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Jean Eisenhower

* Student of passive solar design since 1974.

* Student of Permaculture since 1988.

* Organized Permaculture Design Course in 1989 with Bill Mollison, from Australia, founder of the Permaculture movement and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (also called the Alternative Nobel Prize).

PDC - Bill Mollison certificate

* Received Certificate in Permaculture Design from Bill Mollison, 1989.

Permaculture Drylands Journal

* Associate Editor, Permaculture Drylands Journal, an international trade journal still respected today, though no longer in publication.  Edited design articles by prominent Permaculture designers from 1989-92.  When Bill Mollison visited, I interviewed him about economics and the environment, of which part is online here.

* Organized workshops for Permaculture designers in southern Arizona, 1989 – 1992.

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* Co-taught workshops on building passive solar water heaters, 1989 and 2007.

* Co-taught Permaculture workshop at Master Gardeners’ Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 1990.

* Awarded the “Permaculture Community Service Award” by Bill Mollison, 1990.

rock creek house

* Built own off-the-grid, passive-solar home in 1994 and lived in it full-time for seven of those years until 2006, experiencing first-hand its functionality.

* Taught environmental design and learned more about functional home design by working with hundreds of real estate clients in Colorado Springs.

* Received two advanced real estate certificates in Colorado, including home construction, 1997-99.

* Named “Realtor of the Year” for “professionalism & ethics” in real estate office of 45 in 1999.

* Named “Multi-million Dollar Producer” in real estate, 1999.

* Organized Women for Sustainable Technologies conference, Tucson, AZ , 2000.

* Consulted with Development Center for Appropriate Technology, 2000-2001.

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* Taught solar cooking and passive solar design workshops, Cochise County, AZ , 2004-6.

* Consulted on small, passive-solar home designs in Cochise County, AZ, 2004-8.

my lime art

* Attended week-long workshop on natural plaster skills, covering construction, walls, floors, patios, and paints at the Canelo Project.

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* Retrofitted own Silver City, NM, home with new sunroom and natural plaster.

* Consulted on passive solar projects in Silver City, 2006-present.

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* Taught solar oven cooking in Silver City, 2007 – present.

* Became distributor for Global Sun Ovens, International, as “Solar Inspiration,” 2007 – 2013.

me at earth day

* Launched “People’s Design,” a passive solar consulting business, 2012.

PDC - Scott Pittman certificate

* Repeated the Permaculture Design Course and was re-certified in Permaculture by Scott Pittman of the Permaculture Institute, 2013.

* Expanded business into “Home and Garden Inspiration,” 2013.

radio backstage

* Created and hosted 30 editions of “Back to the Garden,” a live interview radio show on Gila-Mimbres Community Radio ( from October 2013 through April 2014.  Interviewed gardeners with specialties from native species to chickens to water harvesting and much more.  (All the shows are archived at under Programs.)

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