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Brad Lancaster: Guided Home and Neighborhood Tour Showcasing Integrated Harvests of Water, Sun, Wind, Shade, Fertility, Carbon, and Community, December 22, 2016 — Tucson AZ

December 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Brad Lancaster, author of the award-winning, best-selling book series, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, will lead this 2.5-hour tour of his home property (the only home property that will be toured) and sites within the public rights-of-ways of the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood.
A portion of the proceeds from the tour will help fund ongoing integrated water-harvesting, native food-tree planting, traffic-calming, and education efforts within the public realm of the neighborhood.
Tickets are $20 per person—please see Fine Print down below before purchasing:

Select multiple tickets in shopping cart:

Some of the many features to be included in the tour:

  • Low-tech, low-cost, gravity-fed (no pumps) potable rainwater-harvesting system providing for household water needs (including drinking water)
  • Rainwater-harvesting tanks doubling as summer sun- and winter shade-harvesting systems, privacy/property fences, fire breaks, and more
  • Passive, gravity-fed greywater-harvesting systems that reuse all household drainwater for safe irrigation of food plants that also help passively shade/cool buildings in summer while retaining the sun’s heat and light gain in winter.
  • Flood-controlling, heat-island abating, and carbon-sequestering public gardens and orchards irrigated ONLY with on-site rainwater
  • A tiny-house one-car-garage-to-cottage conversion resulting in a passively heated and cooled garottage
  • Numerous strategies on how to maximize the harvest of winter sun AND summer shade in a way that reduces your water consumption, carbon emissions, and costs—these strategies work in ALL seasons, rather than working in only one season at the expense of others
  • Sculpture that celebrates the seasonally changing path of the sun and the design of homes and gardens that make the most of the winter sun and summer shade
  • Solar cooking, power, hot water, heating, lighting, and clothes drying
  • Low-tech, low-cost, legal site-built compost toilet
  • Self-regenerating living mulch machines that naturally bioremediate pollutants from street runoff
  • Novel urban-wildlife habitat such as pollinator fences and shade screens
  • Neighborhood-history sign project
  • Neighborhood-scale water harvesting, native food-tree planting, traffic calming, and art—all celebrating and enhancing the story and potential of Place

For visual previews of some of the above features:
Click to enlarge the images below, check out these sun- and shade-harvesting and water-harvesting & cistern set-up videos, &/or read this enhanced stormwater-harvesting blog post.

Also available for sale at the tour will be signed copies of Brad’s books (including the newly revised and expanded second edition of Volume 1), specially priced for tour-goers at $20 for Volume 1 and $30 for Volume 2, as well as kid-sized Rainwater Harvesting t-shirts.
**The Fine Print**

  • Unless maximum attendance is reached before 8 am MST on December 22, tickets may be purchased via PayPal up until that time. (PayPal will not allow you to purchase tickets after maximum attendance has been reached.)
  • After 7 pm MST on Tuesday, December 20, ticket fees are non-refundable; your ticket purchase becomes a donation (in the event you are not able to attend or sell/give away your ticket).
  • Tickets are transferable (you may give/sell your ticket to another person). When you arrive for the tour, simply provide the name of the original ticket-purchaser and we’ll check you in on our tour list.
  • After you complete your ticket purchase, you will receive an automated confirmation email from PayPal and be brought back to this page. When one of us humans sees your purchase, we’ll generate a second confirmation email via PayPal. Thanks for your interest and support!


December 22, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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