About Us

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute offers hands-on trainings to guide San Diego into an abundant “green” future: one home, one neighborhood, one community at a time. We solve global environmental problems through local, backyard, farm, and business solutions.

We are industry sustainability experts drawing from a range of experience in watershed understanding, permaculture, holistic design, and eco-business.  The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute is educating the next generation of permaculture and water harvesting experts.

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute was founded by a group of optimists. We believe that we can make simple, daily changes that promote a more harmonious balance between humans and the earth.

Board of Directors

Yael Zaidman

Board President


Deanna Moore

Board Vice President


Rebecca Tasker

Board Treasurer

Rebecca Tasker is a designer, builder, general contractor, and co-owner of Simple Construct, a design-build construction company specializing in strawbale building and other forms of carbon-smart building. Simple Construct has been involved in the construction of more than a dozen strawbale buildings in San Diego including the complex at the Deer Park Monastery. Simple Construct designed and built the Fallgren Home, one of 27 buildings in the world to achieve Net Zero Energy certification through the Living Building Challenge and has proven to be a net positive home. With a BFA in sculpture, Rebecca has taken her eye for form and color, her love of natural materials, and added cutting-edge building science to produce beautiful, efficient, and healthy buildings that are better for people and the environment. Rebecca sits on the board of the California Straw Building Association, has published articles on strawbale building, and enjoys frequently presenting and teaching topics related to natural building. 


Executive Director

Josh Robinson

Josh is a father, partner, gardener, farmer, teacher, and ecological instigator. He has over 20 years of experience in the field designing, installing, and teaching about creating ecological abundant gardens, home, farms, and businesses. Josh is recognized throughout the Southwestern US as a leader in water harvesting and permaculture. He holds a Master’s Degree in Ecological Landscape Design.

His work has received multiple awards as well as being featured in Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden and Art Ludwig’s Create an Oasis with Greywater.

Josh enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, and planting trees with his family.


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