Article of the Month Updated - September
The Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre serves as a focus and gathering place for people learning and working together for responsible stewardship of the Earth.
The EarthCare philosophy is based on the principle that the needs of current generations should be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
From it's beginning as an experimental organic growing project the centre has developed into a broad based sustainable living organisation. It promotes environmentally responsible land use, appropriate technologies, for industry and human settlement, and the development of healthy and self-reliant communities.
The EarthCare building uses a variety of building materials and techniques to demonstrate sustainability options in domestic and commercial construction. There are walls of rammed earth, mud brick and straw bale. The interior is finished in a combination of rendered mud and plasterboard with ceilings of straw panel and provides space for workshops, educational courses and displays. There are tanks for grey water and two composting toilets. The corrugated iron roof support panels for a grid interactive solar power system. The kitchen benches are made from recycled timber and other sustainable materials have been used whenever possible.
Along with the alternative building methods the EarthCare centre demonstrates what people can achieve when they work together. The building project was completed almost entirely of volunteers using donated materials and has been going strong for over 20 years now!
Over two decades the joint project partners of the Hawkesbury EarthCare centre are: Henry Doubleday Research Association Inc, Alternative Technology Association of Australia and Western Sydney
Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) - Passion for organic growing and gardening.
Western Sydney University Green Thumbs - a group of young students with a passion for natural building methods, growing local food, recycling, composting, sustainable energy sources and organic gardening.
Western Sydney University - Providing institutional support and academic input. Recognised as a RCE: