Dogtown Ecovillage

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

  • Last updated: June 10, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 3, 2016

Mission Statement

Goals
1) Bring together and build a community of neighbors interested in environmental sustainability through shared experiences such as potluck dinners, community service projects, parties, and educational events.
2) Enhance the environmental sustainability of the neighborhood and promote these values more regionally.
3) Create projects such as: gardening in private and shared settings, permaculture, home energy audits, improved housing efficiency, cottage industry such as aquaculture, environmental or social justice activism, tool lending library, shared car, shared wi-fi, shared child care, shared space for environmental activist organizations.

Community Description

We are an urban ecovillage situated in a city neighborhood.
We work together and help each other on sustainable living and group projects.
We each own/rent our own homes and we gather for meals and projects, etc. The core group is all within a few blocks; others come from the surrounding neighborhoods.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 15
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    We are located in an urban neighborhood. Individuals and families own or rent houses or apartments within a few block radius. Some come from beyond that core footprint. Check real estate listings to find available properties. You can also contact us, because sometimes we know of properties that may be available.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us. We could invite you to one of our potlucks, coffees or for a walking tour of the ecovillage.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Join us for potluck, coffee or a walking tour of the ecovillage.
    Our membership process is informal. Most folks join by moving to the area — we can help you with resources to find property to buy/rent.

  • Additional Comments:

    Some of us are very involved, others are less so, because of interest and other commitments. Groups within the ecovillage are encouraged to make it their own, taking initiative on projects of interest to them.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members are economically independent. We share in projects, share goods and services, have cooperative business projects.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s)
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): 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), Saint Louis Ecovillage Network

Fair Housing Laws

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