Last updated: January 20, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: April 21, 2008

Bay View Ecovillage

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2006  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Lauren Poppen
  • Phone: 414-301-1641
  • Address:
    2846 S. Linebarger Ter.
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53207
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visitors can find more information on our website.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

People Planet Pocketbook

Community Description:

The Bay View Ecovillage is a diverse, urban intentional community focused on social connections and environmental action. Located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, only blocks from Lake Michigan, we believe quality of life increases as our “footprint” decreases. Representing multiple different decades of experience, we have 11 members living in two duplexes.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 21-30%
  • Percent Men: 71-80%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Protestant/Lutheran, Quaker, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We do have 3 founders, 2 of whom own the houses we live in.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 0.2 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 2

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: We share meals, shoveling, a garden and other incidentals and everyone is expected to attend our weekly meetings


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: We’re hoping to move up to the next level this year!

    Nearly all community meals are vegetarian, gluten-free and soy-free

    Wine is somewhat common at our meals.

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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.