Re: ecovillage vs cohousing distinctions
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:02:29 -0800 (PST)
I'm not sure we've heard that rule. I'm pretty confident there isn't a single definition.

Sawyerhill Ecovillage is made up of Mosaic Commons and Camelot Cohousing, two separate cohousing communities.

Mosaic has superinsulation, triple paned windows, small houses designed to handle single point heat (the plan was pellets, and the houses can be adapted for pellets) built in piping for adding solar hot water, low-voc construction. We have leed-level construction. We have an organic garden and pesticide free landscaping and a committment to use the most environmentally friendly supplies in the common house and at common activities that we can.

We are calling that an ecovillage.

I've heard someone say that it is not an ecovillage if you have cars. Well we aren't following that definition! But I think we've done a great job of prioritizing the "eco" in our "coho" community.

We'd love to have you as a neighbor! 1, 2, 4 BR homes still available.

On Feb 9, 2010, at 12:47 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

On Feb 9, 2010, at 12:38 AM, Elizabeth Magill wrote:

This may be true overall but is definitely NOT true for us. Our
definition of eco is in the design of the homes (and garden, I think).
No rules about how you live in that design.

Is Mosaic Commons an EcoVillage?

Most if not all cohousing buildings are green but ecovillages go
further to things like composting toilets, gardens that provide a
substantial part of the food. etc.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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