Michigan Ecovillage

Last updated: August 8, 2015 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: November 24, 2010

Michigan Ecovillage

(Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)

Mission Statement:

“We envision a world that supports life at all stages through stewardship of Soul, Earth and Community.”

Community Description:

MI Ecovillage
Michigan (MI) Ecovillage is a multi-generational intentional community in development, which will demonstrate climate change adaptation, mitigation, and migration strategies.
The goal of MI Ecovillage is the establishment of sustainable multi-generational urban/rural hub and spoke communities which support the health and well-being of Members, take care of the planet, and serve as a replicable educational model for the broader society. A social justice commitment encompasses environmental and economic ethical activity, with support for vulnerable populations of all ages, including infants, children, under-employed youth and families, seniors and elders; as well as vulnerable plant and animal species. MI Ecovillage is committed that all Members will experience being known, loved and supported, in community.
MI Ecovillage is being established utilizing an innovative inter-dependent foundation of nesting long-term sustainable cooperative economic structures, for community development, expansion and replication. Cooperative business structures include vertically-integrated consumer, producer, housing and worker-owner co-ops. Community member worker-owned cooperatives will provide sustaining sources of income. Worker-owners will live in the Ecovillage with their families, and provide products and services for local and surrounding communities. Individual co-ops will leverage the economic market synergy of a larger urban/rural Ecovillage consortium. The use of the co-op business structure provides Members excellent third-party social investment legal parameters, plus access to co-op organization partnerships and grants, as well as co-op bank bond offerings.
Consumer Co-ops:
1. Assisted Living Services
2. “Green House Home” Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facilities
3. Early Childhood Education Program/Child Care Services
4. Organic Nutrient-Dense Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
5. Organic Nutrient-Dense Food Services/Cafeteria
6. Community Solar Power Plants

Producer Co-ops:
1. Organic Nutrient-Dense, Soil Carbon Sequestration Farms with Pastured Poultry/Dairy
2. Aquaponics/Four-Season Greenhouses
3. Arboriculture/Orchard/Food Forestry/Biochar Pyrolysis Plant
Housing Co-ops:
1. Efficiency Apartments with Community Center
2. Tiny House Park
3. Senior Independent Living Apartments and Condos
4. Senior Low-Income Apartments
5. Co-Housing Family Condos
Worker-Owned Co-ops Can Include:
1. Child Care/Early Childhood Education Providers
2. US DOL Registered Apprenticeship Services
3. Elder Care Service Providers
4. Carbon-Negative/Local Material Building Design and Construction
5. Solar Power Plant Design and Construction
Start-Up Financing Structures:
1. Local Investing by Member Small Investors and Social Investors
2. Self-Directed IRAs for construction of rental housing
3. Co-op Bonds & Grants
MI Ecovillage will be working with the MSU Product Development Center in 2016 on co-op business plans in preparation for investment offerings. MI Ecovillage is currently looking for Founders, Partners and Supporters, including:
1. Co-op Members & Board Members
2. Financial Officer
3. Experienced Long Term Care Administrator
4. Experienced Organic Farmer
Michigan Ecovillage
Karl Kaufman, Exec. Director
28404 Alger Blvd., Madison Heights, MI 48071


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

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Establishing cooperative legal structure with Board of Directors.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Other
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Planned number of residences: 50
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Biomass, Geothermal

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: No


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


Michigan, Ecovillage, co-op, worker cooperative, Elder care, climate change, multi-generational,

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