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|Tuesday, March 1st, 2011|
The New We - A movie about Ecovillage Cohousing in Europe
The Fellowship for Intentional Community
Promoting Community Living & Cooperative Lifestyles
Communities magazine, Directory, Video and more
New Two Hour Documentary on DVD
A New We
Ecological Communities and Ecovillages in Europe
"Every once in a while, a film comes along that can transform the way we live. A New We by the Austrian filmmaker Stefan Wolf is such a film..."
- Will M. Tuttle, Ph.D., author, The World Peace Diet
The variety of situations and voices in A New We inspires hope for the future of humanity and all life on the planet. The lives shown here are more motivated by imagination, vision, respect and cooperation than by economic forces and social expectations. In these 10 communities, the creative solutions to many social, environmental and economic challenges exemplify the nearly infinite capacity for human-, community- and self-development.
It's a film that enlightens, encourages and spreads hope--for a new world and A New We.
Featured Ecovillages and Communities
|Sieben Linden ||Germany |
|Schloss Tonndorf ||Germany |
|Krishna Valley ||Hungary |
|Damanhur ||Italy |
|Schloss Glarisegg ||Switzerland |
|La Borie Noble ||France |
|Valle de Sensaciones ||Spain |
|Matavenero ||Spain |
|Tamera ||Portugal |
|Finca Tierra ||Canary Island|
|Thursday, October 14th, 2010|
Water usage goal achieved!
Several years ago I started working to reduce our household water consumption. The 3 of us were using 168,000 gallons a year. I thought this seemed like too much. I set an initial goal of using less water than what fell out of the sky onto our property each year. At an average annual rainfall of 17", we get about 105,000 gallons of rain. It took us 3 years, but this year our water consumption was 102,000 gallons! Most of this savings came from 3 changes: 1) I eliminated one of our 3 lawns, 2) I installed a dual-flush flush valve in our master bath toilet, 3) I have been increasingly frugal with irrigation each year. Losing our roommate back in May is sure to have helped for this year also. These changes allowed us to achieve year over year reductions of 6% in 2008, 25% in 2009, and 18% in 2010! My goal for next year is to just hold flat, since I have to replace some landscaping and intend to start a garden next spring. I am still somewhat surprised how easy it was to accomplish this.
For future savings I have more lawn to eliminate, and I would like to try some rainwater collection (even though it is not terribly practical here in sunny CA!)
|Saturday, November 21st, 2009|
|Monday, August 24th, 2009|
Within the next three weeks I'll be moving into an old, wooden one-room shed/workshop with my boyfriend. It needs a good bit of work to make living in it comfortable: insulation, the addition of a loft bedroom so that my boyfriend and I have a little more space and won't drive each other crazy (we're planning on basically building it like a really long/wide loft bed and building extra beds and bookcases below the loft but connected to the frame so that it's more stable), putting a roof over the front deck so we can hang out there even when it's raining and installing a woodburning stove. Oh, and installing a door.
The part I need some advice on is insulating the shed. It is completely uninsulated at present--walls, floor, ceiling. Any ideas on how we could insulate it cheaply and fairly quickly? The shed's in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina so extreme cold is not a concern. Also the shed is built on top of a two foot-tall deck. The walls of the shed are even with the deck on all but one side.
|Tuesday, July 14th, 2009|
10 MWH Reached
As of yesterday, my solar energy system has generated 10Megawatt-Hours of electricity! It took approximately 21 months to reach that level. Unfortunately, during that time I also purchased an additional 17Megawatt-Hours from PG&E. I've generated 36% of my total usage since the system was installed.