Los Angeles Eco-Village

Los Angeles, California, United States

  • Last updated: January 2, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We demonstrate higher quality living patterns at lower environmental impacts by maximizing the beneficial connections both within and between the social, the economic and the ecological systems of the neighborhood.

Community Description

The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community (LAEV-IC) is a 40-member group within a two-block neighborhood of about 500 people in central Los Angeles. Started as a project of the nonprofit Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP) after the 1992 civil uprisings, our vision is to reinvent how we live in the city. We do this by demonstrating higher quality living patterns at lower environmental impacts while striving to connect the social, economic and ecological systems of our neighborhood.

Those interested in becoming members are required to demonstrate their commitment to more ecological and cooperative living patterns over time. We are a diverse and activist community.

We are organized into the 45 unit Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative and the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust. We acquired our two buildings and the land from our nonprofit founding organization, CRSP, in 2012. We continue the eco-retrofitting of our buildings started by CRSP in the mid to late 1990s. Recently CRSP acquired a quarter acre property in the north end of our neighborhood which it plans to redevelop into a state of the art car-free mixed use cohousing project.

The community is rich in resources, including an organic produce and bulk foods co-op, an art studio, tool shop, Time Bank, sewing studio, several organic gardens and community meeting spaces, both indoor and out, bicycle shop, plus several home-based business activities. We host a variety of events which also serve the broader neighborhood and the general public.

The LAEV-IC meets weekly and establishes priorities and policies for the buildings, the intentional community, and the neighborhood. Regular community veggie dinners and work parties open to other neighbors, friends, and relatives help glue the community together.

The very dense neighborhood is three miles from downtown Los Angeles, with many public and private schools, colleges, and universities nearby. We are also rich in public transit and bicycle culture, with many green-business development opportunities for those with entrepreneurial spirit.

Several members live and work in the neighborhood. Many are actively involved in social, ecological, and planning issues in the city. The Community and neighborhood are child-friendly.

The downside of the neighborhood is that there is still way too much traffic and pollution.

We provide regular tours, urban-sustainable-community workshops, public talks on a variety of related topics, and affordable accommodations for short stays.

Links:

  • Los Angeles Eco-Village:
    Upcoming events, brochure, practices, photos, bios, links, etc
  • Urban Soil:
    Meeting notes, food co-op, land trust, bylaws, policies, procedures, nuts and bolts of our community
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1985
  • Start Living Together: 1993
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.laecovillage.org
  • Contact Name: Los Angeles Eco-Village
  • Phone: 213-738-1254
  • Community Address:
    117 Bimini Place #221
    Los Angeles, California, 90004
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • 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: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 45
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments:

    Though this is how much land that is owned by our nonprofit Co-op and Land Trust, the two block neighborhood which we envision coming under community control someday is about 11 acres

    Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust owns the land; Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Co-op owns two of our buildings

    45 apartment units in two adjacent apartment buildings

    4 units in an additional apt. bldg, all good neighbors but not members of our IC.

    We have many of the features of cohousing but not a carfree street YET. But someday!

Membership

  • Adult Members: 40
  • Child Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If they just want to tour, go to www.laecovillage.org/home/tours for the regular tour schedule and make a reservation

    If for a short stay under two weeks, Email Lara Morrison at [email protected] 213-383-8684

    If for a longer stay, mail our Visitor Committee at visitor’s Committee

    Let us know when you want to come, for how long, how many people, and the purpose of your visit. Keep after us if we don’t get back to you right away. Availability and type of accommodations vary greatly.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    See http://urbansoil.net/wiki.cgi/Becoming_a_Member

    Generally takes about six months in three phases, and one can not live in properties we own while in the process.

  • Additional Comments:

    Community is very eclectic spiritually and religiously

    A few of us are interested in the potential of home schooling, a community or charter school: some plans but no action. We currently do have a LAEV Family Childcare Service on site; it is an emerging worker co-op.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    There is leadership and leadership groups. We’re trying to make process our leader,

    We have boards & standing and ad hoc committees. There are lots of opportunities to be involved & develop leadership skills.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Prefer debt free people

    We expect members to participate on committees, attend mtgs,, attend community dinners and special events, and participate in work parties on a fairly regular basis

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • 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: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    One to two times per week; though some smaller groups get together more frequently

    We are working at optimizing food production, but have a long way to go

    Community meals are generally vegetarian only;

    Wine at community dinners.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Sufi, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Some of us feel strongly that individuals should be very health conscious and are concerned when members eat unhealthy diets and don’t exercise enough.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Intensely urban, a neighborhood as dense as many parts of Manhattan

Began on the ground in our current location in 1993

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Community Affiliations

We have many informal connections with a dozen other intentional communities in Los Angeles, and many nationally and internationally

Keywords

urban,ecovillage,Los Angeles,intentional community,community land trust,limited equity housing co-op