Bay View Ecovillage

Last updated: July 22, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: April 21, 2008

Bay View Ecovillage

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Facebook:
  • 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
    Generally we like to get to know potential members over a period of time. We have a somewhat official standard of having those interested attend at least 3 dinners as well as a meeting and workday, if possible, but exceptions always exist.

Mission Statement:

Bay View Ecovillage was established to provide a model of micro-community life in an
urban environment. Living arrangements are designed to align people, planet and
pocketbook by creating opportunities for individuals to build sustainable social, environmental and financial systems.

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: 9
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community, Buddhist, Quaker, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Agnostic, Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • 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

  • Area: 0.2 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Additional Comments: We’re installing solar panels this year (2014)! Hope to be able to change some of these numbers soon.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)


  • Required Labor Contribution: 1


  • Additional Comments: We share meals, shoveling, a garden and other incidentals and everyone is expected to attend our weekly meetings as well as participate in the monthly community work days. Most members follow a standard “tenant” model with major expenses being to pay rent to the members who own the houses in order to pay the mortgage. We take turns cooking the shared meals, so members are able to individually budget for shared food-related expenses. We also have a community bank account that all members contribute a small amount to each month to cover repairs/replacement of shared resources (i.e. washer & dryer).



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: Nearly all community meals are vegetarian, gluten-free, cane sugar-free, and [cow] dairy-free. If any members or guests have dietary needs, we try to do what we can to cater to those at community meals.

    Wine is somewhat common at our meals.


Additional Comments

We began as a meeting with about 15 people in my living room.

We moved into the 2 duplexes in late August ’07.

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Cohousing Info

    • Number of housing units: 4
    • Shared common building: No

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge