|Toronto Sustainable Communities Forum||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dspreitzer (Dspreitzeraol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 22:07:01 -0500|
Following is a press release about an upcoming event in Toronto, Ontario (as in Canada) featuring cohousing as a sustainable way of life. Read on if you are interested. Donna Spreitzer, Facilitator, Collaborative Housing Society Sustainable Communities: An Evening Forum On July 26, community leaders and interested citizens will gather in Toronto for an evening forum to discuss ways of life that bridge living in community with caring for the environment. The Sustainable Communities Forum will be held Saturday, July 26, 1997 from 5:30-9:30 PM at the North Toronto Community Centre's Multi-purpose room, lower level, located at 200 Eglinton Ave. West (of Yonge Street). Registration is $6.00 (2 for $10) and children under 12 are free. A vegetarian cafe will be open for a light supper. For more information call Mari Naumovski at (416) 614-3466. Sponsors of the forum include volunteers from Friends of Sustainable Living (FOSL), the Collaborative Housing Society, the Green Coalition, and Seeds of Diversity. Forum participants will hear about successful examples of sustainable communities from speakers who have lived in these special communities or are in the process of their creation. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss strategies towards the creation of more sustainable communities right here in Ontario. Displays of alternative technologies and green initiatives will also be available. Speakers include Rod and Julia Lambert, formerly of Orangeville, who now live in the Eco-Village at Ithaca. They relocated to Ithaca, NY to live and raise their family in a truly sustainable community which is still evolving in its quest to create 4 more cohousing communities within one Eco-Village. Two former residents of Findhorn, Mary MacEacheran & Abhita Rackley, will speak about this international community in Scotland which fosters new lifestyle initiatives through both ecological and spiritual practices in green business initiatives, interpersonal relationships and community living. Donna Spreitzer, a former resident of N Street Cohousing in Davis, California will share slides and experiences about this retrofit cohousing neighbourhood as well as discuss possibilities of creating retrofit cohousing in Toronto. The final speaker, Judith McGill, will highlight the Halton Intentional Community, a rural project close to becoming reality just West of Toronto. They plan to integrate their community with a biodynamic farm. "The launching of this forum emerged from a wish to honour the vision and creation of sustainable communities - those just forming and those long established," says Mari Naumovski, one of the forum organizers. She adds, "The act of bringing together groups from different regions in the context of a larger collective undertaking heightens and revitalizes each of us to pursue these kinds of projects, especially in light of the many economic and personal constraints present in our age. The event allows for greater outreach potential to the public and may facilitate a shift towards quicker realization. The wealth of experiences and information that the speakers bring, combined with the enthusiasm of the participants will surely make for an interesting and inspirational evening." ###
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