Sustainable Living


Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

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A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.


Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

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As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now.


The Question I Get Asked the Most

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“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.


Addressing Climate Change: Two Generations at Heart-Culture Farm Community

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For the next generation, planting trees, growing food, and living in community are only the start.


Local Solutions to Global Warming: Paying for Our Carbon Meal

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Compared to carbon offsetting, carbon onsetting may be a more effective strategy to build sustainability.


Living Energy Farm: An Answer for Climate Change

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A fossil-fuel-free community empowers its members to dramatically reduce their dependence on the corporate economy.


Climate Crisis, Dystopia, and Community

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From the personal to the global, with hard times undeniable, community may be our life-support.


Communities and Climate Change, #174 Contents

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Our Spring issue examines how intentional communities and other groups are responding to the challenges presented by climate change. Through stories from more than a dozen diverse communities, we learn about steps being taken both to mitigate the intensity of climate disruption and to adapt to its effects. Innovative approaches include carbon onsetting, biochar production and use, personal/spiritual work, strategies for fossil-fuel-freedom, and more.


Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature

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Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself.


Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

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Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.


Social Permaculture—What Is It?

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Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.


Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

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The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.


Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

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Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.



Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

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At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world.


Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

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Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.


True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

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At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.


Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

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Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.


The Bridge to a Greener World

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This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.


Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

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How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?


Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

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A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.


Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

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Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.


Ecovillages and the FIC

Posted on May 24, 2016 by
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The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.


Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

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The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.


Words of Experience: Starting a Community

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A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”


Offerings to the Land

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Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.


Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

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Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.


Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

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A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.


My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

Posted on October 1, 2015 by
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After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.