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Ecovillages: a Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities

by Jan Martin Bang Floris Books
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Pbk 288 pages
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* Increased interest in sustainable living * Includes global 'Living Examples' with 20 case-studies ranging from Kibbutz, Findhorn to Camphill * Covers all aspects of planning, establishing and maintaining a community * Over 120 coloured photos The Ecovillages movement is a worldwide network of communities which aim to integrate as much as possible into the natural environment. Examples include kibbutz, Camphill communities, and others guided by frameworks such as Permaculture, which work with the land as a creative alternative to the wasteful and exploitative practices of mainstream society. 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 Bassiasa Egypt and Paix Dieux Belgium. Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime working in alternative communities, ranging from the kibbutz in Israel, to his present home in the Camphill community of Solborg in Norway. He leads training and development for new Ecovillage projects around the world.

I Introduction1. Why live in ecovillages? The story of GEN2. Patterns in NatureII Design3. Modelling the Ecovillage -- the Social Aspect4. House Design and Building Techniques5. Soil, Plants, Gardening and Farming6. Water and Sewage7. Energy Sources and Alternative Technology8. Alternative EconomicsIII Putting It All Together9. Design Hands-On

'Inspiration for seeking out a community of our choice, or creating our own. This is where the book really shines: Bang is able to share his knowledge and observations and present us with a book that is on the one hand a pleasant and informative read, and on the other can be used as a workbook for a nascent or existing community.'-- Laurence Dungworth, Star and Furrow, Summer 2006'This well designed book constitutes a comprehensive review for those who seek to initiate an ecovillage or for those in existing community who seek a transformation to a more sustainable way of life.'-- Dr Michael Livni, International Communal Studies Association Bulletin, December 2005'The book has a clear and anecdotal style, and the interspersing of details of many of the worldwide communities that make up the Global Ecovillage Network keeps you inspired. Ideal for people interested in setting up a community.'-- Lesley Rice, Clean Slate: The Practical Journal of Sustainable Living, Summer 2005'A useful guide if you are considering planning or even joining an ecovillage.'-- Building for a Future: The Independent Journal for Green Building'A comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of sustainable communities conveyed in a way that could inspire new experiments in the genre.'-- Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2005'Part life testimony, part textbook for all kinds of sustainable living, working and organising yourself and part 'taking stock'. What I like about this book is the non-judgemental inclusion. It is an important snapshot of how community life has evolved since the communes of the 1970s. Life-affirming.'-- Vivan Griffiths, Camphill Correspondence, July 2005'Having myself been involved with founding and building a community, I kept coming across advice and thinking, 'that would have been useful!'. Jan Bang clearly has hands-on experience. This is a veritable source book.'-- Christian Thal-Jantzen, New View, Summer 2005'Peppered with case studies of villages from all over the world, this book weaves together permaculture and ecovillage design as coherent strategies for sustainable living and is full of practical hands-on information as well as inspiration and insight.'-- Maddy Harland, Permaculture, Summer 2005'Both these books by Jan Martin Bang a long time member of the kibutzes and alternative communities are therefore very welcome for anyone interested in the concept, but has no practical experience with which to decide whether or not it's for them. Both books are basic in a good way: a readable overview of the essential physical considerations -- food, energy, transport for successful community living -- uncluttered by details that you don't need to know unless/until you actually decide to take this path.'-- Les Wallace, New Leaf News, Autumn 09
Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime working in alternative communities, ranging from Kibbutz in Israel to his present home in the Camphill community of Solborg in Norway. He leads training and development for new Ecovillage projects around the world.