In early 2014, David’s interests began to focus on the field of Permaculture design. After much reading he took Geoff Lawton’s on-line Permaculture Design course, and later, spent six weeks working at Lawton’s Permaculture site in Jordan. Along the way he created a plan to turn Sustainable Future’s building and property into a Permaculture Research Institute that would become part of a growing international network.
While the Research Institute will be a non-profit venture, the for-profit company, Sustainable Future, will continue, but now it will focus on such “Permaculture structures” as ‘tiny houses,’ chicken coops, green houses, and other structures designed to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability technologies.
David was selected as a White House “Champion of Change in Corporate Environmental Sustainability” in 2012. That award recognized the central theme of David’s life and his career. He has long sought to eliminate waste, promote efficiency, and preserve the world for future generations. In his life and his business he has led by example whether by converting his home to Net Zero energy, making his business a producer of energy, or by driving a car fueled by the sun. In short, the name of his business says it all: Sustainable Future. The name is the vision. His work is to bring others along.
Growing up in Britain, with a large vegetable garden and parents who composted and recycled everything they could lay their hands on, potted acorns and then planted their little oak trees wherever they could, Carol couldn’t help but be passionate about our beautiful planet.
An M.A. from Manchester led to 14 years as an art teacher. She has been a potter in the UK, a PE teacher in Bangladesh (don’t ask!), a successful watercolor artist in Oman, and spent 10 years as a natural wellness consultant in Washington DC.
Now in East Tennessee her entrepreneurial streak has taken wing – she has given birth to Green Village Green LLC.
Carol loves her family, her friends and her animals, which included the lawn-mowing sheep, Seamus and Finnegan (though they’ve moved on to greener pastures with a herbalist friend), her home in the Yorkshire Dales, interesting old buildings, natural beauty of every kind, and life in general.
Gene Monaco has been helping people understand holistic lifestyles, healing and nutritional herbs since 1995, but his roots go back to the 1970’s when he first sought out a holistic lifestyle. His background in civil engineering and permaculture led him to the use of herbs and alternative modalities to help his own body heal from would-be life-threatening illnesses. He continues to work in a number of endeavors including green buildings.
He is a 20-yr student of Tom Brown’s Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival Program dedicated to raising awareness of human interaction and connection with the natural environment, including Native American healing traditions.
Gene’s commitment to building a new world around a model of sustainability takes many forms. He completed two permaculture design certificate courses including one with permaculture founder Bill Mollison as well as an advanced permaculture course with Mollison. He practices apiculture and maintains bee colonies for pollination and honey. He has studied Zen Qigong and various martial arts, which include healing aspects of Chinese Medicine and the use of herbs. His vision is simply to heal and teach.
Gene earned a Civil Engineering BA from Georgia Tech in 1982 with a certificate in engineering geology and has worked as a construction manager for a number of international firms for 30 years.