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Green Triangle
Green Triangle
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Cleveland, Ohio, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Galen Morgan Jason Liechti Michael Bennett
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Green Triangle

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Urban, Residential, Commercial, Community, School Projects, Educational

Project Summary

We are assembly of environmental scientists, designers, artists, educators, and organizers working together since 2008 to spread the ideas of Permaculture in Northeast Ohio and beyond. Our vision is to provide you the tools to put cutting-edge ecological philosophy into practice and inspire you to share it.

Project Description

The Green Triangle creates social, economic, and ecological sustainability through permaculture. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Cleveland, Ohio, We have been organized since October 2008 and awarded tax-exempt status by the IRS in March 2011.

Permaculture is a Design Science, defined by R. Buckminster Fuller as "the effective application of the principles of science to the conscious design of our total environment in order to help make the Earth's finite resources meet the needs of all humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet."

To be a Permaculturist is to concern oneself with the observation and interaction with the whole of our landscapes, physical, intellectual, and spiritual. We take our design inspiration from natural systems and their patterns, and we seek to understand these systems and patterns through science. Because everyone is born with a pattern eye, anyone can be taught quickly to perform permaculture design once familiar with the principles. These designs can be made as simple or as complex as one is willing to understand the processes behind their choices of interaction.

At the Green Triangle, and around the world, the permaculture community is proposing a holistic revisioning of urban and suburban land use strategies that will respect and uphold our rich natural systems. Success will require not only an open-source education model, but also the implementation and demonstration of the vast toolset of permaculture systems design. In our tool box are sustainable building and renovation techniques, edible forest gardening, aquaculture and aquaponics, wildlife and habitat restoration, and so much more.

Here in Cleveland, we have been blessed with a community of dedicated, like minded, and in many cases world-experts in the associated spheres of permaculture design. These individuals have joined forces under the holistic and integrative symbol of the Green Triangle and we work to serve not only this city and this generation, but the many to come.

Our present center of focus is Cleveland and its greater metropolitan area, which we believe is ideally situated to become one of the great, green, resilient cities of the 21st century and a model for a new vision of civilization. For more than three years, our collaborative team has worked the ground in with some of Cleveland's most inspired people in some of our most challenged neighborhoods. We aren meeting with local homeowners, farmers, market gardeners, block clubs, other nonprofits, government leaders, and city planners to push a practical agenda for change NOW.

Please join us, formally or informally, in creating a future that includes the voices of all of us who call this earth our home. You can begin that journey now by making a small donation to help us promote our ideals.


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PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.


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