Los Angeles Eco-Village
Los Angeles, California, United States
- Last updated: January 2, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
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.
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.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1985
- Start Living Together: 1993
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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%
- 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
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)
We have many informal connections with a dozen other intentional communities in Los Angeles, and many nationally and internationally
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