By Liz Walker

In an international jam-packed with tales of environmental devastation and social disorder, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a clean and hopeful examine a modern day village that's taking an built-in method of addressing those difficulties. This publication tells the tale of existence at EcoVillage at Ithaca, an across the world well-known instance of sustainable improvement. It transports the reader into the midst of a colourful neighborhood that comes with co-housing neighborhoods, small-scale natural farming, land maintenance, eco-friendly development, strength choices and hands-on schooling. by way of integrating confirmed social and environmental possible choices right into a residing version, EcoVillage at Ithaca presents an extraordinary glimpse into one possible—and positive—future for the planet. EcoVillage at Ithaca delves into the center of the lived adventure at this leading edge group. It presents a hot, own and reflective examine what it's prefer to create a sustainable tradition. The publication tells in-depth tales approximately an built-in lifestyle: working a family members farm growing “invented celebrations” The poignancy of a house delivery, in addition to a unsleeping loss of life group paintings events Dramatic examples of private transformation while, as one bankruptcy states, “This isn't really Utopia,” and the struggles and conflicts inherent in any group recreation aren't glossed over. Human scale, obtainable and encouraging, the instance of EcoVillage at Ithaca can help readers think clean choices to “life as usual.” it's going to entice all who're hungry to benefit approximately profitable operating versions of a extra sustainable method of dwelling with one another and the earth. Liz Walker co-founded and has directed EcoVillage at Ithaca given that its inception in 1991 and has lived there together with her family members because the first constructions have been accomplished. She has labored on all facets of the community’s improvement and has written and lectured greatly at the subject.

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THE EQUITY TRUST FUND Chuck Mathei was the director of Equity Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the formation of community land trusts (CLT). A CLT combines preservation of open space with affordable It is a cold spring day, and I am in housing and organic agriculture. His despair. What went wrong? What work and our need seemed like a perfect if SONG doesn’t get built? Will match! the mortgage holders foreclose? I set up Chuck’s visit and, with coPerhaps this is the end of Ecosponsorship from many local groups, Village.

EcoVillage at Ithaca will have brother and sister communities, each unique, yet each sharing a vision of a vibrant new way of living on the Earth. — Journal entry, September 1,1991 ■ 16 E C O V I L L A G E AT I T H A C A trees would have to be cut down to build homes — an environmental bonus, since some other proposed sites were densely forested and would have to be logged. To help people clarify their ideas before making a decision, I asked everyone to participate in an exercise. First I drew an imaginary line down the long school hallway.

Meanwhile Jon and I flew back to San Francisco, collected our kids from their grandparents, and began packing up our lives. Although Jon’s love affair was over and we had gone through couples counseling, he had no interest in getting back together. We still maintained a good working relationship, however. Jon was committed to helping raise the children, so he decided to move to Ithaca, too. He drove across the country in a 22-foot HertzPenske moving van loaded with our life’s possessions and his plumbing, computer, and solar equipment.

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