Brad Lancaster

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Brad Lancaster

Brad Stewart Lancaster (born March 15, 1967) is an expert in the field of rainwater harvesting and water management. He is also a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and co-founder of Desert Harvesters,[1] a non-profit organization.

Lancaster lives on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 12 inches (300 mm) per annum. In such arid conditions, Lancaster consistently models that catching over 100,000 US gallons (380,000 l; 83,000 imp gal) of rainwater to feed food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape is a much more viable option than the municipal system of directing it into storm drains and sewer systems.[2]

A 2009 project involved acting as a representative for the U.S. State Department on an educational tour in the Middle East.[3]


Lancaster lectures at the ECOSA Institute, the University of Arizona, and Prescott College.[citation needed] He has been a guest speaker at the annual Bioneers Convergence, Green Festival USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference,[4] Texas Natural Building Colloquium,[5] the New Mexico Xeriscape Conference, the Green Festival,[6] the 2009 Water Conservation & Xeriscaping EXPO, the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference,[7] and various Audubon Expeditions.[citation needed]


Lancaster has designed integrated water-harvesting and permaculture systems for multiple projects, including the Tucson Audubon Simpson Farm restoration site, the Milagro development, Stone Curves co-housing project,[8] and the Tucson Nature Conservancy water-harvesting demonstration site.[9]



Published articles[edit]


  • 2008 Award of Excellence/Personal Recognition from American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
  • 2005 Arizona Department of Water Resources/Tohono Chul Park Xeriscape Contest Award, First Place – Homeowner under $10,000[10]
  • 2005 Arizona Department of Water Resources/Tohono Chul Park Xeriscape Contest Award - Best Water Harvesting[10]
  • 2005 Arizona Department of Water Resources/Tohono Chul Park Xeriscape Contest Award - J.D. Di Melglio Artistry in Landscaping[10]
  • 2001 City of Tucson and Pima County Good Neighbor Award
  • 2000 Tucson Weekly voted Dunbar/Spring Organic Community Garden the Best Neighborhood Garden.

External links[edit]


  • Glennon, Robert.(2009).Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It (pp. 189–190). Washington, DC:Island Press.
  • Katz, Sandor Ellix.(2006).The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved (pp. 100–101).Chelsea Green:White River,Vermont.[1]
  • Namrouqa, Hana (April 16, 2009)."Experts Recommend Rainwater Harvesting to Solve Jordan's Water Shortage". The Jordan Times, p. 3, Vol.24, No.10173.


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  2. ^ Telis, Gisela. "The Care and Watering of a Neighborhood", Tucson Green Magazine, January 2008, p.13
  3. ^ Khan, Fouzia (April 21, 2009). "American Speakers at Earth Day Celebrations". Saudi Gazette, P.3.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
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  8. ^ Hamilton, James L., Stone Curves Development Manager, personal communication, February 10, 2010
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  10. ^ a b c Poole, B. “Design With the Desert in Mind”, Tucson Citizen, March 2006, p.4A.