Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage: Making Sustainability a Reality

Our society is wrestling with questions of sustainability and climate change, with many groups working towards a sustainable future. At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage that sustainable future is here now. If you want to see what sustainability looks like, come join us for a slideshow from the founder of one of the world's foremost experiments in real world ecological living. Over the last 15 years Dancing Rabbit has built over 25 energy-efficient homes using reclaimed lumber and natural building methods such as strawbale and cob. By reducing electricity use to less than 10% of the American norm, the village is now a net exporter of renewable energy. Three vehicles are shared among the 75 residents, who drive only 7% of the US average. Food production is integrated into the design of the pedestrian-scale village. Cooperation, a strong gift economy, and a vibrant alternative currency support the economic stability of the community. Natural ecosystems are preserved and restored on the community's 280-acre land trust. Sustainability is not just a dream. We are doing it now.

For more information on Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, seewww.dancingrabbit.org and www.brechtforum.org
Tony Sirna is a founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a community demonstrating sustainable living in northeast Missouri, where 70+ residents have reduced their ecological impact on key metrics by over 90%. Dancing Rabbit got its start at Stanford University in 1993 and Tony has had a hand in almost all aspects of visioning, designing, and manifesting a sustainable village. He has built two strawbale homes, designed and installed Dancing Rabbit's village-wide renewable-energy micro-grid, and has served on the village's Land Use Planning committee for over a decade. Tony is also on the board of Dancing Rabbit's nonprofit which does sustainability education and promotes Dancing Rabbit and sustainability through the media and online. He is currently working on the design team for an 8000 square-foot LEED Platinum community building which will be certified by the Living Building Challenge. Tony has been on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community for over 15 years, and is an experienced facilitator and mediator. Share this event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/484817658224567/

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  • HeySoulSister

    Anyone interested in joining the group forming to explore developing an Ecovillage downstate please go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DownstateNYEcoVillage

    December 27, 2012

  • HeySoulSister

    Philip, the Ecovillage I am interested in developing will be within commuting distance of Westchester/NYC because my ex is there, who co-parents with me. Certainly cities aren't sustainable in their current form (though neither is just about any other way of life in America)...hopefully human ingenuity will win out and transform them into green oases. Because they reduce the footprint needed, cities have great green potential. I would hope that residents of an Ecovillage even in the Metro area would be not be commuting FT;m maybe they would be telecommuting, or biking, or using public transportation for work. But the success of an Ecovillage within a major metropolitan area would be a great model for the future. I will research forums so that interested folks can discuss options before meeting.

    December 1, 2012

  • Philip

    It was well done evening. Congratulations Ted. I do wish that the presenter addressed some of the hard questions that come up at the Communities Conference. It seemed a bit odd to have some talk about our streets for biking and our subway system when one was flooded just a week ago (and many in the Rockaways sitll do not have A service and the R stops at 34 street) and to ride bikes on asphalt means we are piggy backing on the backs of the automotive industry. Takes fossil fuels to build and maintain the roads, something we're not really talking about in daily converstation

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • Philip

    The question I like to address is whether a city (cities have always existed in one form or another, Read Kirkpatrick Sale (formerly of WBAI) "Of Human Scale" and any of John Michael Greer's articles on his blog the archdruid report. Having communities of commuting distance of NYC makes a great deal of assumptions about the future that may not be (always good to have a Plan B - Pat Murphy's book of Community Solutions) the way things are heading. So, why not consider what kind of jobs are needed to make local economies work. Another great book to read is Overshoot by William Catton and there is always Kathy McMahon's blog the peakshrink and she's got some great pieces on what community is.

    December 1, 2012

  • HeySoulSister

    Hey, anyone else inspired by this great talk to start an ecovillage in the burbs but in commuting distance of NYC?

    November 28, 2012

    • Theodore P.

      Ithaca NY (not NYC :)

      November 28, 2012

    • HeySoulSister

      Thanks! That is a bit north of where I wanted to be but sounds great.

      November 29, 2012

  • HeySoulSister

    totally awesome

    November 27, 2012

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