Last updated: March 2, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

EcoVillage of Loudoun County

(Lovettsville, Virginia, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 1990  Established: 2001
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.ecovillages.com/
  • Contact Name: EcoVillage of Loudoun County
  • Address:
    PO Box 507
    Lovettsville, Virginia, 20180
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact the EcoVillage by email.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Environmentalism; cohousing; shared resources

Community Description:

The mission of EcoVillage of Loudoun County combines the cohousing ideal of people living together in community with the ecovillage ideal of people living in harmony with Earth and its inhabitants. We aim to restore nature and expand human potential by creating a lifestyle that nurtures the human spirit and offers hope for future generations.
The ecological goal is to preserve and restore biodiversity, quality, and abundance of natural resources. Balance natural systems so that each generation acts to benefit future generations.
The social goal is to maintain a community lifestyle that protects individual rights; fosters a spirit of community; and facilitates activities that benefit individuals, enrich the community, and promote positive relations with the larger world.

Population

  • Adult Members: 46
  • Child Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: This community is open to people of various religions as well as those with no religious affiliation.

    Some residents home school or private schools. Most use public school. Childcare is provided by a teacher resident in the community on a limited basis.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Through an election process.

    Through an election process.

    We use Sociocratic (aka Dynamic Governance or Reslient Business Design) Method for decision-making. It is a consent-based model developed in the Netherlands after WWII, and used there in many profit-making corporations as well as cohousing communities.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 90.8 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 14
  • Additional Comments: This is the total acreage of the EcoVillage subdivision. It contains 25 smaller lots (totalling 11.9 acres) and 3 large parcels approximately 10 acre lots (totalling 30.76 acres) and a common area of 40.06 acres. All lots are privately owned. Lots and the common area are governed by the Declaration of Covenants of the community. There is also a privately owned 88.85 acre conservation property with shared paths adjacent to the EcoVillage subdivision.

    The land is privately owned.

    There are 27 buildable lots in the EcoVillage subdivision that can support houses.

    14

    The community uses a number of cohousing principles.

Labor and Money

  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Members purchase lots/homes fee simple and become members of the EcoVillage Community Assocation. The EVCA collects an annual assessment to support common amenities and activities.

    An additional community assessment is charged to those not contributing approved labor.

    Lot and home owners pay a community assessment to the EcoVillage Community Association

    Yes, the annual community assessment levied by the EcoVillage Community Association

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Some of the residents grow food on their lots.

    The community has some vegetarians and vegans.

    There is one adult smoker in the community.

Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Shared common building: No
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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.
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