Category Archives: Sustainable Living

Who Builds the Houses?: Gender in Eco-Communities

Who Builds the Houses?: Gender in Eco-Communities

A researcher finds that men still dominate building in eco-communities, and offers strategies to empower women.More…

Energy Efficiency in Cohousing

Energy Efficiency in Cohousing

Sustainability is embedded in community—even without a minus-$88-per-year electric bill.More…

Going For the Grid

Going For the Grid

After three decades off-grid in Washington state, Walker Creek members decide on-grid living is more sustainable.More…

Community Makes Renewable Energy Work

Community Makes Renewable Energy Work

Living Energy Farm embodies the promise of renewable energy used cooperatively.More…

Putting Our Lives on the Line

Putting Our Lives on the Line

Jubilee Partners’ clothesline does more than dry clothes with solar power; it helps build community.More…

Climate Changes

Climate Changes

Intentional communities are in a unique position to respond to climate change.More…

Sustainability Is a Life Style Not a Solar Panel

Sustainability Is a Life Style Not a Solar Panel

A 13-year-old indigenous environmental activist asks us to walk lightly and respect the Earth.More…

Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

When community members want to place “private” panels on “public” roofs, don’t expect clear sailing.More…

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

A communitarian stops counting nanowatts, and starts counting blessings.More…

Strangely Warmed

Strangely Warmed

Home-scale geothermal in appropriate conditions promotes both community and energy savings.More…

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.More…

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.More…

Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities”

Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities”

Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.More…

Cycling toward Sustainable Community

Cycling toward Sustainable Community

After 6,500 miles of pedaling and 100 community visits, a couple documents the promise of intentional community and cooperative living.More…

Greening Your ’Hood

Greening Your ’Hood

Kibbutzes, ecovillages, cohousing communities, and pocket neighborhoods offer us opportunities to make a new start.More…

My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage

An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.”More…

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.More…

Living the Questions

Living the Questions

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.More…

Coming of Age

Coming of Age

In Ithaca, New York, a pioneering project continues to break new ground in ecological design, education, and community.More…

Creating eCohousing

Creating eCohousing

The Yarrow Ecovillage uses the cohousing model to create ecological buildings that meet their occupants’ needs.More…

Aspiring to the Working Class

By learning necessary physical skills, these ecovillagers transcend the limitations of their middle-class educations.More…

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.More…

An Ecovillage Future

An Ecovillage Future

For the health of our species and the planet, we need ecovillages.More…

Real Diversity Is Internal

Real Diversity Is Internal

What happens if, despite all outer appearances, one finds one’s worldview radically different from the mainstream?More…

The Church of Fermentation

The Church of Fermentation

In a world in which food choices
and dietary preferences can
become quasi-religions,
lactic-acid fermentation wins
a new convert.More…

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

To these communitarians, all work was holy—but overwhelmed by “the
accumulating weight of such holiness” and other disappointments, they
eventually adjust their aspirations.More…

How Permaculture Stole My Community!

How Permaculture Stole My Community!

After a painful period stranded in “permaculture heaven,” an Earthaven founder finds her community finally moving back towards balance with its eco-spiritual roots.More…

Doing It, or Are We?

Doing It, or Are We?

On Hawaii’s Big Island, La’akea Community explores sustainability through myriad experiments—from keeping wild pet pigs in the garden to eating 100 percent locally to mowing with sheep.More…

The Sharing Gardens

An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.More…

Growing a Culture of Gratitude in Argentine Patagonia

Growing a Culture of Gratitude in Argentine Patagonia

An organic farming volunteer learns surprising new lessons from his Argentinian hosts—such as how to relax, how to enjoy practical labor, and how to contribute more sustainably by putting personal work first.More…

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
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