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EcoVillage at Ithaca : Pioneering a Sustainable Culture - Liz Walker

EcoVillage at Ithaca

Pioneering a Sustainable Culture

Paperback Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9780865715240
Number Of Pages: 256

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In a world filled with stories of environmental devastation and social dysfunction, "EcoVillage at Ithaca" is a refreshing and hopeful look at a modern-day village that is taking an integrated approach to addressing these problems.

This book tells the story of life at EcoVillage at Ithaca, an internationally recognized example of sustainable development. It transports the reader into the midst of a vibrant community that includes co-housing neighborhoods, small-scale organic farming, land preservation, green building, energy alternatives and hands-on education. By integrating proven social and environmental alternatives into a living model, EcoVillage at Ithaca provides a rare glimpse into one possible--and positive--future for the planet.

"EcoVillage at Ithaca" delves into the heart of the lived experience at this innovative community. It provides a warm, personal and reflective look at what it is like to create a sustainable culture. The book tells in-depth stories about an integrated way of life:

Running a family farm
Creating "invented celebrations"
The poignancy of a home birth, as well as a conscious death
Community work parties
Dramatic examples of personal transformation

At the same time, as one chapter states, "This is not Utopia," and the struggles and conflicts inherent in any community endeavor are not glossed over.

Human scale, accessible and inspiring, the example of "EcoVillage at Ithaca" will help readers imagine fresh alternatives to "life as usual." It will appeal to all who are hungry to learn about successful working models of a more sustainable approach to living with each other and the earth.

Liz Walker co-founded and has directed EcoVillage at Ithaca since its inception in 1991 and has lived there with her family since the first buildings were completed. She has worked on all aspects of the community's development and has written and lectured widely on the topic.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
How It All Startedp. 7
The Global Walkp. 7
The Envisioning Retreatp. 12
Buying the Landp. 15
People and the Landp. 21
Ithacap. 21
The Land Use Planning Processp. 23
Paying Off the Landp. 29
West Haven Farmp. 39
Jen and Johnp. 41
Farming and Financesp. 42
Working on the Farmp. 45
CSA Pickupp. 46
Living in Communityp. 53
The Cohousing Modelp. 55
Growing Painsp. 56
Famous Fried Tofup. 61
... and the Beach Partyp. 65
Invented Celebrationsp. 66
It's Not Utopia: Conflict and Communicationp. 77
Communicationp. 77
Conflictp. 83
The Cycle of Lifep. 103
Birth and Death at EcoVillagep. 103
Life Passagesp. 112
Personal Transformationsp. 118
"Deepening Relationships" Groupsp. 121
The "Eco" in EcoVillagep. 125
The Big Picturep. 125
Green Buildingp. 134
FROG and SONG: Choices and Consequencesp. 138
Recyclingp. 141
Influencing Friends and Neighborsp. 143
Creating the "Village" in EcoVillagep. 147
Getting Us Togetherp. 149
The "Crux of the Matter" Partyp. 150
Sharing the Load, Sharing the Glory: The Benefits of Shared Leadershipp. 152
Revisiting the Visionp. 159
Learning and Teachingp. 161
Community Education: Learning from the Inside Outp. 162
Sharing Our Learningp. 167
Partnership Education: Creating the Basis for Institutional Changep. 179
International Ecovillage Educationp. 185
Spreading the Wordp. 189
The People Connectionp. 190
Sister Villagep. 192
The Allure of Village Lifep. 200
Working with the Mediap. 202
Assessing the Present, Planning the Futurep. 207
How Are We Doing?p. 209
Dream Projectsp. 215
Ecovillages and the World: What We Have to Offerp. 220
Glossary of Acronymsp. 221
EcoVillage at Ithaca Timelinep. 225
Indexp. 231
About the Authorp. 237
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ISBN: 9780865715240
ISBN-10: 0865715246
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36