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Ramapo College Offers Lecture on Permaculture, Bioregionalism with Andrew Faust, Feb. 6

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(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies invites the community to the first in the 2014 series Lessons of Sustainability: the Expert Practitioners Series.

On Thursday, February 6, Andrew Faust, of the Center For Bioregional Living will speak on “Permaculture and Bioregionalism As Foundations for Ecologically-Responsible Economic Development.”

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Friends Hall.

The field of Permaculture offers an approach for successfully balancing and simultaneously achieving human needs and ecological integrity. Within bioregions, permaculture design provides a path for how to heal ourselves while we heal the land. This approach to addressing our economic and environmental problems is hardly complex or unreachable; rather it is merely ecological common sense. It entails meeting our needs for food, fuel, shelter and fiber in synergistic ways that strengthen community economies while reconnecting people with their beauty and biology. By cooperating regionally and designing ecologically, we have the potential to create and insure healthy and secure economies, landscapes and communities that will benefit and enrich for generations to come!

In his two decades in the field, Andrew Faust has become one of the major forces in permaculture practice and training in North America. He has lived rurally off grid in a permaculture inspired homestead including a 1,600-square-foot straw bale house, honed his skills in urban landscape after moving to Brooklyn and is currently developing The Center for Bioregional Living in Ellenville, NY. Faust is a principle Permaculture Certification trainer in the New York region.

Those parking on campus will require a parking permit from the guard booth at the north entrance. For additional information or an advance permit, contact Professor Michael R. Edelstein at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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