Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities
The Ecovillages movement is a worldwide network of communities which strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. Examples include Kibbutz, Camphill communities and others based on frameworks such as Permaculture.
This book explores the background and history to the Ecovillages movement, and goes on to provide a comprehensive manual for planning, establishing and maintaining a sustainable community. Issues discussed include leadership and conflict management, house design, building techniques, farming and food production, water and sewage, energy sources and alternative economics. In the final chapter, the author brings it all together in a step-by-step guide.
Throughout, this book is packed with handy tips, useful insights and sage advice. Theory is brought to life in a series of striking ‘Living Example’ case-studies from around the world, which include Sunrise Farm Australia, Woodcrest Bruderhof New York, Camphill Solborg, Kibbutz Lotan, Findhorn Scotland, Kimberton Hills Camphill, ZEGG Germany, Wilhelmina Holland, Earthaven Ecovillage North Carolina, Twin Oaks Community Virginia, Anghieri Italy, Kibbutz Ketura, Terre d’Enaille Belgium, Kibbutz Samar, Lebensgarten Germany, New Bassaisa Egypt and La Paix-Dieu Belgium.
Table of Contents
1. Why live in ecovillages? The story of GEN
2. Patterns in Nature
3. Modelling the Ecovillage — the Social Aspect
4. House Design and Building Techniques
5. Soil, Plants, Gardening and Farming
6. Water and Sewage
7. Energy Sources and Alternative Technology
8. Alternative Economics
III Putting It All Together
9. Design Hands-On
About the Author
Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime working in alternative communities, ranging frm the kibbutz in Israel to his present home in the Solborg Camphill community in Norway. He leads training and development for new ecovillage projects around the world.