Tom Duncan

Tom is a permaculture teacher with a decade of experience teaching and designing in Australia, Europe, China (AusAID, China Department of Water Resources), and Laos. He has applied permaculture with farms, community gardens, local government, water authorities, aid agencies, universities and the Green Building Council of Australia. Tom worked as a biodynamics spray contractor across NSW, ACT and VIC assisting farmers convert to biodynamic organic standards with microbial and traditional preparations. He has designed largescale swales, dams, wetlands and floating reedbeds for 48 local governments across NSW, QLD and VIC. Tom is currently writing land and water managment policy for NSW State Government and designing swales and dams for NSW government projects. Tom invented a form of biomimicry technology called floating reedbeds, a permaculture inspired bioremeditation technology that has been built across Australia, Asia and USA (www.aquabiofilter.com) to clean up and prevent toxic algal blooms through water purification. In late 2014 Tom will launch an aquaponics home system for food production.

Tom started a solar energy social enterprise dedicated to providing free up front solar systems to communities in need, and supports similar startups in Asia and Africa. Tom is currently writing a chapter on Permaculture and Holistic Management for a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) publication and will launch an aquaponics system for home production in late 2014.

Tom holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) – Trainer Certificate, Biodynamics Masterclass Certificate, Masters in Environmental and Urban Planning, Bachelor of Media and Communications, Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training.

Tom chaired a committee for two years in the Green Building Council of Australia, Public Building Rating Tool, whilst working as a Sustainability Planner with a local government in Melbourne, completing a sustainable energy masterplan and water sensitive urban design masterplan for a green civic precinct called MC2, including a $40m sustainability hub. The design included sustainable housing, permaculture food forest and kitchen gardens, integrated with a primary school, child care, community health clinic, pottery studio, dance studio, art gallery, regional library, organic cafe and sustainability education hub for Box Hill TAFE Bachelor of Sustainable Built Environment.