Pursuing the Harmony of Ecology and Technology Since 1973.

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The Institute of Ecotechnics thinks and acts on a planetary scale. What drives our work is the realization that our current ecological crisis is the growing imbalance between “technosphere” and “biosphere.” This was why we at Ecotechnics set our goal to develop systems that harmonize eco and techno.

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For nearly fifty years, The Institute of Ecotechnics has established ecology and arts projects throughout the globe. Since 1973, Institute of Ecotechnics (I.E.) develops and applies innovative approaches to harmonizing technology and the global biosphere. Ecotechnics integrates two complementary fields of study: the ‘ecology of technics’ and the ‘technics of ecology’. The Institute of Ecotechnics convenes international conferences and workshops that bring together leading thinkers, scientists, explorers, artists and managers.

Our Projects

Research Vessel Heraclitus: World Ocean

Proud to help support the Institute of Ecotechnics ship, the Heraclitus, which has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles studying oceans, coral reefs, rivers, lakes, estuaries and exploring the origins and futures of human cultures since it was built by the Institute of Ecotechnics in 1975.

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 - Oracle, Arizona Biospheric Design’s most famous design project is the Biosphere 2 Project, a magnificent...

October Gallery, London

The Institute of Ecotechnics founded and developed The October Gallery , an internationally recognized art...

Synergia Ranch

Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico serves as the headquarters of Global Ecotechnics Corporation and also the site...

Birdwood Downs, Australia

Since 1978, Birdwood Downs Station has pioneered new ecological methods of improving degraded lands using stock...

Laboratory Biosphere

Advanced Life Support System Experimental Chamber The Earth's biosphere is basically a system that is...

Las Casas de la Selva – Rainforest Enrichment Project

Las Casas de la Selva Patillas, Puerto Rico - Las Casas de la Selva (meaning Houses of the Forest)...

Wastewater Gardens International

t seitAFFILIATE PROJECT: Wastewater Gardens International (WWG-I) was created to promote good water governance and...

Eden in Iraq

EDEN IN IRAQ is a water remediation project in the wetlands of S. Iraq using art, environmental design, and wastewater to create a restorative garden for recreation, education, and contemplation.

Synergetic Press

AFFILIATE PROJECT: Synergetic Press is a fiercely independent publisher with offices in Santa Fe and...
For the Biosphere 2 project, I.E. developed ecosystem management approaches and organized a series of international conferences on biospherics and project workshops to develop the scientific/engineering teams for design of the closed ecological system facility.
IE also consults to a range of innovative projects including: A rainforest reforestation project in Puerto Rico, an ocean-going ecological research ship, restoration of an over-grazed cattle and horse ranch in the tropical savannah of northwest Australia, organic orchard’s and regionally-adapted architecture in the high desert country of New Mexico, and an art gallery in London’s Bloomsbury district exhibiting contemporary artists from around the world.


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Synergia Ranch

Retreat & Conference Center

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Synergia Ranch Organic

Farm & Orchards

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October Gallery

Transvangarde gallery in London

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Research Vessel Heraclitus

Built in 1975, sailed over 250,000 nautical miles

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Las Casas de la Selva

Eye on the Rainforest, Puerto Rico

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Eden In Iraq

Wastewater Garden Project

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Academia Biospherica

Biospheric Studies and Transdisciplinary Practices Around the Globe

Spaceship Earth

Learn more about the history of the Institute of Ecotechnics and Biosphere 2 by watching Matt Wolf’s 2020 documentary film – distributed by Neon.



Dream No Small Dream – Deep Roots

Dream No Small Dream - Deep Roots This is an excerpt from October Gallery's 40th anniversary book entitled Dream No Small Dream.  By Dr. Mark Nelson Co-founder and Chairman, Institute of Ecotechnics, Biosphere 2 crew member (1991 – 1993). PhD, Environmental...

Wastewater Gardens
Eden in Iraq Honored by UNESCO Global Citizens as One of 100 Outstanding Projects Worldwide

Eden in Iraq Honored by UNESCO Global Citizens as One of 100 Outstanding Projects Worldwide

We are proud to announce that our affiliated project, Eden in Iraq, has been featured on the UNESCO Global Citizens webpage as one of their top 100 projects across the globe. Meridel Rubenstein and the Eden in Iraq team, which includes Nature Iraq, the country’s...

Donations and Sponsorships

We are currently raising money for the following projects or funds:

  • For the rebuild of the Research Vessel Heraclitus
  • For Hurricane Maria rebuild of our sustainable timber project in Puerto Rico, Las Casas de la Selva
  • Eden In Iraq: Water remediation project in the Mesopotamian marshes
  • Related ecotechnic educational publications with Synergetic Press.
  • General purpose donation to the Institute of Ecotechnics

The Institute of Ecotechnics is a registered USA non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation Nº 74-3177755, as well as a registered charity in United Kingdom Nº 1081259.

Featured Campaign

Wastewater Garden & Cultural Heritage Project in Southern Iraq

The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden team at the project site in El Chibaish with the pipe from the sewage switch plant which will fill our site growing marsh plants. It currently is discharging this untreated, raw sewage into the marshes, as it did into the Euphrates River, endangering human health and the environment.

We have a long way to go in fund-raising and in-kind donations to implement the final stages of the designed garden (approximately $1.7 million).

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