Permaculture: Reaching Beyond Sustainability

Permaculture is an ethics-based design process for creating resilient, regenerative and self-regulating systems.

The ethics of permaculture draw on the principles of sustainability but go further: permaculturists don't only want to "sustain" life as is; we want to increase quality of life by creating systems that constantly improve themselves over time, providing food, fibers, and energy to those who inhabit the systems.

Here at SUNY Oswego, we are installing a Permaculture Living Lab to practice, observe, and learn about these principles.

Click around on the interactive map below to learn more about the permaculture ethics and design principles:

Observe and Interact Catch and Store Energy Obtain Yield Self-regulation Renewable Resources Produce No Waste Design Patterns to Details Integrate, not segregate Small/Slow Solutions Value Diversity Use Edges and Value the Marginal Creatively Use and Respond to Change Observe and Interact Catch and Store Energy Obtain Yield Self-regulation Renewable Resources Produce No Waste Design Patterns to Details Integrate, not segregate Small/Slow Solutions Value Diversity Use Edges and Value the Marginal Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Image from David Holmgren & permacultureprinciples.com; text appearance altered by Jason MacLeod; interactive map by John C. Fish; website design by Katie Stout.