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Sustainable Future
Sustainable Future
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201 Ogle Ave, Knoxville, TN, US
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

John Lee roy ramey
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Sustainable Future

Project Type

Urban, Residential

Project Summary

The 2 acre property was purchased in 2009. It has produced an energy surplus since Oct of 2011. Food production began in early 2014 with the hope to have a surplus in 2015.

Project Description

I've been working full time on Sustainability since 2004.  The first project was to convert my lake house to net zero energy.  April of 2006 as the last utility bill of the lake house.  This project seeks to become a demonstration and eduction site for permaculture.

So far the following things have been done:

Installed 10 different solar systems totaling 50kw.
Installed battery backup system
Installed charging system for electric cars
Deep energy retrofit on warehouse
Produced surplus of energy since Oct 2011

Install wood gassifer for heating building and water

Added permeable paver parking lot

Started hugelkultur bed to reclaim part of old parking lot
 planted blue and asparagus

Started aquaponics system
Installed small rain water catchment and water feature
 Installed small vermiculture system
Started composing wast for neighboring restaurant

To Do List:

Start teaching classes
Build community
Add tiny houses so site can be urban homestead

Deep energy retrofit on office space

Much larger rain water catchment system
Expand aquaponics system
Add NFT to aquaponics system
Add deep culture to aquaponics system
Add green house
Add micro hydro
Remediate stream to EPA compliance
Expand rain water collection
Add swales to capture and retain rain water
Build soil, current red clay
grey water system
black water (living machine)




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