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Stephen Polk
professor, Naropa University

Stephen is a 16 year social and ecological activist based in the Denver Metro area. He received his MA from the University of Colorado Denver in Political Science. His master thesis analyzed the political and practical dimensions of permaculture within Denver's collective community, the community in which he has called home for the last 14 years. Stephen has worked primarily on a community level addressing issues ranging from anti-oppression and truly affordable housing, to the construction of regenerative systems in communal settings. Stephen is an Assistant Professor in the BA Environmental Studies Program, and the MA Resilient Leadership Program.

AVERY ELLIS
Ecological Designer & Permaculture instructor

Avery Ellis is an Ecological Designer with a whole systems approach to life. He spent the past decade pursuing his passion for sustainability with experience ranging from permaculture design to natural building practices, solar installation to biodynamic farming, ecological waste treatment to communication dynamics and he loves to share his knowledge with the world. He holds a Masters degree in Ecological Design and a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He studied permaculture in India in 2006 and in the Rocky Mountains he has been learning and practicing permaculture since 2010.  Integrating these skills into diverse businesses, he now focuses on designing ecosystems that serve humanity by mimicking natural processes. As an eco-entrepreneur, his business endeavors include: Avery Ecological DesignColorado GreywaterBoulder Permaculture and Integrated Aquaponics, where he brings science and craftsmanship together in his designs and installations.