Are you interested in assisting in solving the climate change issues? Would you like to live in a place where you had a definite feeling of community and you can be sure that you are living a sustainable lifestyle?

The EcoVillage Education Institute (EVEI) main goal is to educate the public of the fact that humanity faces major problems on a global scale. Consumption and waste are depleting natural resources, threatening our ecosystems, and affecting global climate change.

Social isolation and alienation are endemic. Most people are unaware of the extent of these issues or how they interrelate. Not only does society need more information on these issues, it needs models for how people can live that are ecologically sustainable, economically just, and socially satisfying.

EVEI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit developed as a forward looking organization that will initially operate assisting projects throughout the US to develop co-housing net Zero housing properties.

EVEI will educate the public on these issues by organizing and hosting workshops, seminars, presentations, and providing learning experiences for all ages. We will assist in the research and development of options for the sustainable development of communities, including such issues as energy generation, waste-water treatment, food production, building techniques, landscape architecture. We will also provide support in the development and implementation of cooperation organizing structures and principles, conflict resolution, and training in cooperative decision-making models.

EcoVillage Education Institute’s (EVEI) first project is to assist EcoVillage Charlottesville  in developing their project in Charlottesville. This project will include 30-40 homes at 480 Rio Rd E, Charlottesville. Phone Joanie @ (434) 987-1026 or email freeman.joanie@gmail.com.

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  1. I have been having recent discussions with the founders of EcoVillage Charlottesville who currently own the property where the community is to be built. There is a fine old home there and another building. Its current value is approximately $1 million. To get the design, engineering and other work done to get the approvals to move ahead, it is estimated $100,000 will be needed. The property currently has no mortgage. I have suggested that 10 prospective members of the community step up and agree to guarantee $10,000 each of an equity loan on the property. The idea is that once the approvals are secured the property will have a significant increase in value and that the community will purchase the property (and retire the debt). Thus, the guarantee (no cash forwarded) will enable the current Board to move ahead, get the approvals, and firm up the plans, prices, and initial members of the community.
    This process could be copied by any group that is working with an existing property. It is an alternative for the more usual practice of getting prospective members to commit to a sum as their initial commitment fee.
    Arthur Rashap

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