Last updated: January 20, 2014 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: June 6, 2011

Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage

(Bloomington, Indiana, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011  Established: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.ganecovillage.org/
  • Contact Name: Ann Kreilkamp
  • Phone: 812-606-9563
  • Address:
    134 N. Overhill Drive
    Bloomington, Indiana, 47408
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email to schedule visit, or join the mailing list (see our website) and come to an event.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

community sustainability

Community Description:

Want to build community, live sustainably, and, above all, have fun? Life in our growing ecovillage connects you on a daily basis with others who choose to live lightly on the land while deepening their connections with each other and the natural world.

Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage (GANE) is an intentional cohousing community formed within the boundaries of an established suburban neighborhood. We are using the “retrofit cohousing” model, inspired by N Street Cohousing in Davis, CA. While most cohousing communities are built from the ground up, like N Street, we chose the practical, cost-effective alternative of taking advantage of already-existing resources and built structures.

At this point in our evolution, our ecovillage consists of a cluster of three homes and their inhabitants (both renters and owners) next door and across the street from each other, within the established 400-plus home Green Acres Neighborhood in Bloomington, Indiana. Our ecovillage is one growing edge of the official Green Acres Neighborhood Plan for sustainability that was created by the Green Acres Neighborhood Association and filed with the city of Bloomington in 2007.

Green Acres neighborhood is conveniently located within walking/biking distance of Indiana University (which borders it on the west), of downtown Bloomington (west of campus), and of one of Bloomington’s major shopping hubs (to the south and east). Buses to all parts of Bloomington and Indiana University conveniently run on major streets that mark the outside boundaries of the neighborhood. Green Acres is also a short drive from three state parks and numerous lakes of various sizes, all with walking trails.

With its prime location, excellent schools, and an exceptional record of neighborhood safety, Green Acres is a prime location for singles, families, retired folks and IU students, all of whom we welcome in our community!

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Suburban
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: 3

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No

Diet

  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.

Cohousing Info

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

Fair Housing Laws

Our community does not provide land or housing, so is not subject to fair housing laws.

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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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