Don Stephens, InA
Innovating in Solar and Eco-Home Design since 1960
PO Drawer 1441, Spokane, Washington, USA 99210-1441
(509) 838-8222 (ph/cel/fx/tad)
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Don Stephens is a futurist, eco-home sustainable design innovator and author, who has published under his Stephens Press imprint in the field of what he terms "optimized self-sufficiency" for a range of uncertain-future scenarios, that is also labeled survivalism by others.
In the 1960s, Stephens popularized the term "retreater" to describe those in the survivalist movement who were making preparations to avoid conflict by leaving populated areas for a pre-established remote survival retreat when/if society broke down. (At that time, this trend was primarily motivated by concerns about monetary collapse arising out of anticipated accelerating monetary inflation.) He also wrote on this topic for Innovator magazine, Inflation Survival Letter, Atlantis Quarterly and Harry Browne's Newsletter, among others. Stephens also contributed the "Safe Shelter & Independent Energy" chapter for the Mark Thiffault edited The Complete Survival Guide (1983). In public speaking venues, newsletters, and magazines, Stephens has been associated with Harry Browne, Robert D. Kephart, James McKeever, and Mel Tappan.
Stephens received his architectural education at the University of Idaho, and worked in a range of architectural and engineering offices in Idaho, Washington and southern California, before establishing his own eco-home design and consulting practice. From his university days onward, he has explored and evolved techniques of active solar and passive solar heating, solar power, earth-integrated design (earth sheltering), and pioneered uses of a range of "alternative", "natural", and salvaged materials and building techniques in home and retreat construction. These include straw bale, high-density recompressed strawblocks, earth-rammed tires, tire bales, urbanite, rammed earth, rice hulls, salvaged/used carpeting, and the pre-stressed "self-filling" of cement-bonded polystyrene bead insulating concrete forms (ICFs), among others.
Stephens developed (and originated the name for) the Annualized Geo-Solar (AGS). technique for simply and inexpensively capturing/storing the summer sun's heat, for predictable, delayed return six months later, to maintain up to 100% of needed winter warmth, which has drawn particular interest. This grew out of his pioneering work with solar and earth-sheltering, beginning in 1960. On these topics, he has written for Earth-Shelter Digest, Earthtone magazine and The Last Straw. He also prepared a requested paper on AGS for The Global Sustainable Building Conference 2005, in Tokyo, Japan. Stephens also presented this material at a number of conferences and workshops over the years for The American Underground-Space Association, Sol-West, the Northwest Renewable Energy Festival, the International Strawbale Association and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, among others.
In keeping with his professional advocacies, he lives in a retrofitted century-old home heated by solar and biomass, utilizes PV for power generation, drives an electric vehicle, and practices organic gardening, composting and rainwater catchment.
The Survivor's Primer & Up-dated Retreater's Bibliography (1976), ASIN B00072RD7E
Personal Protection, Here and Now (1975)
Retreating on a Shoe-string (1975)
Green Papers (1987)
The Complete Survival Guide (1983), ISBN-13: 978-0910676533, (Contributor)