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EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture Paperback – May 1, 2005
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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 cohousing 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, and
- dramatic examples of personal transformation.
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.(2004-12-01)
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She states, "Ithaca is committed to reaching mainstream, middle-class Americans and others who are open to positive change. EVI is a living laboratory that draws from the best alternative practices in land use, organic agriculture, community living, green building, and energy conservation. We integrate proven social and environmental systems to provide a glimpse into one possible positive future for the planet." (Pg. 3)
She notes, "At EVI meaningful human contact is the norm and not the exception. I consider myself blessed to live here. I can maintain my privacy when I need to, but also have plenty of opportunity to form and develop connections with my cohousing neighbors. Indeed I think that living in community fills the deep longing for human love and connection that is shared by our whole species." (Pg. 75) Later, she suggests, "It wasn't utopia. But it was a pretty good place to be." (Pg. 102)
She summarizes, "Over the years our shared experiences, shared work, and shared leadership have all helped to bring us closer together as a community. Our reconsideration of the whole EcoVillage vision made us feel like an extended family.Read more ›
My sister and I, natives of California and graduates of UC Berkeley, have had parallel paths in life based on counter-culture values. Living in Long Island, she has put a lot of energy into social justice issues, while I have been living in Louisiana doing faith-based community development work. Last year, she became one of the 40 families in EVI's third neighborhood.
In the spring of 2013, I had the opportunity to spend a month in Ithaca, as my sister participated in community processes at EVI. This included a number of consensus-based decision-making processes related to their neighborhood formation, and a number of formal and informal meetings with other residents, old and new. Liz Walker, the author of this book, was, wherever I encountered her, a steady and stabilizing, but unobtrusive, presence.
Intrigued by the quality of both the participants and their goals and processes, I welcomed the opportunity to read Liz's book.. I found that her style and approach were just what I needed, as a newcomer to this type of community life. With grace and sensitivity, she lays out the history and the components of the community structure and process, and gives a clear sense of the quality and pace, the ups and downs, of the human interactions.
The reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is that while it's chocked full of anecdotes, it's short on actual advice for those wishing to form duplicate communities elsewhere. The group at Ithaca had some tremendous advantages early on, (such as being offered free land, and enjoying overwhelming support from the local community). Still, it's a good read for anybody interested in intentional communities or ecovillages.
One thing I took to heart from this is that the CSA farmer couple at Ithaca felt like they were getting something of a raw deal, and not enough support from the community. This is a recurring theme in other ICs that have a single person, couple or small group responsible for growing food for the community, with a community that's free to shop elsewhere if they desire. It's a valuable lesson.
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Read it, then live it. Go visit the fantastic lifestyle. It's changed from its humble beginnings. Plus an amazing city.Published 20 months ago by kristin etzold
Liz Walker is a startlingly untalented amateur writer, and it really shows in this book. Far from a page turner, this book is a challenge to enjoy from start to finish. Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by Amazon Customer