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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.

Thank you for joining the EcoVillage Network group here on Transition California. We just posted a discussion about the Lammas EcoVillage. This group is set up so that any members can send messages to the entire group by clicking the 'Send Message to Group" link in the upper right box. To add a discussion simply click the 'Add Discussion' link. The 'comments' box can be used for messages that you don't necessarily want to start a discussion around but if you want everyone to see it then you may as well just send a message to the group - unless you want it permanently posted on the comment wall for future members to read. If you would like something added to the main text box just send us the info and we can post it. As this group evolves we will assign moderator/admin permissions to anyone wanting those privileges and responsibilities.

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?

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

Discussion Forum

Ecovillages without a Guru...and the Field of Alliance 7 Replies

As we've been developing Avalon Springs ( several on our team, including me, have been researching other ecovillage-based projects in the US and around Europe.  It seems that most…Continue

Tags: group, intention, sustainability, social, ecovillage

Started by Mellissa Seaman. Last reply by Tammy Davis Mar 5, 2014.

Team to build Ecovillage Network throughout Northern California 24 Replies

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.

San Mateo Ecovillage 3 Replies

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.

Practice is selection and testing of sustainable technology leading to system development.

Good points in the video regarding concerns about "how modern humanity is using technology". Of course that is behavior, so is subject to our understanding of what drives behaviors.My video…Continue

Started by Chriswhitefeather Nov 12, 2010.

Lammas EcoVillage

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

Started by Darlene Cavallara Nov 9, 2010.

EcoVillage Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency Blog

Onward and Upward!

 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.   
Onward and upward!  


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.

Welcome to the EcoVillage Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency Blog

The goal set forth on this day is to establish an agency to make low impact sustainable development (EcoVillages) the new norm of community development by 2020.

Inspired by the precedent set by the Lammas EcoVillage in Wales it is the intent of this agency to import the criteria and protocols established and approved by the Welsh Government in 2008.


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Comment by Yuri Smirnov on June 20, 2015 at 9:54pm

This video below came out of my joy and inspiration, it was made for YOU - to enjoy and feel the purity of Russian nature and immerse into the wisdom of dolmens...

Comment by Yuri Smirnov on January 17, 2015 at 1:05am

My dear friends and co-creators of the World!

Main stream mass-media overhelm us with destructive, depressive and negative news and information.

If you are tired of it please join and support the Alternative News Project -

As opposed to Death you will find Life and a lot of creative, positive, optimistic news and ideas bringing joy, inspiration and food for inquisitive minds.

Comment by Fred Klammt on February 28, 2011 at 5:51am
We need to move this to the Discussions area... see above tab... I'll contact you by email...
Comment by Darlene Baldridge on February 28, 2011 at 3:56am

Hi Fred, I was up there about 6 months ago, very over-grown and getting more dilapidated. There are tons of already existing amenities. In the 50's and 60's there were over 300 people housed there. The Air Force Station was larger than the town of Point Arena. The barracks have been torn down many years ago, the relocatable houses relocated to Point Arena. The PG&E substation is still there, the wastewater treatment plant, civil engineering, motor pool, administration offices, gymnasium, bowling alley (2 lanes), rec center etc are all still there and much more. i plan to go up in a couple weeks and take some pictures, the ones i have now are 20 years old. i am in the process of trying to set up a visit with Bert ( the gov's caretaker of the site). I don't know anything about writing a grant but i am all for "let's do it!". i have an idea that if we can't get it granted to a group by July 4th then we should stage a "Live In", like the good ole days of sit ins, at least when they come to throw us out our cause would be on the 11 o'clock news! I grew up within 50 miles of Kent State, and we still protested! They didn't stop us then, they only strengthened our resolve! I have friends that marched with Dr King and taught in the first integrated class-rooms of the south, that chained themselves to buses to get handicapped access, etc. I think we need to rekindle that fire, that passion, We Are The People! How can we live with empty structures all around and our brothers freezing in the streets? If you'ld like the e-mails already exchanged on this topic, just drop me a note and i'll send them and keep you in the loop for further progress. my e-mail: I thank everyone for their support and thank you in advance for all your help in making my dream become a reality.

Comment by Fred Klammt on February 26, 2011 at 5:38pm
Darlene:  That is a very cool dream you have.  Especially the existing homes. That's the most sustainable form of construction = renovating existing structures.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where to apply for grants/loans?  I am a very fast typist, have put hundreds of proposals together... and would love to help putting together a grant application.  I'd rather DO IT - than talk about it.  Next step would be to visit the site and do an assessment... an AFB though would provide a special challenge - a real special challenge!
Comment by Darlene Baldridge on February 23, 2011 at 6:10am

Where can i find information about Transition Lake County's eco-village working group? Amazingly, i have put forth my dreams and ideas to the Transition Lake County seed group at least 5 times with no response.

I am interested in getting a group of people who would like to get a grant of the old Point Arena Air Force Station to turn it into an Eco-village Intentional Community/ Education center. I realize i currently live in Lake County and the old airbase is in Mendocino County. i have been in contact with some veteran's organizations and some people from Transition Mendocino Coast. i type very slowly, i'm not a community organizer, but i have a passion for this specific place as it once was my home and i have been designing it into an eco-village in my mind for 20 years. i think part of the beauty of this place is that it has 27 houses sitting empty that could be brought up to living condition in a matter of weeks, not years. Also, like Melissa, i fumble around alot, so if i am not posting this in the right place or whatever just do with it what you must.

Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 26, 2011 at 1:31am

Hi Trina - yes it is about time and we all have to make the time to get the new models through the gates and past the gate keepers! 



Comment by Mellissa Seaman on January 25, 2011 at 8:46pm
When I started the "discussion" - i just scrolled up to the top bar, clicked discussions, and added.  Is there another way?  I'm still finding my way around... ;)
Comment by Trina Johnson on January 25, 2011 at 8:16pm
Just weighing in to say - It's about time! I've been looking at alternative living modalities since architecture school (hmmm..before that, actually)...many names for the same general idea...I moved up here to Lake County 7 years ago, thinking it was finally time. Oh well...things happen when they're supposed to, and it seems to be happening now - Transition Lake County has a newly formed eco-village working group...dig in and do it.
Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 24, 2011 at 2:07pm
hmmm...where did you start it at?  On this group or the main forum?

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