PINA is a professional association of regional hubs working across North America and Hawaiʻi to:
- Elevate the status and impact of Permaculture by influencing public policy and private development to improve the quality of life for all
- Bring permaculture solutions to bear on the challenges of social justice, land regeneration, and climate cooling
- Promote permaculture pathways to professional development
- Grant diplomas
- Preserve the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course
- Facilitate networking among permaculturists
Maintain professional standards in permaculture design, teaching, and practice.
Support permaculture education through a certification process that recognizes achievement and excellence.
Provide a structure for communication among Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates.
- Promote permaculture responses to social and ecological challenges
- Learn about Projects (coming soon)
- Support efforts to reshape public policy
- Learn about Research and Advocacy (coming soon)
Supporting the work of PINA
You can support PINA’s efforts by becoming a member or making a one-time donation. Large or small, your donation supports the work of PINA and helps advance the quality of the permaculture movement.
Board of Directors
- Monica Ibacache, President, New York
- Paula Westmoreland, Vice President, Minnesota
- Bob Randall, Secretary; Texas
- Darrell Frey, Treasurer, Mid-Atlantic
- Koreen Brennan, Florida
- Liora Adler, Northern California
- Andrew Millison, Oregon
- Marco Lam, Colorado
- Diploma Program
PINA is an association of collaborative regional organizations. Representatives of 8-13 of these organizations will eventually serve on the PINA Board of Directors.
In the early 1980’s, Bill Mollison asked several people to create an organization in order to foster permaculture in North America. They created PINA version 1.0, hosted an International Convergence in 1986 and launched the Permaculture Activist magazine (which, as Permaculture Design, is still going strong), but then disbanded for lack of staff and volunteers. In 2009, several long-time permaculture practitioners began working on a new organization, and in 2014 they launched the revitalized PINA as a network of largely autonomous regional membership organizations spanning the continent.
PINA has awarded a professional diploma to people who have demonstrated excellence in the field of permaculture. We highly recommend the services of our diplomates.