Greater World Community

Last updated: July 7, 2009 (6 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Greater World Community

(Taos, New Mexico, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 1994  Established: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 505-751-0462
  • Address:
    PO Box 1041
    Taos, New Mexico, 87571-1041
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call 1-800-841-9249 to set up an appointment and visit our educational facility and visitor center.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

to build and inhabit earthship

Community Description:

The Greater World Community is the world’s first Earthship subdivision. Located 15 minutes from historic Taos, New Mexico, the Greater World Community is 634 acres of rolling mesa with great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the town of Taos. Two and a half miles of the community front New Mexico State Highway 64 W. Lots of varying sizes are available in all phases of this development.

The Gravel Pit Reclamation Project (AKA Lemuria) in the Greater World Community is located in the northeastern portion of the subdivision. By combining the Earthship’s innovative water-catch-and-reuse systems with permaculture techniques to trap and direct surface-water runoff, the Gravel Pit Reclamation Project will demonstrate how to rejuvenate and reclaim a formerly worthless piece of discarded land.

Residents of the Greater World enjoy access to 347 acres of community land, open green space with hiking, biking, and parks. There will be a community center built on community land with sports facilities and playground. Greater World members also have access to backup water from the solar-powered community well.

The Earthship homes are the common element in the Greater World community. They continue to evolve each time one is built. No power, water, gas, or sewage lines enter or leave the property. Earthships produce their own power with photovoltaics and wind generators. They catch their own water, use it, and then treat and reuse it several times. The only outside utility most homes have is a propane tank (used primarily for cooking but also for heating water).

We think Earthships are the way of the future, a way to tread more lightly on the earth we share.


  • Adult Members: 108
  • Child Members: 21
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The initiator of the community, developer of the subdivision and creator of the Earthship is Michael Reynolds

    a Board of Directors

    The community votes on big issues. Day to day issues are handled by the Board of Directors.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 364 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 59
  • Additional Comments: Each resident owns their own lot but common land is ownedby the developer, but will be transferred to the community in the future.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: If financing can be obtained to purchase a home, then they are welcome to buy in.

    Residents do have

    A membership fee is required.

    There are annual dues. At this time they are $75/year/membership


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.

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