|A ‘Who’ in the Hills|
Well known hills resident and environmentalist, Dr Ross Mars, has been honoured with a listing in “Who’s Who in the World”. Ross has been acknowledged for the first time in the 2009 Edition which lists about 50,000 of the most accomplished people in the world, in the fields of education, commerce and business, performing arts, communication and media, medicine and healthcare, science and other disciplines. Ross was one of 4,000 people worldwide listed in the education category.
“I have always been an educator, whether it was teaching high school students for nearly thirty years or adults all about permaculture, organic growing and climate sensible design, and I would hope my endeavours has contributed to making the Earth a better place” Ross said.
Not only was Ross a teacher, he wrote or co-wrote fifteen books, mainly on science, and science and technology, for school children throughout Australia. He has written four books on permaculture, and produced two DVD’s on energy efficient housing and renewable energy.
Ross is one of the most authoritative permaculture teachers today. He has delivered about fifty permaculture courses, including Advanced Design and Advanced Teaching Courses, during the last fifteen years. Ross is one of the pioneers for introducing permaculture into the school curriculum, and he has held several workshops and courses devoted to the integration of permaculture principles into the educational curriculum, as well as being involved in setting up permaculture-designed gardens in about twenty schools, both primary and secondary, private and state (public) schools.
Besides his extensive academic qualifications, Ross has also obtained a Diploma of Permaculture Design in six categories from the Permaculture Institute and was the first person in WA to be awarded the accredited permaculture training Diploma in Permaculture. He now teaches Accredited Permaculture Training.
Since the mid nineties Dr Ross Mars has focussed on wastewater treatment and reuse, and he has presented papers at a number of international conferences on wastewater treatment, both in Australia and overseas, and has had several papers published in scientific journals. Ross has developed a number of greywater reuse strategies and technologies, and a range of approved products, and has installed these in homes and commercial premises throughout WA.
Besides designing, building and installing greywater systems, rainwater tank systems, gardens and water-sensible irrigation systems, he is currently setting up a wholesale nursery, Red Planet Plants, in the hills east of Perth.