By Liz Walker
In a global jam-packed with tales of environmental devastation and social disorder, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a clean and hopeful examine a modern day village that's taking an built-in method of addressing those difficulties. This publication tells the tale of existence at EcoVillage at Ithaca, an across the world famous instance of sustainable improvement. It transports the reader into the midst of a colourful neighborhood that comes with co-housing neighborhoods, small-scale natural farming, land upkeep, eco-friendly construction, power choices and hands-on schooling. by way of integrating confirmed social and environmental possible choices right into a residing version, EcoVillage at Ithaca presents an extraordinary glimpse into one possible—and positive—future for the planet. EcoVillage at Ithaca delves into the center of the lived adventure at this cutting edge neighborhood. It presents a hot, own and reflective examine what it truly is wish to create a sustainable tradition. The publication tells in-depth tales approximately an built-in lifestyle: operating a relatives farm developing “invented celebrations” The poignancy of a house delivery, in addition to a awake loss of life group paintings events Dramatic examples of non-public transformation even as, as one bankruptcy states, “This isn't Utopia,” and the struggles and conflicts inherent in any neighborhood exercise usually are not glossed over. Human scale, obtainable and encouraging, the instance of EcoVillage at Ithaca can assist readers think clean choices to “life as usual.” it is going to entice all who're hungry to benefit approximately winning operating versions of a extra sustainable method of dwelling with one another and the earth. Liz Walker co-founded and has directed EcoVillage at Ithaca on the grounds that its inception in 1991 and has lived there together with her kinfolk because the first structures have been accomplished. She has labored on all elements of the community’s improvement and has written and lectured commonly at the subject.
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Even my friends were telling me that what I was trying to do just couldn’t be done. But I knew in my bones that if we could just find some more investment capital, we could get SONG back on its feet and find new 34 E C O V I L L A G E AT I T H A C A potential residents. And then, just as I was in despair not only over our finances but also over our very future, Chuck Mathei came to Ithaca. THE EQUITY TRUST FUND Chuck Mathei was the director of Equity Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the formation of community land trusts (CLT).
The timing obviously wasn’t right. Still I couldn’t shake my attraction. Meanwhile a lot happened during the nine months it took to put our financing in place. In January 1992 EVI received nonprofit status, held its first Annual Meeting, and elected a Board of Directors to conduct the organization’s business. Then in March 1992 our cohousing group held its first meeting, as 50 people crowded into the large living room of one couple’s home in Ithaca. There were only a few cohousing communities in the country at that time, and none of us had ever seen one.
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