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Ithaca Ecovillage

Green Building and Planning

Pedro Leal

on 12 March 2013

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60 homes (+40 with TREE)
2 Common Houses
15 acres organic farms
55-acre conservation easement
Community service: 2-3 hours/week

Get to know each other

Group decision-making Homeschool x public schools

Center for Sustainability Education (workshops) Approximately 9% of the land dedicated to farming
Organic and berry farm
feed 1000 people/week (late May to early November)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
$350-550 for organic
$72 for berry
Sustainable center
training program (credits for students) Small footprint on the land (clustered homes)
Passive solar homes
Super insulated (40-60% less heating bills)
Rainwater collection
Grey water recycling
Recycling and composting systems
Composting toilets
Ground-source heaters Social EVI's history Purchase of the land
(176 acres) 1992 2001 FROG’s completion
(1. Cohousing Project in NY State) SONG’s construction initiated 1997 SONG’s completion 2004 Decision to build TREE 2007 2013 Pedro Leal and Rena Salzmann March, 2013 What are ecovillages? Intentional communities (residential)

Vision shared by members


Rural or urban areas

Cohousing principle (private home + shared facilities) Origins of Ecovillages
Denmark (1960s):
origin of cohousing

Scotland (1995): “Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities” Conference
Intentional communities “Ecovillages” Ecovillages around the world Forecast completion of TREE’s construction
Sustainable lifestyle

Being part of a community

Reduce global warming

Inspire other people Driving Force Currently According to Liz Walker, one of the founders: 5 key points Green building Alternative energy Local food production Strong sense of community Enhance on education Passive and active solar systems
PV panels

Active solar hot water heating system
solar panels on the common houses’ roofs circulate the heated water throughout the neighborhood Costs
$80,000 (studio apartments)
$250,000 (bigger houses) TREE: Problems How to go "greener''? Benefits Social Environmental Economic Connection to nature
Kids (freedom)
Positive integration between residents
Feeling of belonging
Improved life quality Green technologies
224 trina solar panels were installed, promoting the reduction of carbon dioxide by 250 tons. (inhabitat, 2011)
Environmentally friendly life style
Organic agriculture “On average, residents use 40% less energy than other middle class U.S. households.” (inhabitat, 2011)
Less material needed for construction: 1,228 ft² (EVI) x 2,230 ft² (US) Conflicts between residents Logistics Village quite far from downtown Global Ecovillage Network, 2013 On-site wastewater treatment system Affordability Sources Contact Person: Liz Walker
100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca – NY 14850
+1 (607) 272-5149 COEN, A. EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting. Date of access: March 1st, 2013. Available at: <http://inhabitat.com/ecovillage-at-ithaca-offers-sustainable-living-in-a-community-setting/>.

Ecovillage at Ithaca. Date of access: March 1st, 2013. Available at: <http://ecovillageithaca.org/evi/>.

Frequency555.com. Interview with Liz Walker: Ecovillage at Ithaca - What makes an Ecovillage? Date of access: March 1st, 2013. Available at: <

Global Village Network. Date of access: March 1st, 2013. Available at: <http://gen.ecovillage.org/>.

HUI, L. S.. Back to basics. Date of access: March 1st, 2013. Available at: <http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/8/22/lifefocus/4537455&sec=lifefocus.>. EVI Most Interesting Radical change in lifestyle

Strong sense of community
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