Global Ecotechnics Corporation was created in 1994 to integrate and develop a number of projects which several of its directors began in the late 1960s, aimed at developing ecological and cultural demonstration projects in various key regions of the planet – oceans, rainforest, city, savannah, desert, Mediterranean.
Towards that end, they had established a 1,000-acre rainforest enrichment project in Puerto Rico, a 5,000-acre pastoral regeneration project in the Outback of Western Australia, an art gallery in central London, an 82-foot research ship to sail the oceans, farms and orchards in the desert of New Mexico and southern France.
From 1984 to 1994, this Global Ecotechnics team designed, engineered and managed the landmark Biosphere 2 project, the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology ever built. Since its founding, Global Ecotechnics has engaged in studies and applied research in modular biospheres, environmental monitoring systems and biospheric oriented projects.
The board and managing directors of Global Ecotechnics include the inventor and cofounder of Biosphere 2, John Allen, who serves as chairman; Marie Harding, cofounder, serves as president and chief financial officer and director of Ecofrontiers Division; William Dempster, systems engineer; Mark Nelson, member of Mission One Crew (1991-1993), director of Biospheric Design Division; and Deborah Parrish Snyder, CEO of Synergetic Press publishing company, serves as executive vice-president.
Biospheric Design Division
Specialists in designing and engineering of planetary projects, architecture and biospheric closed systems, including the landmark Biosphere 2 project, Biospheric Design is currently designing an Earth to Mars Project (ETM): a long-term, comprehensive program to design, construct and operate an Earth-based prototype life support system that will simulate a base for a manned Mission to Mars. Development of this Mars base will play a major role in (1) determining the feasibility of maintaining humans in a self-sustaining system on Mars, (2) pioneering new technologies for air, water and wastewater recycling, (3) developing the know-how for increasing food production, and (4) furthering studies of Earth’s biogeochemical and ecological processes. For the present, the ETM project is using the “Laboratory Biosphere,” (a 12-foot cylindrical chamber, 1,400 cubic feet), to test scientific and engineering systems for the ETM project.
Global Ecotechnics owns and oversees the management of Birdwood Downs, a 5,000-acre savannah grassland project with cattle and horsemanship school in northwestern Australia; Las Casas de la Selva, a 1,000-acre rainforest enrichment project with homestead and dormitory facilities in Puerto Rico; Les Marrionniers, a 15-acre sustainable agriculture farm and conference center in Southern France; and Lundonia House, a beautiful Victorian building located in the center of London, home to the October Gallery showing contemporary artists from around the world. Its headquarters are based in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Synergia Ranch, organic farm and orchard, and conference center.
Each of the Global Ecotechnics projects are run by on-site management teams experienced in both business and ecology (or in the case of the London project, leased to those also with experience in art). Global Ecotechnics’ Board of Directors and Officers, who have up to 35 years experience in these fields, continue to work with these projects as well as to consult and advise on improving the projects and attaining the long-term objectives.
Institute of Ecotechnics
GEC is proud to assist the efforts of the non-profit Institute of Ecotechnics and its sailing vessel, Heraclitus. The Research Vessel Heraclitus, a 25-metre (82’) ferrocement Chinese junk, was designed and built by the Institute of Ecotechnics. Since its launch in 1975, the legendary ship has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles through six oceans. Its multi-cultural crew aims to live a present-day embodiment of the millennia-old tradition of Sea People. The Heraclitus’ many voyages have included ethnobotanical investigations, coral reef research, meteorological measurements, oceanic exploration, cultural interchange, theatrical performance and adventure. The present Mediterranean cultural history expedition was launched in January, 2011, from Valencia, Spain. Operated by Ecotechnics Maritime, Kathelin Gray, President, and Christine Handte, Expedition Chief. www.rvheraclitus.org
GEC has supported some of the biospheric titles published by Synergetic Press, an independent book publisher which has produced key books on biospherics, ethnobotany, cultures, vanguard fiction and poetry since 1985. Synergetic Press also arranges multi-disciplinary programs and conferences from time to time working with the Institute of Ecotechnics and several GEC directors to further our understanding in these fields. www.synergeticpress.com.
Wastewater Gardens International
Wastewater Gardens International, directed by Dr. Mark Nelson, is based at GEC headquarters in New Mexico. The company designs and builds ecological wastewater treatment systems around the world. www.wastewatergardens.com