Who is Bob Waldrop?

Bob Waldrop is a native, 4th generation Oklahoman, who was born and raised in Tillman County in southwest Oklahoma. All 8 of his great-grandparents came to Oklahoma Territory before statehood.

He is the author of iPermie: How to permaculture your urban lifestyle. This is a goodlife design guide for Millennials, Boomers, and Generation X, providing tools and ideas to meet the cardinal challenges of economic irrationality, peak oil, climate instability, and political criminality.  It is available as a $1.99 ebook download at http://www.ipermie.net, which also has links to ebook versions at Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple Store, etc.

Bob is the founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House (which delivers food to people in need who don’t have transportation), one of the founders of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, and he served as the organization’s first president and general manager. In 2012, he was re-elected president of the Cooperative.  He works as director of music at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church.

He has served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, and previously served on the Migrants and Refugees Advisory Committee of Catholic Charities OKC. He was the editor of Better Times: An Almanac of Useful Information, which was distributed free, mostly to low income folks. The 5th edition may be viewed at www.bettertimesinfo.org/2004index.htm. He was a member of the Oklahoma Food Policy Council. Although not presently active in the program, he has served as an Oklahoma County Master Gardener.

He is a member of the Oklahoma Food Safety Task Force.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil – USA.

He is the moderator and list-owner of runningonempty2@yahoogroups.com, which has more than 7,000 members and has been discussing peak oil since 2001.

In 2004, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club honored him with its Earth Care Award for his work in founding the Oklahoma Food Cooperative.  That same year the Oklahoma Sustainability Network gave him its Green Shield Award for his efforts to protect Oklahoma’s environment by organizing the Oklahoma Food Cooperative

Waldrop lives in a Craftsman era bungalow that was built in 1929. In 2005  he remodeled it to increase its energy efficiency. The attic was insulated to R-50, and the walls to R-33. To get this much insulation in the walls, they built a new interior frame 5.5 inches inside of the existing exterior walls. First they filled the original wall cavities with the cellulose insulation, then they put drywall over the new frame and filled the new cavities. This will produce about R-33 insulation in the walls. They also replaced their windows and doors and installed storm doors, and did considerable work to weatherize the house and seal leaks, using 90 tubes of caulk and 20 cans of foam. He also turned his south facing utility room into a “solar sun porch” by replacing most of the south wall with glass. In the winter this heats up during the day, and this heat then warms the house. The extra insulation keeps the heat inside and the cold outside.

He received a certificate in permaculture design from Dan Hemenway of Barking Frogs Permaculture in 2007, and served as  an assistant instructor in the BFPC Online Permaculture Design Course for two cycles of the online course. Dan received his permaculture training from Bill Mollison, founder of the permaculture movement, and was the first person authorized by Bill Mollison to present the permaculture design course in the United States.

In 2014, the Permaculture Institute awarded him a Permaculture Diploma in Education, Community Service, Research, Media, and Finance.

He has completed a 185 page permaculture design for his central Oklahoma City home, Gatewood Urban Homestead:  City living that meets the challenge of peak oil, climate instability, and economic irrationality.

Contact Bob Waldrop at 405-200-8155, 1524 NW 21st, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106, bob@bobwaldrop.net .

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Gatewood Urban Homestead — City living that meets the challenges of peak oil, climate instability, and economic irrationality — the permaculture design for Bob’s home in Oklahoma City.

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