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Watch This Video: City-Based Ecovillages

Streetfilms posted a film today called Los Angeles’ Eco-Village, which takes a closer look at the benefits of this alternative type of housing. The film's presenters take you behind the scenes to show you how this particular ecovillage, located only two miles from downtown LA, functions as a sustainable community within the city. You can read more about ecovillages by checking out Alex Steffen's piece on the power of intentional communities, or Chris Turner's article on rural ecovillages.

by Nick Whitaker

Last Summer contributor Nicholas Whitaker had the opportunity to visit the Eco-Village in LA, to see what it's like to practice more sustainable ways of living, while having a lesser negative impact on the environment. In the third installment of Lessons from LA, the people who work and live at the LA Eco-Village show how even in an urban setting, there are ways to live closer to the earth and in better harmony with the people and environment around you.

"An ecovillage is a human scale neighborhood where people know their neighbors and care about them. People can live close to where they work and play and have access to other essential services without use of automobiles. Together, neighbors try to minimize waste and pollution of all kinds. Residents and friends work together to create a healthy community socially, physically and economically.

Urban ecovillages work with surrounding neighborhoods and the city at large to bring a whole systems perspective to urban planning and community development activities. The L.A. Eco-Village Demonstration is part of an international network of sustainable neighborhood groups which seek to model healthier ways of living based on environmental sustainability and social and economic justice." (

Editor's note: This video post comes to us from our Worldchanging allies at Streetfilms. The site is a part of the Livable Streets Network, an online community for people who are working to create sustainable cities through sensible urban planning, design, and transportation policy. Streetfilms, and their sister sites, serve as a conversation hub where people can actively discuss, report and reflect on the creation and evolution of this movement.

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please send more information about non profit, eco friendly building- also prefabricated building if possible to:

Alethe Clemetson
585 St. Marks Avenue
Apartment 2
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Thank you,
718 354 9154

Posted by: alethe clemetson on 2 Mar 09

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