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Paul Gallimore is an educator, author, consultant, and planner in renewable energy, environmental design, permaculture, appropriate technology, and recycling/resource recovery.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of Long Branch Environmental Education Center, Leicester, NC, 1974 - present, and the Coordinator of the Environmental Resource Assessment Service. The Center strives to encourage conservation of all natural resources, including air quality, water quality, soil, and all biological diversity; to educate the public about strategies relating to ecological literacy, natural resource conservation, renewable energy, community self-reliance, appropriate technologies, and practices of sustainability; to design and demonstrate sustainable systems; to advocate for conservation of all natural resources and biological systems; to engage in research programs in conservation biology, renewable energy, community self-reliance, appropriate technologies, sustainable systems, and to practice ecological restoration; and to encourage sustainability as a measure of every human endeavor.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Renewable Resources, Solar Lobby, National Recycling Coalition, Southern Unity Network for Renewable Energy Projects (SUNREP), North Carolina Coalition for Renewable Energy Resources (NCCRER), North Carolina Solar Energy Association, Carolina Recycling Association, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and many other groups in the Southern Appalachian Bioregion. He has taught at Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC, Blanton's Junior College, Asheville, NC, and the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
One of the early projects that actively captured his attention and physical involvement was People's Park in Berkeley, CA in 1969, one of the first grassroots' attempts to create and reclaim urban greenspace in North America. The inspiration for People's Park was that the human community could actively pursue peaceful, imaginative and creative ways to rediscover and physically restore the underlying harmony between humans and all other living beings. This inspiration continues to circulate through his ongoing efforts to promote the message of CEDARS - Conservation, Education, Design, Demonstration, Advocacy, Research, Restoration, and Sustainability.
His book, co-authored with Al Fritsch, Healing Appalachia: Sustainable Living Through Appropriate Technology will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in May 2007.
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