Enright Ridge Urban Eco-village

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

  • Last updated: October 17, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 18, 2013

Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage seeks to be an ecologiaclly responsible community sharing ideas, resources, and a reveranece for Earth.

We are an urban retrofit ecovillage. We support each other in living sustainable lives and seek to be a demonstration on the way city neighborhoods can become more community oriented and sustainable.

Community Description

ENRIGHT RIDGE URBAN ECO-VILLAGE
CINCINNATI, OHIO

In 2004, Imago, an ecological education organization on Enright Ave. brought 17 residents together to start an ecovillage in the neighborhood. They came together and committed to developing a neighborhood that valued a sense of community and would become a destination neighborhood embodying green sustainable living practices, as well as a model for revitalizing other urban neighborhoods. Its mission: Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, Inc. seeks to be an ecologically responsible community sharing ideas, resources and a reverence for earth.

The ecovillage was founded in 2004, became a tax-exempt organization in 2007. Tt is located on four dead-end streets just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Enright Ave., the first street we settle on is a ¾ mile long with 80 houses and 90 households in an inner ring neighborhood,. Terry St. has seven houses and eight households and McPherson has fourteen houses with seventeen households. 35% of the residents are involved with the ecovillage 25% are open and 40% indifferent. There is no opposition because the neighborhood is a wonderful place to live because it is an ecovillage.

Housing prices and rentals are reasonably priced. We have acquired 15 buildings with 25 units that were foreclosed. We have rehabbed them and sold most to home owners, some we have kept to rent to people interested in the ecovillage. We used creative financing to purchase the first home, then came across a foundation that has lent us money for purchase and rehab, repaying it when we sell the house. Eighty-five percent of the houses in the ecovillage are owned by homeowner. We do not control who buys into the ecovillage, but most people who moving here do so because of the ecovillage. We have had a good number of young families with children move into the ecovillage over the years.

We have created an urban CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project in and around the ecovillage, using backyards and lots. We have two farmers working for us and an intern. We have 60 shares, serving around 150 people. Shares are not restricted to the ecovillage. We see the urban CSA model as the best way to grow a significant amount of food in our urban areas, and also provide employment to farmers. Two of our CSA members have written a book called: “Starting Your Urban CSA, a Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Community-Supported Agriculture Project in Your Urban Neighborhood.”

In the late 1800’s a pub was opened across the street from what is now the entranceway to the ecovillage. It was a family run bar until the early 2000’s. At that point a person bought it and ran a disreputable establishment. When the opportunity came, the ecovillage purchased the pub with the dream of doing a green general store and pub. The pub has continued, the store is still in the dream stage. The pub has become a wonderful community gathering place and is the greenest pub in Cincinnati.

With a majority of people now living in cities, we have to find ways of making our cities more Earth friendly. The urban ecovillage is a great way of doing this. Our goal is to help other urban neighborhoods create their own ecovillage. We are willing to consult with groups interested in looking at the possibility of creating an ecovillage in their city neighborhood.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individuals have their own homes, the community has three buildings and a greenhouse.
  • Additional Comments:

    The eco-village has three houses and land around them. Imago has 36 acres in the area. The rest of the land is held by individuals We don’t like the word own because we really can’t own the land, it’s a fantasy. We are simply a resident on the Earth, we can’t own it..

    Most of the land is held by individual residents of the eco-village.

    We would be open to cohousing developing in the eco-village

Membership

  • Adult Members: 100000
  • Child Members: 100000
  • Non-member Residents: 250
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We have four types of membership.

  • Additional Comments:

    We do Earth-centered spiritual celebrations based on Earth centered traditions.

    We have several Waldorf teachers who live in the ecovillage and teach at a local Waldorf school . We have a Waldorf preschool located in the ecovillage.

Government

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

    As a non-profit organization we have a board

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    People are responsible for own finances

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and 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: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have a CSA and many private organic gardens

    Most of our community meals are vegetarian

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): We do Earth centered rituals and celebration, but wouldn\’t say it is a spiritual tradition.
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    The ecovillage is spread out over 4 blocks. There are clusters of people who support each other along with the broader neighborhood interactions.

Additional Comments

Our community is in a diverse neighborhood. We have thousands of residents, about 250 are human. We believe the non-human community is an important part of our community.

Community Affiliations

urban ecovillage website

Keywords

ecovillage, ecovillage Cincinnati, ecovillage Ohio, urban ecovillage, retrofit ecovillage