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Top 5 Questions – Building an Ecovillage

Posted on November 10, 2018 by
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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Building an Ecovillage

A Look Inside Wisdom of Communities Volume 4

by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager

Finally! Our fourth and final volume of the Wisdom of Communities series has been released! Now you can get your own copy of Volume 4: Sustainability in Community or order the entire set in both printed books and digital ebooks.

Wisdom of Communities compiles hundreds of our favorite articles from Communities magazine and distills them into 4 hefty books, serving you a platter of the greatest wisdom our authors can offer on starting, finding, communicating and sustaining in community. This series is an essential set for community founders, seekers, current communitarians, students, and researchers alike.

In Volume 4: Sustainability in Community we focus on food, waterWisdom of Communities Volume 4, shelter, energy, land, permaculture, ecovillage design, eco-education, and resilience in cooperative culture. These areas will prove more and more essential in allowing communities to navigate changing circumstances on our planet, while growing into new, regenerative ways of living and thriving together.

For example, Gwendolyn Hallsmith lists in her article titled “Ecovillage Infrastructure: The Skeleton of Community,” the questions anyone must ask first who desires to build an Ecovillage.

“All too often,” she says, “people try to form ecovillages without a solid understanding of the legal and technical issues associated with large numbers of people living on the same piece of land together. They find a large lot for sale out in the middle of the countryside, buy it, and start to make plans for communal living without first making sure that what they have in mind is even possible.”

Here are the top 5 questions, according to Hallsmith:

1. What is your water supply and how will it be appropriately treated?

2. How will you address  human waste and what are your area’s requirements?

3. What is your area’s zoning laws for housing capacities?

4. What type of legal entity will your community adopt (i.e. corporation, nonprofit, cooperative, etc)?

5. How will you establish home ownership? Through a land trust, cooperatively owned housing, subdivision or condominium?

Read further details about each of these questions in the full article found in Wisdom of Communities: Volume 4 – Sustainability in Community. You can also view the introduction and entire table of contents here.

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