Last updated: December 9, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: March 14, 2005
Berea College Ecovillage
(Berea, Kentucky, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 2001
- Start Living Together: 2003
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.berea.edu/sens/ecovillage/
- Contact Name: Richard Olson
- Phone: 859-985-3593
Berea, Kentucky, 40404
Visitors accepted: Yes
Just contact us as far in advance as possible.
Open to new Members: Yes
Must be Berea College students or spouse of a BC student.
In addition to 50 townhouse apartments and a state-of-the-art child development and daycare center, the complex includes a commons house, a Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) demonstration house, and landscaping features such as vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and a permaculture food forest.
The Ecovillage uses 50% less energy and water than conventional residences of this type in this region. Roughly 50% of the waste stream is diverted to recycling, reuse or composting.
The ecovillage incorporates a wide range of “green design” elements including construction with SIPS panels, ground-based heat pumps for space heating and cooling, rooftop capture of rainwater for irrigation, passive solar gain, and the use of clotheslines.
The SENS House is a net producer of electricity, operates totally on rain water, uses solar water heating, and has no central heating or cooling. Greywater is treated by an ecological machine and used to irrigate crops in an attached greenhouse. The adjacent aquaponics facility raises catfish, tilapia, and vegetables in a recirculating system that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics.