Michael Reynolds, inventor and architect of the Earthship (above) will be lecturing at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from April 6th to the 8th about the Earthship and sustainability. The lecture also serves as step one to having America’s first Earthship built here in Philadelphia. As the press release so rudely reminds us, “Philadelphia is one of the most toxic, blighted, and unemployed cities in America,” and Yeadon based nonprofit LoveLovingLove, Inc. wants to help fix that.
So what exactly is the Earthship? It is a “solar passive home” made from natural and recycled materials that can heat and cool itself, supply its own electricity, and most interestingly provide its own food and water. Rashida Ali-Campbell, executive director of LoveLovingLove Inc. said:
If we take one vacant lot and show the city what it can be, I think people will respond all over the city. People are tired of living in these conditions. These homes will help. Further, if unemployed citizens can be taught to build these structures, we can create a booming sustainable economy in low income neighborhoods.”
The seminar will also work as a fundraiser to bring the first urban Earthship in the United States to Philadelphia. More info is available here.