cities series, February 25, 2011. www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2026474_2026675_2055576,00.html
“Neighbors: Area’s trees creating cool urban effect,” by Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star, November 21, 2010. azstarnet.com/news/local/article_1b49c599-0f87-5f2d-a44a-e95c10f37c12.html?mode=story
“US Consulate Jeddah hosts the visit of two US speakers in conjunction with Earth Day program,” Website of Consulate General of the United States, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 2009. jeddah.usconsulate.gov/green-speakers.html
“Going with the Flow Curbs Water Waste” opinion by Sam Negri, Arizona Daily Star, October 7, 2007. www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/204445.php
“Home Sustainable Home” by Tim Vanderpool, Tucson Weekly, October 2006.
Features the home and sustainable strategies of Brad and Rodd Lancaster. Note: towards the end of the article there is a misprint. It says, “…the average the average Tucson family, which uses about 20,000 gallons of water each year.” Actually, the average Tucson family of four uses about 240,900 gallons of water each year.
“Going Green with Greywater” by Larry Copenhauer, Tucson Citizen, July, 19, 2006.
An article on greywater reuse in Tucson, Arizona.
“From the Top of the Watershed Down” by Nancy Hand, Downtown Tucsonan, April 2006.
Click on “vital signs”, then click on “permaculture” on the site below.
Features the home and water-harvesting work of Brad and Rodd Lancaster.
“Water-Wise Oasis” by Marsha Scarbrough, originally published in Natural Home & Garden (now Mother Earth Living), September/October 2005 issue, pp. 64 – 69.
Features the home and water-harvesting work of Brad and Rodd Lancaster.
“Interview: Brad Lancaster: Free, Ever-Dependable Power” 110 Degrees, Arizona Daily Star, June 3, 2005.
Brad and Rodd disconnect from the grid.
“Harvesting Sun and Water” by Rhonda Bodfield Bloom, Arizona Daily Star, June, 10, 2004.
“Bountiful Harvest” by Kay Sather, Tucson Weekly, August 20 – 26, 1998.
Features Tucson water-harvesters.
Harvesting Rainwater by Not Letting It Go to Waste
NPR’s Morning Edition interview with Brad Lancaster, January 10, 2008.
NPR’s Ted Robbins September 17, 2008 interview with Brad Lancaster
Dancing in the Rain: Interview with Brad Lancaster on New Dimensions Radio, Program #3175
Available in the form of an MP3 download from the New Dimensions Media website. Go to:
www.newdimensions.org then enter 3175 in the search box.
The annual rainfall in Tucson, Arizona, where Brad Lancaster lives, is about twelve inches. By harvesting the runoff from the roof, and the roads he radically reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation in the gardens he creates. By returning the water to the same watershed, he creates a cycle of abundance that sustains not just one family, but the neighborhood and the entire ecosystem as well. He adds solar power into the mix, and plants food-bearing native shade trees to cool the home. The result is an oasis in the desert, with a model that can be applied in any community, from desert to coastal ranges and from remote rural homesteads to suburbia. Most important, it’s a model that can help solve an impending water crisis facing communities across the globe. Mr. Lancaster’s enthusiasm for his work is contagious. He exclaims, “It’s all great, juicy stuff, because as you start to harvest the water, you start to harvest the sun, you really start to tune in to what’s around you, to the seasons, to the rainfall. I just love that, because it makes me feel a lot more alive, a lot more connected.” Brad Lancaster is a permaculture designer, consultant, and educator, and co-founder of Desert Harvesters, which promotes ecological and nutrition awareness for Arizona youth. He has taught at the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, Arizona; Prescott College; Columbia University; University of Arizona; Audubon Expedition, and many other institutions. He is the author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1: Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life and Landscape (Rainsource Press 2006). (Hosted by Michael Toms and Justine Willis Toms)
Harvesting Water from Rooftops
By Jason Margolis of PRI’s The World, January 15, 2008.
Transforming Water Scarcity into Water Abundance.
The issue of scarcity is arguably the most recognizable one surrounding water, particularly in arid regions of the world. Is water really scarce or is there abundant water if we simply choose to make changes in our lifestyles and land use activities? Permaculture, rainwater harvesting, and watershed restoration may soon become commonplace for people living in arid climates. Show aired on July 27, 2006 on Exploring Water’s Essence with Dr. West Marrin.
Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators Are Revolutionizing How America Eats, by Katherine Gustafson. St. Martin’s Press, 2012. pp. 241 – 246.
Creating Rain Gardens: Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden, by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher. Timber Press, 2012.
The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, edited by Thomas Christopher. Timber Press, 2011. pp. 112 – 118.
Bird on Fire: Lessons From the World’s Least Sustainable City, by Andrew Ross, Oxford University Press, 2011, p. 223.
Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, by Robert Glennon. Island Press, 2009. pp 189-190.
Dam Nation – Dispatches from the Water Underground, edited by Cleo Woelfe-Erskine, July Oskar Cole, and Laura Allen. Soft Skull Press, 2007. pp 100 – 107.
Engaging Uninvolved Communities in Urban Forestry: It’s About More Than Trees, by Colleen Carroll, Ed D. Nature Talks Publishing, Kauai, Hawaii, 2007. pp 20-25. Contact NatureTalks@gmail.com to obtain copies.
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved – Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, by Sandor Ellix Katz. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006. pp 100-101.
Suburban Safari – A Year on the Lawn, by Hannah Holmes. Bloomsbury, 2005. pp 127-130.
Superbia! – 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods, by Dan Chiras and Dave Wann. New Society Publishers, 2003.
Sustainable Design: A Planbook for Sonoran Desert Dwellings, by Eileen Alduenda. Tucson Institute of Sustainable Communities, 1999. pp. 81 – 91.
“Fighting Water with Water: Behavioral Change Versus Climate Change” by Valerie Strassberg and Brad Lancaster. Reprinted from Journal AWWA, Vol. 103, No. 6 (June 2011), by permission. Copyright © 2011, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.
“Street Orchards for Community Security”
“Need a Home? Dive a Dumpster!” Permaculture Drylands Journal, No. 30, Summer 1998