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RE Farm Café – The Power of Storytelling to Introduce Regenerative Thinking and Design

7group and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund have just released Remarkable Reinvention, a 10-minute video that compresses years of regenerative thinking and design effort. Following the journey of owners Duke and Monica Gastiger, we see the initial idea for a green restaurant on a farm evolve to RE Farm Café at Windswept Farm - a café nested in a farm, a farm nested in a community and regional food production and consumption system. And while direct experience certainly offers the strongest learning potential, the role of storytelling to [...]


 “The web of life both cradles us and calls us to weave it further.” — Joanna Macy At the heart of 7group’s essence is a web of interrelationships. From the very beginning, we have woven individuals and organizations into a loose, rather organic form, a set of relationships aligned around a direction for a particular purpose – transforming how we are thinking to align with the way nature works. We view the growth and development of our company as a living system, trying to be native and contributory to [...]

7group Welcomes New Partners

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to Alvin Changco and Chris Klehm, 7group’s new partners.Alvin Changco has been working closely with 7group for nearly 15 years as President of West Main Consultants, LLC, a sustainable materials consulting firm and a 7group member company. He manages client projects pursuing LEED® certification and reviews certification submissions under USGBC’s LEED green building rating system. Alvin also provides intellectual property and corporate legal services with a particular focus on developing property right issues in international carbon emissions programs and policies. He earned [...]

Working with Wholes

"Mythologist Joseph Campbell once said, "People who don’t have a concept of the whole can do very unfortunate things." But the corollary is rarely considered: People who understand the whole can do very fortunate things." - Linda Booth Sweeney Humans possess the capacity to think in wholes – to see whole systems at work. Our ancient ancestors did so without the aid of our current dependence on machines. Everything in creation was viewed as inter-related and connected. Then a new story emerged, slowly and then almost all at once. [...]

ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G Fan Power Calculator – August 2020 Version

7group has released an updated version of its well-known (at least within the energy modeling community) ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G Fan Power Calculator. This tool has been used by countless energy modelers to aid in the development of their Baseline energy models, often for projects pursuing LEED certification. The original calculator included the Baseline model fan power calculations for the 2004 and 2007 versions of ASHRAE 90.1, which were referenced by LEED v2 and LEED v3, respectively. The updated version incorporates changes made in each subsequent version of ASHRAE 90.1, [...]

Regenerating the Essence of Walnut Acres

If you are not familiar with the story of Walnut Acres, this farm was one of the original organic farms in Pennsylvania. Founded by Paul and Betty Keene, Walnut Acres was a true pioneer in the organic food movement, and an revelation to thousands of people for over 50 years.  The farm was forced to close about 20 years ago but the original property has been reacquired and is seeking a rebirth into something new which honors the original legacy. You can find out more about the original farm and [...]


Of course we made up synthegrative, so don’t try to look it up. This “word” reflects our approach to thinking, learning, projects, story and process. It combines real words, synthesis – a combination of ideas to form a theory or system, and integrative – serving or intending to unify separate things; to create a systemic vision of wholes which are greater than the sum of their parts. This reminds us that our work in regenerative design must begin with working on whole systems and not just the parts.

Our synthegrative posts will explore our thoughts, beliefs and ideas. We will share news about our events, our projects and our work. We will tell our story and the stories we find along the way.

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