A group from Central Texas, led by Stephen Colley, decided to form the Earthen Construction Initiative after attending EarthUSA 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This group envisioned an organization that would be a resource to designers, builders, government agencies, and anyone interested in accurate, science-based information on a range of earthen construction technologies.
Pictured from left to right: Michael Donoghue, Stephen Colley, Lauran Drown, Celia Mendoza, Beverly Donoghue, and Jim Hallock.
ECI was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization effective February 24, 2016.
ECI is dedicated to advancing the appreciation and science of earthen construction through monthly presentations / demos, guest lectures, workshops, and research. Our recent successes and current initiatives include:
City of San Antonio code amendments to address earthen construction;
Development of testing standards and best practices;
Research on hygrothermal effects on interior air quality.
We also sponsor and support the following organizations and events:
EarthUSA biennial conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Solar Fest, San Antonio, Texas
The Earthbuilders Guild, New Mexico
Moving forward, ECI is working on workshops geared both to families and to construction professionals, and accelerating our research program.
Board of Directors
L. Michael Lopez
ECI's volunteer committees are crucial in helping to advance our mission and vision.
Conduct research on earthen materials, assemblies, and structures
Recommend code modifications for safe, durable earthen construction
Plan and conduct presentations and hands-on workshops for a variety of audiences
Plan and conduct hands-on workshops for a variety of audiences
Develop and conduct online courses
Develop, maintain, monitor, and refine social media, including website
Handle media relations
Coordinate outreach campaigns
Run speaker's bureau
Fundraising / Board Development
Plan fundraising events and activities
Develop grant proposals and applications
Solicit sponsors for projects
Recruit new board members and donors