What We Do

Improve Sustainability in Svalbard

At the moment, Svalbard imports a large amount of its goods from the mainland and ships a large amount of its waste back. As you can imagine, this isn’t very sustainable. The carbon footprint of everyday things and food, even those with relatively low intended carbon footprints, are much higher than in 99% of the world.

Because of this, we’re determined to reduce our carbon footprint with Permaculture and an Eco-Social Design to connect Longyearbyen back to their food. To accomplish this, we grow as much food as we can locally and compost as much waste as possible. This way, less food needs to be imported and less waste exported. At the same time, locals gain a stronger connection to their food as it’s made right in the town that they live in as opposed to being imported from the mainland.

Tomato in Svalbard
What is Permaculture

Education

In addition to providing local resources to the town, we provide educational opportunities to people in Longyearbyen, as well as people who come and visit. Since the organization was founded, we have hosted three courses about Permaculture and are hosting a full Permaculture Design Course hosted by Jan Martin Bang focused on Arctic Permaculture this summer.

Aside from these courses, we also provide informational content on our blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter, on top of sharing information with whomever we meet.