|Re: cohousing: self-sufficient community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stuart Staniford-Chen (staniforcs.ucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 15:01:50 -0600|
Jessica Shaten asks: > But is there anyone else out there interested in this idea of > village self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability? It is not > really a co-housing issue per-se (or doesn't need to be), so I don't My take is that some people in Cohousing care a lot about these kind of issues, and others don't care much, or only care in a fairly abstract kind of way. I think that the kind of thing you are mainly talking about goes under the rubric "ecovillage" most of the time. There is an international Ecovillage Network (this movement has a very international flavour). You can look at their web pages at http://www.gaia.org/ (Access is a little slow because it's in Denmark - the pages are in English though). You can also look at the Fellowship for Intentional Communities ecovillage page which is at http://www.well.com/user/cmty/ecov.html I'm aware of four reasonably well-developed groups in the U.S. which consider themselves to be Ecovillages Ecovillage L.A. (http://www.well.com/user/cmty/la.ecovill.html), who are retrofitting an urban L.A. block to be more sustainable. Ecovillage Ithaca (several members of whom are on this list) which is more like a cohousing community with a strong orientation to sustainability issues (they are in the middle of building new houses from scratch). The Farm (http://www.gaia.org/farm/index.html) An older rural intentional community which is more or less in the process of converting to an Ecovillage and has an "Ecovillage Training Center" which runs courses. Manitou (http://www.gaia.org/manitou/index.html) An institute in Colarado which seems to do both very spiritual and very eco kind of stuff. I have no doubt there are many others. It seems to me in general that there is considerable variety in who is calling themselves an Ecovillage, and I get the feeling that there is a certain amount of "They're not really an ecovillage" feeling amongst some people about other groups. I usually take the word as a statement of intent, rather than denoting any actual state of sustainability. Hope this information is useful, Stuart. =================================================================== Stuart Staniford-Chen | Dept of Computer Science stanifor [at] cs.ucdavis.edu | UC Davis, CA 95616 h:(916) 756-8697; w:(916) 754-8742 | and http://seclab.cs.ucdavis.edu/cohousing/ | N St Cohousing Community ====================================================================
cohousing: self-sufficient community Jessica Shaten, January 17 1996
- Re: cohousing: self-sufficient community Stuart Staniford-Chen, January 17 1996
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