The campus - permaculture vivante

The campus vivant'e is organized according to principles of permaculture which are the ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable use of all of the earth’s resources. 

Permaculture is the intentional creation of viable and ecologically, economically, and socially stable systems in which plants, animals, and people live together in cooperation.

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

The three ethical principles of Permaculture are as follows:

·         Care of the earth

·         Care of people

·         Return of surplus to earth, animals and people

The Permaculture ethics compel us to take personal responsibility for our actions. We can either choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution, the choice is ours!

The twelve Permaculture design principles:

1.       Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.

2.       Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.

3.       Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.

4.       Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.

5.       Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.

6.       Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.

7.       Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.

8.       Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.

9.       Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.

10.   Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

11.   Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

12.   Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

It is a holistic, organic and lively vision of the world.


It is living permaculture – the permaculture vivante!