Biotecture Planet Earth: Housing, Commercial Buildings, and Critical Infra-structures While Complimenting the Environment [6.3.18]


  • Guest 1: Alix W. Henry, President, Biotecture Planet Earth
  • Guest 2: Michael Reynolds, Director Earthship and Biotecture Representative
  • Guest 3: Deborah Binder, Manager, International Public Relations, Biotecture Planet Earth
  • Guest 4: “Special Guest” Dr. Jose Colucci Rios, B.S., CH.E., Professor and Associate Dean (Ret.), College of Engineering, University of Puerto Rico
Show 1Alix W. Henry, President, Biotecture Planet Earth Show 2Michael Reynolds, Director Earthship and Biotecture Representative
Show 3Michael Reynolds, Director Earthship and Biotecture Representative Show 4Deborah Binder, Manager, International Public Relations, Biotecture Planet Earth

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Alix W. Henry, President, Biotecture Planet Earth, (By Skype)*, Theme: “Biotecture Planet Earth: Why Self-Sustainability is Important for Humanitarian Purposes”
  • Show ‘2’: Michael Reynolds, Director Earthship and Biotecture Representative, (By Skype)*, Theme: “Introduction to Earthships. The 6 Principles”
  • Show ‘3’: Michael Reynolds, Director Earthship and Biotecture Representative, (By Skype)*, Theme: “History of Earthships. Challenges and Future Projects”
  • Show ‘4’: Deborah Binder, Manager, International Public Relations, Biotecture Planet Earth (By Skype)*; Theme: “Best Practices of Building Earthships Around the World”
    • with “Special Guest” Dr. Jose Colucci Rios, B.S., CH.E., Professor and Associate Dean (Ret.), College of Engineering, University of Puerto Rico

Program Overview:

Biotecture Planet Earth, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Taos, New Mexico. It is partnering with Earthship Biotecture and the Zuni Environmental Protection Program, to launch its first humanitarian project in New Mexico and to construct the world’s first ever fully self-sustaining Earthship veterinary clinic.

An Earthship is a state-of-the-art self-sustainable off-grid building that provides its own electricity, harvests rain-water for washing and drinking and treats its own sewage. The building stays at a comfortable temperature using the principles of thermal mass and produces its own food. It is largely built out of natural and repurposed materials.

Today, the Pueblo of Zuni is serviced only by a temporary veterinary clinic that is open to the public during a few weeks each year, staffed mainly by volunteer veterinary professionals from the Native American Veterinary Services organization who have done outstanding work to improve the situation. By building an Earthship and using it as a veterinary clinic, the costs in utility bills will be drastically reduced. The clinic will be able to remain open and available during a longer and more continuous period of time.

The Earthship veterinary clinic is key to the well-being and comfort of the residents of the Pueblo of Zuni and its animals. The veterinary clinic will address problems such as reducing the number of stray animals, lowering the risk of animal-to-human disease transmission such as rabies, and improving the overall relationship between local residents and pets as well as livestock.

At the same time, the construction of the new veterinary clinic as an Earthship is addressing another problem faced by the Zuni Pueblo: it will use close to 1,000 old discarded tires, as well as bottles, aluminum cans, and discarded cardboard in an effort to recycle a large amount of repurposeful previously used materials found abandoned in the area. Funding for the project is partly provided by the RAID (Recycling and Illegal Dumping) grant from the New Mexico Environment Department Solid Waste Bureau in addition to donations from generous volunteers, individuals, and foundations. The building was able to be constructed in only three [3] weeks by bringing an expert crew of Earthship builders from Taos to the Pueblo of Zuni in order to teach local volunteers as well as participants from all over the world the techniques of building a fully self-sustainable Earthship.

An Earthship is a state-of-the-art, self-sustaining, off-grid building that follows six design principles, addressing six basic human needs by: 1) Building with Natural and Repurposed materials (dirt pounded scrap tires, cans, plastic bottles, among other items); 2) Heating and cooling through thermal mass to create a comfortable living environment without additional costs; 3) Using wind and solar energy to create electricity and light; 4) Collecting, harvesting, and filtering rain water to provide drinking and wash water; 5) Containing and treating sewage and waste water without external contamination; and 6) Producing food in an integrated greenhouse.

In addition, Earthships are resistant to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. Earthships have been built domestically and internationally for over 45 years by Earthship Biotecture. The organization is a pioneer in the world of self-sustaining home construction. Its mission is to: 1) Expand the use of affordable, fully self-sustainable buildings and homes in Taos, New Mexico and throughout the world; 2) Educate the public about the benefits of self-resilient living, as well as about the architecture, construction, and maintenance of those buildings and homes; and 3) and responding to disaster relief situations caused by severe weather, providing aid and training in rebuilding with self-sustainable and severe weather resistant buildings.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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