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So far Dan French has created 12 blog entries.

The Pope’s encyclical is relevant for all schools

By |August 31st, 2015|Environment, Holistic management|

I have have had an intimate relationship with my environment from day dot and have studied the natural world from my childhood right through my adult life. During my time, as a scientist and researcher I have become extremely aware aware of today's environmental trends and their implications. The dramatic decline  in the numbers and diversity [...]

Using animals to improve the environment

By |February 15th, 2015|Blog, Holistic management|

Holistic Management (HM) provides the management tools and expansive thinking that are essential for anyone seeking to create positive and effective social, environmental and economic change. It's a bold statement but this approach has been applied to many agricultural, business and social enterprises over the last 40 years with great success. HM is about the [...]

A behind the scenes look into the schools of the future

By |February 1st, 2015|Blog, Design, Green schools|

An outdoor classroom in Cobham that’s bound to more stimulating than sitting indoors How do you go about  about creating healthy environments in schools? As a guide to others I have posted an extract from a school environmental management report written for Tanunda Lutheran School who are working to deliver a vision they [...]

3 great water saving ideas for schools

By |January 27th, 2015|Blog, Green schools, Recycling water, Water harvesting|

Let’s get smart with water….no, not just smart, REALLY SMART! Way too much drinking quality water (potable water) is flushed down our toilets, showers, kitchens and laundry to the stormwater system after a single use. In state like South Australia where water is scarce this only exacerbates our water shortage problem. How silly! At a [...]

5 great ways to create green schools

By |January 17th, 2015|Blog, Environmental efficiency, Green schools|

Recently, I have started working with schools to help them re-invent their school grounds and create more opportunities for outdoor learning for their students. There are way too many schools out there developed according to building standards rather than optimizing learning environments. This not only creates industrial looking, non-stimulating buildings, classrooms and school grounds, it [...]

What size water tank do I need?

By |January 9th, 2015|Blog, Water harvesting, Water tanks|

The supply of mains water to Adelaide is the most energy intensive of any capital city in Australia and as a result the most expensive. We have changed the way water runs through our landscapes and consequently the cost of water has gone through the roof. The price of water and the cost to the [...]

Top 7 tips on creating healthy, low maintenance gardens

By |December 23rd, 2014|Design|

You want a low maintenance backyard that is functional and environmentally efficient, inspirational, improves your health and helps you throw insane social gatherings of any nature. So where do you start? Whether you are starting from scratch and renewing an existing space, follow these simple guidelines, get stuck in, and be rewarded. Landscapes take time [...]

Top 5 fruit trees for the Adelaide plains

By |December 8th, 2014|Blog|

Don’t know where your food comes from or how it’s produced? Are your keen to get started growing some of your own? If so, fruit trees are a great way to go. They are low maintenance and can pump out good amounts of great tasting, organic food with little effort. They also provide great structure [...]

Healthy environments pay “big time”

By |December 2nd, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|

There’s not too many out there who doubt we need to reconnect with our environment big time. The more we make our cities, homes and work places like mass produced supermarket items the more we surround ourselves by crude shapes, non-living materials and environments that increasingly stress us out. What’s more, many of these items [...]

This is no ice bucket challenge

By |November 26th, 2014|Blog, Environmental efficiency, Water harvesting|

Growing up in SA, in the 70’s and 80’s I learnt that “we live in the driest state in the driest continent on earth”? Guess what, it’s not true….we are the driest state in Australia but Antarctica has less rainfall. If we talk run-off, available freshwater or driest inhabitated continent then we are back on [...]