Sustainable Living


It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by
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After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.


My Intentional Community and the Law

Posted on September 11, 2015 by
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Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.


It’s the Law

Posted on August 25, 2015 by
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Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group.


Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Posted on August 4, 2015 by
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In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.


The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

Posted on July 24, 2015 by
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Is Cobb Hill a model of how to do community and farming cooperatively, or a case study in their challenges?


The Community’s Garden Orchestra

Posted on July 14, 2015 by
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Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.


Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Posted on June 24, 2015 by
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At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.


Life with the Solar Kitchen

Posted on January 30, 2015 by
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The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.


Reasons why Comfrey is perfect for permaculture

Posted on January 13, 2015 by
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Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white. However, what it may lack in striking appearances, it certainly makes up for in the myriad benefits it can give to a permaculture plot.   Read the full article here.


Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Posted on January 9, 2015 by
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Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.


Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Posted on December 29, 2014 by
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Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.


Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

Posted on December 19, 2014 by
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To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.


“Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency

Posted on November 28, 2014 by
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At Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, efforts to foster a renaissance in land-based living go hand in hand with judicious use of modern design and communication technologies.


Technology, Nature, and Community

Posted on November 21, 2014 by
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How does modern technology affect our ecological and social literacy? Are computers and their kin suppressing or enhancing the awareness, skills, and qualities essential to our nature as humans?


Seeing the Good in the World, Part II: Transformative Learning Experiences at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Posted on October 26, 2014 by
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While helping communitarians measure their progress toward sustainability goals, a college student finds herself unexpectedly changed.


The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

Posted on August 8, 2014 by
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A farm is not a clod of dirt; it is more like mud that slips through your hands, gets on your boots, and is tracked all through the community.


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

Posted on July 8, 2014 by
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For an income-sharing group in Virginia, economic success presents challenges and opportunities.


Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Posted on June 5, 2014 by
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Improving our relationships to work, money, and entrepreneurship can dramatically enhance our sense of community and quality of life.


Opportunity Village Eugene: Pioneering New Solutions for the (Formerly) Homeless

Posted on May 15, 2014 by
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An innovative self-governing village lifts spirits while modeling new ways to address homelessness.


Who Builds the Houses?: Gender in Eco-Communities

Posted on March 17, 2014 by
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A researcher finds that men still dominate building in eco-communities, and offers strategies to empower women.


Energy Efficiency in Cohousing

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Sustainability is embedded in community—even without a minus-$88-per-year electric bill.


Going For the Grid

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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After three decades off-grid in Washington state, Walker Creek members decide on-grid living is more sustainable.


Community Makes Renewable Energy Work

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Living Energy Farm embodies the promise of renewable energy used cooperatively.


Putting Our Lives on the Line

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Jubilee Partners’ clothesline does more than dry clothes with solar power; it helps build community.


Climate Changes

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Intentional communities are in a unique position to respond to climate change.


Sustainability Is a Life Style Not a Solar Panel

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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A 13-year-old indigenous environmental activist asks us to walk lightly and respect the Earth.


Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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When community members want to place “private” panels on “public” roofs, don’t expect clear sailing.


Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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A communitarian stops counting nanowatts, and starts counting blessings.


Strangely Warmed

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Home-scale geothermal in appropriate conditions promotes both community and energy savings.


Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.