Piedmont Ecovillage

Richmond, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: January 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 31, 2015

Mission Statement

Our intention is to create a healthy environment where children can play together in safety, and where neighbors work collaboratively towards the good of the community while respecting each other’s independence. Our ecovillage will serve as an education center to promote green building practices, alternative energy use, and other principals of sustainable design. The neighborhood will include a shared common house and will maximize green space for a variety of purposes, including recreation and community gardens. We will offer several housing options including detached single-family homes, attached homes, and tiny homes. All structures will employ green building practices such as passive solar design to minimize our community’s carbon footprint.

Community Description

We are in the planning stage of developing a new ecovillage in one of the counties surrounding Richmond, Virginia. Our vision is to create a diverse rural community which fosters social interaction, integrates sustainable practices, and serves to educate and inspire others. Our aim is to create an environment of growth, for people, families, kids, pets, gardens, wildlife, crops, hearts and spirits. Our intention is to do so, in a non-hierarchical way, through dynamic governance (Sociocracy) while incorporating a healthy balance of individual privacy and community sharing.

Our community will include: shared gardens, orchards, rain-water harvesting, composting, recycling, multi-purpose/re-configurable indoor and outdoor areas, pedestrian paths, renewable energy, a shared maker-space, common meals, and all manner of shared wisdom, from yoga to martial arts, and beekeeping to permaculture.

Another priority will be to have the common house act as a not-for-profit, educational center which will strive to instruct others on the valuable lessons of living gently and nurturing the planet. We envision classes ranging from permaculture, to tiny house construction, to Sociocracy and anything in between – including things we hope to discover along the way as we join together to create our ecovillage. Eventually, we expect to extend the invitation to experience ecovillage living to others. Providing overnight stays in the common house’s guest rooms, to possibly more protracted stays for exploring members or anyone who’s simply eco-curious.

We’re hoping to break new trail on living simply. We welcome new members, ideas, and support. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website: PiedmontEcovillage.org or email [email protected]

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2014
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://piedmontecovillage.org
  • Contact Name: Peggy
  • Community Address:
    TBD
    Richmond, Virginia, 23238
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 25
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Once we secure land we would welcome visitors.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    New members are welcome. Visit our website for information on how to join: PiedmontEcovillage.org

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

ecovillage, cohousing, sustainable, solar, green, Sociocracy