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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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
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