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Columbia Ecovillage

Last updated: December 12, 2016 (2 months ago)

Listing created on: October 8, 2007

Columbia Ecovillage

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:

Community Sustainability

Community Description:

We are an urban cohousing ecovillage cultivating supportive relationships with each other, the larger community, and the Earth.

We are a “green” 37-residence condominium development and cohousing community composed of private condos with full kitchens supplemented by extensive common facilities. The village is on 3.73 acres that include play areas, vineyards, extensive vegetable gardens, and mature fruit and nut trees. Our common spaces include a 1912 6-bedroom farmhouse, Dining Hall, storage building, crafts room, and laundry room. We are located on two frequent-service bus lines in inner northeast Portland.

Members of the community share a growing concern for the environment and a desire to live lightly upon the earth, while strengthening social ties that are lost in the rushed and hectic pace of life today. Our residents range in age from two to 89 years old.

Many people contact us to inquire about internships, volunteer opportunities, or overnight stays. At this time, we do not have a volunteer program. We are only able to host personal guests of current residents, or people who are actively in the process of renting or buying an available unit. If you are interested in exploring Columbia Ecovillage as a potential new home, please join our email list, which alerts subscribers about available homes as they arise. We have scheduled tours on the first Saturday of the month. Please consult our website for the tour schedule and email list signup.

If you are a student or journalist wishing to conduct research about cohousing or ecovillages, please consult our website, which is chock full of interesting and helpful information about our community, and co-housing in general. If you have additional questions, please contact us by email with your questions, and someone from our Outreach Team may be able to accommodate with a brief interview.

Thanks for your interest!

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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Area: 3.73 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 37
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: Our condos come in a range of sizes: studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom. Each unit may also reserve the guest rooms in the farmhouse for their friends and relations. They can also reserve the farmhouse or dining hall for private parties.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 64
  • Child Members: 12
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish a tour. We do tours on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We encourage people interested in our community to get to know us to determine if it is a good match. To be included on our list of interested people, please come on a tour, join us for a meal or two, and attend a meeting.
  • Additional Comments: We are primarily an owner occupied community. We have a small number of rentals, which are owned and managed by individual members.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We are pleased to be using sociocracy for the last three years. Our main four councils are Land, Admin/Board, Social, Facilities.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Each person age 18 and older must work 9 hours per month, but people put in many more hours than that. Our monthly HOA fees cover insurance, reserve funds, council expenses, water and sewer. To keep our HOA fees reasonable we do all of the property management, grow vegetables, fruit and nuts, and help each other.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Every common meal must include vegetarian, non gluten and non diary options.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Community Affiliations

No Name

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