There are so many new sustainable community models emerging during this time of transition and this group is forming to learn more about EcoVillages both urban and rural and share knowledge and information.
How we live in the most basic community level is foundational to our overall shift toward a sustainable culture. The EcoVillage model is one of the most experimental yet well established among the emerging alternatives.
This video is from Undercurrents - EcoVillage Centre for Alternative Technology.
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We look forward to the EcoVillage Network group's purpose and evolution being fulfilled.
In Sustainable Solidarity
Is 2011 the year of the Eco-Village?
Eco-villages are popping up in China, India and the Middle East. Is this the natural evolution of urban planning?
BY: Laura Clapper | Sun Jan 16, 2011
If someone had told me in 2004, when I was a graduate student studying sustainability, that eco-villages and cities would be all the rage in 2011, I would have laughed and teased them for being a bigger idealist hippie than I am. Today, there are two major developments underway—Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the Tiajin Eco-City in China—that will incorporate the latest green technology, from solar energy and innovative waste treatment to the latest in green building methods.
Even Prince Charles is an advocate for the eco-village. Inspired by the film Slumdog Millionaire, the royal and his charity, The Foundation for a Built Environment are converting a shanty town on the outskirts of Bangalore into an eco-village with space for retail, schools and over 3,000 homes. The high-density development will feature large roofs to collect rain water for daily use, natural ventilation and individual toilets and waste facilities.
The Indian eco-village isn’t Prince Charles’ first venture into urban planning; he also played a key role in the development of Poundbury, a town built outside of Dorchester, England that’s based on the principles of New Urbanism. Poundbury is a high density urban area where businesses, residences and retail are integrated within the town. Foot and bicycle traffic are encouraged over vehicles and green common areas are plentiful.
Although the idea behind Masdar City, Tiajin and Prince Charles’ eco-village is a necessary evolution of urban planning, it is the behavior of the residents that dictate the eco-friendliness of the community. As many have found with LEED certified buildings, even the greenest of intentions (or technologies, as the case may be) can lose effectiveness if people aren’t trained to change their behavior
As we've been developing Avalon Springs (www.AvalonSprings.com) several on our team, including me, have been researching other ecovillage-based projects in the US and around Europe. It seems that most…Continue
This is a proposal for us to build a user friendly web portal to weave together all ecovillage projects, retreats, organic farms, back-to-the-landers in Northern California. Those cultural creatives interested in co-creating a highly functional…Continue
Started by Shane Keller. Last reply by Magenta Aug 9, 2012.
I just wanted to let y'all know we are here in our waterfront mini ecovilage in 8 apartments in suburbia 18 miles south of San Francisco and looking for others to join us. You can read about us on our website at…Continue
Started by Ecosanda. Last reply by Theresa Crawley Kannengeiser Feb 27, 2011.
The Lammas EcoVillage in Wales set a global precedent by establishing itself from the ground up going through the permit process with the local planning department. It is an epic story that SeThInk Media is creating a presentation about for the…Continue
Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. ~ George Whitefield
"Going Main Stream ~ Ecovillages have to date been developed and built by groups of people rather than traditional developers. This human aspect is an important part of creating community and “glue” in a settlement as opposed to just building a new suburb with buildings but no “soul”. The mainstream adaptation of the ecovillage concept will require a reorganisation of the traditional thinking of the building industry. We need smaller firms — with more flexible, more ecological methods — which accept the idea of co-designing settlements with their future inhabitants. The role of architects and public authorities must also change to support participatory processes and to accommodate such things as compost toilets, more flexible zoning laws, local renewable energy and local biological wastewater treatment. These shifts need a change in mentality but pose no great difficulties. The technologies are all well known in ecovillage circles, but seldom in traditional consulting engineering firms." Ross Jackson - The Ecovillage Movement
It has been 4 years since this page was created and in that time our efforts to import the protocol and criteria established by the Lammas EcoVillage in Wales into the United States have been slowly but surely progressing forward.
Our team left N. California in 2013 to establish our base in Colorado for several strategic reasons relating to the demographics, geography, political environment, and economics. Although establishing the agency in code and zone tough California would have had its advantages the disadvantages of our efforts being marginalized nationally as just another weird 'California thing' weighed in heavy on our final decision.
Colorado has always been a place nationally respected and to make low impact sustainable development a reality in this country we adhered to the commonly known business adage of "location, location, location". We are based on the Western Slope where agriculture and rural community reigns supreme and geographically we are positioned in a climate and elevation that has good 'challenges' that can put permaculture design principles to the test.
Colorado has a healthy community of conservative yet open minded realists that are not afraid to question and have enough common sense to test the answers before accepting them as fact. Economically it is depressed enough to see the need for new solutions to our current economic issues yet the depression is being met a resourceful and tenacious spirit that is common to mountain folks.
We have our sights set on a 'place' that can serve as an education center and headquarters for establishing the agency and we are in the first stages of fundraising for the project. With good timing and community support our next posts on this blog will hopefully reflect the good news of moving forward.
Here is where it will all begin - the documentation of the official importing of the protocol's and criteria for Low Impact Sustainable Development (EcoVillage) into the United States that has been established in Wales, UK from the ground up planning permissions that were obtained by the Lammas EcoVillage.
The Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency will be established to serve as the first community action agency that will import, adapt, and translate the volumes of documentation that the Lammas EcoVillage has made available through their successful efforts.
Our first goal is to solidify partnerships and target appropriate 'place'/land where the agency and training center can establish itself. We will be having discussions with local land owners and building/planning professionals seeking their endorsement and support of this historical effort.
This blog is being established to document our efforts and process. More coming soon so sign up for our email list to stay updated on the unfolding historical efforts that will lead us all forward into a practical and sustainable world.
Seeds Day: Seed Exchange 2015! and Presentations, Cooking Demo, Dinner and Movie: "Open Sesame, The Story of Seeds"October 17, 2015 • 1:30 am — 9:00 pm It’s time for a new relationship with seeds!This event is for you to learn all about seeds, and take some home with you, too!You will learn how to harvest and save seeds, how to recognize GMOs in your food, and how to cook with seeds. We will end the day with a seed-filled dinner and the popular “Open Sesame, The Story of Seeds” movie.Our…See More
TPA's Fall Share Faire Sunday Sept 20, 2015 11am-1pm. Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 E Meadow Palo Alto Mark your calendars and plan to join us in The Bowl at Mitchell Park between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on September 20 for our next Share Faire. We're looking for a few good volunteers. We need folks to post the flyer (below) around town, to set-up and clean-up, to manage goods, to greet people, to take photos and collect some statistics for us. If you're interested in helping, please reply to…See More
Films of Vision and Hope comes to Sunnyvale! You are invited to join us for a free screening of the film "Urban Roots" at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive, Sunnyvale, CA, on Tuesday evening 8/18/15 from 6-9p.Brought to you by Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale and Transition Silicon Valley.Here is a link to the trailer:http://www.treemedia.com/#!urban-roots/c1cnzSynopsis - follows the urban…See More
June - Fourth Friday Films of Vision and Hope"Racing to Zero"At the past couple of Fourth Fridays, we've looked at the problem of food waste, and seen what we can do to start reducing it. This month, let's look at reducing waste overall.Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge.Three years ago…See More
Transition Palo Alto Share FaireLucie Stern Community Center - PatioSunday, June 21, 201511:00 AM to 1:00 PMIt's just over a week until we Share. Are you ready? We have a record number of teachers and community groups sharing their skills and projects with you this time. And, of course, people will be bringing many interesting things to share as well. It's going to be lots of fun.In order to get you ready, we thought that we'd share a recent blog post with you. A couple of months ago, a…See More
You are invited to join us for a free screening of the film "In Organic We Trust" at the Sunnyvale Public Library on Wednesday evening 6/3/15 from 6-9p. Synopsis - We can no longer stomach our food system. It's killing more and more Americans and costing billions in health care. But is organic really better for us or just a marketing scam? When corporations went into the business and "organic" became a brand, everything changed. The philosophy and the label grew apart. Can gummy bears or…See More